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ACA Advocates for N.M. Chiropractic Physicians’ Right to Self-Determination

By |September 19, 2012|Scope of Practice|

Source The ACA

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) today(September 13th, 2012)  filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the New Mexico Court of Appeals, supporting the expertise of chiropractic physicians in that state and their right to self-determination.

ACA was compelled to file the brief after the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) joined forces with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy and the New Mexico Medical Board in a December 2011 memorandum to the court, requesting a halt to efforts by the New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners to create an advanced practice training and certification program for chiropractic physicians.

In making its argument in favor of allowing New Mexico chiropractic physicians to chart their own course in this matter, ACA’s brief informs the court about the extensive educational background and training that chiropractic physicians receive today from accredited U.S. chiropractic colleges.

The brief also points out that ACA is the nation’s largest and preeminent chiropractic professional association, and that its long-established policy has been to recognize that local doctors are best equipped to determine matters of scope.

“It is ACA’s opinion that the New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners should be given the same respect as other state boards and allowed to determine what is best for chiropractic physicians and patients in that state. We object in particular to actions by the ICA, as well as the state’s pharmacy and medical boards, to interfere with the will of chiropractic physicians in New Mexico and the needs of their patients,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC.

It is uncertain at this time when the court will make its final ruling on the issue.

ICA and ACA Pediatric Councils Coordinating First Joint Conference

By |October 25, 2010|News|

Source Dynamic Chiropractic

The pediatric councils of the International Chiropractors Association and the American Chiropractic Association have announced that they will team up for a joint pediatrics conference in 2011.

The conference will be held Dec. 9-11, 2011, at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. This event marks be the first time that specialty councils of the two organizations have collaborated on a single conference for the chiropractic profession. It will be a historic occasion and one that bodes well for the future of chiropractic pediatric continuing education.

“The ICA has been putting on these pediatrics conferences since 1991 and we are delighted to have the ACA Pediatrics Council join with us in 2011,” said Lora Tanis, DC, DICCP, chair of the ICA Pediatrics Council. “Since we both recognize one Diplomate program (DICCP) and we have the same vision regarding pediatric education for DCs and the care of pediatric patient, it makes sense for us to combine our energies and resources to put on one event to which everyone can come without having to choose one over the other.” (more…)

ACA House of Delegates: Chiropractic Profession Qualified to Fill the Gaps in Primary Health Care

By |October 25, 2010|Announcement|

ACA’s governing body approves policies and charts progress at its annual meeting

Source American Chiropractic Association

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) underscored its position that doctors of chiropractic are qualified and ready to help address primary health care provider shortages in the United States with a resolution passed by its delegates during their recent annual meeting, held Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in Newport, R.I. The resolution was one of several passed by the House of Delegates (HOD), which also received progress reports on a variety of association initiatives.

This year, for the first time, ACA partnered with state associations in the region to host its annual meeting. The American Chiropractic Association and Northeast Chiropractic Council (NECC) Fall Conference drew hundreds of doctors of chiropractic, who were treated to a selection of programs, educational seminars and networking opportunities, as well as exhibits featuring a wide variety of chiropractic products and services. (more…)

ACA Brings Chiropractic Perspective to New High-Profile Consumer Health Care Web site

By |October 14, 2010|News|

Source The American Chiropractic Association

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) today announced that it is one of several content partners participating in Sharecare, a new Web site created by Internet entrepreneur Jeff Arnold, the originator of WebMD, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, a leading cardiac surgeon, health expert and host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” along with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications. (more…)

Chiropractic Associations Describe Chiropractic Care Using Conventional Terminology

By |September 16, 2010|Guidelines|

Source The American Chiropractic Association

The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP), with assistance from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), has established terminology that describes chiropractic care using conventionally recognized terminology across the accepted continuum of care. The terminology was established by a formal consensus process conducted in early 2009.

The chiropractic profession is making great strides with integration among health care providers and insurers. Doctors of chiropractic now practice in many military and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sites, in hospital settings and in a variety of integrated practice models. As our nation’s health care landscape changes and the primary care shortage becomes more acute, the stage will be set for even more integration of doctors of chiropractic among other health care providers—traditional and alternative. Therefore, it is vital that the scope of appropriate chiropractic care be clearly defined relative to overall patient case management. (more…)

American Chiropractic Association Responds To New Kaiser Policy Excluding Cervical Manipulation

By |August 26, 2010|News|

American Chiropractic Association Responds To New Kaiser Policy Excluding Cervical Manipulation

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Source chiroeco.com


Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic States and Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group recently revised their Chiropractic Manipulation Medical Coverage Policy to exclude cervical Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment (CMT).

The revised policy states, “Given the paucity of data related to beneficial effects of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine and the real potential for catastrophic adverse events, it was decided to exclude chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine from coverage.”

Last week, ACA sent a letter to Kaiser outlining the extensive data that supports cervical spinal manipulation as both beneficial and safe. The association also released the following statement:

“The American Chiropractic Association is aware that Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic States and Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group have revised their Chiropractic Manipulation Medical Coverage Policy to exclude cervical Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment (CMT) from coverage.

This restriction, if allowed to stand, will be harmful to chiropractic patients and doctors. We have contacted Kaiser to express our grave concern over this change, and we await its reply. ACA will expend every effort to encourage Kaiser to reverse this new restriction, and we will keep our members and the profession informed along the way.” – ACA President, Dr. Rick McMichael