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Dr. Anthony Hamm Is First DC Elected Co-Chair of AMA HCPAC Review Board
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Written by TAC Staff   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 19:12

amerchiroassocAnthony Hamm, DC, FACO, president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council of Delegates, is the first DC to be elected co-chair of the American Medical Association’s Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee Review Board (HCPAC), which develops recommendations on relative values for new and revised CPT® codes for non-MD/DO services.

Dr. Hamm will also serve on the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, which makes recommendations on relative values regarding new and revised services to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and performs broad reviews of the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale, which determines Medicare provider reimbursement. Read more at

ACA Challenges United Healthcare’s Unfair Practices by Joining Class Action Lawsuit
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Written by TAC Staff   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 19:05

gavelandscalesofjusticeThe American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Board of Governors has voted to join an existing class action lawsuit against UnitedHealthcare (United) initiated by the Ohio State Chiropractic Association, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations and others. ACA’s involvement will expand the litigation to include problems with United’s claims review, tiering and payment policies.

ACA urges providers who believe that they and/or their patients have been affected by United or Optum’s unfair practices to visit the Chiropractic Networks Action Center (CNAC), where they will find instructions and forms that can be used to submit a complaint. CNAC can be accessed by going to:

Perspectives on the WFC—Gathering the Best and Brightest from around the World
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Written by Arlan W. Fuhr, D.C. Co-founder and CEO, Activator Methods International   
Saturday, 25 June 2011 00:18

wfccongressrioI recently returned from the World Federation of Chiropractic Biennial Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the experience was an eye-opener.  There were 900 attendees from all over the world and, because Brazil is getting ready to host the World Cup in 2012 and the Summer Olympics in 2014, the country was bustling with activity.

The quality of the research presentations at the WFC Congress was unparalleled, the best I have ever seen in chiropractic.  In fact, I have attended the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, one of the most prestigious conferences in the medical world, and the presentations in the WFC’s scientific program could easily have been delivered there.

I was particularly intrigued by the fact that the top three prize-winning papers presented at the Congress hailed from research conducted in countries other than the U.S.  Also, the winning papers focused on fresh topics and stayed away from chiropractic’s typical research emphasis on the low back and neck.  It was gratifying to see evidence that we are expanding our scope and finally researching other conditions that we have been seeing on a practical basis in our clinics for years.

Third prize was awarded to an Australian who had studied Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ.  A researcher from Brazil who demonstrated that pain could be reduced in lab animals using the Activator technique was recognized with second place honors. His research showed not only that chiropractic works, but also how it works.  The grand prize went to a doctor from Denmark who established the effectiveness of chiropractic on non-cardiac chest pain.  In keeping with the trend, the highest ranking papers from U.S. researchers also avoided the topics of low back or neck pain, focusing on hypertension instead. One of the veteran researchers in attendance observed that every platform presentation involved randomized controlled trials, a first for chiropractic at the WFC. This Congress will likely be remembered as the one with a lot of “firsts,” an important acknowledgment of the progress we are making as a profession.

Following the theme of “firsts,” in the two days prior to the Biennial Congress, I had the opportunity to teach a technique seminar to Brazilian students for the first time. They were some of the most enthusiastic students I’ve ever encountered. They came early, stayed late, and wanted to absorb every possible aspect of the seminar. As an aside, over 75 percent of the students in attendance were female, so an increase in women practitioners is not something exclusive to the U.S.

I left Brazil with the sense that, while chiropractic is mature in the U.S., it is an emerging profession worldwide and one that deserves substantial notice. We still have work to do, especially because chiropractic is registered in only 90 of the 194 countries around the world. But, with research being conducted across continents and patients increasingly turning to chiropractic for their care, clinicians and patients are seeing results like never before.  I came home energized and ready to continue reaching out to students, not only in the U.S., but in international markets as well. They are our rising stars and, if the students I met in Brazil are a reflection of others around the world, we can feel confident they will carry the chiropractic torch with both pride and aptitude.


Dr. Arlan Fuhr travels extensively to chiropractic seminars, conferences and events around the world. He will be providing his insights and perspectives from these visits as a regular guest commentator for The American Chiropractor. You can reach him at 602-445-4230 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Englewood, NJ Doctor - Honored at World Chiropractic Congress in Rio
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Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:05

stephenpressStephen Press, DC, PhD, was the honoree last week in Rio de Janeiro, at the World Congress of Chiropractic, by representatives of 100 national associations, for founding the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic, known as "FICS".

At the World Chiropractic Congress in Rio de Janeiro, last week, the representatives of some 100 national Chiropractic Associations met to hold the World meetings of the two agencies which represent the Chiropractic profession at the World level; the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and FICS, the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic. The Executive Board of FICS voted to honor Dr. Stephen Press, of Englewood, NJ with the"Founder's Award" for founding the federation in1987 in London.

At the beautiful Kensington Town hall in downtown London, in Sept 1987, the representatives of 23 National associations met on invitation of Dr. Press, who was serving as Chairman of the ACA (American Chiropractic Association) Sports Council's International Affairs committee at the time. They voted to form the federation, and then elected him their first president.

He continues to practice in Englewood, NJ, and today serves as editor-in-chief for the Harvard Medical School based Wiki site, for Alternative medicine, and as Exec. Tech Dir. for the Columbia based site, called

FDA Acts to Reduce Harm from Opioid Drugs
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Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 19:46

he White House unveiled a multi-agency plan aimed at reducing the “epidemic” of prescription drug abuse in the U.S.—including an FDA-backed education program that zeros-in on reducing the misuse and misprescribing of opioids.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, says the plan—a collaborative effort involving agencies of the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, Defense, and others—provides a national framework for reducing prescription drug abuse and the diversion of prescription drugs for recreational use.fdadrugs

Key elements of the plan—called Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis—include:

  • expansion of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs
  • recommending convenient and environmentally responsible ways to remove unused medications from homes
  • supporting education for patients and health care providers
  • reducing the number of “pill mills” and doctor-shopping through law enforcement

In concert with the White House plan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a new risk reduction program—called a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy—for all extended-release and long-acting opioid medications.

Opioids are synthetic versions of opium that are used to treat moderate and severe pain.

FDAbluemayFDA experts say extended-release and long-acting opioids—including OxyContin, Avinza, Dolophine, Duragesic, and eight other brand names—are extensively misprescribed, misused, and abused, leading to overdoses, addiction, and even deaths across the United States. FDA says a 2007 survey revealed that more than half of opioid abusers got the drug from a friend or relative.

Opioids—such as morphine and oxycodone—are used to treat moderate and severe pain. Over the past few decades, drug makers have developed extended-release opioid formulas to treat people in pain over a long period.

FDA estimates that more than 33 million Americans age 12 and older misused extended-release and long-acting opioids during 2007—up from 29 million just five years earlier. And in 2006, nearly 50,000 emergency room visits were related to opioids.

FDA has had the power to request companies to develop REMS since 2007. The plans may also include medication guides and patient package inserts.


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