Education Sessions

Education Sessions


Using Data to Drive ALL Aspects of a Chiropractic Practice (Non-CE)

Lunch & Learn with Sponsor: February 4, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Presenter: Lee R Matthis, DC

Presentation Summary: Today’s healthcare environment requires the constant balancing act of using the most up-to-date research, adherence to clinical guidelines, proper human resource management, assurance of financial strength and high-qualitative outcomes, along with ensuring superb patient experience measures.  On top of these demands comes the challenge of minimizing physician burnout. In a clinic setting where most of these “spinning plates” have to be managed by a small team, often led by the physician(s) themself, knowing where and when to focus is essential to long-term sustainability of the practice. This presentation is intended to lay a framework for appropriate management.  The systematization of appropriate management processes is required to keep all required aspects of practice in check, allow for an objective reflection on each aspect’s strengths and weaknesses, and ensure that changes are made to continue long into the future.

Take Home: The attendee can expect to take home concepts to improve their patient care, their employees' satisfaction, and the patient's experience in their office, while maintaining financial sustainability for the future.

Evidence-based Practice: Types of Studies and the Questions They Answer (1 CE)

Pre-recorded session (Required for CE credit): available on demand January 28, 2021
Expert Live Chat: February 4, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Presenter: John Scott Stites, DC

Presentation Summary: The purpose of this program is to review different study types and explore the types of questions that they answer. The presentation will explore experimental designs, observational designs, reviews narrative, systematic and scoping. Issues of therapy, diagnosis, prognosis and harm will be looked an in light of randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, case-control studies and systematic reviews. Important elements in each design necessary to critically appraise will be reviewed. The process of synthesizing evidence using a GRADE approach to develop guidelines will be discussed.

Take Home: The ability to identify different types of research and to be able to do a basic critical appraisal.

Educating the Broader Healthcare Community on Non-Pharmacological Pain Treatments (1 CE)

Pre-recorded session (Required for CE credit): available on demand January 28, 2021
Expert Live Chat: February 4, 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Presenters: Craig F Nelson, DC and Thomas LaBrot, DC

Presentation Summary: The purpose of this presentation is to arm the doctor of chiropractic with the tools necessary to engage with other members and decision makers within the healthcare community in a manner that will promote the visibility, credibility and value of the profession to the overall healthcare system. The type of engagement and the persons involved is entirely variable. It might range from having lunch with a local family practitioner, to meeting with a larger clinical group or hospital, to presenting to a local employer, or to testifying to a state legislative committee.

Take Home: The central message of this presentation is that the individual chiropractor can be effective in communicating the benefits of chiropractic care.  This can be done at the level of promoting one’s own practice to the local healthcare community, or at the level of promoting the profession as a whole to healthcare decision makers.

Cultural Competence and Sensitivity in the Healthcare Setting (1 CE)

Pre-recorded session (Required for CE credit): available on demand January 28, 2021
Moderated discussion panel: February 4, 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Presenter: Joelle Santiago, DC

Presentation Summary: The presentation creates a framework of historical and current dimensions of diversity and their role in the clinical setting.  The importance of social and cultural influences on the patient’s health beliefs and behaviors will be related to the chiropractic setting. An explanation of current initiatives within the United States will provide reason for the necessity of cultural awareness and future developmental training.  Cultural competency will be explained as a key strategy in addressing diversity within the healthcare setting. Patient-centered care will be emphasized as a current and future significant component of diagnosis and treatment. The seven dimensions of diversity will be explained in detail. Tools will be provided to avoid miscommunication and establish trust with patients. Socioeconomic and social inequality examples will be presented (topics will include lack or transportation, difficulty with lifestyle choices, and chronic poverty). Harvard’s Implicit Association Test will be presented as an option for observing one's own implicit biases.  Tools for how to avoid conflict during examination and treatment in relation to spatial boundaries will be explained. Prevention and conflict resolution will be explored through cultural preservation and its importance in creating a culturally welcoming environment for the patient. The presentation concludes with the American Chiropractic Association’s statement on diversity.

Take Home: Attendees will take home clearly defined tools to apply cultural competence in their interactions with patients.

