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Texas Supreme Court Takes Up Chiropractic Scope of Practice Tomorrow
By FCA Asst. General Counsel Kim Driggers   
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
The Texas Chiropractic Association and Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners will defend the profession’s scope of practice tomorrow between 10:00AM and 1:00PM EST in front of the Texas Supreme Court.  You can listen to the oral argument.
What if, suddenly, you were told that diagnosing or treating the nervous system was not in your scope of practice?  Fortunately for chiropractors practicing in Florida, your Florida Chiropractic Association has fought for and defended a chiropractor’s broad scope of practice since 1931.  Tomorrow in Texas, the Texas Supreme Court will consider whether to limit a Texas chiropractic physician’s scope of practice.  
 
Tomorrow, the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners and Texas Chiropractic Association v. Texas Medical Association (Case No. 18-1223) between 10:00am and 1:00pm EST. Per the court:
The issues in this challenge by the Texas Medical Association to certain rules for chiropractic practice are (1) whether the chiropractic scope-of-practice rule that provides for chiropractors to “diagnose” exceeds the Board of Chiropractor Examiners’ statutory authority; (2) whether a rule allowing chiropractors to diagnose patients’ balance problems exceeds the Board of Chiropractor Examiners’ statutory authority; and (3) whether the Texas Medical Association has standing to challenge the chiropractic-practice rules.
In support of the Board and Association, the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board filed an Amicus Curiae (friends of the court) brief.  In support of the Texas Medical Association, the American Medical Association filed an Amicus Curiae brief.  
 
The oral argument can be viewed live on the Texas Supreme Court’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0gZPfa2qBYO7oJvt6TKixg/videos.  This case is listed second and presumably will go second  sometime between 9:45 and 10:00AM, but the court can call cases out of order.  The recording should also be uploaded sometime after oral argument.

You may view any of the court filings at: http://www.search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=18-1223&coa=cossup.