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CCE Receives Recommendation for Continuing Accreditation
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Written by TAC Staff   
Saturday, 28 January 2012 03:49

cceArlington, Va.-- The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) received a recommendation for a one-year continuing accreditation following a Dec. 14 hearing before the Department of Education's (DOE) National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI).

A one-year continuing accreditation means that the council's federal recognition is renewed with the requirement that it provide additional information in 12 months. The decision indicates that CCE substantially meets NACIQI's criteria but must address specific issues to be considered in full compliance.

In addition to CCE's own testimony, representatives of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), representing 15,000 members; the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), representing all accredited chiropractic colleges; and the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) provided testimony recommending that CCE receive continuing accreditation and praising the agency for its efforts to improve chiropractic education and prepare students to meet public health needs.

Dissenting opinions were also expressed by several groups and individuals, who cited concerns about CCE's leadership, performance and its recently approved revision of chiropractic education standards. NACIQI determined that many of these issues are out of the purview of the reaccreditation process; however, the Committee did require CCE to improve communication with its constituents over the next year and to "demonstrate compliance with section 602.13 dealing with the wide acceptance of its standards, policies, procedures and decisions, and how its standards advance the quality of chiropractic education."

"Chiropractic colleges are providing an excellent, quality education," added David O'Bryon, ACC's executive director. "CCE's rigorous standards and policies have helped ensure those high standards that the public has come to expect."

Members of the education community, some of whom have worked directly with CCE on accreditation for their institutions, also provided testimony bolstering the recommendation for CCE accreditation.

DOE staff person Rachael Shultz, who reviewed CCE as part of the accreditation process, noted that CCE leadership was very open to fixing the 43 regulatory compliance deficiencies identified during her review. She noted that because of recently updated Higher Education Act (HEA) regulations, it is typical for agencies under review now to have more findings than in the past.

The hearing served to alert everyone of the critical role CCE plays in the chiropractic profession. The availability of federal loans for chiropractic students and state licensing for doctors of chiropractic are all contingent upon the federal recognition that CCE accreditation provides. As FCLB President Lawrence O'Connor, DC, testified: "Without CCE, state licensing [for doctors of chiropractic] would grind to a screeching halt."

Source: ACA.

 

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

 
Foot Levelers Releases New Software for the Associate® Platinum
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Written by TAC Staff   
Saturday, 28 January 2012 03:41

footlevelersnewAPsoftwareRoanoke, VA- Foot Levelers has launched new software, V7+, which will enhance the Associate® Platinum and scanning patients’ feet.  With sharper, more detailed images, the V7+ is designed to explain the severity of pronation and how imbalances in feet can lead to problems in the knees, hips, back and shoulders. 

“We used our vast database of foot scans and new technology to enhance our V7 software.  Our new features will make the scanning process more personalized for patients and individualize doctors’ assessments,” said Brad Wilton, Foot Levelers’ Chief Information Officer. “This is an exciting step in chiropractic technology and patient evaluations.” 

Similar to previous versions, the V7+ delivers a quick scan of patients’ feet and produces reports to help them evaluate the importance of Stabilizing Orthotics.

New enhanced features include:

  • Pronation/Stability Index- Personalized index number and calculated measurements reveal severity of imbalances in patients’ feet
  • Increased Reliability-Updated and more dependable technology
  • Body Assessment- Demonstrates the foot-pelvis-body connection to clearly illustrate how foot imbalances lead to pain throughout the body
  • Vibrant Graphics- Displays sharper images of the foot to show pressure points and imbalances

 V7+ is a more in-depth assessment tool that can help evaluate patients from the ground up.  The new software enables healthcare professionals to choose the correct Stabilizing Orthotics for their patients. Stabilizing Orthotics help align the feet, ankles, knees, and hips to provide a balanced foundation for the body. Stabilizing Orthotics also help chiropractic adjustments hold longer, helping prolong patients’ wellness.

 

About Foot Levelers

Foot Levelers, Inc., the world’s exclusive provider of individually designed Stabilizing Orthotics and other therapeutic products, has been serving healthcare professionals for more than 58 years.  Foot Levelers supports every step patients take to enjoy fuller and happier lives at work, home, or at play.  For more information visit FootLevelers.com or call 800.553.4860

 
Urge Your Representative and Senators in Washington to Support Legislation Designed to Expand Chiropractic!
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Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 21:06
capitolusaEarlier this year, four separate pieces of legislation were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and one in the U.S. Senate that would expand patient access to the services provided by doctors of chiropractic in several federal health care delivery systems. It is very important that doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic students immediately contact their Member of Congress and Senators and urge that they cosponsor each of these measures.
 
BACKGROUND:
HR 329, the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act, introduced by Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), would require the VA to have a chiropractic physician on staff at all major VA medical facilities by 2014. It would also amend the current statute, the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001, ensuring that chiropractic benefits are included in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and therefore, cannot be denied.

Read more https://www.acatoday.org/pdf/NCLC2011VA_IssueBrief.pdf and http://members.chiropractic.org/asset/docs/HR329ICAPACRelease.pdf
 
HR 409, the Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), would require the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to allow any beneficiary covered under TRICARE to select and have direct access to a chiropractic physician. The plan deadline is Aug. 31, 2011. Currently, only active duty members are afforded the chiropractic benefit.

