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Palmer College’s chiropractic technology program is recognized as education/internship provider for FCLB’s CCCA certification
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Written by Lori Leipold   
Friday, 19 April 2013 23:14
Through the Associate of Science in Chiropractic Technology (A.S.C.T.) degree program, Palmer College of Chiropractic, which has offered chiropractic staff training since 1966, has qualified as a PACE-recognized provider for the Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant (CCCA) certification offered by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB). 
 
palmerlogograybkgroundThose students who complete the A.S.C.T. program are considered to have met the required education and internship components for CCCA certification, should they decide to obtain this additional credential, and are eligible to sit for the exam with proof of completion of their A.S.C.T. degree. (See www.fclb.org for exam details.)
 
Regulatory requirements for training in allied health are changing to meet new demands in an ever-changing healthcare environment,” said Palmer’s Vice Chancellor for Academics Robert Percuoco, D.C. “Palmer’s A.S.C.T. degree program provides graduates with unique chiropractic supportive training to meet such requirements.”
 
While X-ray training and certification is required by virtually all states, the majority still do not have specific training requirements for staff performing other billable services involving patient contact. The FCLB, which deals with maintaining uniform standards in areas related to chiropractic licensure, regulation, and education, has developed this national clinical chiropractic staff certification to offer continuity from state to state. One motivation to establish a more uniform standard is in reaction to insurance companies’ accreditors who are, in many cases, requiring that those performing billable procedures, such as physiotherapy, be credentialed. States will make individual determinations regarding acceptance of the FCLB’s standard.
 
The CCCA certification was developed to provide staff training for basic clinical procedures other than radiography. Palmer’s A.S.C.T. program, however, is a comprehensive associate’s degree program offering hands-on training in physiotherapy, patient history-taking, recordkeeping, and performance of physical, orthopedic and neurological exams. In addition, it prepares students to take X-rays, preparing them for the ACRRT certification exam or other state-based radiography exams. Students also are provided with the business management skills needed in a chiropractic office such as insurance billing and coding, bookkeeping, office management, chiropractic philosophy, ethics, communication and more. 
 
According to Cathy Eberhart, director of the A.S.C.T. program, “In our experience, doctors who utilize chiropractic technologists are able to be more productive because they can see more patients in less time.” She further notes that “vicarious liability issues or issues of doctor liability for staff actions should also be reduced due to the stronger knowledge base staff have when comprehensively trained.”  For additional information about the A.S.C.T. program, contact Lisa Gisel at (563) 884-5743, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or go to www.palmer.edu/asct.
 
Study Published in Spine Magazine Shows Chiropractic Care Helps Active Duty Military with Lower Back Pain
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Written by PR WEB   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:30
(PRWEB) April 15, 2013 - Patients with acute low back pain receiving a combination of chiropractic manipulative therapy and standard medical care experienced a statistically and clinically significant reduction in their back pain and improved physical functioning when compared to those receiving standard medical care alone, reports an article in the April 15 issue of Spine.
 
soldierandflagThe pragmatic, patient-centered, two-arm randomized controlled trial pilot study was funded by a grant from Samueli Institute, Alexandria Va., and conducted from February 2008 to June 2009 at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC), Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. Participants were 91 active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.

“While a number of studies have shown spinal manipulation to be effective in treating low back pain in research settings, the appropriate role of chiropractic care in treating low back pain within the health care delivery system, including the military, has not been clearly established,” said study Principal Investigator Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., vice chancellor for research and health policy for Palmer College of Chiropractic. “We know very little about the impact of chiropractic manipulative therapy on diverse populations in real-world settings. This study is the first step in filling that gap in our knowledge.”

“It is critical that we explore drug-less approaches to reduce pain,” said Wayne B. Jonas, M.D., President and CEO of Samueli Institute. “Chiropractic manipulation is an important option to consider for musculoskeletal disorders, which is the most prevalent pain complaint in the military.”

Study highlights included: 
  • Adjusted mean Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire scores were significantly better in the standard medical care plus chiropractic manipulative therapy group than in the standard medical care group at both week two (8.9 vs. 12.9; p = <0.001) and week four (8.0 vs. 12.0; p = 0.004),
  • Mean Numerical Pain Rating Scale (0-10) scores were significantly improved in the group that received chiropractic manipulative therapy when compared to standard medical care alone at both week two (3.9 vs. 6.1; p = <0.001) and week four (3.9 vs. 5.2; p = < 0.02),
  • Seventy-three percent of participants in the standard medical care plus chiropractic manipulative therapy group rated their global improvement as pain completely gone, much better or moderately better, compared to 17 percent in the standard medical care group.
Col. Richard Petri is the Chief of the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center (IPMC) at WBAMC. “This is a significant step for recognizing the value of chiropractic care in the military,” he said. “Continued research in this area will ultimately result in better healthcare delivery systems as well as the improved health of our beneficiaries.”

“While these findings are exciting, they need to be confirmed with additional research that replicates this study on a larger scale,” Dr. Goertz added. “Palmer College, the RAND Corporation and Samueli Institute received a $7.4 million, four-year grant from the Department of Defense last year to conduct a similar multi-site clinical trial, this time with a sample size of 750 active-duty military personnel.”

Additional study authors are: 
  • Cynthia R. Long, Ph.D., Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research 
  • Maria A. Hondras, D.C., M.P.H., Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research 
  • Richard Petri, M.D., Physical Medicine and Integrative Care Services, Ft. Bliss, Texas 
  • Roxana Delgado, M.S., Samueli Institute 
  • Dana J. Lawrence, D.C., M.Med.Ed., M.A., Palmer College of Chiropractic 
  • Edward F. Owens, Jr., M.S., D.C., TriMax Direct, St. Paul, Minn. 
  • William C. Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., Palmer College of Chiropractic, West Campus
palmercollegewflagsThe Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, headquartered on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, is the largest institutional chiropractic research effort in the world, promoting excellence and leadership in scientific research. The PCCR has the largest budget for research in a chiropractic college, receiving grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and now the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program. Since 2000, these grant awards have totaled more than $35 million.
 
