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Protecting Chiropractors Ability to Utilize Therapeutic Laser Technology
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Written by TAC Staff   
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 16:30

Franklin, TN (PRWEB) March 10, 2011

State Medical and Chiropractic Boards are writing new rules regulating the use of laser technology; K-LaserUSA is a proactive participant in the process; Ensuring DC’s access to advanced technology to help their patients with safe and drug-free therapy laser treatments.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates medical devices to be sure they are safe and effective, and are honestly, accurately and informatively represented to the public. Therapeutic lasers apply a low dosage of red or infrared laser light to deliver pain management, reduce inflammation and enhance tissue healing. Photobiomodulation is the term embraced by the North American Association for Laser Therapy for this process.

Chiropractic is a health care discipline and profession that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Doctors of Chiropractic primarily use manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues; but treatment may also include application of therapeutic modalities, exercises and health and lifestyle counseling.

Lasers are classified by the FDA according to their power output. Class 3a lasers have less five milliwatts of power, Class 3b are between 5 and 500 milliwatts (or half a Watt), and Class 4 lasers are more than 500 milliwatts. Class 4 lasers are utilized in therapy, surgery, hair removal and even industrial applications. The wavelength (or color) and the power density (or concentration) determines the outcome of the laser-tissue interaction. Class 4 is the highest on the classification scheme, and since 2002 the FDA has cleared therapy lasers in Classes 3a, 3b and 4.

For the past nine years, Chiropractors have been using lasers to enhance patient clinical outcomes. State Boards of Chiropractic have begun to rewrite scope of practice rules to address the utilization of therapeutic lasers. Since Class 4 lasers encompass a wide array of devices, there has been some confusion whether chiropractors could use FDA-cleared Class 4 therapy lasers.

K-LaserUSA has been a proactive participant in the process. Dr. Phil Harrington, Manager of Education and Clinical Support has supplied written testimony to the states of Maryland and Ohio, and has given personal testimony in Texas, Iowa, Washington and California.

The Washington Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission (QAC) held a meeting August 12, 2010 to discuss whether Class 4 therapy lasers should be on the list of devices approved for use by Washington Chiropractors. Dr. Harrington of K-LaserUSA was the only laser industry representative present at that meeting. At the February 24, 2011 Scope of Practice Subcommittee Meeting in Sacramento, California Dr. Harrington was one of two laser industry representatives present, and after the meeting was asked by Subcommittee Chair Dr. Hugh Lubkin to be on call as an industry expert.

K-LaserUSA will continue to be a proactive participant ensuring Doctors of Chiropractic access to therapeutic laser technology to help their patients with safe and drug-free therapy laser treatments.

If you’d like more information on therapeutic laser technology, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Harrington, contact him at 866-595-7749 or pharrington(at)k-laserusa(dot)com.

 
Douglas Laboratories® Introduces EZ Swallow Coating Technology
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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 16:24