Read more https://www.acatoday.org/pdf/NCLC2011TriCare_IssueBrief.pdf and http://members.chiropractic.org/asset/docs/HR409NewsRelease2011.pdf
 
HR 531, the Access to Frontline Health Care Act, introduced by Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), would establish a new program that would help chiropractic physicians and other select health care providers repay their student loans if, in exchange, the providers establish and maintain practices in medically underserved areas.

Read more http://www.acatoday.org/pdf/nclc2011_frontline_issuebrief.pdf and http://members.chiropractic.org/asset/docs/HR531ICANewsRelease.pdf
 
HR 664, the Chiropractic Membership in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Act, introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), would also benefit the public and the profession by requiring the inclusion of chiropractic physicians in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps.  The Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,000 well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the nation’s public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science.

Read more http://www.acatoday.org/pdf/nclc2011_phsissuebrief.pdf and http://members.chiropractic.org/asset/docs/HR664ICANewsRelease.pdf
 
S 1147, the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act, introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), is the Senate companion bill to HR 329, above.  

Read more http://www.acatoday.org/press_css.cfm?CID=4475 and http://members.chiropractic.org/asset/docs/S1147NewsRelease.pdf
 
Palmer College of Chiropractic Receives National Recognition for Providing Quality Back Pain Care at Clinics in All Three of its Campus Communities
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Written by TAC Staff   
Sunday, 25 September 2011 21:35

palmercollegewflagsThe National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in Washington, D.C., announced in June that the Palmer College of Chiropractic outpatient clinics in Port Orange and South Daytona, Florida, have received Recognition from the Back Pain Recognition Program (BPRP) for providing superior care to clinic patients suffering from low back pain. The two Palmer Chiropractic Clinics are affiliated with the college’s Florida Campus in Port Orange, Fla.

Additionally, the college’s West Campus clinic in San Jose, Calif., was recently renewed in the NCQA Back Pain Recognition Program. It originally received Recognition in 2008. With the two clinics located on Palmer’s Davenport Campus in Davenport, Iowa, having received Recognition in October 2010, this means that clinics affiliated with all three of Palmer’s campuses have received this prestigious national quality recognition.

The Back Pain Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care to the nearly 30 million Americans who experience low back pain, by motivating healthcare providers to deliver high-quality care and service. To receive recognition, the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics were required to pass a rigorous, comprehensive review of several key clinical measures demonstrating quality healthcare delivery and service.  These measures include appropriate imaging for acute back pain, recommendations for exercise and attention to health risk factors, among many others.

Back pain is among the most common ailments in America. Each year, nearly one in nine Americans experience pain severe enough to impair their usual daily activities. Treatment costs total approximately $91 billion a year and back pain accounts for 25 percent of all workers’ compensation claims. The BPRP is the first independent program to systematically evaluate back pain care. NCQA developed the program’s requirements from widely accepted medical evidence with significant input from back pain specialists, and health plan and employer representatives. BPRP-Recognized healthcare providers provide patients with the care that best meets their needs, restores health and mobility and avoids unnecessary treatment and procedures.

“Needless imaging and procedures provide no real benefit to patients who suffer from back pain,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, president, National Committee for Quality Assurance. “By earning recognition, these Palmer Chiropractic Clinics on all three of Palmer’s campuses have demonstrated that they consistently provide proven, evidence-based care to their patients with low back pain.”

“The Palmer College clinics at each of our three campuses are committed to the delivery of quality, patient-centered care, and to providing a clinical education model that prepares our graduates for today’s practice environment,” said Vice Chancellor for Clinic Affairs Kurt Wood, D.C.  “This recent NCQA recognition for our Florida Campus clinics, along with the renewal of our West Campus clinic recognition and the recognition of our Davenport Campus clinics last fall, provides external validation for our patients and residents in all three of our campus communities that we have processes in place to ensure consistent delivery of high-quality, evidence-based care in an effort to generate the best patient outcomes.”

 
Chiropractic Charity to Field Team in 2012 LA Marathon
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Written by TAC Staff   
Sunday, 25 September 2011 21:24

Runners encouraged to Register for inaugural Team NPCO!

npcoLos Angeles, California (August 3, 2011) -   The 2012 Honda LA Marathon will feature its' first Chiropractic running team by NPCO. Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization (NPCO) is excited to announce its' participation in the 2012 Honda LA Marathon being held on Sunday, March 18 in Los Angeles, California.

The 26.2 mile LA Marathon course takes runners through many iconic landmarks in Los Angeles beginning at the historic Dodger Stadium, winding through famous Hollywood landmarks, Beverly Hills and ultimately ending near the Santa Monica Pier.

Registration for this world-famous race opened August 1 and NPCO is currently in the process of recruiting runners to be part of its' inaugural team.

Including this year, NPCO has successfully fielded a team of runners to run on the behalf of chiropractic healthcare in the Chicago Marathon for the last 3 years.  By adding the LA Marathon to the Team NPCO event schedule, NPCO hopes to have a great group of people represent chiropractic healthcare in one of the greatest marathons in the world.

Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization (NPCO) is an official 501(c)3 charity dedicated to providing chiropractic healthcare, in the form of non-profit clinics, to those living in poverty around the world.

For more information on becoming a runner on the first-ever NPCO LA Marathon team, please visit www.NPCO.org.

 
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