Parker University Hosts African Delegation as Part of Ongoing Collaboration
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 01:44 PM

Parker University hosted a group comprised of dignitaries and educators from Kenya and South Africa on its Dallas campus on November 3 and 4, which give them an up close look at Parker University’s College of Chiropractic and its longstanding doctor of chiropractic program. The collaboration was part of an ongoing initiative to broaden the use of chiropractic care throughout the African continent.

Chiropractic Use in the Medicare Population
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Sunday, November 09, 2014 10:41 PM

The purpose of a recent study was to examine how chiropractic care compares to medical treatments on 1-year changes in self-reported function, health, and satisfaction with care measures in a representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries.

The unadjusted models show that chiropractic is significantly protective against 1-year decline in activities of daily living, lifting, stooping, walking, self-rated health, and worsening health after 1 year. Persons using chiropractic are more satisfied with their follow-up care and with the information provided to them. In addition to the protective effects of chiropractic in the unadjusted model, the propensity score results indicate a significant protective effect of chiropractic against decline in reaching.

This study provides evidence of a protective effect of chiropractic care against 1-year declines in functional and self-rated health among Medicare beneficiaries with spine conditions, and indications that chiropractic users have higher satisfaction with follow-up care and information provided about what is wrong with them.

New ACA YouTube Channel Launches
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Sunday, November 09, 2014 10:12 PM

ACA's new YouTube channel for consumers, Get Healthy with Chiropractic, features videos about work ergonomics, the importance of conservative care, what to expect at one's first visit to a DC and patient testimonials. Watch them and share them in your practice and on your social media websites.

EHRs can Improve Clinical Note Quality
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Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:07 AM

Physicians' clinical notes improved in quality after EHR implementation, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).  The researchers noted there currently is no standard to assess note quality so there is no feasible way to provide physicians with feedback to improve their clinical notes, But researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland conducted a five-year multicenter study of the quality of handwritten and electronic outpatient clinical visit notes.  The notes were evaluated six months before EHR implementation, six months after implementation and five years after implementation.

Patient Communication Between Visits
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 01:44 PM

"The U.S. healthcare landscape is in the midst of a steady but seismic shift away from one that has long supported episodic care and volume-based payments, to one that fosters value-based care, wellness and preventive care, the meaningful use of IT and the quality of the overall patient experience."

"Today’s patients want and expect a great care experience from the moment they first enter the figurative front door and throughout their relationship with the provider. Moreover, they’re not afraid to take their business elsewhere when their expectations aren’t being met, especially with respect to easy access and communication." 

Smaller practices are recognizing that, "in order to facilitate better care, retain patients and remain competitive with strong ROI results, they need to engage patients not just when they are sick, but throughout ongoing care management between visits" and that "without a plan for sustaining communication between scheduled visits, the patient-provider partnership may suffer."

"It makes sense for smaller practices to invest time and resources in developing and implementing a patient communication strategy that fits the needs of their specific practice and patient population. ... A well-considered patient communication strategy can help smaller practices accomplish three major objectives: streamline patient access and support, leverage data to identify specific challenges and solutions, and offer patients multiple venues, or platforms, to communicate with physicians and staff."

Each of these objectives is comprised of multiple elements:

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