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ACA and Diversity: Inclusion Through Action

At the 2018 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC), the newly formed ACA Commission on Diversity presented its first report to attendees at the House of Delegates meeting. The commission is a task force whose function is to “help ACA achieve a deeper understanding of diversity issues in chiropractic generally and ACA specifically. The commission is charged with generating a strategic road map for ACA's Board of Governors, outlining ways ACA can become more diverse, improve the practice success of our women and minority members, serve diverse populations within the American population better, as well as other diversity issues of which ACA leadership should be aware.”

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ACA Mourns the Passing of Dr. Andrew Slavik

Former ACA staff person Andrew Slavik, DC, passed away on April 22, 2018, in Olathe, Kansas. Dr. Slavik joined the ACA insurance relations department in 2008, contributing to important projects such as the Health Care Reform Task Force. While on staff, Dr. Slavik maintained his private practice in Kentucky and thereby offered an invaluable perspective as a practicing doctor, helping to guide association initiatives to develop resources and information for ACA members.  His significant contributions to ACA were recognized in 2012 when he was awarded the ACA’s Presidential Leadership Award.

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‘Spring Training’ for Baseball’s Chiropractors: 4th Annual PBCS Seminar and Workshop

The 4th annual Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society (PBCS) Seminar and Workshop took place on Jan. 19-20.  It was held at the beautiful spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz. This was the third consecutive year that the PBCS Seminar and Workshop was hosted at a Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training facility.  Thirty-four team chiropractors were in attendance from the MLB and Minor League Baseball (MiLB), representing a total of 18 MLB organizations. 

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ACA Convenes Stakeholder Forum to Address Opioid Crisis, Collaboration

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) hosted a historic Stakeholder Collaborative Forum on Jan. 26 at Northwestern Health Sciences University to delve deeper into the current market need for chiropractors in combating the opioid crisis as well as issues related to chiropractors working within or in collaboration with hospitals and health systems. Michele Maiers, DC, PhD, facilitated the meeting with the primary goal to identify industry trends and how to position members to be successful.  Several qualities were identified and work groups were established to help guide ACA in the creation of toolkits we can provide for our members. 

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ACA’s Legislative Priorities for the 115th Congress

With the new year and the second session of the 115th Congress now underway, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is ready to tackle several important legislative issues on behalf of chiropractors and their patients nationwide. From Medicare equality to health care reform and more, learn which topics ACA will put at the forefront of its advocacy efforts.

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NCLC General Session: Essential Role of Chiropractors in Primary Care

Speaker Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, to share insights into how chiropractors make an impact at community health centers.

Margaret Flinter recalls how she and colleague James Lehman, DC, together realized the significant impact chiropractors could make in the community health setting: "As the epidemic of opioid use and addiction took hold in our state and country, we grappled with the need to study, identify and implement new ways to approach pain in its acute and chronic forms. We [began] to consider whether the formal integration of chiropractors in primary careparticularly in what we call 

'safety net settings' such as community health centers that serve 24 million people across the countrywould be an effective and perhaps transformative strategy. And it has been." 

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The History of the ACA Sports Council Hall of Fame

Dr. Ira Shapiro Becomes 11th Honoree in Organization’s 45-Year History

For only the 11th time in the past 45 years, the ACA Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness (the Sports Council) joined with members and colleagues last fall to name the latest inductee into its Hall of Fame (HOF). Two days of educational sessions, social events and poster presentations were highlighted by the induction of Ira A. Shapiro, DC, who received the HOF distinction during the organization’s 2017 Annual Sports Symposium held in Denver.

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Grilled Cheese, Candles, Beer...and Leadership?

Dr. Stephen Perle to deliver the prestigious McAndrews Leadership Lecture at NCLC 2018

While the content of Dr. Stephen Perle’s 2018 McAndrews Leadership Lecture has been intentionally kept under wraps, the title, “Grilled Cheese, Candles and Beer,” has raised a lot of questions (and a few eyebrows, frankly). In this Q&A with Dr. Perle, a respected academic and researcher, ACA Blogs tries to find some answers. To get the whole story, plan on attending the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference in person to hear Dr. Perle’s presentation on Saturday, March 3. 

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Q&A with NCLC 2018 Presenters: Dr. Charles A. Simpson

Ethics and evidence-based practice are "inextricably" linked, according to Charles A Simpson, DC, DABCO, a presenter at the 2018 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC). Over his 40-plus year career in chiropractic and through his work as a health care workforce regulator, Dr. Simpson has witnessed ethical highs and lows among health care providers of all types. His experience has left him with keen insights into how to run a practice ethically as well as successfully.

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Q&A with NCLC 2018 Presenters: Dr. Kevin Sharp

Practice compliance and success are not diametrically opposed!

After serving as the president of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association, Kevin Sharp, DC, a presenter at NCLC2018, realized that many of the chiropractors in his state lacked a clear understanding of how to effectively code and manage the business side of their practices. Since then, he has devoted himself to teaching thousands of doctors and their staff how to effectively code, document and be compliant in their practices in a way that motivates them. "When you can break down the barriers of this aspect of what we do, doctors can free themselves up to focus on patient care," he writes. "In addition, I show doctors how a compliant practice can be profitable—which many think is diametrically opposed! You can run a compliant practice and make it profitable at the same time."  
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