Legislative Video Hotline: Medicine Pushes Back Against Expanding Chiropractors’ Scope
By Brent Annear

Chiropractors would be able to treat the neurological system, including the brain and spinal cord, under a bill drawing medicine’s ire. In this week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video report, Austin neurologist Sara Austin, MD, tells us why this move would be unsafe for patients. 

This week’s video summary also lists the flurry of bills that are moving through the legislature. 

Fortunately most of those bills are TMA legislative priorities to improve health insurance, Medicaid coverage, and support physicians’ clinical autonomy. 

Victoria infectious disease specialist Thomas Kaspar, MD, explains the benefits of two bills that would help physicians and other first responders who want to rush to provide care during disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. 

However, lawmakers are considering other bills that could be extremely harmful to patients, including a measure to undo the advance directives act. The proposal would force physicians to treat a dying patient until transfer, potentially subjecting patients to suffering with medically inappropriate care. 

And what do a game-show theme song and state representative look-alikes have in common? See the answer in this week’s Hotline video recap, as lawmakers show their funny side this week.   

Also, make sure you receive TMA’s Legislative News Hotline each day, via Texas Medicine Today. Here’s how: Just log in to the Edit My Interests page on your TMA profile. Ensure you get all the legislative updates by selecting "Health care issues in the Texas Legislature" as one of your Grassroots and Advocacy interests, and TMA’s updates on the latest bills affecting medicine will arrive in your inbox as part of Texas Medicine Today at 2 pm each day lawmakers convene at the Capitol throughout Texas’ 86th legislative session.

Last Updated On

May 03, 2019

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Brent Annear is TMA’s director of media relations and PR. He joined TMA in 2001 after working two decades in television news. Brent and his team share TMA’s mission and vision with the world through news releases, blog and social media posts, and videos. He is a University of Texas graduate who hails from Minnesota. Brent is married and has two stepsons. He enjoys photography, golf, travel, volunteering and woodworking projects, and he is a private pilot. 

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