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Pros and Cons of MACRA: It’s a Business Decision

ACA and Best Practices Academy team up to provide education on value-based reimbursement.

Having had the opportunity to speak across the nation regarding the new Medicare quality payment program, I soon realized how emotionally charged our colleagues are about the concept of “one more thing.” One more thing…added to the list of all the other things we have to deal with or at least should deal with; but that, frankly, our profession isn’t dealing with. What am I talking about? Regulations that affect the healthcare industry, and we are in the crosshairs because we are health care professionals, defined as “physicians” in many states (including Medicare) and our practices are affected by it. This cold, hard fact rings true for many practices that have experienced post-payment audits and recoupments, HIPAA violations with fines and public reporting. 

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Interpreting “Quality” and “Strength” in a Practice Guideline

Part of the Evidence in Action series by the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently released a clinical practice guideline for noninvasive treatments for low back pain. The goal of this guideline is to inform care decisions by systematically evaluating and summarizing available scientific evidence for treating acute, subacute and chronic low back pain. Many treatments used by doctors of chiropractic, such as spinal manipulation, superficial heat, acupuncture, motor control exercise and low level laser are included as recommended first-line treatments.

 

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“Soy Doctor Bryan”

For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, I will translate; Hello!  My name is Bryan Kent, I am a volunteer doctor for World Spine Care in the Dominican Republic!  Over the past week, I have had the humbling experience of treating spine pain, among other chief complaints, for the people of the Dominican Republic.  

Author: Bryan Kent
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Taking an Evidence-Based Approach to Patient Care

By now you are no doubt familiar with the concept of evidence-based clinical practice (EBCP). But what does that really mean for the doctor of chiropractic? How does one actually implement the “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of an individual patient” when that individual patient is on the adjusting table? It is not that easy, for a number of reasons. 
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Veterans Groups Salute Chiropractic

Urge Members of Congress to Support Expanded Access to Chiropractic for Veterans

Readers who follow the American Chiropractic Association know full implementation of the chiropractic benefit in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system is one of the premier issues ACA is diligently working to address. Recently, the Senate VA Committee held a hearing on pending health and benefits legislation where it considered several bills, including S. 609, "The Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act of 2017," which received support from numerous veterans service organizations. 

Author: Jack Dusik
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Upcoming Webinar: The Treatment of Whiplash Associated Disorders: A Clinical Practice Guideline

Representatives of ACA and the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative together will present a free webinar on guidelines for whiplash-associated disorders on June 20 at 9 pm ET. Presenters Dr. Andre Bussieres, Dr. Joel Weisberg and Dr. Michele Maiers take a moment to share why the  topic is relevant to your practice…and why you won’t want to miss this information-packed webinar.

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ACA-PAC Board Needs You: Apply Today

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is seeking interested volunteers to fill a vacant seat on the ACA-Political Action Committee (ACA-PAC) as officer-at-large. ACA-PAC is the voice of the ACA and doctors of chiropractic in the political arena. It consists of ACA chiropractors from across the country who are active members in local and federal politics.

Author: Dean Millard
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Physical and Cognitive Decline: When Should We Stop Practicing?

*Member-Exclusive Content* There’s no doubt most all of us will develop some degree of decline in physical and cognitive capacity as we age. As America’s population matures, the need for health and wellness facilities and services will continue to increase. Researchers are studying the mechanisms and resolutions for this decline in mental, physical and cognitive health with growing age. In respect to healthcare providers, the concerning question is: How do we ensure older doctors are competent to treat patients? 

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Author: John Stump
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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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