Chiropractic under siege in Texas: What’s happening and how you can help
A message from the chancellor
You might have read recently about the battle the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) is fighting to keep chiropractic’s current scope of care in the state of Texas. At the Texas Chiropractic Legislative Conference in Austin Feb. 9-11, I learned more about this disheartening situation and the importance of everyone in the profession supporting the efforts of the TCA to meet this challenge.
Current legislation and lawsuits in Texas have the potential to drastically reduce the chiropractic scope of practice, including:
- Current legislation seeks to remove diagnosis from the scope of chiropractic, even after the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals ruled doctors of chiropractic can diagnose.
- Lawsuits have been filed to limit the scope of practice of non-medical providers. Recent lawsuits have succeeded in removing diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions from the scope of care, including diagnosis and treatment of subluxation. This decision has been appealed.
- The Sunset Commission, a Texas review commission charged with eliminating and abolishing unneeded state agencies, can weaken or eliminate the power of state agencies when they come up for review every 12 years. The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners is due for its review by the Sunset Commission this year.
Not only is chiropractic under siege in Texas, but losses in scope of care could embolden anti-chiropractic groups in other states to follow suit. I urge Palmer alumni in Texas to join the Texas Chiropractic Association.
Whether you live in Texas or elsewhere, you can support TCA’s Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI). Your contributions support legal defense, lobbying and public-relations efforts on behalf of the chiropractic profession.
Unity is strength. Together we can advance the chiropractic health-care mission in Texas and throughout the nation. We owe it to ourselves and to our patients.
Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Palmer College of Chiropractic