ACA’s NCLC Agenda
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:45 PM

The National Chiropractic Leadership Conference will be held in Washington , D.C. February 25 through March 1, 2015.  NCLC is the premier national conference for doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic students that sets the direction for the future of chiropractic in America.  The ACA has released the agenda for this weekend and is summarized as follows:

Friday, February 27, 2015   8:00am - 10:00am

Research Evidenced in Clinical Practice – Michael Schneider, DC

This session covers the principles of evidence informed practice, types of research evidence, teach attendees to appraise original research studies, and summery sources of evidence. Attendees will gain exposure to advanced PubMed searching, the art of retrieving research evidence, and develop the ability to apply evidence to clinical practice.

Diagnostic & Exam Protocol for the Nutritional Patient – Phil Arnone, DC

The use of nutritional supplementation has become common place in many chiropractic offices. Understanding how to properly use diagnostic tests is essential to proper patient care and case management. This presentation will outline various diagnostic procedures and appropriate case management.

A Theoretical Model of Viscerosomatic Reflex Syndromes and Chiropractic Intervention – Joseph Unger, DC

The discipline of chiropractic maintains that there is an essential relationship between organ function and the innervation to the viscus from the spinal nerve roots. It is proposed that the treatment of spinal dysfunction in the form of a chiropractic subluxation can influence the function and health of the organ systems. This session outlines an integrative theoretical model of these relationships as well as a treatment protocol and pertinent case studies.

Chiropractic in an Integrative Oncology Setting – Charles McDonald, DC

This presentation will give attendees a greater understanding of chiropractic’s role in an integrative setting, information and ideas for the DC to present to a hospital administrator, medical director or managing partner of a possible integrated setting, an understanding of the concept of patient-centered care, common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, as well as conditions that occur in any hospital setting and possible treatments. Attendees should walk away with confidence in adjusting patients with cancer.

Cancer and Pain: What Common Pains may be Hiding Cancer? – Dr. Nathan Neufeld, DO

Attendees will understand typical patterns of visceral cancer pain, consider malignant alternatives for typical musculoskeletal pains and familiarize with alternatives to treating cancer pain.

10:30am - 12:00pm

Political Grassroots Bootcamp: Passing Pro-Chiropractic Legislation in your States – Vern Saboe, DC

Since becoming the lobbyist for the Oregon Chiropractic Association in 2005, Dr. Saboe has achieved eight Oregon laws that benefit chiropractic patients, numerous key administrative rules and started a chiropractic treatment room at the Oregon State Capitol building.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and its Role in IBS and GI Health –  Cindy Howard, DC

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, which is becoming more common among patients with gastrointestinal distress. Learn how along with other stool tests you can be more thorough in assessing GI health. Learn the relationship between SIBO and IBS symptoms and how to properly treat a patient with SIBO. Case studies and treatment protocols will be shared.

Clinical Applications for Traumatic Brain Injury in Chiropractic Practice – Frederick R (Ted) Carrick, DC, PhD

Participants will understand the current evidence based models specific to TBI. The role of the chiropractor in the treatment of TBI will be explored. Participants will understand the mechanism of brain injury and the treatment options for patients.

 Evidence-Based Chiropractic Practice within a Community Health Center – James Lehman, DC

The purpose of this presentation is to share the experiences of a chiropractic physician serving as a chiropractic specialist within a Community Health Center. The didactic presentation will discuss the pilot study, outcomes and long-term agreement to provide chiropractic services as a valuable member of the primary care team. The National Prevention Strategy calls for the development of integrated, evidence-based and patient-centered primary care facilities. This presentation suggests that chiropractic care should be available.

1:30am - 12:30pm

The Future of the EHR Incentive Program and Technology in Practice – Steven J. Kraus, DC, DIBCN, FIACN, CCSP, FASA, FICC

Teach DCs rules and regulations of HIPAA compliance using electronic health records and understading risks associated with digital records. Explain new compliance rules and penalties starting in 2015 based on use of electronic health records affecting all DCs who treat Medicare patients.

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Addressing Concerns about Chiropractic Safety – William Lauretti, DC

Despite evidence for the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for neck-related conditions, there is still concern among our medical colleagues, the news media and our patients about the supposed risks of treating the cervical spine. This class will discuss the current evidence demonstrating the comparative safety and effectiveness of chiropractic cervical treatments, and provide specific strategies for addressing these concerns.

