GREAT NEWS if you’re a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association! The FCA is a state association member of the Clinical Compass and has fully sponsored our Rapid Response Center. If you are a member of the FCA, you have a free membership giving access to the Clinical Compass and have access to ALL of the excellent content on that site. The Rapid Resource Center is the Members Only area where the Clinical Compass provides regular updates and summaries of current GPGs, best practice documents, and impactful papers for a variety of topics and conditions. The Rapid Response Center was the primary source of information that caused UnitedHealthcare to reverse their headache policy, a policy that would have cost our profession millions of dollars in lost income. Want to know more about the Clinical Compass? Read this article published in the FCA Journal.
Friday, February 12, 2021, Tallahassee – State legislators returned to the capital this week for another round of pre-session committee meetings centered largely on budget discussions, together with hearings aimed at fine-tuning proposals suggesting new laws offered in individual members’ bills. Lawmakers deliberations this year, however, are taking place across a landscape perhaps more inviting to tumbleweeds than the traditional congregations of tourists, advocates, reporters – and yes, even lobbyists – as Florida’s capitol building remains largely closed to the general public due to Covid19 concerns.
Thursday, February 4, 2021, Tallahassee – State legislators returned to Tallahassee this week for another round of committee work in preparation for their annual 60-day legislative session set to begin on March 2nd. Individual member bills continue to be filed daily and most committees are turning their attention to early hearings and consideration of many of those proposals.
On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Texas Chiropractic Board and the Texas Chiropractic Association after a ten-year battle with the Texas Medical Association over whether chiropractors in the state of Texas may include the nervous system and brain, rather than the narrow focus of the spine, in their scope of practice. TMA argued that any reference to nerves in the chiropractic scope of practice authorized chiropractors to diagnose any neurological condition, which TMA argued, was the practice of medicine. The Court provided the necessary clarity in Texas, and perhaps throughout the United States, that the Board rule, “merely recognizes the reality that musculoskeletal dysfunctions cannot be diagnosed or treated without considering associated nerves.” Id. at p. 23. 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.” Id. at 27.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Tallahassee – A proposal aimed at replacing Florida’s No-fault/PIP insurance system with a new mandatory bodily injury (MBI) coverage requirement yet again being pushed by the Florida Justice Association was approved late yesterday afternoon. However, an amendment adopted before the final 10-2 vote in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee dealing with third-party bad faith may have dampened the enthusiasm of the trial lawyers’ group.
(From a January 20th ACA Press Release) The Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 1418) passed the House of Representatives and the Senate last year and was signed into law on Jan. 13, removing the 75-year-old exemption that allowed health insurance companies to avoid federal antitrust laws.
Friday, January 15, 2021, Tallahassee – State lawmakers assembled at Florida’s sparsely-occupied capitol this week for their first round of committee weeks in preparation for their 2021 Session scheduled to convene on March 2nd. The ongoing pandemic has forced a continued virtual shuttering of the capitol complex buildings to the public, as new safety protocols are now in place for those elected members and the key staff privileged to enter.