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    Texas Bill Allows Chiropractors to Own Integrated Medical Practices

    Texas Bill Allows Chiropractors to Own Integrated Medical Practices

    State lawmakers passed a bill in late May allowing licensed chiropractors to own and operate medical offices with medical doctors. Under the legislation, Texas chiropractors are permitted to join doctors of medicine, osteopathy and podiatry in forming and operating joint healthcare businesses.

    Texas law had prohibited chiropractors from owning and operating multidisciplinary practices in the same manner as other doctors. The bill removes those barriers to chiropractors’ ability to form integrated medical practices.

    The legislation limits the scope of individual practitioners’ authority by prohibiting one provider’s ability to exercise control over another clinician from another medical field, according to the Texas Research Center, an agency of the Texas Legislature.

    The bill takes effect Sept. 1, 2017.

    The bill sponsors were: State Rep. Tony Dale, R-District 136; State Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-District 38; State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-District 9; and State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-District 27.

    In another victory for chiropractic, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill in late May upholding chiropractors’ authority to diagnose patients, according to the Texas Chiropractic Association.

    The Texas Medical Association sued to revoke chiropractors’ rights to diagnose patients. Critics of the suit, including the TCA, said the measure would overly and unfairly restrict chiropractic. That law also allows the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners to continue to function.

    Medically integrating practices are becoming increasingly popular as chiropractors and other health professionals seek more targeted and comprehensive treatment approaches.

    Patients find multidisciplinary practices more attractive for the opportunity of receiving more rounded and specific medical services that may lead to more robust recoveries.   

    Advanced Medical Integration helps chiropractors interested in medically integrating their practices with sound direction, cohesive guidance and consultation by experts. Consultants take chiropractors step by step through the integration process. Contact Advanced Medical Integration at 888-777-0815 for more information.

     

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