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March 6-10: ACA's 2013 Legislative Conference to Focus on the Big Picture for Chiropractic
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Written by Melissa Lee   
Friday, 25 January 2013 04:10
Educational Symposium offers more than 40 hours of Educational Programing during NCLC

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n March, after new and returning members of the 113th Congress settle into their offices on Capitol Hill, chiropractic physicians and students from around the country will come to Washington, D.C. to provide the profession’s perspective on the important health care issues facing our nation.
 
acalegislativeconference2013This face time with legislators will take place March 6-10 as part of the 2013 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) and Education Symposium, hosted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), with the Chiropractic Summit serving as a partnering organization for the event.
 
The theme of this year’s conference, "Framing the Future of Chiropractic," will focus on a big picture view of the future for the chiropractic profession, and on setting the stage for its advancement during this pivotal time for health care in the United States. 
 
NCLC is the profession’s chance to weigh in on, among other issues, the ongoing implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), further expansion of chiropractic services in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), federal student loan relief for chiropractic students and getting doctors of chiropractic (DCs) commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.
 
“The month of March after an election year is the perfect time for this kind of advocacy work with legislators,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “The Congressional season is young, and the newly elected lawmakers will be excited about their new jobs. We need to strike while the iron is hot, so I urge every chiropractic ally that can to come to NCLC on behalf of the profession and our patients.”
 
NCLC is the chiropractic profession’s most important public policy and educational event. For more than 30 years, chiropractic physicians and chiropractic students from across the country have gathered in Washington, D.C. annually to meet with members of Congress and discuss the issues that matter most to DCs and their patients. In addition to the advocacy on Capitol Hill, NCLC offers education opportunities and information about important federal initiatives.
 
Over the years, a list of political dignitaries and pundits have appeared at NCLC, including political strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala; political pundit and Daily Caller owner Tucker Carlson; political strategist and media personality James Carville; Ret. Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead, spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress; Howard Wasdin, DC, author of Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper; and perennial chiropractic supporters such as Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa); and Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Alaska) and James Clyburn (D-South Carolina).
 
Key Issues for Chiropractic on the Hill
acalegislativeconference2013bFollowing a much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found the health care reform law to be constitutional, full implementation of PPACA is underway. NCLC attendees will be talking with legislators about how the services provided by doctors of chiropractic are cost effective and about how DCs can help fill the primary care workforce gap. Many lawmakers are still unaware that the chiropractic health care model has always been heavily focused on providing essential services and promoting healthy lifestyles for the prevention of disease and injury.
 
Aside from health care reform, at NCLC doctors and lawmakers will talk about other pressing legislative issues, such as:
  • Expanding access to the services provided by doctors of chiropractic for members of the military and military veterans. With ACA’s support, key bills related to this issue have been introduced in Congress in order to require the VA to have a DC on staff at all major medical facilities and to extend the services provided by doctors of chiropractic to U.S. military retirees, dependents and survivors as part of TRICARE, the DoD health care delivery system. 
  • Legislation that  would include DCs in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps—a team of health professionals that promote public health and provide disease prevention programs and health care services across the country.  
  • A bill that would provide opportunities for DCs to work in exchange for student loan relief while ensuring that medically underserved communities across America have access to a wide array of health care services and an expanded range of providers. 
“Introducing pro-chiropractic legislation is only a part of the battle,” said John Falardeau, ACA’s senior vice president of government relations. “The next step in getting these bills passed is to generate support for the legislation among members of Congress; and the best way to do that is to come to Washington for NCLC and tell your lawmakers in person why these issues matter to you and your patients.”
 
Chiropractic Summit and ABCA to Meet 
acalegislativeconference2013cThe Chiropractic Summit—an initiative to unite the profession that includes 41 organizations, including ACA, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations and the International Chiropractors Association—will meet during the first day of NCLC-related activity, on Wednesday, March 6. Additionally, for the first time, the American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA) will host a meeting in conjunction with the event.
 
