Council on Chiropractic Education Call for Comment on Draft 2 of CCE Accreditation Standards

Hellertown, PA – October 27, 2015 – The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has issued a “Call for Comment” of their “Draft 2 CCE Accreditation Standards.” The International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations has reviewed the draft and provided comments. Of particular concern was the use of the terms “Primary Care” and “Primary Care Physician,” “Subluxation/Joint Dysfunction,” and “Adjustment/Manipulation.”

The International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO) cited numerous references (World Health Organization [WHO], American Academy of Family Practice [AAFP], and Institute of Medicine [IOM]) which define the terms “Primary Care” and “Primary Care Physician.” IFCO objected to the use of those terms because many, if not most procedures termed “primary care” as commonly defined, are not within the scope of chiropractic practice in any jurisdiction. These include, by example, family planning; immunization against the major infectious diseases; prevention and control of locally endemic diseases; appropriate treatment of common diseases and injuries; and provision of essential drugs. There are conflicting definitions of primary care and primary care physician. Under the WHO definition, for example, primary care must include a number of services, such as the provision of drugs and vaccines, which are outside the scope of chiropractic practice, and incompatible with chiropractic practice. The IFCO recommended that the term “Primary Care” be removed from the document. In addition, IFCO recommended that the term “primary care chiropractic physician” be replaced with “doctor of chiropractic” and that the term “Primary Health Care” in the Glossary be removed.

For the sake of clarity and proper use of punctuation, the IFCO has recommended that “subluxation/joint dysfunction” be replaced with “subluxation, or joint dysfunction, or both.” The same argument is applicable to “Adjustment/Manipulation” and, as such, the IFCO recommended that “adjustment/manipulation” be replaced with “adjustment, or manipulation, or both.” The IFCO acknowledges that “Joint Dysfunction” and “Subluxation” are not synonyms, nor are “Adjustment and Manipulation.”

The entire IFCO document may be viewed on the IFCO website www.ifcochiro.org.

ChiroHealthUSA Announces Record Breaking Donations to Chiropractic in 2015

FLOWOOD, Mississippi – ChiroHealthUSA, a provider-owned network that works in conjunction with a Discount Medical Plan Organization (DMPO), announced today that a record breaking $212,000 was donated back to the profession in 2015 with more than $700,000 donated since 2007. The donations are made possible by over 3,000 participating providers and their teams who offer ChiroHealthUSA to their patients, making health care in their offices affordable.

“Giving back to a profession that has meant so much to me and my family has been our goal from day one,” said Dr. Ray Foxworth, President, ChiroHealthUSA.

In 2015, ChiroHealthUSA also announced the creation of The Foxworth Family Chiropractic Scholarship, in honor of Dr. Foxworth’s parents, Drs. Betty Pace Matthews and Charles Vernon Mathews. This scholarship will award $10,000 to one chiropractic student each year, beginning this year. In addition, ChiroHealthUSA will make a $10,000 donation to the winning student’s chiropractic college.

When asked what motivated him to provide such strong support for the profession, Dr. Foxworth responded, “My mom started practice as a single mother in 1968, with no insurance reimbursement and no license in the state of Mississippi. She remarried shortly after entering practice and I can remember the struggles we had. We ate our meals around a folding army surplus table, which I have to this day. X-rays were developed in garbage cans and I specifically recall her being down to her last 37 cents and wondering where the next new patient was coming from. My folks never gave up. That is love for a profession and I experienced it first- hand. I’ve always wanted more for this profession, so none of us ever has to experience anything like that.”

ChiroHealthUSA partners with many state and national organizations including, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters, the World Federation of Chiropractic and over 30 state associations.

“We are all part of chiropractic,” said Dr. Foxworth “and we all need to help, invest and support the advancement of our profession.”

Founded in 2007, ChiroHealthUSA is a simple, compliant and profitable way for chiropractors to both protect and grow their practices.

Colloca Earns PhD in Kinesiology from Arizona State University

Phoenix, ARIZONA – Chandler, Arizona based chiropractor, inventor, and CEO, Dr. Christopher J. Colloca carried the College of Health Solutions banner leading the procession of colleges at Arizona State University’s Commencement ceremony on Monday, December 14, 2015. Michael M. Crow, PhD, President of the University conferred the Doctorate degree, a PhD in Kinesiology, to Dr. Colloca and the other graduates at Wells Fargo Arena on ASU’s main campus in Tempe. Asked about the Banner Marshall honors, Colloca joked, “I was probably asked to carry it because I’m the oldest one getting my doctorate today.”

Chris originally enrolled at Arizona State in 2003 in the Master’s program of the Department of Kinesiology to improve his research skills. He took courses part-time in between his other two jobs, directing a full-time chiropractic practice and overseeing his new Chandler based medical device technology and education company, Neuromechanical Innovations. He found a home in ASU’s Department of Kinesiology, where he could study coursework in both biomechanics and motor control (neuroscience) as well as learn research methodology and become trained in statistipress001cs. In the years that followed the Kinesiology program became part of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and finally the Master’s program matriculated into the PhD Kinesiology Program in Arizona State’s College of Health Solutions. Dr. Colloca’s great sense of gratitude is appreciated in his Dissertation Thesis where he acknowledges his advisor and committee and the University for having become formally trained as a scientist. Dr. Colloca’s dissertation entitled, Biomechanical evaluation of a cervical intervertebral disc degeneration model, is the first to examine the spine’s stiffness and motion response during chiropractic interventions to understand the effect of disc degeneration on the biomechanical response. Dr. Colloca’s research supports the medical device technology that his company has patented, providing chiropractic doctors with more objective means to determine when spinal joints are dysfunctional and how to better determine how much treatment is necessary to improve joint motion with chiropractic treatment. Colloca’s inventions, the Impulse Adjusting Instruments® are currently in use in over 10,000 chiropractic offices in over 50 countries worldwide.

