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Congressional Committee Calls Chiropractic "Key Benefit" Within DoD Health Care System, Urges Pay Equity System
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Written by TAC Staff   
Saturday, 02 June 2012 00:07
 
Arlington, Va.- Members of the House Armed Services Committee have approved the inclusion of a strong, pro-chiropractic directive in their official committee report accompanying the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The committee language asserts that services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) for our nation's men and women in uniform is of "high quality" and has become a "key" benefit within the military health care system. Read relevant pages from the committee report here.

capitolusaAccording to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), the language is significant for several reasons. "What we have here--and this is very important--is an official statement from one of the House's oversight committees with authority over the Pentagon that directly links the services of DCs to the treatment of conditions experienced as a result of combat operations. This is a huge validation that chiropractic services are of significant, direct value to a combat fighting force," said ACA President Keith Overland, DC.

Equally significant, the thrust of the language is aimed at ensuring that DCs within the military achieve "pay equality" and appropriate "job classifications" that are on par with other health care providers with similar training, education and scopes of practice. Regarding that language, Dr. Overland noted, "Our advocacy efforts have not only been aimed at getting DCs into federal health care programs such as the DoD's, and expanding their presence there, but they also have been aimed at ensuring that DCs are provided with appropriate status, authority, salaries and other benefits equal to those enjoyed by comparable-level providers. This is a major step forward in this advocacy process. It demonstrates that Congress is not just interested in simple DC inclusion, but inclusion in the right way which fully recognizes the status, training and professional capabilities of a DC. Part of the ACA's mission is to level the playing field down to every last detail." 

Inclusion of the language follows a bi-partisan letter sent last year to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, signed by 15 members of the House Armed Services Committee, requesting the Department of Defense take action to correct the wage rate disparity experienced by doctors of chiropractic within the DoD. Full congressional action on the Defense Authorization bill that includes the House committee language has not yet taken place, but enactment is expected later this year, according to ACA officials, and will be a positive indicator that Congress continues to support a robust chiropractic program within the Department of Defense.

"The Association of Chiropractic Colleges is gratified that the extensive education and training that doctors of chiropractic receive has been recognized and that appropriate compensation is vital," said ACC President Dr. Richard Brassard. Dr. Overland added, "I want to thank House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, Ranking Member Adam Smith and especially Congressmen Mike Rogers of Alabama and Dave Loebsack of Iowa for moving this issue forward."

For further information on chiropractic inclusion in the military, or to learn more about ACA's ongoing legislative efforts, go to ACA's Advocacy webpage at www.ACAToday.org
 
DCs Eligible for IHS Student Loan Repayment Program
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Friday, 16 March 2012 22:29
ihslogoThe American Chiropractic Association announced that doctors of chiropractic are now eligible to apply for a student loan repayment program administered by the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The news comes following advocacy work by the association.
 
IHS provides health care to approximately 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Its loan repayment program awards up to $20,000 per year for the repayment of qualified student loans in exchange for an initial two-year service obligation to practice full time at an Indian health program site. Learn more at www.ihs.gov.com
 
Money, Coercion, and Undue Inducement: Attitudes Vary about Payments to Research Participants
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Friday, 16 March 2012 22:20
research(Garrison, NY) Researchers almost always offer money as an incentive for healthy volunteers to enroll in research studies, but does payment amount to coercion or undue inducement to  participate in research? In the first national study to examine their  views on this question, the majority of institutional review board  members and other research ethics professionals expressed persistent  ethical concern about the effects of offering payment to research  subjects. But they differed in their views of the meaning of coercion  and undue influence and how to avoid these problems in concrete research  situations. The study appears in IRB: Ethics & Human Research.  
 
The findings are important because the  federal regulations for the protection of human subjects -- known as the Common Rule -- state that investigators should seek consent from potential research volunteers under circumstances that "minimize the  possibility of coercion or undue influence." The regulations do not  define these terms. 
 
The study consisted of an online survey that  asked a random sample of IRB members and others involved with upholding  ethical standards in biomedical research about their views about  different kinds of payments, including money, nonmonetary offers, and medical care.  Of the 610 respondents, 61 percent "reported  feeling somewhat, moderately, or very concerned that payment of any amount might influence a participant’s decision or behaviors regarding research participation.” The higher the payment, the greater the  concern. 
 
“Most respondents expressed concern that substantial payment  could compromise a participant’s ability to think clearly about study risks and benefits (85%), lead individuals to enroll in a trial they  otherwise would not enroll in (88%), or remain in one from which they would like to withdraw (84%)," the authors write.  Most respondents agreed that researchers could offer money to reimburse expenses, and many thought that offering  money as compensation for time and inconvenience was acceptable. 
 
