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Call, Fight, Win for Chiropractic in Virginia

This is a healthy, wholesome parenting blog…for moms.  So, it’s not a huge deviation from standard post content when I share about urgent political action that affects patients’ choice of health care providers.

By tomorrow morning, the Virginia House of Delegates will meet to discuss HB153 while the Virginia Senate will discuss SB195 tomorrow afternoon.

If these bills pass “as is” it will adversely affect medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, doctors of chiropractic, and patients.

You might be thinking…

What’s the deal?  How do those bills affect me?

NOTE: If you live in Virginia, and you use health care, these bills will affect you.

To sum up why it’s important to oppose these bills, I’m referencing talking points from an e-mail sent to members of the United Virginia Chiropractic Association earlier this evening:

HC 153 and identical SB 195 make it illegal for any person other than a licensed physical therapist (or PT assistant or technician) to advertise or promote services as “physical therapy” or “physiotherapy.”

These bills attempt to restrict or eliminate a doctor of chiropractic’s legally authorized right to provide physical therapy to patients.

These bills are ANTI-COMPETITIVE. They would prevent chiropractors and medical doctors from advertising that they offer physical therapy… services legally within their scope of practice.

HB 153 and SB 195 are CONTRARY TO SOUND MEDICAL CARE. They would prevent medical doctors or doctors of chiropractic from recommending patients receive physical therapy services from them (since they are not licensed as a physical therapist).

These bills are a BACKDOOR ATTEMPT TO RESTRICT OR PREVENT CHIROPRACTORS FORM PROVIDING PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES. Doctors of chiropractic are legally authorized and clinically trained to provide physical therapy services and physical therapy modalities.

HB 153 and SB 15 are NOT NEEDED.  Anytime a chiropractor or other physician (including MDs) advertises physical services, their advertisement includes the type of health profession in which they are licensed.

Background:

Only a licensed physical therapist may use the term “physical therapist.” However, “PHYSICAL THERAPY” or “PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES” ARE GENERIC TERMS also used by chiropractors and other physicians in referring to their offering physical medicine and rehabilitation services to their patients.  When insurance plans note their policies cover physical therapy that includes physical therapy services of a chiropractor, MD and physical therapist.

A Virginia Attorney General opinion has confirmed that Virginia licensed doctors of chiropractic are legally authorized and may provide physical therapy, physical therapy services, and physical therapy modality.

HB 153 and SB 195 are ANTI-COMPETITIVE, will RESTRICT PATIENT CHOICE OF PROVIDERS available to provide physical therapy services, and will CURTIAL THE LEGALLY AUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF VIRGINIA CHIROPRACTORS.

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So, you might be asking yourself, “How can I help?”

If you’re a Virginia resident, please call the senate and house subcommittee members tonight, and leave a voice message.  Please join me in taking a stand to oppose this bill.

There’s plenty of room left on their answering machines…so, please call!  I know it’s unnerving, but your voice DOES matter!

SENATE Education and Health Sub-Committee on HEALTH LICENSING

MESSAGE:  PLEASE OPPOSE SB 195

1.       Senator Frederick M. Quayle (R) – Senate District 13, Suffolk, (804)698-7513, district13@senate.virginia.gov

2.       Senator L. Louise Lucas (D) – Senate District 18, Portsmouth, (804)698-7518, district18@senate.virginia.gov

3.       Senator Stephen H. Martin (R) – Senate District 11, Chesterfield, (804)698-7511,  district11@senate.virginia.gov

4.       Senator George L. Barker (D) – Senate District 39, Alexandria, (804) 698-7539, district39@senate.virginia.gov

5.       Senator Ralph S. Northam (D) – Senate District 6, Norfolk, (804)698-7506, district06@senate.virginia.gov

HOUSE HWI Sub Committee #1

MESSAGE:  PLEASE OPPOSE HB 153

1.       Delegate David A. Nutter (R) – House District 7, Christiansburg, (804)698-1007, DelDNutter@house.virginia.gov

2.       Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R) – House District 97, Mechanicsville, (804)698-1097, DelCPeace@house.virginia.gov

3.       Delegate Richard P. Bell (R) – House District 20, Staunton, (804)698-1020, DelDBell@house.virginia.gov

4.       Delegate Lionell Spruill, Sr. (D) – House District 77, Chesapeake, (804)698-1077,   DelLSpruill@house.virginia.gov

5.       Delegate Algie T. Howell, Jr. (D) – House District 90, Norfolk, (804)698-1090, DelAHowell@house.virginia.gov

Read Copies of the Bills

1.       Go to http://legis.virginia.gov/

2.       In box on left, enter the desired bill number.

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