Palmer College expands services to U.S. military personnel through Yellow Ribbon tuition assistance program and partnership with Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit-Illinois
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Monday, 23 May 2011 07:43

militaryappreciationmonthMay is National Military Appreciation Month, and Palmer College of Chiropractic is announcing two new services for veterans and active duty military personnel in support of our nation’s military. The first is Palmer’s official affiliation with the national Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which essentially provides eligible veterans with full tuition to attend Palmer College for one year. The second is that the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics are expanding their healthcare services to military personnel and their families by formalizing a cooperative relationship with the Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit-Illinois (CBWTU-IL).

Yellow Ribbon Program

Through a unique program offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Palmer College of Chiropractic is making it possible for eligible U.S. veterans enrolled or about to enroll at the college to have all of their tuition paid for a one-year period. Known as the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, the plan takes care of all undergraduate and graduate tuition not already provided for by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

Starting Aug. 1, 2011, qualifying veterans who are current or incoming students on any of the three Palmer College of Chiropractic campuses (in Davenport, Iowa, San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange, Fla.) will be able to apply to the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come, first-served basis. Those accepted will have their tuition costs covered for one year, beginning with the fall 2011 term.

Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit-Illinois

palmercollegewflagsThe Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit-Illinois is committed to wounded warrior care with a focus on medical treatment while soldiers are in their homes. Commanded by U.S. Army CPT Martin Munoz, the CBWTU-IL provides command and control and medical case management to Army soldiers injured or ill as the result of their military service during the Global War on Terrorism. This type of treatment allows them to be within their family support network and gives them the ability to receive treatment from local healthcare professionals. CBWTU-IL is headquartered at the Rock Island Arsenal and operates across an eight-state area including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Palmer’s faculty clinicians and interns will be contributing to the physical examination of wounded, injured or ill active duty service men and women by performing range-of-motion evaluations at the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics located in Davenport and Moline. The results of the physical examinations will be used by CBWTU-IL medical personnel and other Army and governmental agencies to support the wounded warriors with transitional benefits assistance, employment and re-employment, state level benefits, and reintegration into the fighting force.

The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics located in Davenport, Iowa, Moline, Ill., San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange and South Daytona, Fla., already offer free chiropractic care to active duty military personnel and their families, including those in the National Guard or Reserves who are without any other chiropractic benefits. Veterans classified as 20 percent or more disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a result of injuries or illness during military service also are eligible for complimentary services. These include chiropractic examinations, adjustments, X-rays and rehabilitative services.

Consumer Reports Offers Free Guide to Medicare Changes, New Benefits
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Monday, 23 May 2011 07:35

crmedicare6For people who have Medicare, there are important changes, including new benefits, to consider since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law last year.

Consumer Reports now has a free guide to explain the changes to Medicare. Free copies of “Medicare: 6 Things You Need to Know Now” are available for a limited time by calling toll-free 1-855-CR-GUIDE or visiting

To order or download a free copy of the Consumer Reports guide to Medicare online, click here.

“This guide will help people navigate the changes in Medicare and take full advantage of new services available under the law,” said Jim Guest, President of Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports.  “Whether you have Medicare, you’re about to be eligible, or have a loved one in the program, the guide helps you sort through what’s new in today’s system.  With new benefits such as drug discounts and free health screenings available, this guide explains how you can make the most of them.”

The 15-page guide provides easy-to-understand information about changes in Medicare:

  • If you have Medicare and struggle with the cost of prescription drugs, the guide explains the sizable drug discounts now available when you reach the gap in Medicare drug plans known as the “doughnut hole.”
  • For those who have skipped preventive-care visits to the doctor because they could not afford them, the guide describes the free and low-cost coverage options for certain preventive services, such as annual wellness visits, mammograms and prostate cancer screenings, and flu shots.
  • The guide explains the changes in Medicare Advantage plans, such as new limits on your annual out-of-pocket costs.
  • If you have relatively high income, the guide takes you through important changes in what you pay.
  • Beginning this year, the open enrollment period for changing Medicare plans is starting and ending earlier, and the guide helps you check the new dates and understand your options.
  • If you are about to turn 65, you can find out what you need to know before signing up for Medicare.
  • The back of the guide offers an in-depth resource section with contact information for key agencies that can answer your specific questions about Medicare, including toll-free numbers for help in every state.
Kathy Mills Chang accredited with Medical Compliance Specialist (with Chiropractic Proficiency) Certification
Written by TAC Staff   
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 22:30

kathymillschang2Denver, Colorado – May 9, 2011 - Kathy Mills Chang, President and CEO of KMC University, completed the requirements for the highly coveted accreditation as a Medical Compliance Specialist – Physician (MCS-P) during the last MCT class in Decatur, IL on April 4, 2011. This special edition of the MCS-P Certification Course went beyond the normal 40 hours of curriculum and includes 8 additional hours of instruction to obtain a Certificate of Chiropractic Proficiency.

