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Tennessee State Legislature

 

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Tennessee Legislative Bills

 2017 Session

To voice your opinion on these bills (and we hope you will) you need to find out where they are in the legislative process and how to contact state legislators in the states where they are pending. See FAQS for more information on how to do this. Each year there are many bills forcing public and private health insurance providers to cover CAM services (especially chiropractic). Because of the sheer volume of these bills we are unable to include them in our legislative updates at this time.

Naturopathy

No current bills.

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine Medicine

No current bills.

Chiropractic

Senate Bill 313; House Bill 387Senate Bill 1280 (same language as SB 313)  HB 387 passed HouseHB 387 substituted for SB 313 and passed Senate; signed by Governor. Practice expansion bills.  Chiropractic is currently defined under state law as "locating and removing nerve interference," i.e., traditional subluxation-based chiropractic, and diagnosing and treating "neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions." These bills expand chiropractic scope of practice to include performing a "differential diagnosis" for any physical condition to establish "an appropriate plan of care for the patient." In addition to x-rays and "other non-invasive procedures," chiropractors could perform "minimally invasive procedures" if approved by the chiropractic board in consultation with the medical board.  Treatment limited to neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and "related conditions." However, chiropractors will also be able to provide "supportive care," including "nutrition," leaving patients open to a chiropractors pushing all sorts of dietary supplements to patients. Chiropractors could collect bodily fluids and hair for analysis (a "cardinal sign of quackery," according to Quackwatch), subjecting patients to unvalidated lab tests which are used to sell dietary supplements.   

 Senate Bill 224 and House Bill 334.  SB 224, as amended, passed Senate and House; signed by Governor. Under these bills, chiropractors could enter into direct primary care agreements with their patients. "Primary care" is defined under state law as "includes the screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for the purpose of promotion of health or the detection and management of disease or injury within the competency and training of the direct primary care physician," but Senate and House committee amendments clarified that the state does not consider chiropractors PCPs by adding language "or, if applicable, within the scope of practice of a chiropractic physician." House committee amendment also makes clear that chiropractors are limited to using titles currently allowed by law.

Other CAM Practitioners

No current bills.

Other Bills of Interest

No current bills.