Network with Colleagues, Lawmakers and Attend Hours of Educational Programming
As always, opportunities to network with colleagues—and elected officials—will be abundant during NCLC. The annual congressional reception (an attendee favorite) will be held again this year. Previous congressional representatives in attendance include: Rep. Howard Coble (R-North Carolina), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Rep. Walter Jones (R-North Carolina) and Former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California).
 
Finally, ACA’s Second Annual Educational Symposium will take place March 8-10. Participants can attend more than 40 hours of educational programming. Featured topics include: 
  • Chiropractic Integration into Health Care  
  • Balance Disorders
  • DOT Marketing
  • Chiropractic Management of Otitis Media
  • Managing Sports Injuries of the Shoulder  
  • Practice Management 
  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic Practice
  • Laser Spine Institute
  • Upper Cervical Oddities  
  • Recognizing and Managing Osteoporosis
  • Chiropractic: Changing the Face of Sports Performance  
  • Marketing through Internet & Social Media
  • Ankle Gait and Station  
  • Managing the Geriatric Patient
  • How to Maximize Your ACA Partnership
  • Nutraceutical and Lifestyle Management of Hypertension
  • Rehabilitation of the Knee
  • Understanding Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Advanced Extremity Adjusting
  • Preparing Your Office for Medicare Audits  
  • Failure to Recognize the Presence & Implications of Vascular Conditions in Clinical Practice
It can’t be stated often or strongly enough. This is a pivotal time for chiropractic physicians and health care in general in this country. So now, more than ever, Congress needs to hear the message from DCs in their districts and states. The chiropractic profession has been on the path of prevention and wellness for more than a century, and it’s time for the rest of the country to follow suit. NCLC is the chiropractic profession’s opportunity to tell its story to elected officials and to make them aware of just how much it has to offer. 
 
For more information on NCLC, including how to register, visit www.acatoday.org/NCLC.
 
Melissa Lee is the American Chiropractic Association’s public and media relations manager. She has spent her entire career working with media on behalf of professional associations. Melissa promotes chiropractic services to patients in need by coordinating media interviews with chiropractic spokespeople—providing a voice for the profession in consumer media.
 
Parker University Announces the Appointment of a New President
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Written by TAC Staff   
Monday, 21 January 2013 01:16
DALLAS, December 11, 2012 – The Board of Trustees of Parker University and Parker Seminars is pleased to announce the appointment of their new president, Brian J. McAulay, DC, PhD.  This appointment comes after an intensive three month search conducted by a board-appointed presidential search committee of nine members, headed by Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., PhD, chair of the Board of Trustees.
 
mcauleybrian“The presidential search committee and Board of Trustees felt that Dr. McAulay was the best choice to lead Parker into the future,” said Dr. Lassiter.  “In the search for a new president, the search committee was mindful of the expansion in the role and mission of the institution as a university.   In that regard, Dr. McAulay has a PhD in business and management, the doctor of chiropractic degree, and further professional education at the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management, and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in educational administration by the American Council on Education.  In addition, a noteworthy aspect of his professional experience is service as a chiropractic department chair and teaching experience in business and management at Philadelphia University and Temple University.”

Dr. McAulay replaces Fabrizio Mancini, DC, who has retired after serving as president for just under fourteen years. During his tenure with Parker, Dr. Mancini had a significant impact on both Parker and the chiropractic profession, raising the visibility of the profession by participating in media efforts that reached millions of people never exposed to the chiropractic message.  In addition, he oversaw the renaming of the institution to Parker University in April 2011 and guided the institution through a successful SACS reaffirmation in 2012.  From a global perspective, Dr. Mancini oversaw the development of internship programs in foreign cities such as Bogota, Colombia and Mexico City, Mexico and instituted Parker Seminars events in countries including Japan, Greece and Australia.
 
Dr. McAulay brings experience in both the chiropractic profession and higher education to Parker University and Parker Seminars.  Dr. McAulay’s education is extensive with a PhD from Temple University, a doctor of chiropractic degree from Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic and a bachelor’s of commerce from the University of Toronto.  In addition, Dr. McAulay participated in the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows program and the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) program through the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
 
Over the past thirteen years, Dr. McAulay has served as executive vice president/provost and interim president for Sherman College, vice-president for academic affairs at Palmer College, and provost and executive vice president/provost for Life University.  Each of these institutions experienced growth and success under Dr. McAulay’s leadership.
 
