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Legislation Would Include Chiropractic Physicians in U.S. Public Health Service

Arlington, Va. - A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would improve the quality of America's health care infrastructure by further integrating doctors of chiropractic (DCs) into the nation's official delivery and research networks. H.R. 3851, introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), calls for the appointment of chiropractic physicians as officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. 

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Q&A with the NY State Board of Chiropractic Education

1) What is the role of the Chiropractic State Board?


The New York State Board for Chiropractic serves as the regulatory body for chiropractic in New York and serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Regents. There are over 50 different state boards that the Office of the Professions has established through the New York State Education Department. The primary role of these state boards is to protect the public by ensuring that complaints that are filed by consumers are investigated and dealt with fairly and in an unbiased nature. These complaints can be quite varied and can range from scope issues, boundary violations, fraud and any other aspect of unethical practice.

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Update from the NYS Board of Chiropractic Education

Our July meeting at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls was a “twopart” meeting. After Executive Session (in which no disciplinary cases were discussed), Drs. Nicci and Mestan offered a presentation about the efforts that the College has recently put forth to advance the profession. These efforts involve the opening of new community outreaches as well as efforts to improve clinical experiences as graduates move on to treat a more diverse population. Also, within this presentation was a description of the changing demographic of chiropractors themselves, showing dramatic increases in the number of women and minorities following the chiropractic path. New Board members, Dr. Mark Craft and Dr. Elaina Pirro-Lombardi were officially welcomed.

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It is All About Scope

Keynote Address By David Herd DC, ACA Vice President at the NYSCA 2015 Spring Convention at Mohegan Sun

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National Chiropractic Health Month 2015: Pain Free Nation!

Hosted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is a national public awareness and education campaign held each October. NCHM strives to teach health care consumers about the benefits of chiropractic services and to promote the expertise of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in helping their patients reach optimal levels of health and wellness.

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DCs Call for Conservative Treatments for Pain Management Amid Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

Arlington, Va. - During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will work with thousands of doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to bring attention to the public health crisis caused by pain, and in particular the overuse of prescription painkillers, with this year's theme #PainFreeNation. The campaign is part of the profession's ongoing efforts to educate the public about the value of exhausting conservative forms of care for both acute and chronic pain before resorting to higher risk options, such as opioids.

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ACA Statement on NCCIH's New Report on Pain in the United States

 

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Study: Chiropractic Care and the Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke

Abstract

Background

There is controversy surrounding the risk of manipulation, which is often used by chiropractors, with respect to its association with vertebrobasilar artery system (VBA) stroke. The objective of this study was to compare the associations between chiropractic care and VBA stroke with recent primary care physician (PCP) care and VBA stroke.

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A Systemic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013

The Global Burden of Disease 2013 study was published online in the Lancet. Musculoskeletal disorders account for 20% of disability worldwide and back pain is the biggest single cause of disability worldwide. Neck pain is also a major cause of disability. It has been covered by several news services. You will see that the paper highlights the lack of policies and priorities for these common disabling conditions. For some of the coverage see:

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JLTF Alert: Calling All Members to Support A4391

 

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ACA Presses Federal Government to Encourage Use of Conservative Forms of Pain Management

 

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Chiropractic Physicians Urge Conservative Approach to Pain Management

 

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The Specialized Soft Tissue Instrument used in ConnecTX Therapy is Granted a U.S. Patent

 

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ACA's NCHM 2015 Theme Announced: Pain Free Nation!

 

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Clinical Compass Releases Low Back Update

Clinical Compass, powered by the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP), has posted an update to the "Clinical Practice Guideline: Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain." This document is online and available for public review and comment. 

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APHA Public Health Event: The Global Burden of Spine Pain

 

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Scope policy and College of Pharmacology and Toxicology

During the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) annual House of Delegates meeting in February, delegates passed resolutions supporting key elements in scopes of practice and the creation of the ACA College of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Based on membership responses, these policy resolutions have proven quite positive. To no one’s surprise, however, other organizations and special interest groups have associated these policies with “incorporating drugs into the scope of chiropractic practice and promoting the term chiropractic medicine.”

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Legislative Alert: S4206 part V of the Senate Education Budget

Calling all members!

We are hard at work in Albany working on the legislative priorities for the profession. One of our main legislative initiatives has been passage of a bill that would allow doctors of chiropractic to form partnerships with medical doctors.  While this seems like common sense legislation that would allow for multi-disciplinary practices, it has been strongly opposed by the New York State Medical Society. Despite their objections, we have continued to work for this legislation, and we are pleased to announce that through the work of the Association, and our lobbyist in Albany, we were successful in getting the bill included in the one-house Senate proposal.  This is a big step. 
 
However, our fight is far from over, and we need your help.  The proposal cannot become law if we don’t get the Assembly on board.  The Assembly sponsor of our bill has already reached out to Assembly leadership and expressed his support and desire to get this bill included in the final budget.  We are asking all members to please call your local Assemblyperson and ask that they call Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to say that they also support this proposal and want it included in the final budget.  The proposal is known as Part V of the Senate Education Budget, S4206. If you do not know who your Assemblyperson is or don’t have their contact information, you can visit www.assembly.state.ny.us
 
We want to especially thank our bill sponsors Senator Jack Martins and Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell for their hard work and support on this proposal.  We also want to thank Senator Terrence Murphy, who as a newly elected Senator and chiropractor, knows our issues well and has been supportive.

 

Legislative Alert: S4206 part V of the Senate Education Budget

Calling all members!

We are hard at work in Albany working on the legislative priorities for the profession. One of our main legislative initiatives has been passage of a bill that would allow doctors of chiropractic to form partnerships with medical doctors.  While this seems like common sense legislation that would allow for multi-disciplinary practices, it has been strongly opposed by the New York State Medical Society. Despite their objections, we have continued to work for this legislation, and we are pleased to announce that through the work of the Association, and our lobbyist in Albany, we were successful in getting the bill included in the one-house Senate proposal.  This is a big step. 
 
However, our fight is far from over, and we need your help.  The proposal cannot become law if we don’t get the Assembly on board.  The Assembly sponsor of our bill has already reached out to Assembly leadership and expressed his support and desire to get this bill included in the final budget.  We are asking all members to please call your local Assemblyperson and ask that they call Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to say that they also support this proposal and want it included in the final budget.  The proposal is known as Part V of the Senate Education Budget, S4206. If you do not know who your Assemblyperson is or don’t have their contact information, you can visit www.assembly.state.ny.us
 
We want to especially thank our bill sponsors Senator Jack Martins and Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell for their hard work and support on this proposal.  We also want to thank Senator Terrence Murphy, who as a newly elected Senator and chiropractor, knows our issues well and has been supportive.

 

Terrence Murphy, DC Wins Senate Election

 

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