|Greeley, CO. – The Supreme Court of Texas has reached a decision in TBCE v. Texas Medical Association. The decision made by the Supreme Court of Texas underlines the value of allowing chiropractic physicians to practice the full range of their specialized skills in caring for patients and ensures that the public has access to safe, well-regulated chiropractic care.
The Texas Supreme Court opinion reversed the earlier Court of Appeals decision which struck the Chiropractic Board rules and found that including “nerve” exceeded the statutory scope of practice. The Court went on to say, “Simply put, a healthcare provider cannot diagnose a problem without ruling out other potential causes of the problem. In other words, making a differential diagnosis is an unavoidable part of making a diagnosis. Virtually any problem that a chiropractor treats could potentially have a non-chiropractic source.”
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards provided financial support for the filing of an Amicus brief to allow additional representation for the chiropractic profession. Our organizations applaud those who have worked towards this decision and what it means for chiropractic patients and overall public health.
Headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, the NBCE is a non-profit testing organization ensuring professional competency in chiropractic skills through excellence in testing. Established in 1963, the NBCE develops, administers, and scores standardized examinations for candidates seeking chiropractic licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in several international countries.
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