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DOUGLAS LABORATORIES® INTRODUCES
EZ SWALLOW COATING TECHNOLOGY
PITTSBURGH, PA – Douglas Laboratories, known for its legacy of innovation, is proud to introduce yet another industry first in its already best-in-class multivitamin product line: Ultra Preventive® EZ. Now, its most comprehensive multivitamin and mineral supplement to date utilizes an exclusive easy (EZ) swallow coating technology.
Like Douglas Laboratories’ trusted 5-Star Gold-Rated Ultra Preventive® X, Ultra Preventive EZ has been created with a special green food base and includes a variety of organic fruits and vegetables, as well as
carefully formulated vitamins, minerals, trace elements and nutrients, vitamin D and Metafolin®, the body’s preferred form of readily
bioavailable folate.
The difference is Ultra Preventive EZ’s unique easy-to-swallow form, available only from Douglas Laboratories. It is smaller in size and
contains a naturally vanilla-flavored coating, making swallowing this packed multivitamin easy and pleasant.
“We are extremely excited to bring Ultra Preventive EZ to market.
I believe patients will love and actually request this multivitamin
and mineral supplement because it provides them with the same
best-in-class benefits they’ve come to expect from Douglas products,
but now in an easy-to-swallow pill,” said Doug Lioon, Executive
Chairman. “Healthcare practitioners can confidently recommend
it to more of their patients, especially those who typically have
difficulty swallowing larger pills—proving that once again, you
can trust Douglas Laboratories to be an integral part of your
patients’ total health care approach.”
Ultra Preventive EZ is now available to healthcare practitioners
exclusively through Douglas Laboratories. For more information
on Ultra Preventive EZ, visit www.douglaslabs.com.
Metafolin® is a registered trademark of Merck, KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
ABOUT DOUGLAS LABORATORIES
Subsidiary of Atrium Innovations Inc. [TSX: ATB], Douglas Laboratories, the trusted choice of thousands of healthcare professionals
for more than 50 years, is at the forefront of the nutritional health industry, proudly researching, developing and manufacturing
superior quality, science-based supplements that help people improve their health. Recognized throughout the industry for its
uncompromising operational practices at its state-of-the-art, GMP-compliant manufacturing facilities, Douglas Laboratories continues
to provide the added insurance of multiple domestic and international GMP certifications, including ISO-9001 certification and ISO-17025 accreditation for in-house laboratories, as well as NSF International Registration. Douglas Laboratories currently offers
more than 600 branded products, introducing new products on a continuous basis. Working with an experienced research staff
of PhDs and a prestigious medical advisory board, Douglas Laboratories is committed to bringing innovative, science-based
products to the marketplace. Douglas Laboratories distributes worldwide, with its headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. For additional information, visit www.douglaslabs.com.
ABOUT ATRIUM INNOVATIONS (TSX: ATB)
Atrium Innovations Inc. is a globally recognized leader in the innovation, formulation, production and commercialization of science-based and professionally endorsed products for the health & nutrition industry. The company focuses primarily on growing segments
of the health and nutrition markets, which are benefiting from the trends towards healthy living and the aging of the population.
Atrium markets a broad portfolio of finished products through its highly specialized sales and marketing network in more than 35 countries, primarily in North America and Europe. Atrium has more than 925 employees and operates seven manufacturing facilities. Additional information about Atrium is available on its website at www.atrium-innovations.com.

 
Super Bowl MVP is “Well-Adjusted”
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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 16:21

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Professional athletes recognize the value of chiropractic care

 

CARMICHAEL, Calif. – March 15, 2011 -- From his son's first "stingers" to various neck, back and other injuries resulting from playing football, Dr. Ed Rodgers – Dad of championship Green Bay Packers’ winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- was always there to make an adjustment.  It was the care he received following a college football injury that led the Super Bowl MVP's father to pursue a chiropractic career.

 

"The structure of the human body, especially the spine, and its relationship to function can be impacted by the physical nature of accidents, falls, poor posture and injuries,” says Dr. Rodgers.  “That's why chiropractic care is so valuable for many acute and chronic health problems."

 

While providing chiropractic care for his three sons who played multiple sports during their school years, as well as his patients in Chico, California, Dr. Ed finds the natural hands-on methods of chiropractic care to be of great value.  He points out that every NFL football team and the majority of college and high school athletic programs have a doctor of chiropractic available to treat their players.  Athletes from all sports credit chiropractic care for their ability to recover from neck, back and other joint injuries, and play the game at a high level. Reflecting this expertise, 2010 marked the first time that chiropractors occupied the two top positions for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) medical team.

 

Jack Dolbin DC, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was the starting wide receiver for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII. His father and grandfather were chiropractors, as is his daughter.

 

"Patients of all ages are learning to appreciate the clinical skills of a chiropractor for conditions including headaches, neck and back pain and other health issues that are related to the spine and influenced by injuries and posture," says Dr. Dolbin.

 

Jerry Rice was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2010 and was recently chosen as the "greatest" pro football player of all time by a blue ribbon panel at the NFL Network. As a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, Rice says this about his legendary 20-year pro career: "I did a lot of things to stay in the game but regular visits to my chiropractor were among the most important."

About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress aims to inform and educate the general public about the many benefits associated with chiropractic care.   To learn more about the Foundation, please visit us on the web at www.yes2chiropractic.com.

 

 
Legislation to Expand Patient Access to Chiropractic Care Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives
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Written by TAC Staff   
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 16:14

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) today announced that their work with key congressional supporters has resulted in two important pieces of pro-chiropractic legislation being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. These bills, if enacted into law, would increase patient access to vital health care—which includes chiropractic care—and benefit chiropractic physicians and students.

One of the legislative initiatives, the Access to Frontline Health Care Act (H.R. 531), 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. The legislation, introduced Feb. 8 in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) would designate certain types of health care providers as “frontline” providers. ACA and ACC worked closely with the sponsor of the bill to ensure that chiropractic physicians are specified in the bill as qualifying for this status.

