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  • Documenting the Pediatric Visit

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Includes a Live Event on 02/11/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Kids are more than just small adults and their chiropractic treatment needs to be tailored to their unique anatomy and physiology in order to provide safe and effective care. Each part of the patient visit requires special attention to the age and development of the patient. This Course will highlight some of the current research on the safety of pediatric chiropractic care and the unique aspects of conducting and documenting a pediatric patient visit, including a narrative history, physical exam, and daily SOAP notes.

    Kids are more than just small adults and their chiropractic treatment needs to be tailored to their unique anatomy and physiology in order to provide safe and effective care. Each part of the patient visit requires special attention to the age and development of the patient. This Course will highlight some of the current research on the safety of pediatric chiropractic care and the unique aspects of conducting and documenting a pediatric patient visit, including a narrative history, physical exam, and daily SOAP notes. 

    Dr. Jennifer Brocker, DC, DICCP

    Doctor of Chiropractic, Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics

    Portland Chiropractic Group

    Bio

    Dr. Jennifer Brocker is a 2007 Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. In 2012, Dr. Brocker became board-certified as a Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics having completed the required 3-year postgraduate course of study. She joined the ACA in 2012 and became the Vice President of the ACA Pediatrics Council in 2013, holding that position until elected President of the Council in 2016. As an active member in the House of Delegates, she is appointed to the Bylaws Committee and the Governance Monitoring Task Force. In 2017, the ACA Pediatrics Council established a certifying arm, the American Board of Chiropractic Pediatrics, for which Dr. Jenny is the representative and Council liaison to the American Board of Chiropractic Specialties. 

  • Best Practices for Managing Lower Back Pain

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered Recorded On: 11/15/2018

    This practical presentation will begin with a discussion of the current evidence-based evaluation and management of common lumbar structural pathology. The discussion will progress to review the most commonly overlooked “functional” problems that delay NMS recovery. In one way or another, these functional diagnoses contribute to many, if not all, of the lumbar structural diagnoses that chiropractors treat. Attendees will leave with immediately applicable, practical information for enhancing clinical outcomes.

    Thursday, November 15, 2018, 1:00-2:00 PM ET

    This practical presentation will begin with a discussion of the current evidence-based evaluation and management of common lumbar structural pathology. The discussion will progress to review the most commonly overlooked “functional” problems that delay NMS recovery. In one way or another, these functional diagnoses contribute to many, if not all, of the lumbar structural diagnoses that chiropractors treat. Attendees will leave with immediately applicable, practical information for enhancing clinical outcomes.


    Course Learning Objectives
    After completing this course, the participant will be able to:
    1. Perform specific orthopedic, neurologic, and functional lumbar spine evaluations.
    2. Clinically identify “functional” diagnoses and recognize their role in “structural” pathology.
    3. Describe current “best practice” treatment of lumbopelvic structural and functional lesions.

    This webinar is for 1 CEU credit, approved in all PACE states except Tennessee.  For more information on PACE and a complete list of state licensing boards that accept PACE, click here.

    Dr. Tim Bertelsman, D.C., CCSP, DACO

    Co-Founder

    ChiroUp

    Bio

  • Chiropractic Co-Management of Infants with Suboptimal Breastfeeding

    Contains 4 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    From a public health perspective, breastfeeding has a strong positive impact on both infant and maternal health. Studies now show pediatric chiropractic care may help improve a baby’s ability to breastfeed. This class will empower doctors of chiropractic to effectively manage infant patients with suboptimal breastfeeding.

    Dr. Elise G. Hewitt

    December 11, 2018

    From a public health perspective, breastfeeding has a strong positive impact on both infant and maternal health. Studies now show chiropractic care may help improve a baby’s ability to breastfeed. This class will empower doctors of chiropractic to effectively manage infant patients with suboptimal breastfeeding.

    Dr. Hewitt will describe the benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby. Current medical management of suboptimal breastfeeding will be discussed, as will the clinical rationale for chiropractic co-management, with emphasis on spinal joint dysfunction and its effects on the involved tissues and systems. The latest research evidence in this area will be discussed. Elements of the history and physical examination relevant to dysfunctional breastfeeding will be highlighted. Dr. Hewitt will detail patient management including manual therapy techniques, frequency of care, and prognosis. Dr. Hewitt will pepper her instruction with clinical pearls from her 30 years of experience in pediatric practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss current medical management for babies with suboptimal breastfeeding.
    2. Explain how chiropractic care can help infants with suboptimal breastfeeding.
    3. List five clues each in the history and examination that indicate spinal joint dysfunction as a possible etiology for suboptimal breastfeeding.


    This webinar is for 1 CEU credit, approved in all PACE states except Tennessee.  For more information on PACE and a complete list of state licensing boards that accept PACE, click here.

    Dr. Elise G. Hewitt

    DC, DICCP, FICC

    Board Certified Pediatric Chiropractor
    CranioSacral Therapist
    Internationally Recognized Educator and Author
    Immediate Past President, ACA Pediatrics Counci

    An internationally recognized speaker, author and leader in the specialized field of chiropractic pediatrics, Dr. Hewitt’s unique combination of clinical knowledge, dynamic speaking style and leadership experience give her lectures a distinctive flair. As she entertains and educates her audiences, blending research with clinical pearls, Dr. Hewitt helps doctors comfortably treat and interact with the youngest members of our society.

