Chiropractic Gains Ground During Texas Legislative Session
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 304, continuing the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) and upholding the right of licensed doctors of chiropractic in Texas to diagnose patients. It caps a historic legislative session for the chiropractic profession in Texas.
The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners is a state agency that regulates the chiropractic profession in Texas. Along with other state health care agencies, TBCE was under review by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission last year. With the governor’s signature, the state’s chiropractic board will continue through Sept. 1, 2029, in addition to several other modifications to increase patient safety.
Also included in the bill was specific language to be incorporated into the Texas Chiropractic Act that clarifies the right of Texas chiropractors to diagnose. This nullifies a 2016 decision by the Travis County District Court in the Texas Medical Association vs. Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners law suit in which diagnosis was deemed to exceed the scope of practice. With the signing of Senate Bill 304, the matter of diagnosis is settled.
“If the district court’s ruling had been allowed to stand, Texas would have been the only state in which chiropractors are not allowed to diagnose,” said Tyce Hergert, DC, of Grapevine, Texas, president of the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) and a chiropractor who practices in Southlake, Texas. “Without this right, it would endanger patient safety and potentially affect insurance reimbursement. We thank the governor for recognizing the importance of this issue and creating greater access to chiropractic care for the citizens of Texas.”
TCA is awaiting the governor’s signature on two other key bills:
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