The Medical Compliance Specialist – Physician (MCS-P) Certification Course is an in-depth examination of regulatory compliance issues associated with a physician's practice environment. It provides healthcare professionals with a broad base of foundational compliance information and a clear understanding of the laws and regulations which influence decisions and guides the daily operation of a healthcare practice.

Dianne Baynes, RN, DC, also received the accreditation, making KMC University the only dedicated chiropractic reimbursement consulting company to have two MCS-Ps in its roster. As of April 4, 2011, Kathy Mills Chang and Dr. Baynes became part of a select group of just 49 healthcare professionals in the chiropractic profession to have received this certification.

KMC University teaches Chiropractors the safe and legal way to make and keep more money with specialized training to simplify Medicare, increase collections, bulletproof documentation, optimize coding, streamline billing, systematize patient finances, and ensure audit protection. KMC University’s Hands-On Lab, PhD Program, and Electives Solutions, can effectively enhance the financial performance of Chiropractic offices, and take them to new levels of efficiency and profitability.

To find out more, please visit

Multidisciplinary Consortium of Integrative Practice Educators Responds to Integration Era with Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments
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Tuesday, 10 May 2011 21:18

Project Supports Educators, Students, Clinicians and

Administrators toward Optimal Integration


DC, ND, LAc and Massage Educators Lead Effort

Contact: John Weeks 206-932-5799 (o), 206-851-1758 (c); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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May 2011


Following a lengthy collaborative process involving academic leaders from 8 disciplines*, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) has endorsed what it calls the Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments. ACCAHC is presently focused on aggregating and creating content to develop a rich web-portal, the Center for Optimal Integration, ( to assist educators, practitioners and organizations of all types to move toward such competencies.

Mike Wiles, DC, MEd, Vice President and Provost at Minnesota-based Northwestern Health Sciences University, is among those leading the ACCAHC process. Wiles, co-chair of ACCAHC’s Education Working Group, explains the importance of the initiative: “The era of integration is here. Yet the educational standards and clinical models of the licensed integrative healthcare disciplines are generally not emphasizing integrative models of care. These competencies focus us all on the current and future needs of providers.”

The ACCAHC Competencies consist of 28 competency elements in 5 distinct fields:

  •  Healthcare policy
  •  Institutional healthcare culture and practice
  •  Interprofessional education
  •  Communication and interprofessional relationships, and
  •  Evidence-based health care and evidence-informed practice.

A multidisciplinary group of over 50 professionals from ACCAHC’s Education Working Group, Clinical Care Working Group, Research Working Group, Council of Advisers, Board of Directors and member organizations participated in the multiple stages of the process that began in September 2009.

Marcia Prenguber, ND, is co-chair of the ACCAHC Clinical Working Group and director of integrative care for Indiana University Health Goshen, in Goshen, Indiana, where she also heads a residency program for naturopathic doctors. Prenguber, the past president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, underscores that the focus is on “optimal” competencies rather than the minimal competencies in typical accreditation standards.

Prenguber states: “Our work on the Competencies is energized by the knowledge – which I see daily here in my health system – that creating optimal health care teams while at the same time honoring the diverse contributions of our practices amidst the challenges of healthcare delivery asks all of us to perform at our best. The document represents our identification of the kinds of knowledge, skills and attitudes that would do that.”

Next steps – toward a web portal

ACCAHC executive committee member Jan Schwartz, MA, who also serves as Wiles’ co-chair of the Education Working Group, notes that ACCAHC’s Board has chosen as its central focus from 2010 forward the development and hosting of an extensive body of resources that will assist educators, students, clinicians and administrators toward bettering patient care through the identified competencies.