    Dr. Hewitt is Board Certified in Chiropractic Pediatrics and a Craniosacral Therapist. An alumnus of the University of Colorado, she has been in private practice since graduating Summa Cum Laude and as class valedictorian from Western States Chiropractic College in 1988. In her Portland, Oregon chiropractic practice, which is limited to pediatrics, Dr. Hewitt specializes in the care of infants and young children.

    Bio

  • Choosing Wisely: Spine Imaging- What are the Facts?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/05/2018

    In the next installment of our Choosing Wisely series, Dr. Andre Bussieres will focus in on ethical use of X-Rays in Chiropractic. The presentation will: • review the reasons why some clinicians use radiography routinely for patients with spine disorders, • discuss when diagnostic imaging is recommended and when it is not, • highlight potential adverse effects associated with routine diagnostic imaging.

    In the next installment of our Choosing Wisely series, Dr. Andre Bussieres will focus in on ethical use of X-Rays in Chiropractic.  The presentation will:

    • review the reasons why some clinicians use radiography routinely for patients with spine disorders, 
    • discuss when diagnostic imaging is recommended and when it is not, 
    • highlight potential adverse effects associated with routine diagnostic imaging. 

    Dr. Andre Bussieres

    Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

    McGill University

    Professor- Chiropractic Department

    l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

    Bio

  • Choosing Wisely: Beyond the Myth

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/20/2018

    This Webinar will provide an overview of the ACA’s Choosing Wisely program, including how the program was developed, the rationale for each of the items on the ACA’s list, an explanation of what Choosing Wisely is and is not, and the significance of this program for the chiropractic profession.

    This Webinar will provide an overview of the ACA’s Choosing Wisely program, including how the program was developed, the rationale for each of the items on the ACA’s list, an explanation of what Choosing Wisely is and is not, and the significance of this program for the chiropractic profession. 

    Christine Goertz

    Chief Executive Officer

    Spine Institute for Quality (Spine IQ)

    Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy- Palmer College of Chiropractic

    Bio

    John M Ventura, DC

    Consultant

    Spine Care Partners, LLC

    Bio

  • Safety of Chiropractic Research Awareness, Exam and Treatment Procedures; and How to Safeguard Your Practice

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Are you familiar with the latest research on chiropractic safety? Ronald Farabaugh, DC, offers a refresher on the topic: "Safety of Chiropractic: Research Awareness/Exam and Treatment Procedures." The webinar will review the latest literature on spinal manipulation safety as well as the mechanics of a proper examination and the informed consent process. Information on the association between manipulation and stroke will also be discussed.

    Dr. Ronald Farabaugh

    August 16, 2018

    Are you familiar with the latest research on chiropractic safety? Ronald Farabaugh, DC, will offer a refresher on the topic: "Safety of Chiropractic: Research Awareness/Exam and Treatment Procedures." The webinar will review the latest literature on spinal manipulation safety as well as the mechanics of a proper examination and the informed consent process. Information on the association between manipulation and stroke will also be discussed.

    Dr. Ronald J. Farabaugh

    Farabaugh Chiropractic Office

    Bio

  • Ethical and Professional Practice Promotion

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Join Dr. Heidi Henson as she discusses how to market and promote your Chiropractic business in an ethical and professional way. Dr. Henson will highlight the many dos and don'ts of practice promotion, while offering the advice on how to best fine tune your marketing towards your potential patients. This presentation is part of ACA's "New Doctor Toolkit", designed to help give those doctors beginning their practices the best chance to succeed.

    Dr. Heidi Henson

    Recorded July 19. 2018

    Join Dr. Heidi Henson as she discusses how to market and promote your Chiropractic business in an ethical and professional way.  Dr. Henson will highlight the many dos and don'ts of practice promotion, while offering the advice on how to best fine tune your marketing towards your potential patients.  This presentation is part of ACA's "New Doctor Toolkit", designed to help give those doctors beginning their practices the best chance to succeed. 

    Dr. Heidi Henson, DC

    Owner & Medical Director

    Southern Oregon Spine + Rehab

    Bio

  • Theory-Driven and Evidence-Informed Chiropractic: A 6-Hour Survey

    Contains 13 Component(s), 6.00 credits offered

    This work provides a brief introduction to the science of chiropractic for the busy clinician or student, explaining in simple terms how theory and evidence may inform and even drive modern clinical practice. The course focuses on five promising theories for evidence-informed practice, including: inflammation, segmental dysfunction, neuroplasticity, immobilization degeneration, and wellness/psychosocial. An overarching goal of the course is for the busy clinician to understand possible scientific explanations for chiropractic and how the research has informed practice guidelines, discuss ways to communicate these topics with patients and other healthcare partners, and incorporate them into the practice behaviors.

