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How Is the Clinical Compass Valuable to Your Practice?

The mission of the Clinical Compass is to provide consistent and widely adopted chiropractic practice information and to perpetually distribute and update this data as necessary so that consumers and others have reliable information on which to base informed healthcare decisions. It is also charged with examining—with a chiropractic lens—all existing guidelines, parameters, protocols and best practices in the United States and other nations. 

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Talking to People About Chiropractic Safety

*Member-Exclusive Content* It’s the issue that seems to dog the chiropractic profession—can chiropractic neck adjustments cause strokes? In episodes that range from a badly biased and ambiguous report from an otherwise respected organization like the American Stroke Society, to the news media blaming a chiropractic neck adjustment for the tragic death of an internet celebrity, our profession must frequently establish the safety of chiropractic care of cervical spine conditions.  If asked about the possibility of a chiropractic neck adjustment causing a stroke, face the issue head-on in a compassionate and professional way. The science is on our side. The challenge is how to communicate the science effectively.

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U.S. Health Care Payment Systems: Frequently Asked Questions

*Member-Exclusive Content* Health care payment systems in the United States have come a long way from the traditional fee-for-service model that dominated in year’s past. Today, numerous new payment models have emerged that aim to increase cost efficiency and enhance value to patients. Following is a review of some of the most common and emerging systems today, including insights into pros and cons as well as answers to frequently asked questions. 

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Take the Clinical Compass Chiropractic Guideline for Low Back Pain Challenge

I strongly believe that if we do the right thing right now, the chiropractic profession is uniquely positioned to significantly impact the quality of spine care delivery. The flipside is that if we don't take right action now, chiropractic risks becoming a marginalized profession that's on the outside looking in as other health care providers take ownership of musculoskeletal conditions and spinal manipulation. 

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A Student’s Perspective: Last-Year Concerns

*Member-Exclusive Content* Last week was my first week treating the general public—instead of just other students—at our university clinic. It was completely frightening. When I was treating students at the university, I didn’t have any acute patients or a patient that had contraindications for treatment. The general public is completely a different story…and a whole new ball game.

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Bill Would Include Chiropractors in U.S. Public Health Service

Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) has honored his commitment to America’s chiropractors today by introducing H.R. 2202, which calls for the appointment of chiropractic physicians as officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.

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The Evolution of Low Back Pain Treatment

*Member-Exclusive Content* In February 2017, the American College of Physicians (ACP) published a guideline calling for both physicians and patients to consider non-pharmacological options first when treating acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain (LBP).  Specifically, it recommends superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation for acute and subacute LBP, and exercise, tai chi, yoga, spinal manipulation and progressive relaxation for chronic LBP.

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