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HHS: Hurricane Harvey & HIPAA Bulletin
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Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:39 PM

“Severe disasters – such as Hurricane Harvey,” the HHS notes, “impose additional challenges on health care providers. Often questions arise about the ability of entities covered by the HIPAA regulations to share information, including with friends and family, public health officials, and emergency personnel.”  In the wake of Hurricane Harvey the HHS has released a Bulletin reviewing HIPAA regulations. Read the full bulletin for complete details. 

The bulletin notes that the HIPAA Privacy Rule allows patient information to be shared to assist in disaster relief efforts, and to assist patients in receiving the care they need.  While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of HHS may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule, and following the President’s declaration that a disaster exists in the States of Texas and Louisiana the Secretary has exercised the authority to waive sanctions and penalties against covered hospitals.

But even without a waiver specifically covering entities such as doctors of chiropractic, the HIPAA Privacy Rule always allows patient information to be shared for the following purposes and under the following conditions:

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Chiropractic Cares: Harvey Help
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Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:35 PM

How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Texas Chiropractic Association, Texas Chiropractic College and Parker University have teamed up to create a fund for Texan chiropractors who have been affected by the storm. Monetary and chiropractic equipment donations are being requested. Learn more about C.H.I.R.O.

ACA leadership requests that if you know of any member who has been seriously affected by the storm and subsequent flooding, please pass that information on to ACA Vice President Dr. Karen Konarski-Hart at communications@acatoday.org. Dr. Konarski-Hart, a trained disaster relief responder, offers this additional information for those who wish to help in some way:

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Choosing Wisely X-ray Recommendations Reflect Evolving Evidence, Accepted Standards
Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:31 PM

By Christine Goertz, DC, PhD

The goal of the Choosing Wisely® campaign is to promote conversations between doctors and their patients about utilizing the most appropriate tests and treatments. The campaign is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and Consumer Reports. 

The first ACA Choosing Wisely® recommendation states: In the absence of red flags, do not obtain spinal imaging (X-rays) for patients with acute low-back pain during the six weeks after the onset of pain. This recommendation is not only on ACA’s Choosing Wisely® list; a similar item is also included on the lists of seven other organizations. This includes, among others, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the North American Spine Society and the American College of Physicians. It's also one of the performance measures established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) under the MIPS Program. Thus, it is a widely accepted standard.

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ACA Volunteer Opportunities
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Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:16 PM

The ACA offers membership opportunities to serve in a volunteer leadership role on its board of governors, various committees, task forces and advisory boards, as well appointments to outside organizations. 

ACA has implemented a web based self referral system.  Applicants must submit their application electronically through the virtual volunteer nomination application center. 

Select the Download Instructions button for detailed instructions on how to submit your application. Or, to begin the submission process immediately, select the Submit Nomination button.

Download Instructions    Submit Nomination

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Huge Diet Study Shows Carbs, Not Fats Are the Problem
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Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:08 PM

An enormous prospective study of food intake in adults challenges several staunchly held beliefs about dietary components and their association with health risks: finding, for example that diets rich in fats, including saturated fats, don’t increase mortality risk, but high-carbohydrate diets do.

And the study, called PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology), also found that the benefits of fruits, vegetables, and legumes top out at just three to four total servings per day. In sum, the results suggest that nutritional guidelines and conventional wisdom regarding these basic dietary elements may be seriously mistaken.

PURE investigators recorded food intake using questionnaires in 135,000 people in 18 countries, including high-, medium- and low-income nations. PURE found that high carbohydrate intake was associated with a significant increase in the risk of death, while both total fat and saturated and unsaturated fats were associated with a decreased risk of death. However, fat consumption was not associated with cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular mortality, though saturated fat had an inverse association with stroke.

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