Screening for Social Health Disparities in the Community Health Setting (1 CE)

Pre-recorded session (Required for CE credit): available on demand January 28, 2021
Moderated discussion panel: February 4, 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Presenters: Brandon T. Smolarek and Michael Ingui, DC

Presentation Summary: Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) play a critical role in a person’s health status. Non-medical factors such as adequate housing, food security and health literacy significantly impact a patient’s ability to successfully complete a treatment plan. Many healthcare providers, including most chiropractors, are unaware of these non-medical factors and very few screen for SDoH disparities. Chiropractors can be part of the solution by implementing proper screening protocols and engaging in care coordination that can reduce these disparities and help achieve better population health.

Take Home: Attendees can expect to gain the tools need to identify and manage patients with social determinants of health impacting their care.

Reframe The Brain To Rethink The Pain (1 CE)

Pre-recorded session (Required for CE credit): available on demand January 28, 2021
Expert Live Chat: February 4, 4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Presenter: Mia Ortega, DC, DIANM, MAEd

Presentation Summary: A global health crisis can have a profound impact to individuals at varying degrees. Now more than ever, practitioners are faced with the challenge of simultaneously healing themselves and the community.  This lecture will review the anatomy and circuitry of stress and healing responses, explain how  deceptive brain messaging can lead to self-destructive habits and offer insight to challenging the brain to new ways of thinking for making positive change. The lecture will continue with strategies to promote healing to patients with  positive communication and encouragement. 

Take Home: Attendees will understand how to identify deceptive brain messaging in their own thinking, and how to overcome unhealthy thinking and change bad habits. Most importantly, the attendee can then recognize these same patterns in their patients, and can help promote healing with effective communication and positive psychology

Better Medicare Billing: A Critical Skill for Chiropractors (1 CE)

Pre-recorded session (Required for CE credit): available on demand January 28, 2021
Moderated discussion panel: February 5, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Presenter: William J. Lauretti, DC

Presentation Summary: The relationship between doctors of chiropractic and Medicare is, well…complicated. On the one hand, Medicare pays doctors of chiropractic about a half-billion dollars per year. On the other hand, Medicare is consistently named as one of the biggest headaches for practicing DCs, with complicated rules and an extremely limited range of services covered. A major initiative of ACA is to expand Medicare coverage for chiropractors, a goal that is thwarted by the discouragingly high rate of errors DCs make when billing Medicare. One recent government report found that chiropractic services had the highest rate of “improper payments” among all outpatient services covered by Medicare. Understanding how to properly bill Medicare is an essential skill for chiropractors to assure compliance with Federal rules, as well as avoiding potentially expensive fines for Medicare miscoding. This session will provide an introduction to Medicare billing basics and advice on avoiding potentially costly pitfalls.

Take Home: It's most likely that on Monday morning you will realize what you've been doing wrong when billing (or when not billing) Medicare, and take action to correct it.

2021 Coding Updates (1 CE)

Pre-recorded session (Required for CE credit): available on demand January 28, 2021
Moderated discussion panel: February 5, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Presenter: Kevin Sharp, DC

Presentation Summary: This 1-hour seminar by Dr. Kevin Sharp is designed to provide 2021 coding and documentation updates to doctors of chiropractic and their staff. An explanation of the new 2021 E&M coding changes along with examples of how each can be documented to improve efficiencies and add value to your patients’ clinical case will be provided. In addition, Dr. Sharp will review the most-commonly misunderstood and used time-based codes in chiropractic offices in an effort to improve documentation and billing for these therapeutic modalities. Lastly, he will review the importance of re-examinations in a chiropractic office and how these visits show outcomes and help establish medical necessity.

Treating Concussion Beyond the Adjustment in a Chiropractic Practice (1 CE)

Live Session: February 6, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Cindy M. Howard, FIAMA, DACBN, DC, DABCI

Presentation Summary: Concussion has been a common topic in the media for the last few years and continues to present challenges to physicians, patients and patient athletes.  In the chiropractic office, we can treat the concussed patient and include nutrition and supplement recommendations.  There is also a wide variety of testing to evaluate damage to the immune system and neurological system, which can be treated successfully with the right information.  With a disruption of the blood brain barrier, infection is extremely common.  With inflammation, the stress of the injury or the stress prior to the injury can also affect outcomes and the duration of symptoms.  Looking at how the adrenals, gut function, neurotransmitters, basic nutrition and deficiencies can aid the chiropractic physician in instituting care beyond, yet including, musculoskeletal treatment in their office.  Simple recommendations can be implemented immediately after the history physical and diagnosis is rendered.