New Science of Metabolic X Syndrome & Obesity - Evidence-based Treatment Protocol – Dr. Paul Ling Tai

There exists a new published evidence-based approach to diagnose metabolic X syndrome & obesity. This presentation will include a discussion on proper documentation of testing recommendations & explanations to avoid common errors made in testing procedures of genetics, bloodspot & saliva testing.It also includes a step-by-step algorithm of the Leptin hormone, a master hormone and its functions in the thyroid, adrenal & sexual endocrine glands.Documentation of practical scientific protocols of natural supplements for immediate clinical use by chiropractic physicians is discussed.

StrongPosture® Concepts & Rehab: Positioning the DC as a Posture Specialist – Steve Weiniger, DC

Practice branding & patient self-help w/posture Control, Concepts & Consciousness. Communicate an evidence supported, bio-mechanical model of patient care. Use posture pictures to correlate between body perception and objective reality. Integrate daily active exercise & posture awareness w/chiropractic treatment program.

The Scientific Basis for Chiropractic Care – Dr. Lisa Bloom

The learner will be able to identify, explain immobilization and relate this research to chiropractic care; the differences between nociception and pain, and apply appropriate examination procedure; the CNS processing of noiception and why it may not result in pain and relate this info to chiropractic care; and how nociception reflexively affects the sympathetic nervous system and the clinical implications demostrated in current research.

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Software's Impact on the Future of Chiropractic: IDC-10, PQRS and Big Data – Robert Moberg

2015 will be a seminal year for EHR in the chiropractic profession. The ARRA EHR Stimulus Program, ICD-10 adoption, and PQRS are just the beginning. The new frontier in EHR software will be found in the ability to aggregate the data and draw powerful insights into the efficacy of chiropractic. This will bring a new level of legitimacy for the profession that only the power of big data can provide.

Patient Centered Care and Chronic Pelvic Pain – Dr. Kristina Petrocco-Napuli & Ms. Marnae C. Ergil

Chronic Pelvic Pain affects an increasing number of women in our population. This condition is nondiscriminatory and can be associated with other conditions or a direct pain generator. Utilization of an integrated patient-centered model of care can have significant impact on response to treatment. Designing case management of chronic pain patients based on current best practices in the literature will assist the clinician in identifying how to treat patients of this type.

MRI Imaging and Your "Report of Findings” – Anthony Gross, DC

This course will offer a practical review of basic interpretation of an MRI of the spine, and common MRI & X-Ray findings that often present in a chiropractic practice. The discussion will be accompanied by history and physical exam findings, differential diagnosis and chiropractic case management. Case studies will include failed spine surgery MRI cases to help the DC better identify types of surgery performed or when surgical intervention is warranted.

 Expanding your Practice in Corporate America – Mr. Jerry Curtin & Dr. Donald Hundt

This course will highlight the areas of key competency required by chiropractors in order to migrate their practice into a corporate setting. Topics include ergomonics, safety, human resources/benefits, finance 101, and private practice expansion and succession planning. We cover the many benefits of the chiropractic in the workplace and the differences of private practice.

Saturday, February 28, 2015     8:00am - 9:30am

McAndrews Lecture - Plenary Session: Challenges of the Past, Challenges of the Future – Scott Haldeman

10:30am - 12:30pm

Documentation Relating to ICD-9 & ICD-10: A New Reality – Dr. Ronald Wellicoff

In order to meet the increasing necessity for appropriate documentation, especially with the conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10, we will provide information relating to the requirements of establishing medical necessity and the purpose and use of evidence based documentation.

The Female Athlete: Nutrition to Optimize Women's Performance in Athletics – Robert Silverman, DC

Female athletics has grown exponentially in the last 10 years or so. However, inadequate nutritional intake is more common in female athletics than in their male counterparts. Join Dr. Silverman as he takes you through the nutritional and supplementation requirements of female athletics to optimize their performance and aid in recovery.

Foot/Ankle Conditions, Injuries and Syndromes – Mitch Mally, DC

Attendees will learn the most common conditions, injuries and syndromes of the foot and ankle. This high energy, content rich presentation includes anatomy, biomechanics, x-rays and technique demostration including a hands-on workshop featuring a few of Dr. Mally's adjusting techniques.

