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ACA URGES CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION, PATIENTS TO MAKE VOICES HEARD ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 07:24 PM

 Active presence required to ensure chiropractic is at forefront of healthcare debate; Association launches voter resource page www.acatoday.org/gotv

As the congressional mid-term campaigns begin to heat up, the American Chiropractic Association is asking all doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic patients, and anyone else with an interest in chiropractic care, to become inherently aware of the high stakes associated with this year's election and to help make chiropractic's presence known.

Candidates are starting to become more involved and will become even more visible leading up to Election Day, November 4th.  Read more here and be sure to go to www.acatoday.org/gotv for Get Out the Vote information, resources and other vital material to help Back Chiropractic, VOTE 2014!
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This is too important
Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:39 PM

We're down to less than 30 days before voting begins for the November 4th general election.  

Donate NOW! 

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The Smart-Phone-Watch and the Practice of Medicine
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 03:47 PM

In an article entitled Silicon Valley Primer on the Democratization of Medicine it is noted that at the Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference held in Silicon Valley, the effect of new technology on the Doctor–Patient relationship was explored.  The article states "we are moving quickly to a doctorless patient model for some things."  Patient diagnostics and monitoring are examples that will "largely be done by the consumer, and the doctor will be involved in treating and healing and care, with a little bit of diagnosis and monitoring."  

One of the most familiar objects of modern day, the smartphone, is driving much of this "shift in the partnership of patients and doctors."  It and similar technologies are doing that by granting consumers the power, increasingly, to take on tasks traditionally in the clinician's domain. A series of tools are now available and evolving — the digital drivers of the democratization of healthcare.  Sensors that will ultimately provide consumers with core information from any medical examination: vital signs such as heart rate, respiration rate, body temperature, and blood pressure.

One will have to wonder what the TMA will think about the consumer reaching his own diagnosis, or of a patient coming to see a doctor of chiropractic with a full set of digital data ready to be reviewed.  Will "checking your smart-phone-watch" constitute the practice of medicine?

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CAUTION: Central Texas IRS Phone Scam!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:05 PM

Central Texas residents should be on the alert for a phone scam involving con artists pretending to be Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents. The IRS and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) have reported receiving 90,000 complaints. Unfortunately, 1,100 victims have fallen for the scam losing an estimated five million dollars from these scams. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin received nearly a dozen reports of this particular scam just last week when a BBB employee received a threatening voicemail from a Washington, D.C. phone number. When she called the number back, the fake IRS agent asked probing questions and threatened her with legal action. 

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One Insurer Holds Subsidies Hostage in Two States
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 04:38 PM

In Iowa and South Dakota, the two states where the ACA insurance marketplaces struggled the most, just 11.1% of residents eligible for subsidized insurance signed up for it. 

The individual insurance market in both states is dominated by one insurer, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The company chose not to sell on the ACA exchanges in the first year, locking its consumers out from buying subsidized plans from the company. And it is staying out of the Iowa and South Dakota exchanges for year two.

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