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Monday, March 16, 2015

TMA Testifies on Interstate Licensure, Chiropractic Scope

Russell Thomas, DO, an Eagle Lake family physician, testified before the House Public Health Committee on the administrative hassles physicians would avoid if they choose to obtain medical licensure in multiple states if House Bill 661 becomes law. The bill by Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond), would let Texas join an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Check out TMA’s Quick Facts about HB 661 and its companion legislation, Senate Bill 190 by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown). Sara Austin, MD, an Austin neurologist, told the same committee why giving chiropractors the ability to issue disabled parking placards is not a good idea. She said determining who may or who should use a placard requires a medical diagnosis of the patient’s disability. Chiropractors have neither the breadth of education nor the training necessary to make these critical evaluations, she said in opposing House Bill 126.


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