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Senate Clears Bill Extending Funding for Veterans Choice Program

*Member-Exclusive Content* A bill combining the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) seven community care programs easily cleared the Senate May 23 with a vote of 92-5. Included among the programs is the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to seek care from private providers, including chiropractors. The bill also eliminates previous requirements for accessing outside services. While this is a promising development, the American Chiropractic Association will closely monitor resulting regulations and implementation in consideration of past issues chiropractors have experienced with the Veterans Choice Program.

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Author: Jack Dusik
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An Open Letter to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

In her open letter to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Healthcare, ACA Senior Scientific Advisor Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, offers suggestions to NCCIH on how to meet some of today's pressing healthcare challenges and, in particular, how complementary and integrative health care can play a role. She writes, "We desperately need a healthcare delivery system 1) that is able to consistently provide evidence-based, patient-centered care to the right individual at the right time, 2) for which the patient care trajectory for chronic conditions begins with the safest, most conservative, effective option available and, 3) that empowers patients and providers with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions that are deeply rooted in disease prevention and health promotion. Much work lies ahead in identifying how CIH practices can best contribute to this effort."

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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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When Opportunity Knocks: 13 Things Chiropractors Would Have Done Differently in School

Just over one year removed from graduation, I feel like I am a competent practitioner. But being simply competent isn’t enough--being the best that I can be is my goal. Thinking back, I realize there were a handful of things I could have done in school that would have benefitted me in the working world. On occasion, when I'm working on a particularly difficult patient, I reflect on my undergraduate and graduate school careers and sometimes think, “If I could redo it, I would.…” We all have things in our lives we wish we could change; that’s just part of living. What if we didn’t make those mistakes in the first place? We can’t change it, but I realized that others can learn from our mistakes. I am writing this blog post with that in mind. I want to share, as a new doctor, the things that I would do differently and what some of my more experienced peers would do differently.

Author: Alex Tauberg
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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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Lulled Into a False Sense of Security

Finding and Communicating Effectively with Financial Advisors

Less than 50 percent of the U.S. population consult and hire a financial consultant. There is a myriad of answers for why this may be. Those who do work with a financial professional have an expectation of certain results. If the goals are realistic and not achieved within a given time period, a client should obtain a clear explanation as to why discussed benchmarks were not reached. Additionally, a planner should convey concise and easily understood explanations of any suggested changes going forward. There are times where nothing should be done. Open communication is an essential part of the financial planning process.

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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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