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TCA Legislative Day on Feb. 9 in Austin proved to be a record-setting event. In all, more than 500 doctors of chiropractic, staff, college students and faculty, and chiropractic supporters participated in the 120+ scheduled visits with the offices of state senators and representatives. Team TCA spent the day educating legislators and staffs about chiropractic, garnering support for TCA’s legislative initiatives and advocating for greater access for all Texans to chiropractic care. The first day of the Texas Chiropractic Legislative Conference (TCLC) was action-packed and concluded with the TCLC Legislative Reception at Scholz Garten. A big thank you to reception sponsors Parker University, Texas Chiropractic College and OUM, in addition to everyone who joined us for TCA Legislative Day. Check out the next issue of Texas Chiropractic eSource for photos and highlights!
The Texas Chiropractic Legislative Conference (TCLC) is now underway in Austin. TCA would like to thank the following companies and organizations that supported the event, including:

TCA Legislative Reception Sponsors – Parker University, Texas Chiropractic College and OUM

Session Sponsors – Apex Energetics, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Parker University and The Collection Coach

Saturday Luncheon – Parker University

Lanyard Sponsor – Texas Chiropractic College

Exhibitors – Advanced Neurocare Systems, Airrosti, All American Durable Medical Equipment, Apex Energetics, Foot Levelers, HIPAA Health Center, OUM, Parker University, Proper Pillow, Tek-Medical, Texas Chiropractic College and The Collection Coach


TCA has authorized our attorneys, Joshua Graham & Associates, PLLC, to file a grievance with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel against Austin-based attorney Omar Rosales for various acts that may violate the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. We will keep our members apprised of the progress as necessary. If you have received a letter from Rosales regarding ADA non-compliance for your website, check out the response letter and notify the TCA office at and include your name and contact information. Also, TCA also has negotiated a special rate for our members with Joshua Graham & Associates to handle any legal responses to the letter. Please reach out to Joshua Graham & Associates at (817) 789-4000.

Thinking about attending TCA’s 2017 Mid-Winter Conference on Feb. 24-26 in Lubbock? We’ve extended early registration to Monday, Feb. 13. Mid-Winter, a Texas Panhandle Tradition, returns to the Overton Hotel & Conference Center this month bigger and better than ever. Dr. Steve Yeomans is the headline speaker, but you don’t want to miss the Integrative Stroke Symposium, the TBCE required hours, networking opportunities with your fellow DCs and face-to-face meetings with vendors that can take your practice to the next level. Sign up your team for Advanced Training for Office Managers and Experienced CAs with The Collection Coach’s Kelli Moore. Register online today and book your hotel reservation. Got a questions? Call the TCA office at (512) 477-9292.
A national campaign implemented by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress highlights the importance of chiropractic care to the reduction of the opioid epidemic.
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP®), in collaboration with TCA, developed an advertisement serving as an Open Letter to the Texas Legislature addressing the legal battle which threatens a doctor of chiropractic’s scope of practice in Texas.The ad appeared in the Feb. 9 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, one day before TCA Legislative Day and just prior to the Texas Chiropractic Legislative Conference (TCLC).

The ad states:

"Unfortunately, Texans’ ability to access chiropractic care is under attack. In recent years, an anticompetitive trade association has twice sued the state, challenging the authority of a Doctor of Chiropractic to render a diagnosis. These lawsuits, which have cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, threaten to restrict Texans’ access to chiropractic care.

During the 85th Legislative Session, the Texas Chiropractic Association, Parker University and the Texas Chiropractic College will be working to protect Texans’ right to choose chiropractic as a potential alternative to opioids. We ask that you join us in this effort. Please visit for more information. Thank you!"

Feel free to share the ad on your Facebook page and spread the word!

An open letter from the chiropractic profession to the Texas Legislature regarding the opioid epidemic.
Two bills in this installment would limit former members of the legislature or congress from serving as lobbyists, one would permit a massive expansion of the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, and one would call for a review to determine if various state agencies should continue to be required to file lawsuits in Travis County.
Using "geroprotection" drugs could make people live longer so that they could pay taxes longer and save the economy. Well, that's one point of view.
Naylor Association Solutions
New OIG guidance holds that"nominal value" has a retail value of no more than $15 per item or $75 in the aggregate per patient on an annual basis. Anything that may be offered or transferred to a Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary likely to influence the beneficiary’s selection of a particular provider, practitioner, or supplier of Medicare or Medicaid payable items or services over these amounts may result in monetary penalties of up to $10,000 for each wrongful act. The "nominal" items may not be cash or cash equivalents.
President Trump has taken the first step towards dismantling the Affordable Care Act. He has ordered, in essence, that any tax imposed by the Affordable Care Act would be overturned.
One thing is clear. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act there is too much "party-ing" going on.
Chiropractic News
This study defines a criteria list for reporting trials of SMT. In the end, this encompasses 24 items clustered in five domains. This effort represents the first guideline for reporting items to be included in trials of SMT.
Cervicogenic headache is a prevalent and costly pain condition commonly treated by chiropractors. There is evidence to support the effectiveness for spinal manipulation. This paper describes the methodology for a randomized controlled trial evaluating the dose-response of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache in an adult population.
Up to a year after sustaining a mild TBI during a motor vehicle collision, multiple symptoms and pain in several anatomical sites are common. Care-seeking from multiple providers continues throughout the first year post-injury. This study looks at these stats.
Clinical & Research
Clinicians are very likely to underestimate harms and overestimate benefits of tests and treatments. Harms are correctly estimated only 13 percent of the time and benefits only 11 percent.The moral? The estimates of "harm" and "benefit" that you will encounter are usually NOT correct.
A new study demonstrates that vitamin D may be a factor in headache.
This study reports that prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen modestly increases the risk for hearing loss in older women.
Business Development
Everything begins with a thought. People who go to the top think differently than others.
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to get ideas to improve your marketing! Register now for 3 Marketing Blunders to Avoid from TCA Silver Sponsor ChiroMatrix at 1 p.m. CT Tuesday, Feb. 14. In this webinar, Mike Garcia’s ChiroMatrix’s marketing manager, will explain the most common marketing mistakes and how to avoid letting these mistakes impact your practice. Topics to be covered include: nurturing your website and social media, utilizing the power of video and managing paid advertising efforts. Space is limited, so don’t wait!
Key to any entrepreneurial enterprise is customer service and loyalty. Price competition with larger competitors should not hold a higher priority.
What does poker have to teach you about business? A good deal, actually.
There is now a greater risk of financial loss due to improper discounting and faulty financial and collection policies than ever before. It is widely known that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Medicare are cracking down on healthcare fraud and abuse. Get all the details in Risky Business: Texas, a FREE webinar for Texas DCs and staff brought to you by TCA Friend of Chiropractic Sponsor ChiroHealthUSA, at 1:15 p.m. CST Wednesday, March 8.
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