But the authors conclude that the  respondents' views of coercion and undue influence were "excessively  expansive, or inconsistent." For example, while more than 90 percent  agreed with a definition of coercion tied to threat of harm, most also  agreed that research participants are coerced when an offer of payment  -- not the threat of harm -- gets them to participate when they  otherwise would not. 
 
The findings pose a dilemma to those charged  with ethical oversight of human subjects research. According to the authors, unless researchers can offer payment as an incentive to participate in research, people might not enroll in studies and,  therefore, much valuable research "is unlikely to be conducted in a  timely manner or even conducted at all." And yet IRBs should not approve  protocols -- whatever their social or scientific value -- unless the  possibility of coercion or undue influence has been minimized. To get  around this dilemma, the authors recommend that policy and educational  efforts be undertaken to clarify when payment practices actually constitute coercion and undue influence. 

Source: The Hastings Center
 
HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab Breaks into Top Tier of “Franchise 500” List and Sets New Industry Standard for Overall Care
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Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:41

hschiroandprorehabAVON, OH — HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab® made company history this month when it broke into the top 100 of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” list.

The company also continued its reign at the top spot in the Health Services list, having been ranked #1 in that category four years running.

“Being number one in the Health Services category for four straight years has never been done before and we’re extremely proud of that,” said HealthSource CEO Dr. Chris Tomshack.

HealthSource was ranked #99 on the esteemed list, a remarkable jump from #111 in 2011 and #258 in 2010.

The 2012 rankings, which were released on the magazine’s website this week, also put HealthSource at #48 in the magazine's list of Fastest-Growing franchises, up from #52 in 2011 and #66 in 2010, and its rank to #82 on the list of America's Top Global franchises, up from #94 last year.

"This incredible recognition reflects our long-standing goal of providing the very best care possible for our patients,” Dr. Tomshack said. “We saw more than 100,000 patients last month alone—we’re changing lives, and that’s what it’s all about.”

It was announced at the Parker Seminar in Las Vegas that HealthSource was bringing on well known Chiropractic mentor Dr. C.J. Mertz, founder and CEO of the Waiting List Practice chiropractic training organization.

Dr. Mertz will have the title of Chief Innovation Officer, and be charged with training chiropractors all across the globe with his time tested strategies for delivering top-notch patient care.

Health Source may be reached by calling 440-934-5858. The company’s headquarters are located at 36901 American Way, Avon, OH.

 
The Digital Invasion: Digital X-ray Technology Manufacturer ImaSight Inc. Launches US Campaign
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Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:33

Canadian-based ImaSight Inc., which develops and supplies innovative digital x-ray technology for the chiropractic healthcare industry, is now launching a major campaign into the US Market.

The company was founded in 2001 to respond to the need for an all-digital x-ray system that delivered hospital-quality images at an affordable price for any size practice.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to not only continue our work in the United States market, but also to increase our presence there,” commented Steve Johnston, Vice President and Co-Founder. “We exhibited at the Parker Seminar in Las Vegas in January and were very excited to see the response.  It was evident that chiropractors really understood the value of working directly with a manufacturer versus having to go through the time and expense of dealing with resellers. We’re looking very forward to continuing our expansion in the US.”

digitalxrayimageIn their effort to ramp up their efforts in the US market, ImaSight has recently retained a US-based marketing and design firm, and in addition, is scheduled to attend numerous chiropractic trade shows in the United States in 2012. 

“It’s important for US chiropractors to know we are experts in our field, and have been in business for over a decade serving the healthcare industry,” added Johnston.  “Our collective backgrounds cover a broad range of specialties in digital video and imaging systems for telemedicine and industrial applications, and our experience covers all aspects of digital and analog electronics, medical imaging, high sensitivity optics and opto-mechanics.”

The advantages of digital technology over film include increased efficiency through bypassing chemical processing, and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Further, less radiation is used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography, and chiropractors enjoy immediate access to the images while eliminating costly film processing steps.  Chiropractors can also take advantage of special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image, improving their ability to communicate with their patients.

“Our Chiropractic Power Tools™, which we developed in collaboration with chiropractors, empowers doctors to annotate, comment, and enter patient data right on the image – enhancing patient communication while improving patient care,” commented Steve.  “And we made it user-friendly, so there are no complicated processes a doctor has to learn to make use of the system.”

With competition from companies like Fuji, Idexx and others, ImaSight stated that one of their main competitive advantages, in addition to being a manufacturer of their own imaging products, is their focus on delivering the highest levels of customer care.

“We are absolutely passionate about taking care of our customers,” said Johnston.  “It’s something so many companies say, but so few deliver. The chiropractors that we partner with are quick to find out, however, that in our company the term customer service isn’t a department – it’s our way of doing business.  We’re there for every stage of the process, from helping in determining a chiropractor’s needs, to delivery, to training and follow-on support.  And when they call, they don’t get voicemail – they get answers.”

 
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