Achieving Outstanding Outcomes with Funtional Wellness – Kim Christensen, DC

Based upon Functional Medicine protocols of practice, participants will learn the essential components to successfully run a functional health practice including; laboratory testing choices, diet / nutritional recommendations along with the case management guidelines and objective documentation procedures.

1:30pm -3:30pm

Maximize your Potential in ACO and PCMH Care Delivery – Scott Munsterman, DC

Health care is transforming and with it, the chiropractic profession’s role. Opportunities await for those who will be prepared to help society manage chronic disease and contribute to the triple aim of better patient care, improved population health and lower costs.

Case Management without Guessing: Applying the Science of Healing – Mark Sanna, DC

Apply the Science of Healing to develop evidence-based criteria for patient case management. Document the medical necessity of the care you deliver with this reliable, verifiable system based upon peer-reviewed published normative data.

History Taking, Physical Examination and Clinical Pearls for the Young Pediatric Patient –  Elise Hewitt, DC

This class will teach the chiropractor the subtleties of taking a complete history and performing a thorough physical examination on young children from neonates to preschoolers. Included will be a discussion of red flags in the history and examination, as well as indications for imaging. Attendees will also learn what the literature says about the safety of spinal adjusting in children. Dr. Hewitt will pepper her instruction with clinical pearls from her 26 years of experience in pediatric practice.

Post-Surgical Spine Rehabilitation Program: An Overview – Jerrold Simon, DC

In this two hour presentation, Dr. Jerrold Simon, President of the ACA Rehab Council, and Dr. George Petruska, Past President of the ACA Rehab Council, will present an overview of common minimally invasive spinal surgical procedures, as well as contemporary spinal rehabilitative protocols.

4:00pm - 6:00pm

How to Make Your Office Bulletproof: Audit Preparation – Evan Gwilliams, DC

For many doctors of chiropractic, it is no longer a question of "if" you wil be audited, but "when". In this workshop, a Certified Professional Medical Auditor who is also a DC, will help you learn to think like an auditor so that you can be prepared for the day when your records and billing get reviewed.

Raising Standards of Musculoskeletal Care of Adolescent Athletes – Timothy Maggs, DC

Musculoskeletal injuries, with its direct and indirect expenditures, is one of the leading costs in health care today. Preventive and corrective diagnostic and therapeutic musculoskeletal care does not exist. This leads to premature degenerative musculoskeletal breakdown, which dramatically increases costs and reduces quality of life. The orthodontist model has proven to be successful. This model has now been adapted to musculoskeletal care. Biomechanical exams with biomechanical correction is the answer to the musculoskeletal crisis today.

Current Concepts in Concussion and Sports Nutrition for Athletes – Drs. Cindy Howard and Spencer Baron

To understand what causes a concussion as well as risk factors, signs and symptoms and methods of evaluations. To recognize signs and symptoms of dehydration as well as treatment strategies. How to evaluate causes for muscle cramping, fatigue, reduced energy and treatment protocols. How to design meal plans for pre and post events for maximum performance.

Repetitive Motion Injuries: The Cause of Almost Everything – Scott Bausch, DC

The majority of muscle skeletal injuries have a repetitive component to them. Without understading the mechanism, we are just treating the pain. Attendees will understand tissue insult and what lenghens recovery time.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

7:00am - 12:00pm  -  1:00PM - 3:00PM

From Basics to Billing: ICD-10-CM Training for the Chiropractic Office   * Extra fee to attend this session – Drs. Nicholas Payne & Ronald Wellicoff

Those responsible for ICD-10 coding won’t want to miss this course, which covers ICD-10 format, structure, guidelines and terms, differences between ICD-9 and 10, and coding and documentation requirements taught through example cases. This course differs from standard instructional courses in that it is a true workshop where learners will practice coding and learn from one another. Attendees must bring their own ICD-10 Coding Manual in order to participate. * Extra fee to attend this session.


7:00am - 12:00pm  -  1:00PM - 3:00PM

POWERPlay in Sports: S.A.F.E  * Extra fee to attend this session – Drs. Jay Grenstein, Spencer Baron & Alan Sokoloff

The program is an in-depth and comprehensive approach to the four most problematic conditions in the youth sports world. Topics include Concussion Recognition, Prevention and Treatment, Dehydration and Heat Related Illnesses, Nutrition in Sports, and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.