TMA's ongoing patient safety efforts paid off again Aug. 16 when the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) voted against adopting rules to recognize a specialty it called "chiropractic neurology" after hearing opposition from organized medicine and legislators.
TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD, had warned the board that its proposal could deceive and harm patients.
"TMA is very concerned that not only will patients be deceived and misled, but many could also suffer injury and harm, for example by delayed diagnosis," he wrote in a formal letter to Yvette Yarbrough, executive director of the board. "A patient suffering headaches, syncope, or seizures could have a serious neurological disease, but that patient could easily find himself or herself in a 'chiropractic neurologist's' office. The patient could easily be deceived into believing that this chiropractor could diagnose or treat his or her medical condition, including a brain tumor, aneurism, or stroke. This proposed rule is not in harmony with the Texas Chiropractic Act, the Healing Art Identification Act, or the Health Professions Council Statute."
In addition, Reps. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), and John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton), and Sens. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), and Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) wrote letters asking TBCE to withdraw inappropriate scope-expansion rules and obtain proper stakeholder input when proposing rules in the future.
Action, Sept. 5, 2012