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Life University Run The Lights Of Life Event, December 2, 2017
Written by Editor   
Saturday, September 09, 2017 08:00 AM

Start a new holiday tradition, or return this year, and Run the Lights of LIFE. The 5K run starts at 5:00 p.m., just before sunset, and takes in the beautiful campus of Life University during their annual holiday light show. 

After the run, stay and enjoy the holiday festivities, with caroling, s’mores and hot cocoa, a holiday spirit contest, food and music, and much more, including the Lights of LIFE.

And this year, Life University is partnering with Make-A-Wish Georgia for the event with a goal to raise $10,000 to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening health conditions.

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HHS: Hurricane Harvey & HIPAA Bulletin
Written by Editor   
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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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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