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Q&A with Engage 2020 Presenters: Dr. Mat DiMond

The emphasis of data-directed outcomes is altering how insurance companies make payment decisions. Doctors can adopt proactive, instead of reactive, approaches to assessment and documentation that demonstrate the patient improvements needed to show medical necessity. Functional outcomes are metrics that will represent patient improvement. Mat DiMond, DC, a presenter at Engage 2020, ACA's upcoming annual meeting, discusses this topic in a Q&A with ACA Blogs.

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Highlights from National Chiropractic Health Month 2019

With October past and National Chiropractic Health Month 2019 behind us, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s “Strength. Stability. Success.” campaign, raising public awareness of the importance of musculoskeletal health. It was encouraging to watch as members of the profession spread the word about NCHM using resources from our campaign toolkit. In some cases, individuals and groups went above and beyond our expectations. Here we share a few highlights from the campaign.

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Billing for Dry Needling Services (Needle Insertion Without Injection)

Dry needling has become an accepted procedure for the management of myofascial trigger points, offering a viable option to pain medications and surgical intervention. The procedure can also be applied to specific muscle motor points, spinal segments, and other structures including ligaments, tendons and joint capsules for pain relief. In clinical practice it is often used in conjunction with other physical medicine procedures and modalities to manage pain and improve function. 

Author: Anthony Hamm
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New Dry Needling Codes Included in CPT 2020

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced in September the release of the 2020 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set featuring 248 new codes, including two that focus on dry needling. The newly developed codes for dry needling will be available for use by any qualified healthcare professional beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Author: Leo Bronston
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Q&A with Engage 2020 Presenters: Dr. Gerald Stevens

Being sensitive to cultural differences in your patient population not only can enhance patient care but also help expand your practice, according to ACA Engage 2020 presenter Gerald Stevens, DC, an associate professor at New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Stevens discusses the value of such an approach in this Q&A with ACA Blogs. ACA’s annual meeting becomes ACA Engage in 2020: The new name is part of the association’s ongoing efforts to engage a new generation of chiropractors and position all members for success by bringing them advocacy and leadership-development opportunities, networking events and cutting-edge education programs.

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ICSC Spotlight: An Osteopathic Physician Discusses His Approach to Cervical Spine Manipulation

The Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference, set for Nov. 8-9 in Pittsburgh, Pa., will bring together members of the chiropractic, osteopathic medicine and physical therapy professions to tackle topics related to manual therapy and its use in treating low back pain and other conditions. As part of the presentation “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) Competency, Safety and Risk Management Presentations,” Michael Seffinger, DO, a professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, discusses the osteopathic approach to ensuring the appropriateness and safety of cervical spine manipulation for patients.

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It’s National Chiropractic Health Month: Let’s Get Started!

This year, National Chiropractic Health Month focuses on how improved musculoskeletal health leads to strength, stability and ultimately the success of a life lived more fully and actively. The 2019 campaign, “Strength. Stability. Success.”, offers the public steps to take toward bone, muscle and joint health, low back pain prevention, better posture, and improved balance. In this blog post, ACA offers chiropractors steps to take to launch their local NCHM campaign participation.

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Dr. Christine Goertz to Join Duke Health Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD will be joining Duke Health’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in October 2019 as a professor and director of system development and coordination for spine health. As the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) senior scientific advisor, she has served as a trusted counselor to ACA leadership in respect to research affecting the association’s legislative, regulatory and payment policy initiatives. She also serves as the chair of ACA’s Committee on Quality Assurance and Accountability.

Author: Ernie Halal
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ICSC Spotlight: Tightening the Knowledge Translation Gap

ICSC presenter Carolina Cancelliere, DC, PhD, is a clinical epidemiologist who serves as research chair in knowledge translation for the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation and as a faculty member in health sciences at Ontario Tech University. She and her team are working to demonstrate how chiropractic care can be applied to help patients suffering from disabilities related to spinal disorders. At ICSC, she will participate in the session “Translating Spinal Care Research into Practice." In this ACA Blogs post, she answers questions about her upcoming presentation.

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ICSC Spotlight: Keynote Speaker Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD

Non-Pharmacological Back Pain Management: Collaborative Solutions

Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, will be the keynote speaker at the Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference (ICSC), Nov. 8-9 in Pittsburgh, Pa. In his presentation, “Non-Pharmacological Back Pain Management: Collaborative Solutions,” Dr. Delitto will discuss how, in the wake of today’s opioid crisis, there is an elevated value placed on chiropractic, physical therapy and osteopathic therapies. He will review the evidence surrounding non-pharmacological treatments and spinal manipulative therapy for back pain, and how manual therapy providers implement this kind of pain management—including how they educate patients about pain.  

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