Take Home: Attendees will appreciate a more well rounded approach to a concussed patient.  They will have a greater tool box of considerations, especially if a patient does not get complete resolution of symptoms quickly. Since prevention may not always be practical, attendees will also learn ways to keep patients healthier to decrease symptoms of first-time or sequential concussions.

Internet Marketing For Chiropractors 2.0 (Non-CE)

Lunch & Learn with Sponsor: February 6, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Presenter: James R. Fedich, DC

Presentation Summary: This presentation will describe how chiropractors can use social media, Google and more to attract new patients into their clinic—without chasing down leads or hiring an expensive marketing company. The focus will be on how to get more Google reviews and testimonials, and use them to reach new patients online.

Take Home: Learn to grow your practice with online marketing, including reviews and testimonials, without using marketing companies, chasing leads, or doing spinal screening.

Creating an Effective Pre-habilitation Program for ACL Injury (1 CE)

Live Session: February 6, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Presenter: Davis McAlister, DC, MEd

Presentation Summary: The first part of this presentation will provide in depth information and research on the contributing factors that result in non-contact ACL injuries in athletes. The first factor deals with the anatomical structural features of the knee that can predispose an athlete to ACL injury. The second factor will be the forces and movements applied that result in the non-contact injury. The second part of this presentation will discuss the functional assessment tools that have been researched to be most effective for determining if an athlete will be at a higher risk of ACL injury. The final part of this presentation will provide the evidence-based, basic components that a pre-habilitation program should possess to most effectively prepare an athlete for knee injury prevention.

Take Home: The immediate take-home value for this presentation is to equip chiropractors with the tools to perform a timely and focused functional assessment to determine an ACL injury risk and develop an ACL pre-habilitation program.

Mechanics and Management of Acute Recurrent Low Back Pain (1 CE)

Live Session: February 6, 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Presenter: Linda Wheatland Smith, DC

Presentation Summary: Low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal disorder affecting up to 80% of the population. Acute recurrent low back pain is disabling and intensely painful causing many people to seek emergency medical care including steroids and opioids, neither of which address the central mechanical dysfunction. The chiropractor is uniquely positioned to manage these cases. Patients seek us out for back pain more than for any other healthcare concern. This presentation includes a review of the mechanics of acute low back pain and proposes an efficient and effective protocol to manage this condition and help prevent recurrences. What causes the debilitating lateral shift in acute low back pain? What clinical approaches work to help interrupt this dysfunction? Why does this problem recur and how can we interrupt this cycle? Regardless of your unique approach or technique specialty, this program will give you tools to comprehensively manage your patients with acute recurrent low back pain.

Take Home: Participants will take home an understanding of the acute recurrent low back pain patient, a specific set of management guidelines to bring into their practices, and an understanding of muscular imbalances underlying these conditions. They will receive handouts they may tailor to their patients needs that include acute home management, rehab ADL’s and exercises to help correct the underlying postural faults.

Better Practice, Better Care, Better Life! Rapid Financial Results and Lasting Cultural Change

Pre-recorded session: available on demand January 28, 2021

Presenters: Steve Baker  and N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC

Presentation Summary: Practices that experience (or strive for) rapid financial stability often find that it can be challenging to balance the business’ needs with the needs of those of its patients.  The Great Game of Business is a management system that supports both financial growth and the sustainability of a strong company culture. In this session, participants will learn about the origin of open-book management and gain insight into how it can be implemented within their own practices. This presentation is ideal for participants who would like to learn more about implementing the business strategies of open-book management, transparency, and gamification in their practices. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the small changes they can make to better communicate business goals to employees in a way that is meaningful to them.

Take Home: Participants will learn the fundamentals of Open Book Management outlined in the #1 bestseller, The Great Game of Business, and take away the knowledge of how to immediately begin implementing it into their own practices.