Chiropractic
Historic Agreement Reached for 2017 Joint Chiropractic Conference
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:55 PM

An agreement has been reached for a joint 2017 conference in Washington, D.C., bringing together the World Federation of Chiropractic's 14th Biennial Congress, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges' Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC), and the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC) hosted by the American Chiropractic Association.

"This premier event will showcase the many clinical, research and other professional advances made by the chiropractic profession in the United States and around the world.  Additionally, it will highlight the profession's unity and strength by bringing together DCs from across the profession and the world," said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC.

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The Chiropractic Scope of Practice in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Survey
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:32 PM

The scope of chiropractic practice in the United States has a high degree of variability. Scope of practice is dynamic, and gray areas are subject to interpretation by ever-changing board members. Although statutes may not address specific procedures, upon challenge, there may be a possibility of sanctions depending on interpretation.  

The purpose of this study was to assess the current status of chiropractic practice laws in the United States. This survey is an update and expansion of 3 original surveys conducted in 1987, 1992, and 1998.  A cross-sectional survey of licensure officials from the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards e-mail list was conducted in 2011 requesting information about chiropractic practice laws and 97 diagnostic, evaluation, and management procedures.

Partial or complete responses were received from 96% of the jurisdictions in the United States. There were a total of 97 services surveyed.

The states with the highest number of services that could be performed were:

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Is Patient Satisfaction Important?
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 08:54 AM

Patient satisfaction surveys increasingly paint a grim picture of patients and doctors pitted against each other, with patients wishing to be pleased, and doctors feeling that they are being asked to provide inappropriate medical care or work harder to satisfy irrelevant measures imposed from above.  Some in Medicine claim that measuring the patient's experience is to blame for worsening the quality and value of care as well as career satisfaction. 

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The Lower Cost of Primary Care
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM

A few years ago it struck the D.C. region's biggest medical insurer that the doctors who saw its members most often and knew them best got the smallest piece of the healthcare dollar.  CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield spent billions on hospital procedures, drugs, and specialty physicians to treat sick patients. Only one dollar in 20 went to the family-care doctors and other primary caregivers trained to keep people healthy.

The company's move to shift that balance tells a lesser-known story of the Affordable Care Act and efforts to change the health system.  While much attention has focused on expanded coverage and online insurance bazaars, policymakers' bigger challenge is improving Americans' health while putting a brake on the cost of their care. The keys to that puzzle, CareFirst and many others are deciding, are the internists and general practitioners who have largely been left behind by healthcare's financial boom.

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The Chiropractic Scope of Practice in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Survey
Written by Editor   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 03:43 PM

The scope of chiropractic practice in the United States has a high degree of variability. Scope of practice is dynamic, and gray areas are subject to interpretation by ever-changing board members. Although statutes may not address specific procedures, upon challenge, there may be a possibility of sanctions depending on interpretation.  Texas is one of the states with the highest number of services that cannot be performed by a chiropractor.

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