National Chiropractic Health Month 2016
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Monday, August 01, 2016 07:32 AM

NCHM 2016 will highlight chiropractic as a first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain.  During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2016 this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will build on its ongoing efforts to raise public awareness of the value of a conservative approach to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic with the theme and hashtag #Chiropractic1st

With government agencies, respected health organizations and the media beginning to recognize and promote the use of nonpharmacologic options for chronic pain, it’s important for healthcare consumers to understand that chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against pain and may in some cases lessen or eliminate the need for over-the-counter and prescription painkillers.

National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held annually in October. The event helps to raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered and drug-free approach to health and wellness. NCHM strives to educate consumers about the benefits of chiropractic services and to promote the expertise of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in helping patients reach optimal levels of health and wellness.

Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Policy
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  The AMA will strongly advocate that new models of healthcare reform require "an ongoing relationship with a personal physician" and will oppose "anything other than MD/DO physician led scheme."

How are your efforts to combat such monopolistic efforts coming along?  Are you contributing to your associations at the state and national levels to moderate such a policy?

Student Physician, Heal Thyself: A Medical Curriculum of the Future?
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Sunday, July 24, 2016 12:00 AM

It seems that wellness starts at home.  At least that is the concept behind a number of medical school student-led proposals to make the medical school curriculum less stressful.  The focus on wellness in medical education is growing, and it’s motivating students and faculty to search for the path to the wellness-centered learning environment of the future.  Several submissions have encouraged students around the nation to upend the traditional medical school curriculum with outside-the-box ideas and emphasize student wellness.  The goal is to create physicians who are better equipped to take care of themselves and therefore able to serve patients throughout the course of their medical careers. Maybe medical students might be convinced to partake of regular chiropractic care as part of their wellness regimes.

Mayo Medical School researchers have studied wellness among students for more than 14 years.  Close to one-half of medical students in the United States experience burnout.  A survey of 10,000 osteopathic students and found more depression, anxiety and suicide than in the general population. A team of medical students from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine tied burnout and stress to a common lack understanding of the business side of medicine among physicians.  According to their proposal, “Training students to be prepared for the modern challenges of health care: Lessons learned in business school,” that lack of understanding has grown in importance as business issues play an ever-larger role in decisions that affect physicians.

A team of students from the University of Louisville School of Medicine set out an ambitious goal to forge “an ideal version of medical education.”  In their proposal, “Happy healers, healthy humans: A wellness curricular model as a means of effecting cultural change, reducing burnout and improving patient outcomes,” the four team members said the current environment is stressful and self-awareness, empathy and communication skills suffer.  Their vision is of a medical school curriculum with an emphasis on student wellness comprised of physical, mental and spiritual health. Under their curriculum, students build coping and self-care skills with goal-setting groups, reflection and cognitive behavioral therapy.  This vision even includes redesigning the medical school buildings. If the library is next to a gym, if the school provides stationary bikes, treadmill desks and meditation zones, the school promotes student wellness.  “The healthiest choices also become the easiest choices.  You make it so the path of least resistance leads to wellness, and folks will take care of the rest.”

TCC Names New President
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016 07:30 AM

The Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) Board of Regents has named Stephen Foster, DC, FICC, as the institution’s 15th president.  Dr. Foster has spent more than 25 years with TCC as a student, faculty member and administrator, most recently as Provost.  Dr. Foster’s effective date as President was July 18.

“The board truly appreciates the broad participation of the TCC community in the presidential search process,” stated Dr. Monte Blue, chairman of the TCC Board of Regents.  “After a lengthy, thoughtful and active interview process which included all stakeholders, the board met this past Saturday morning, July 9, 2016 to select the new president.  Dr. Foster was unanimously elected to lead TCC”.  

Medicare, the Chiropractic Perspective
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 07:53 AM

In a 10-page letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Medicare programs, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) made the following points regarding CMS Proposals.  The letter in its entirety is found here.  Portions have been highlighted for ease of reference.  You will find the information in this letter a helpful resource.

ACA appreciates the opportunity to provide comments … regarding the Merit‐Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive … published in the Federal Register on May 9, 2016.  ACA would like to begin by commending Congressional efforts to repeal the fatally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. We also applaud the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the extensive work that has been done to transform the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) legislation into rules and regulations that would implement the Merit‐Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Alternative Payment Model (APM) program. We strongly support changes to the Medicare physician payment system that recognizes providers for value and quality of the care they provide versus the volume of patients seen … however, there is still concern by … doctors of chiropractic, regarding the number and complexity of the proposed rule provisions.

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