“I am very proud to become a part of the Parker family and I look forward to helping the institution maintain its reputation as one of the premier schools in chiropractic education.” said Dr. McAulay.  “While Parker’s history is rich with tradition and success, it’s the future that is so intriguing to me.  This is an exciting time for Parker as the institution looks to expand into new degree programs that complement and support chiropractic.  I believe my experience in balancing program expansion and foundational chiropractic programs will certainly be a benefit to Parker in the coming years.”
 
parkercampusLast year, Parker University developed a strategic plan that called for the introduction of twelve new allied health programs by 2017.  The first three degree programs, slated for introduction in January 2013, include an associate’s degree in Radiological Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Health Care.  All three degrees were carefully selected for introduction based on criteria including how well they support and complement chiropractic, the job forecasts for each degree program and the higher than average expected salaries for each profession these degrees serve.
 
“Program expansion calls for a president with a unique set of skills and talents.” said Dr. Gery Hochanadel, PhD, provost of Parker University.  “I am very pleased with the board’s decision to hire Dr. McAulay as the next president of Parker.  His experience in maintaining chiropractic as the foundational program while expanding degree offerings will be critical to the future of Parker University and the students we serve.”
 
In addition to his role with Parker University, Dr. McAulay will also serve as president of Parker Seminars.  With over sixty years supporting the chiropractic profession, Parker Seminars continues to serve the profession as the premier professional seminar dedicated to helping chiropractors and chiropractic assistants build successful practices.  Parker Seminars has four North American seminars planned for 2013, with the largest gathering taking place in Las Vegas January 10-12, 2013.
 
“I am very aware of the impact Parker Seminars and Dr. Parker had on the chiropractic profession and I consider it a great honor to oversee this effort.  Parker Seminars is the meeting place for the profession and I intend to continue positioning Parker Seminars as a global resource for the chiropractic profession,” said Dr. McAulay.
 
Source: Parker University
 
Logan College President George Goodman to Retire in 2013
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Written by TAC Staff   
Sunday, 25 November 2012 16:06
Dr. Goodman’s leadership resulted in significant accomplishments

ggoodmanlogancollege(ST. LOUIS) – Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs President George Goodman, D.C. announced today that he will retire as President by March 31, 2013. Dr. Goodman has led Logan for two decades and is responsible for growing enrollment, expanding programs and establishing an endowment and investment base of more than $25 million.
 
“I am honored to have been a part of Logan during such a dynamic period in this institution’s history,” said Dr. Goodman. “When we started two decades ago, the institution had significant debt and operating challenges. I was able to work with many talented people to deal with those issues, developing and growing Logan in ways that benefit our students, faculty and the surrounding community.”
 
Two years ago Dr. Goodman agreed to extend his stay as President from 2012 until 2014 in large part because a reaccreditation review was scheduled to occur in late 2014. It was important to both Dr. Goodman and Logan’s Board of Trustees to have an established leadership team in place when that evaluation and site visit took place. Recently, the reaccreditation process site visit was delayed until 2015. Because of that delay, Dr. Goodman shifted his retirement date to 2013. This transition plan ensures that a new President will be in place well before the reaccreditation process begins.  
 
“President Goodman’s leadership has been invaluable to Logan, and his passion and commitment to our mission have been steadfast,” said Steven Roberts, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the board and Logan, I want to express our deep gratitude for his service and outstanding leadership. Logan and the field of chiropractic are better off because of Dr. Goodman.”
 
Under Dr. Goodman's guidance as President since 1993, Logan College has achieved several significant milestones, including reaching debt-free status; enrolling 1,000 students for the first time in the school's history; and winning federal grants for infrastructure, technology and research. 
 
Before being appointed President, Dr. Goodman served for 10 years as Logan's Vice President of Chiropractic Affairs and also held the posts of Clinic Director and Dean of the School of Postgraduate Education at Logan. A tenured professor, Dr. Goodman has been a member of the Logan faculty for 44 years and spent 20 years in private chiropractic practice. 
 
