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  • 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 14 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course from Dr. Robert Leach 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 from Dr. Robert Leach 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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  • Mechanism, Diagnosis and Treatment of Back and Radicular Pain Based on Federally Funded Research

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Presenter James Cox, DC, reviews the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of back and radicular pain based on federally funded research. This non-CE program will show the biomechanical changes in the lumbar spine segmental levels when flexion distraction spinal manipulation is delivered. Real-time footage of the spine facet joint and intervertebral foraminal alteration as well as intradiscal pressure measurements, disc space increase and afferentation will also be discussed.

    Presenter James Cox, DC, reviews the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of back and radicular pain based on federally funded research. This non-CE program will show the biomechanical changes in the lumbar spine segmental levels when flexion distraction spinal manipulation is delivered. Real-time footage of the spine facet joint and intervertebral foraminal alteration as well as intradiscal pressure measurements, disc space increase and afferentation will also be discussed. 

    Dr. James Cox

    Chiropractic Associates Inc

    Bio

  • Medicare Training for the Chiropractic Office

    Contains 17 Component(s), Includes Credits

    It's Medicare for Chiropractors 101! Join Dr. Angela Kennedy for this guide to the fundamentals of Medicare for Chiropractors. The purpose of this course is to provide doctors of chiropractic and their office staff training on proper documentation for Medicare of chiropractic services.

    It's Medicare for Chiropractors 101!  Join Dr. Angela Kennedy for this guide to the fundamentals of Medicare for Chiropractors.  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

  • HIPAA for the Small Provider

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    ACA is proud to host a FREE four-part webinar series on HIPAA for the Small Provider, presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.

    Session 1: 

    Presenters: Hyla Schreurs and Rachel Lips

    General Information

    • OCR Overview
    • Who is Covered by HIPAA (Covered Entities and Business Associates)
    • • How the compliance process works

    Privacy Rule

    • What is and isn’t PHI 
    • Permitted Uses and Disclosures
    • Incidental Disclosures
    • Minimum Necessary Standard
    • Authorizations
    • Marketing
    • Administrative Requirements (Designate a Privacy Officer, Designate Person/Office to Receive Complaints, Provide Training, Develop and Implement Policies and Procedures)
    • Covered entities’ duties

    Session 2:

    Presenters: Hyla Schreurs and Emily Prehm

    • Individual Rights (NPP, Access, Amendment, Accounting, Alternative Communications, Request Restriction, Complaints to the CE and OCR)

    Session 3:
    Presenters: Meghana Shah and Karel Hadacek
    Security Rule

    • Definitions/General Rules
    • What is Covered
    • Standards and Implementation Specifications
    • Administrative Safeguards
    • Physical and Technical Safeguards
    • Organization Requirements
    • Security Rule Resources

    Session 4: 
    Presenters: Emily Prehm and Rachel Lips
    Breach Notification Rule

    • Definition of Breach
    • Notification to the Individual, Media, and HHS
    • Breach Highlights
    • What Happens when HHS/OCR receives a Breach Report

    Enforcement

    • Compliance Trends/Challenges
    • Complaint Process/Enforcement Process
    • Recent Enforcement Actions and General Enforcement Highlights
    • Compliance Challenges

    Breach and Enforcement examples

    Hyla Schreurs, J.D.

    Supervisory Equal Opportunity Specialist

    Rachel Lips, J.D.

    Equal Opportunity Specialist

    Emily Prehm, J.D.

    Equal Opportunity Specialist

    Meghana Shah, J.D.

    Equal Opportunity Specialist

    Karel Hadacek, J.D.

    Equal Opportunity Specialist

  • Functional Evaluation

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The webinar by Dr. George Petruska will cover the basics of functional evaluation, beginning with how to establish a functional baseline. Topics include: interpreting functional analysis, the importance of identifying dysfunctional movement patterns, the adverse effect of pain provocation on motor control, and assessing function in loaded and unloaded positions. Participants will learn how to put it all together to design a functional intervention.

    The webinar by Dr. George Petruska will cover the basics of functional evaluation, beginning with how to establish a functional baseline. Topics include: interpreting functional analysis, the importance of identifying dysfunctional movement patterns, the adverse effect of pain provocation on motor control, and assessing function in loaded and unloaded positions. Participants will learn how to put it all together to design a functional intervention.

