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Research Review: Chiropractic Care and Sensorimotor Function Associated with Falls

Falls are a significant cause of injury, loss of quality of life, and even death in older adults and make up more than 80% of injury-related hospital admissions in individuals over 65 years of age. They are also the leading cause of death due to injury in older adults. The risk of falls increases with lower limb muscle weakness, gait deficits, balance deficits, a recent history of falling, or in individuals over 80 years of age. This study looked at the impact of usual chiropractic care on measures of sensorimotor function associated with the risk of falls in older adults over a 12-week period.
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What I Wish My Commencement Speaker Had Told Me 30 Years Ago

It's been 30 years since ACA senior scientific advisor Christine Goertz, DC, graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University. As she prepared to give the commencement address to the NWHSU class of 2018 this spring, Dr. Goertz couldn't recall the words of wisdom from her own commencement day...but, looking back, she knew exactly what she wished someone would have advised her as she embarked on her career in chiropractic. Read her Top 10 list of recommendations for this year's new graduates.
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Federal Change to Essential Health Benefits Rule Creates More Challenges for States

Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule regarding health insurance provisions related to the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Act).  Among the myriad of provisions contained in the rule were several that could have an impact on chiropractic coverage.  With the rule designed to give more power to the states in determining plan structure, chiropractic state associations will need to be vigilant in monitoring state action, especially the rule’s impact on states now being able to develop essential health benefits for plans that fall under the Act’s umbrella.


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United States Bone and Joint Initiative: Programs Designed to Advance Knowledge, Improve Care

*Member-Exclusive Content* The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) developed in 2011 as a continuation of the work of the United States Bone and Joint Decade, which began in 2002. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) was an original founding member of the United States Bone and Joint Decade and has held a seat on the board since the beginning. USBJI’s mission is to advocate for and promote multidisciplinary, coordinated and patient-centered care to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. To that end, it has launched a number of programs to advance knowledge and improve patient care. 

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Author: John Ventura
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Improving Interprofessional Communication

Part of the Evidence in Action series by Palmer College of Chiropractic

The public primarily perceives the chiropractic profession as a healthcare discipline involved with the management of spine-related pain and disability. Unfortunately, the current state of spine care in the United States is dominated by specialists, who tend to function in isolation, with minimal communication between providers. While this may have been the way it has been in the past, we feel it doesn’t have to--and shouldn’t--stay this way. Regardless of the practice setting, we believe all DCs have opportunities to improve patient care by adopting a more interprofessional approach to care.

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Back Pain Treatment Is Harming Patients: The Lancet Low Back Pain Series

*Member-Exclusive Content* Low back pain (LBP) is by far the most common reason people seek care from chiropractors all over the world. The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, just published a series of three papers dealing with LBP in a global perspective. The main conclusion from the series is that worldwide easy access to, and overuse of, inappropriate tests and treatments such as imaging, opioids and surgery means patients are not receiving the right care. As a result, patients are harmed and resources are wasted. Jan Hartvigsen, DC, PhD, one of the authors of the series as well as ACA's 2017 Researcher of the Year, provides a summary for members. 

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Cooking Techniques and Financial Management

Whether baking a cake or preparing unique dishes, both require the necessary and assorted ingredients: time, expertise, finesse and the ability to tweak the recipe to obtain the desired results. Guess what? Portfolio construction and financial management may not be all that different. In effect, a financial professional is expected to build an investor’s portfolio after carefully ascertaining precisely what is the individual’s risk tolerance, challenges, goals, timeline for investing and end-point needs. Yet how does an investor go about locating a financial professional in the universe of available services and the multitude of different titles?

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Congressional Caucus on Integrative Health, Wellness Holds Inaugural Meeting

*Member-Exclusive Content* With the burgeoning opioid epidemic serving as backdrop, the Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus (IHWC) held its inaugural meeting March 15 on Capitol Hill. The Caucus was founded by Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) with the goal of providing a non-partisan educational forum to increase understanding of how shifting the focus in health care to prevention and health promotion can create cost savings and improve health outcomes for Americans.

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Author: Jack Dusik
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VA Chiropractic Residents: Where Are They Now?

Part of a series on the chiropractic residency program in the VA health care system

The blog posts in the VA Chiropractic Residencies series thus far have been focused solely on the current residents’ experiences as they unfold throughout the year. For many, the question remains: What happens after the residency ends? In this post, I summarize what Brian Giuliani, DC, the 2016 graduate of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Kelsey Corcoran, DC, the 2017 graduate of the VA of Western New York Healthcare System, learned from their respective programs, their favorite rotations, where they are now, and what advice they have for students interested in applying for the VA Chiropractic Residency.

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On Leadership: Lighting the Way for the Future with Grilled Cheese, Candles and Beer

Anticipation for the McAndrews Leadership Lecture at this year’s National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC 2018) was heightened by the mystery surrounding the title of the talk – “Grilled Cheese, Candles and Beer”—and what it could possibly have to do with leadership. Presenter Stephen M. Perle, DC, MS, a respected author, journal editor, lecturer and professor of clinical sciences at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, not only served some valuable lessons based on his personal experiences and observations on leading “from the middle,” in the end he gave all gathered plenty to chew on.

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