Source: Logan College of Chiropractic
 
ACA Reaffirms Fight Against Provider Discrimination Following AMA Vote
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Written by TAC Staff   
Friday, 03 August 2012 18:35
acaArlington, Va. —The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reaffirmed its commitment to fighting provider discrimination following a decision by the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates which initiated a lobbying effort against Section 2706, the provider non-discrimination provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
 
Section 2706 prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against health care providers relative to their participation and coverage in health plans. It is applicable to all Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) health care plans, including self-insured, multi-state plans that are not subject to provider-friendly state laws. 
 
“As the voice of the chiropractic profession on Capitol Hill, ACA will not yield in its efforts to fight any threat to our patients’ access to the services of DCs and for our doctors’ right to practice to the full extent of their education and training,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC. “AMA’s decision is outdated, and it demonstrates a desire, by some, to cling to the ‘old guard,’ but it is not in patients’ or our country’s best interests. Section 2706 will extend new health care services to millions, and it will help address the primary care shortage threatening our nation.”
 
In its ongoing advocacy work, ACA highlights the value that DCs add to the health care system, particularly in respect to challenges faced by to today’s health care consumer:
 
The primary care shortage—According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2015 the U.S. will face a shortage of more than 60,000 physicians across primary care, surgical and medical specialties. Every health care provider will have to practice to the fullest extent of his or her scope of practice. ACA believes that since DCs are already in the local physician supply pool and have legislative recognition as a “portal of entry” to the health care system, they should be among the first providers utilized to help relieve this shortage.
 
Runaway health care costs—PPACA was designed to address the need to control unbridled health care costs. Section 2706 was included to encourage full utilization of health care providers and reduce the cost of patient care. Studies have repeatedly shown that the services provided by doctors of chiropractic are effective and cost less than medical care.  

Lack of treatment options—Patients are becoming more aware of the downsides of over reliance on prescription drugs and the premature use of surgical care for common health conditions such as low-back pain. DCs offer care that is not dependent on drugs or surgery, but is highly effective for many health conditions.    
 
“It is important to recognize Section 2706—an act of Congress to end provider discrimination based on one’s license—as historic for the chiropractic profession,” said Mike Schroeder vice president of the National Association of Chiropractic Attorneys (NACA). “However, as significant the provision is, it is possible to lose ground during the implementation of PPACA, so NACA strongly encourages DCs to support ACA in its efforts to ensure the patient protections intended in the provision."
 
 
Dr. Yochum Wins Fraternal Award
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Written by TAC Staff   
Sunday, 22 July 2012 22:42

yochumawardDr. Terry R. Yochum was honored by the Sigma Chi Fraternity as one of approximately 20 brothers to receive the distinguished “Significant Sig Award.” The honor was bestowed on Dr. Yochum on June 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas at the annual meeting of the Grand Chapter of the International Sigma Chi Fraternity.

The award is given in recognition of contributions to mankind and Dr. Yochum is the first chiropractor in the history of Sigma Chi Fraternity to ever receive this prestigious award. There are over 300,000 Sigma Chi that have been inducted into the fraternity with only 1,600 brothers of Sigma Chi receiving the “Significant Sig Award”. In Dr. Yochum’s induction class was the famous movie star, “Brad Pitt” from the University of Missouri. Other famous people who have received the Significant Sig Award include David Letterman, John Wayne, Barry Goldwater, Tom Selleck, Mike Dikita and Bryan Griese to name just a few.

Over 3,000 people attended this hall of fame banquet. Dr. Yochum’s acceptance speech included the following quote:

“One of the best decisions I ever made was to become a chiropractic physician and eventually a radiologist. The natural approach to health and wellness embraced by the chiropractic profession has served me, my family and close friends to attain better health. Anyone struggling with a health issue, why not try chiropractic as an alternative? The profession has helped millions of patients worldwide.”

Dr. Richard Schultz, pictured here with Dr. Yochum, is a fellow Sigma Chi and chiropractor. He recommended Dr. Yochum for consideration to receive this prestigious award.

 
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