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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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National Medicare Equality Petition
Written by Editor   
Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:26 PM

The American Chiropractic Association’s major grassroots campaign to enact federal legislation that would allow doctors of chiropractic (DC) to perform to the fullest scope of their license in Medicare continues. This initiative would significantly improve the health and wellness of our nation's aging population -- and your support is urgently needed.

The National Medicare Equality Petition will raise awareness of how the current Medicare system shortchanges seniors who want and need the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs)  to stay healthy, pain free and mobile, and how DCs  can be a part of the solution for what ails the U.S. health care system.

ACA is encouraging doctors of chiropractic across the country to ask their patients and other chiropractic supporters to sign the petition (links below) and add their names to a growing list of Americans who want rightful  access to and full reimbursement for services provided by doctors of chiropractic for themselves or their loved ones who are Medicare patients. The plan is to let signers of the petition have their voice heard in Washington through a series of targeted grassroots campaigns to contact their members of Congress and demand a solution to this problem. The ultimate goal is to create a groundswell of support that Congress cannot ignore.

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ACA Volunteer Opportunities
Written by Editor   
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
Written by Editor   
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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F4CP Supports DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative
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Thursday, September 07, 2017 05:05 PM

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) urges consumers to learn the opportunities to dispose of unused Rx drugs for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Take-Back Day

This call-to-action supports initiatives during September Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month and emphasizes the goals to advance public awareness of the value of drug-free chiropractic care.

“We can’t be more supportive of this DEA program which complements our campaign to educate and inform Americans that there are non-pharmacologic options such as chiropractic care to safely and effectively address patients’ spine and joint-related pain,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP. “Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.”

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