    Dr. George K. Petruska

    DC, DACRB

    Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center

    Bio

  • Evidence-based Diagnosis for Low Back Pain

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The purpose of this webinar from Dr. Robert Vining is to discuss an evidence-based diagnostic system and exam for low back pain. Low back pain can represent many conditions requiring different management strategies. However, conflicting terminology and poor or unknown diagnostic test validity result in diagnoses based largely on opinion. This webinar series presents and looks at the evidence supporting office-based diagnostic criteria for common neuromusculoskeletal diagnoses.

    The purpose of this webinar is to discuss an evidence-based diagnostic system and exam for low back pain. Low back pain can represent many conditions requiring different management strategies. However, conflicting terminology and poor or unknown diagnostic test validity result in diagnoses based largely on opinion. This webinar series presents and looks at the evidence supporting office-based diagnostic criteria for common neuromusculoskeletal diagnoses.

    Number of CEU Credits Offered: 1

    Robert Vining, DC

    Senior Research Clinician

    Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research

    Bio

  • ACC RAC 2018 Choosing Wisely

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The goal of this session is to empower attendees with the information and tools necessary to deliver, and instruct chiropractic students in best practice management of low back pain.

    The purpose of the Choosing Wisely campaign is to spark thoughtful conversations between patients and their doctors about the best,
    most appropriate care. Choosing Wisely is a joint effort between the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and Consumer
    Reports.
    They feature recommendations about health care procedures that are common, but whose usefulness in some cases is not supported
    by the evidence. To participate, healthcare organizations develop a list of 5 tests and/or procedures that may be common but for whom
    routine use is not necessarily based on the best evidence available. In August of 2017, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
    released their Choosing Wisely list. This list focuses on the use of x-rays, back braces, physical therapy modalities and psychosocial
    assessments for patients who need longer term care.
    Since the release of this list, there has been significant controversy regarding the ACA's Choosing Wisely recommendations, including
    misunderstandings regarding how they are to be applied in chiropractic clinical practice. The ACA’s Choosing Wisely campaign creates
    an opportunity for our chiropractic educational institutions to discuss best practices in spine care, and what constitutes patient centered,
    evidence informed management of back pain.
    Panelists will begin with a discussion of the Choosing Wisely campaign, and the evidence base that informed recommendations.
    Leading experts will supplement the discussion by challenging and exploring various facets of the recommendations. This includes
    imaging related questions to consider as part of our chiropractic research agenda, an update of best practices for active care in patient
    treatment plans, and perspectives on the extent to which Doctor of Chiropractic Programs should reflect Choosing Wisely
    recommendations in their curricula. The goal of this session is to empower attendees with the information and tools necessary to
    deliver, and instruct chiropractic students in best practice management of low back pain.

    Todd Knudsen, DC, DACBR

    Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Special Projects

     New York Chiropractic College

  • NCLC 2018 Choosing Wisely Panel

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The Choosing Wisely® campaign was developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation to facilitate informed and collaborative discussions between doctors and patients about the necessity, efficacy and risks and benefits of common tests and procedures. The Choosing Wisely initiative looks to doctors and the societies representing them to underpin these efforts by identifying a “Top Five” list of evidence-based recommendations that draw attention to potentially unnecessary tests or therapies.

    The Choosing Wisely® campaign was developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation to facilitate informed and collaborative discussions between doctors and patients about the necessity, efficacy and risks and benefits of common tests and procedures. The Choosing Wisely initiative looks to doctors and the societies representing them to underpin these efforts by identifying a “Top Five” list of evidence-based recommendations that draw attention to potentially unnecessary tests or therapies.

    ACA’s Choosing Wisely list was developed after several months of careful consideration and thorough review, using the most current evidence about management and treatment options. This panel will discuss the background of Choosing Wisely and the development of the ACA Choosing Wisely statements. Additionally, attendees will hear how the panelists are implementing the recommendations into their practices.

    Christine Goertz (Moderator)

    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

    Dr Ventura has over 30 years of clinical practice experience & now serves on the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services technical expert panel, on the board of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative and is on the musculoskeletal committee of the National Quality Forum.   

    Kendall Payne, DC

    Owner

     Payne Clinic, PA

    Lee R Matthis, DC

    Tuck Chiropractic Clinic

    Bio