I wanted to add comment here.  I think this is a great initiative by Rep. Braley but it falls short.  Placing ONE Chiropractor in a large VA Health Care Center is a disservice. The staff doctor will be overwhelmed and patients will be waiting for months.  If you are a Vet or DC, I would encourage you to contact these legislators and inform them of the understaffing issue inherent in the bill.

Follow the link below for the rest of the article. 
“Many regions of our nation, particularly the rural parts of America, simply do not have sufficient numbers of qualified health care professionals to meet the needs of the local population,” said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. “This legislation would provide vital health care to underserved patients across the country, and it would also help newly graduated chiropractic physicians establish practices and repay their student loans.”

The second piece of legislation, the Chiropractic Membership in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Act of 2011 (H.R. 664), introduced by Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) on Feb. 11, 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. Officers in the Corps provide health care services in a variety of locations and venues, including care to members of the U.S. Coast Guard and at community health centers.

“Both of these pieces of legislation are critical to the integration of chiropractic care in every federal health care program,” said Frank J. Nicchi, DC, president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. “Chiropractic students and alumni will benefit immensely from the opportunity to provide care to citizens in medically underserved areas and to participate in the Commissioned Corps. We applaud Reps. Braley and Green for their leadership and support for the inclusion of chiropractic care in these important national health care initiatives.”

The introduction of both pieces of legislation fairly early in the First Session of the current 112th Congress was intentional by ACA, ACC and the bill’s supporters. “Early introduction allows for the time necessary to build critical momentum for these pro-chiropractic initiatives,” said John Falardeau, ACA’s vice president of government relations. “Having that momentum increases the likelihood of these bills successfully advancing through the legislative process.”

To view the full text of HR 531, click here.

To see the full text of HR 664, click here.

ACA and ACC request that chiropractic physicians contact their congressional representatives and urge them to cosponsor both of these bills.

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.

The Association of Chiropractic Colleges represents accredited chiropractic colleges in North America and seeks to advance chiropractic education, research and service.

 
Integrated Practice Solutions’ Chirotouch Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Modular Certification
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Written by TAC Staff   
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 16:06

February 14, 2011 – Integrated Practice Solutions, Inc. announced today that ChiroTouch, Version 5.0 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as an EHR Module on February 10, 2011 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

 

“We were very pleased to receive the modular certification last week,” commented Robert Moberg, President of ChiroTouch.  “Through our website, as well as our educational webinar series, we've approached the EHR Incentive Program with an effort to fully educate both our clients and the chiropractic industry as a whole, and to stay apprised and ahead of new information. It's a highly involved process, and the completion of this first step represents our commitment and show of good faith in our timely plan to obtain complete certification and helping to put our clients in the most favorable position possible should they elect to pursue ARRA Reimbursement.  We do so to allow chiropractors to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them so that they may continue to build their practice. ”

 

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more—but not all— of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology. Companies offering ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certified EHR modules may return to test additional criteria and certify their products as Complete EHRs later. Companies certifying products early in the ONC-ATCB certification process must quickly adapt their products to meet the evolving nature of the NIST test procedures, particularly for electronic prescribing. ONC-ATCB product certification updates will be available at http://www.cchit.org as they occur.

 

“CCHIT is pleased to be testing and certifying products so that companies are now able to offer these products to providers who wish to purchase and implement certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives,” said Karen M. Bell, M.D., M.S.S., Chair, CCHIT.

 

ChiroTouch’s certification number is CC-1112-335150-1. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

 

ChiroTouch 5.0 meets the following modular certification criteria:

• 170.304(c) Record demographics

• 170.302(g) Smoking status

• 170.302(o) Access control

• 170.302(p) Emergency access

• 170.302(q) Automatic log-off

• 170.302(r) Audit log

• 170.302(s) Integrity

• 170.302(t) Authentication

• 170.302(u) General encryption

• 170.302(v) Encryption when exchanging electronic health information

 

About ChiroTouch

ChiroTouch, by Integrated Practice Solutions Inc., is the premier provider of innovative chiropractic software technology solutions for the chiropractic industry. Fusing advanced software systems with superior support services, we partner with chiropractors across the country to help them automate operations, improve patient care, and increase profitability.  Visit www.chirotouch.com.

 

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology.  The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.

 

About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

 

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

 
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