Palmer College of Chiropractic consists of three campuses—the main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and branch campuses in San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange, Fla. The College was founded in Davenport, Iowa, by the discoverer of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, in 1897. Today Palmer College of Chiropractic has more than 2,100 students attending its three campuses and more than 26,000 alumni practicing worldwide.

Samueli Institute is a non-profit research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes and their role in medicine and health care.

The project was funded by Samueli Institute, out of grant #MDA905-03-C-0003 received from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy or decision unless so designated by other documentation.

 
HealthSource Super Conference Nabs Three Leaders in Chiropractic to Speak
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Written by TAC Staff   
Friday, 12 April 2013 21:24
hslogo3Dallas, TX — Excitement is brewing among the HealthSource Family.

The world’s largest chiropractor will host three of the most prolific doctors in the profession at its annual SuperCamp conference in Dallas next month: Drs. Billy DeMoss, James Chestnut, and Deed Harrison.

SuperCamp provides training over four days each April on proven techniques and programs in chiropractic and wellness designed to improve patient care. It is open only to HealthSource doctors and team members.

“We’re incredibly excited to have all our speakers and I can’t wait to see all the success our docs and team members will have when they return to their practices with these new programs,” said HealthSource CEO, Dr. Chris Tomshack.

“Our speakers get better and better every year, and this year is certainly no exception.”

This will be DeMoss and Harrison’s first time speaking live at SuperCamp.

DeMoss, who is known for his exuberant personality and for founding the wildly successful CalJam event held each year, has become somewhat of a celebrity in the profession and an expert at using social media like Facebook and Youtube to advocate for chiropractic.

Harrison is one of the most published chiropractors in the world, known for his research on Chiropractic BioPhysics® technique. Chestnut, who will return for a second time to SuperCamp, is one of the foremost experts on health and wellness in the profession and speaks throughout the world on nutrition and preventative health.

About HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab
Founded in 2006, HealthSource Chiropractic®, Inc. has rapidly become the leader in the chiropractic profession with over 400 offices nationwide. By supplying its doctors with a comprehensive set of tools, HealthSource positions its clinics to provide a singularly unique health care experience to patients, while focusing on community outreach and educational programs.

HealthSource Chiropractic can be reached by calling 440-934-5858 or by visiting its website at www.healthsourcechiro.com. The company’s headquarters are located in Avon, OH.
 
Assess your patients’ whole body wellness during Foot Awareness Month
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Written by TAC Staff   
Friday, 05 April 2013 15:17
NewProductsRoanoke, VA (April 4, 2013)—April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and is dedicated to encouraging people to understand how their feet influence their health. By evaluating patients’ feet and gait, healthcare professionals may discover imbalances leading to several postural problems. The feet are the foundation of the body. When patients don’t have a balanced foundation it causes pain in different parts of the body.

Foot Levelers’ Stabilizing Orthotics are individually designed, flexible orthotics that support all three arches of the foot and 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.

Foot Health Awareness Month provides a great opportunity to help educate communities about the importance of supporting the body’s foundation—the feet. Attending health fairs and hosting special events at clinics this month are great ways to get the message about whole body wellness from the ground up to the public and potential patients.

For more information about Foot Levelers Stabilizing Orthotics, call 800.553.4860 or visit FootLevelers.com.

Foot Levelers
footleverslogo2Foot Levelers, Inc., world’s exclusive provider of individually designed Stabilizing Orthotics and other therapeutic products, has been serving healthcare professionals for over 60 years. Foot Levelers supports every step patients take to enjoy fuller and happier lives at work, home, or at play. 
 
FCLB to Host On-line Auction to Benefit Chiropractic Assistants
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Written by Donna M Liewer   
Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:40
Auction Closes May 3, 2013 – Bidding Starts Now
 
The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards is hosting an online auction to support the national certification of chiropractic clinical assistants.
 
Donated items valued at nearly $100,000 are offered.
 
By placing the auction on the web, we are expanding the opportunity to participate to the entire chiropractic community,” said Dr. Maggie Colucci, chair of the FCLB’s auction. “We have been astounded by the generosity of so many donors. An amazing variety of items are available.”
 
Some of the items include:

 

  1. Lifetime membership in the American Chiropractic Association

  2. Platinum foot scanners from Foot Levelers

  3. Vacation home packages: San Diego, Myrtle Beach, Sedona, North Carolina

  4. Golf tour of Scotland

  5. Fishing and hunting trips

  6. Maui Getaway

  7. Autographed items from singer Willie Nelson and TV’s hit show Swamp People

  8. Annual membership and seminars from the International Chiropractors Association

  9. Maine lobster dinner for four

  10. Numerous seminars for continuing education credits

  11. Original artwork

 

 
This event will be held simultaneously online and during the Federation’s Gala black tie dinner May 3 in San Francisco,” Dr. Colucci announced. She went on to explain that the evening will mark the official launch of the FCLB Certified Chiropractic Clinical Assistant program.
 
Dr. Colucci continued, “We welcome anyone who would like to attend the Gala in person, or they can participate in the auction from the comfort of their own homes.” Gala tickets are available on the FCLB’s website, www.fclb.org
 
Secure online bidding opens April 1 at www.biddingforgood/fclb Auction items will close May 3, 2013, at 8:30 PM PDT.

 

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