    Recorded July 2018

    This course provides a brief introduction to the science of chiropractic for the busy clinician or student, explaining how theory and evidence may inform and drive modern clinical practice. The course focuses on five promising theories for evidence-informed practice, including: inflammation, segmental dysfunction, neuroplasticity, immobilization degeneration, and wellness/psychosocial.  This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to enable the  busy clinician to understand possible scientific explanations for chiropractic and how the research has informed practice guidelines, discuss ways to communicate these topics with patients and other healthcare partners, and incorporate them into the practice behaviors

    Learning Objectives:

    After completing this course, participants will be able to:
    1. Explain how science impacts guidelines, press and public attitudes, private and government payor reimbursement schedules, and clinical practice in a modern healthcare profession.
    2. Describe the role of inflammation in disease and health, markers of inflammation associated with spine pain, changes in inflammation in experimental and clinical subjects after manipulation, and the role of inflammation within the larger context of whole-body or wholistic treatment.
    3. Distinguish between “subluxation” as a theoretical construct as opposed to segmental dysfunction hypothesis associated with fixation and other clinical predictors such as pressure pain thresholds and measures of spinal pain provocation. 
    4. Explain some of the research regarding “misalignment,” how it varies with radiation guidelines, and how it may vary with common clinical practice.
    5. Discuss with patients’ modern research of neuroplasticity, and the role for chiropractic spinal manipulation to restore neural integrity to spine and brain centers like the prefrontal cortex, cingulate and amygdala. How exercise may be important to continuing progress after chiropractic.
    6. Describe immobilization degeneration and the role of imaging in the larger context of ruling out disease to provide a safe platform for chiropractic, as opposed to determining where and when to adjust the spine. 
    7. Explain why MRI is unable to predict which patients are in pain, let alone predict chiropractic outcomes, and understand growing science for the role of genetics and inflammation in degeneration and aging of the spine.
    8. Recognize the role of lifestyle and discuss with patients how smoking cessation, increasing activity levels, seeking counseling or improved coping skills, or improved dietary habits are ultimately more important to their overall health and wellness than spinal adjustments. 

    Number of CEU Credits Offered: 6

    Dr. Robert Leach

    D.C., M.S., F.I.C.C.(h), C.H.E.S.

    Leach Chiropractic

    A native of Des Moines, Iowa, more than 25,000 copies of Dr. Leach's classic textbook, The Chiropractic Theories, have been distributed since 1980. Now in its fourth edition, it is published by Wolters Kluwer—Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. In addition, he has published or presented several dozen scientific papers from clinical subjects ranging from children with attention deficit hyperactivity to correlates of the flexion/relaxation electromyography test, and from PulStar fixation analysis reliability testing and treatment of infantile colic to public health and wellness issues.

    In 2006 he earned a Master of Science degree in Health Education and became a Certified Health Education Specialist. Previously a recipient of numerous awards from the Mississippi Chiropractic Association, in 2007 he was named, “Health Educator of the Year” by the Mississippi Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD). In addition to continuing in full time practice since 1979, Dr. Leach continues to write and lecture. He has served as a Delphi Panelist for a number of published best practices guidelines in the past decade including recommendations for chiropractic care for infants, children and adolescents, for older adults, and for health promotion, disease prevention, and wellness.   Dr. Leach is the Mississippi Delegate to the American Chiropractic Association HOD since 2013, and currently serves on the Public Health Committee.

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  • Medicare Training for the Chiropractic Office

    Contains 16 Component(s), 1.00 credit offered

    The purpose of this course is to provide doctors of chiropractic and their office staff training on proper documentation for Medicare of chiropractic services.

    The purpose of this course is to provide doctors of chiropractic and their office staff training on proper documentation for Medicare of chiropractic services. Specifically, attendees will receive guidance on: chiropractic billing and documentation concepts, requirements for demonstrating medical necessity, determining coverage based upon Medicare requirements and addressing various issues that will help decrease claim submission errors.


    Number of CEU Credits Offered: 1

    Angela Kennedy DC, MBA

    Angela Kennedy is the former Senior VP for Education and Health Policy at ACA. Dr. Kennedy holds a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in operations management from Loyola University in Chicago, a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a concentration in genetics from the University California, Irvine, and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West.

  • Provider Non-discrimination Toolkit

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    ACA has received numerous questions as to the applicability of Section 2706 in many different scenarios. While it has not yet been determined specifically how this provision will be enforced in regard to certain specific payer policies and practices, ACA is steadfastly working to ensure that all the strength originally intended to be held by this provision remains, and that it will remain a bulwark of protection for doctors of chiropractic for years to come. The information below is intended to add as much clarity as possible and to help providers and their staff to become more familiar with Section 2706.

    ACA has received numerous questions as to the applicability of Section 2706 in many different scenarios. While it has not yet been determined specifically how this provision will be enforced in regard to certain specific payer policies and practices, ACA is steadfastly working to ensure that all the strength originally intended to be held by this provision remains, and that it will remain a bulwark of protection  for doctors of chiropractic for years to come. The information below is intended to add as much clarity as possible and to help providers and their staff to become more familiar with Section 2706.

    Julie Lenhardt

    Former Senior Director, Payment Policy

    American Chiropractic Association