Schwartz, a massage therapist and Past-Chair of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, is also an online education specialist. She states: “We are developing plans and looking for the resources to create what will be an extraordinary web portal. We will have more to report on this soon.” The site, in development, will be called the Center for Optimal Integration.

Prenguber’s co-chair of the clinical group, Jason Wright, MS, LAc, Dean of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of the multidisciplinary New York Chiropractic College, clarifies that “these competencies are not about the skills of current graduates to provide quality clinical services – our practitioners are well trained for that in our accredited programs.”

Wright, a member of the executive committee of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, explains: “Our work with the competencies and providing web-based resources is at the heart of ACCAHC’s mission. This work supports our ongoing commitment to promote mutual understanding, collaborative activities, interdisciplinary health care education, and the delivery of optimal patient care.”

ACCAHC urges any institutions and organizations that share this mission to post, circulate and publish the competencies to their educators, students, clinicians and administrators. (Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a separate PDF and introduction.)


*About the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC): ACCAHC is a 501c3 organization the mission of which is to enhance patient care through fostering mutual respect and understanding among diverse healthcare professionals and disciplines. ACCAHC’s basic work is funded 2/3 through philanthropic contributions and publications, with the remaining third from dues of core members: councils of colleges, accrediting agencies and certification and testing organizations from the 5 complementary healthcare professions with a US Department of Education-recognized accrediting body (DC, ND, AOM, massage therapy, direct-entry midwifery) plus some traditional world medicines and emerging professions that are engaging self-regulatory actions (Yoga therapy, Ayurvedic medicine, yoga teaching, homeopathic medicine).


Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments

Development initiated: September 2009

Approved by the ACCAHC Board of Directors: August 17, 2010


Preamble: Skills in team care are essential for all healthcare practitioners. Knowledge of other health care systems and the practices of colleagues in other fields provides a necessary beginning. Inter-and intra-professional education (IPE) that occurs in classes, clinics and research projects, for health care students and faculty, enhance the ability to collaborate. For members of the licensed integrative practice disciplines, education in these areas gains importance as patients form their own teams and as health systems open their doors to practice opportunities in interdisciplinary, inpatient and outpatient environments. These competencies and related knowledge areas are guides for collaborative efforts toward better patient care through enhancing mutual respect and understanding across healthcare professions. This document, which assumes that all practitioners are equipped with their own, discipline-specific clinical competencies, is meant to serve as a resource to all parties to these emerging healthcare teams.

Healthcare Policy

Describe policy issues, structures, emerging clinical and economic models, and other factors that may impact clinical and financial decisions; discuss how cost, compensation models and incentive structures influence care decisions; summarize recent history of integrated care, including varieties of integrated care models; describe best practices, opportunities and challenges.

Institutional Healthcare Culture and Practice

Explain inpatient and outpatient health system accreditation standards and protocols; describe authority structures and decision processes; explain credentialing and privileging mechanisms; identify and discuss liability issues; contrast provider payment models; describe the clinical services and processes of care for other disciplines in a facility; identify and apply common medical terminology; appraise a medical record; select appropriate medical codes; define relevant short-hand and abbreviations; evaluate standard charting and documentation in both paper and electronic medical record formats.

Inter-Professional Education (IPE)

Describe the various health care systems in common practice including both conventional and the licensed complementary and alternative healthcare fields, as well as the emerging fields and traditional world medicines; discuss the emphasis each places on disease prevention, wellness and the therapeutic strategies engaged for health creation.

Communication and Inter-professional Relationships

Discuss concepts of one’s own discipline in terms appropriate for administrators and practitioners in other disciplines; role-play strategies useful for building appropriate consultation, referral and co-management relationships; identify decision processes in complex institutions; demonstrate public speaking and presentation skills to represent your discipline and practice to larger groups; produce written and presentation materials suitable for both consumer and professional audiences; identify leadership strategies useful in fostering institutional change; and integrate the knowledge, skills and values described in the practitioner-to- practitioner section of Health Professions Education and Relationship-Centered Care (Pew Health Commission, 1994, page 36; attached).

Evidence-based Health Care and Evidence-informed Practice

Discuss basic research principles and methodologies within the context of both clinical and mechanistic research; evaluate research; explain the role of scientific evidence in healthcare in the context of practitioner experience and patient preferences and apply evidence-informed decision making; describe and discuss the research base within one’s own discipline; relate contemporary issues in integrative practice research, including those relative to measuring whole practices, whole systems and health outcomes; identify and appraise the positive and negative interactions and contraindications for one’s own modalities and agents; and identify standard research methods and tools appropriate for assessing one’s field in a clinical setting.

