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‘Keep Moving’ (and Get Going) on Your National Chiropractic Health Month 2021 Proclamation

It is always with much anticipation that the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) posts the first piece of its National Chiropractic Health Month toolkit each summer. While the bulk of the toolkit is posted in September, the sample proclamation comes a month early to give members of the chiropractic profession enough time to reach out to their state and local government offices and begin the process of applying for a proclamation.

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Addressing Social Health Disparities with Community-Focused Care

Healthcare professionals are used to treating patients with comorbidities—simultaneous health conditions that can make patients more susceptible to further health problems. But ACA member Michael Ingui, DC, MAS, FIANM (pictured), shares that those comorbidities can be more than what we typically think. “When we think about comorbidities, we often think about hypertension, diabetes, and certainly those conditions can affect someone’s pain, but it’s a lot more than that,” Dr. Ingui explains. 

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Georgia DCs Envisioned Organization to Promote Evidence-based Care, Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Just over one year ago, a small group of chiropractors in Georgia set out to create a new organization of likeminded individuals committed to evidence-based practice and collaboration between DCs and the medical community. The group, which would come to be known as the Academy of Georgia Chiropractors (AGC or “The Academy”), has been successful in bringing together a broad spectrum of practitioners who seek to not only work together but also learn from one another. ACA Blogs caught up with one of AGC’s founding partners, Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC, to learn more about what inspired the group to strike out on its own.

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HIPAA Overview: Covered Information, Rules and Self-audits

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), consists of a complex set of regulations that were put in place to protect the privacy and security of patient information. It created standards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information (PHI). HIPAA dictates the proper uses and disclosures of PHI, how PHI should be protected, and what to do in the event of a PHI breach. This post, the first in a series by the Compliancy Group. ACA's preferred HIPAA solution, offers information on covered information, rules and self-audits. 

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ACA’s Virtual Advocacy Day Boosts Support for Medicare Equality Bill

A virtual force of advocates landed on Capitol Hill May 6 for ACA’s Advocacy Day. About 350 doctors of chiropractic and students—armed with data as well as stories of patients who have benefitted from chiropractic care—entered the halls of Congress via virtual meetings to urge support for H.R. 2654, the Chiropractic Medicare Modernization Act. The bill was introduced in late April with 16 original cosponsors, but thanks to the efforts of the chiropractic advocates it won additional support and, to date, features 43 congressional cosponsors.

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ACA Member Works to Enhance Diversity in Chiropractic and Naturopathic Professions

It was not so long ago that conversations about the value of diversity and how to achieve it were uncommon in chiropractic and other healthcare professions. But things are changing thanks to ACA members such as Nakiesha Pearson, DC, ND, vice chair of the ACA Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). ACA Blogs caught up with Dr. Pearson to learn what drives this dedicated advocate to “do the work” to promote diversity and challenge disparities in health care. 

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Engage 2021 Conference Daily: Friday, Feb. 5

The Engage 2021 Conference Daily brings you information and announcements to help maximize the ACA Engage experience, as well as news and highlights from the day's events. In this issue: ACA's new leadership team, Advocacy Update, HOD deliberative session, ACA's annual awards, NextGen's new leadership team and annual awards, SACA annual awards, Standard Process scholarships, and special thanks to our sponsors. 

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Engage 2021 Conference Daily: Thursday, Feb. 4

The Engage 2021 Conference Daily brings you information and announcements to help maximize the ACA Engage experience, as well as news and highlights from the day's events. In this issue: A message from the ACA president, ACA's Annual Awards winners, other awards and honors, and special thanks to our sponsors. 

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Engage 2021 Conference Daily: Wednesday, Feb. 3

The Engage 2021 Conference Daily brings you information and announcements to help maximize the ACA Engage experience, as well as news and highlights from the day's events. In this issue: the Engage 2021 app, links to the full schedule, highlights for Thursday, Feb. 4, and special thanks to our sponsors. 

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Engage 2021: Educating the Broader Healthcare Community on Non-pharmacological Pain Treatments

Thomas M. LaBrot, DC, is the senior vice president of clinical services for American Specialty Health (ASH). Dr. LaBrot’s pre-recorded Engage 2021 program, "Educating the Broader Healthcare Community on Non-pharmacological Pain Treatments” (1 CE available) will be accompanied by a live chat. His central message is that the individual chiropractor can be effective in communicating the benefits of chiropractic care, and that this can be done at the level of promoting one’s own practice...or promoting the profession to healthcare decision makers.

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