2017: A GOOD Legislative Session for Chiropractic
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Monday, May 29, 2017 10:18 PM

New laws ensure that Chiropractic continues as a licensed profession in Texas, that DCs can now easily form partnerships with other medical practitioners and may legally withhold concussed student athletes from practice or play.

In the 2017 Legislative session chiropractic came away with not one, not two, but three significant advances for the profession.  

SB 304, commonly referred to as the TBCE Sunset Bill has passed both the house and the senate and has been signed by the governor.  It is the current law for chiropractic in Texas when it takes effect.  The details of the bill have been listed in this article, but key provisions include: 

  • Continuing the licensure of the chiropractic profession until 2029 (the next Sunset for chiropractic).

  • Adding the word “diagnose” to the definition of acts that constitute the practice of chiropractic:  “uses objective or subjective means to diagnose, analyze, examine, or evaluate the biomechanical condition of the spine and musculoskeletal system of the human body.”

  • Permits two-year renewals instead of requiring one-year renewals.

  • Repeals chiropractic facility registration.

  • Prohibits accepting anonymous complaints against licensees.

and much more.

 SB 679, commonly called the professional associations bill, this law will now make it permissible for DCs, DOs, MDs, and DPMs to form a corporation that is jointly owned, managed, and controlled by those practitioners to perform a professional service that falls within the scope of practice of those practitioners.  The governor has also signed this bill into law.

 HB 3024, commonly called the concussion removal bill, this bill specifically adds to the list of people who can remove a student from interscholastic athletics a person licensed under Chapter 201 of the Occupations Code (that is, the chiropractic act). This bill, too, has been signed by the governor into law.

With between 6000 and 7000 total bills filed in the 85th session and with fewer than one-quarter of those ever passing, these bills represent notable advancements for the chiropractic profession.