Copyright © 2010 Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care


Practitioner to Practitioner Relationships in Relationship-Centered Care

From Health Professions Education and Relationship-Centered Care

Tresolini C.P. and the Pew-Fetzer Task Force. San Francisco, CA:

Pew Health Professions Commission.1994; p.36.




Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA



John Weeks

Executive Director


Beth Rosenthal, PhD, MBA, MPH

Assistant Director


Board Members

Joseph Brimhall DC*

Horace Elliott

Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA*

Guru Sandesh Khalsa, ND

Christa Louise, PhD

Morgan Martin, ND, LM

Cheri Monterastelli, RN, MS, LMT

Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH

Frank Nicchi, DC, MS

David O’Bryon, JD, Vice Chair*

Reed Phillips, DC, PhD, Founding Chair

Marcia Prenguber, ND*

Jan Schwartz LMT, Secretary*

Pamela Snider, ND, Treasurer*

Felicia Tomasko, RN

Kory Ward-Cook, PhD, MT (ASCP), CAE

John Weeks, ex officio*

David Wickes, MS, DC

Ron Zaidman, MTCM, MBA, DAOM Fellow

* Executive Committee


Organizational Members

Councils of Colleges

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Association of Chiropractic Colleges American Massage Therapy Association

Council of Schools Association of Accredited Naturopathic

Medical Colleges


Accrediting Agencies

Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation

Council on Chiropractic Education

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education

Midwifery Education Accreditation Council


Testing and Certification

North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners

National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


Traditional World Medicines & Emerging Professions

Council on Homeopathic Education

International Association of Yoga Therapists

National Ayurvedic Medical Association Yoga Alliance


Sustaining Donors Group

Leo S Guthman Fund

NCMIC Foundation

Bastyr University


Founding Philanthropic Partner

Lucy Gonda

ChiroTouch Completes New 5.0 Software Release
Written by TAC Staff   
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 20:59

San Diego, CA – May 9th,  2011 – ChiroTouch™, the world’s leader in chiropractic software solutions, has just completed its new 5.0 release for the ChiroTouch TotalChiropractic Practice Management System. 

"The new 5.0 release represents a powerful set of new features for our family of practices,” said Robert Moberg, President of ChiroTouch. "In our efforts to continually innovate, we collaborated closely with doctors from across the country to ensure this new release would bring the most benefit to practices.”

The new features in the 5.0 release include:

  • Multi-phase Treatment Plans -  allows practices to map out a patient's entire treatment plan at once and track the patient's current and completed phases within their overall plan.
  • Shared Care Packages  - allows patients the ability to share their care packages with their families or other chosen individuals. All charges draw from the care package owner's pool of available items, and a detailed overview allows doctors to see which patient used each item.
  • Inventory Tracking -  allows chiropractors to track, maintain, and order office inventory.  Doctors and staff can track items left in stock as they are sold and manage activity and reordering through designated notifications and reports.
  • Tax Tables - allows practices to maintain tax tables for use with patient charges directly within the ChiroTouch System.  Each tax table can be given a unique name, and providers can enter more than one tax rate per table. The taxes are then accurately calculated in the system based on the effective dates.
  • Bulk Payment Posting - allows staff to post a single payment to individual or multiple accounts with just a few clicks. The ChiroTouch bulk posting application also allows staff to consolidate payment sources, identify un-reconciled payments in a glance, maintain a history of write-off reasons, edit posted payments, and more.
  • Outcomes Assessments -  allows providers to track their patient’s pain and disability through a sequence of questions.  Further, doctors can submit a request via the patient’s email to have them fill out their own Outcomes Assessment online, where it is incorporated automatically in the patient’s file.  The feature also includes a graph/chart function, providing both the patient and the doctor the opportunity to get a visual representation of the patient’s progress.  Additionally, a full summary report, inclusive of all the assessment details, can be exported for dissemination as well.

 “Our programming staff has worked tirelessly to get this new update to our practices,” added Robert.  “And we're fueled by the desire to better our product by constantly innovating.”

To learn more about the latest version of ChiroTouch, please visit


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


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