Colloca’s career path began at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, just 90 minutes’ drive from his home town of Oswego, NY. Chris studied Exercise and Sport Science and received his Bachelor of Science (BS) from Ithaca College in 1990. At Ithaca he lettered in Football over four years, winning a Division III National Championship in 1988 and earned All-American honors from his inside linebacker position in 1990. He also won the Richard D. Lyon Memorial Scholarship and was chosen by his peers as team co-captain in 1990.

Having a passion for education, after graduation Chris enrolled in the Master’s program in Education at State University College of New York at Oswego and received graduate assistant football coaching offers from Albany State University and Springfield College in Massachusetts. He began taking courses and working in construction, a job that had helped spress002upport him throughout his high school and college years. He developed carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms that led him to seek out a local chiropractor. The chiropractic experience led him to enroll at Life College School of Chiropractic where he graduated four years later cum laude with his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree in 1995. He immediately went into private practice two weeks following graduation and also began teaching post-graduate educational courses for chiropractors that same year. “I think I’ve always worked two jobs,” Dr. Colloca said. “It’s easy when you love what you do, and it’s the easiest way to get ahead financially,” he added.

Colloca used the funds from the success of his chiropractic practice and post-graduate seminars to start Neuromechanical Innovations, and finance the research and development of a new chiropractic adjusting instrument. Fifteen years later, Dr. Colloca finds himself as the CEO overseeing 26 employees and traveling over 200,000 miles annually to provide clinical training to to the doctors who use the Impulse® instruments. Much of the appeal of the use of the Impulse Instruments is the basic science research behind the devices. Over the past 15 years, Colloca has published over 50 papers in some of the best journals in spine science after spearheading a multi-disciplinary research collaboration that has produced a unique team of chiropractors working together with orthopedic surgeons, biomedical engineers, pathologists, and statisticians. This research has won awards at scientific conferences within the chiropractic field as well as in orthopedics. With the completion of his PhD, he aims to increase his research activities while continuing to develop new technologies to help equip his colleagues advance the chiropractic profession. More information can be found at www.neuromechanical.com.

Life West appoints Dr. Mark Zeigler as VP of Institutional Advancement

(Hayward, Calif.)- December 14, 2015– Dr. Mark Zeigler has been appointed Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Life Chiropractic College West. With a 35 year plus career, he has worked in a variety of leadership capacities. Dr. Zeigler worked five years in local government as Mayor of the city of Sturgis in South Dakota, was selected as the fifth president of Northwestern Health Sciences University, served as Vice President of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, and had a successful private practice for over 25 years.
 
zeigler-mark-240“It’s a privilege to join the team at Life Chiropractic College West, under the leadership of Dr. Brian Kelly. This is an exciting time to be part of Life West as is reflected in the major capital improvements to their campus, the commitment to clinical education, and the growth in student enrollment. It’s a wonderful environment for students to study chiropractic and position themselves to be successful doctors of chiropractic in the emerging health care market place,” noted Dr. Zeigler.

This role is critical to the ongoing success of Life West and will focus on securing significant philanthropic support for Life West’s vision, mission and strategic goals. Dr. Zeigler will help deepen the tradition of alumni philanthropic support, engage the greater Life West community with advancement efforts, inspire new thinking, seek out creative and innovative sources of philanthropic support and work in partnership with the Board of Regents’ Development Committee, the President and Vice President, the head of the Health Center, and other staff and faculty to support fundraising activities.

Dr. Zeigler comes at a time when the college is seeking to raise $10 million for its capital campaign, Bridge to the Future. This will go towards ongoing capital improvements at the College’s Hayward Campus, including a new assembly hall and renovated Monte H. Greenawalt Health Center.

life-chiro-college-west-logo“Dr. Zeigler is an individual that comes to us with significant work experience both inside and outside the chiropractic community. We look forward to working with him strategically and operationally for our next exciting stages of growth. The timing is perfect for his arrival,” added President Dr. Brian Kelly.

This award winning chiropractor has received many honors including Chiropractor of the Year, South Dakota Chiropractors Association in 1998; named as Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors in 2002; and named Alumni of the Year by Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 2002. Dr. Zeigler received his Doctor of Chiropractic in 1980 from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in St. Paul, MN.

For more information on Life West, please visit our website at www.lifewest.edu

TENSnet.com Sponsors Course on Application of Electrotherapy

Providing 7 CEU Credits in Boca Raton on January 21st, 2016
gallo-josephTENSnet.com is proud to sponsor a CEU Course approved for 7 CEU credits allowing practitioners an opportunity to gain new knowledge and update existing skills in the area of application of electrotherapy and therapeutic ultrasound.

At the successful completion of this course, participants will leave the course with:

  • Evidenced-based approach to the dosing and application of electrical stimulation and ultrasound.
  • Knowledge of indications, physiologic effects, contraindications, and contemporary research to deliver safe and effective electrotherapy and ultrasound treatments
  • The physiologic effects, indications, and contraindications related to the application of electrotherapy and ultrasound
  • Common myths and errors in parameter selection and application of electrotherapy
 
Presented by Dr. Joseph Gallo who has taught over 300 PAM courses during the past 20 years and receives consistent high-level evaluations. The course will be held at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel at 2000 NW 19th St. in Boca Raton, FL 33431.

For only $99, breakfast and lunch will be provided. All attendees will also receive a $99 coupon good toward the purchase of any clinical electrotherapy device at TENSnet.commaking your course fee virtually FREE!

Itinerary:

8:00 – 8:30:  Registration
8:30 – noon:  Morning Session
Noon – 1:00:  Lunch
1:00 – 4:30:  Afternoon Session

Visit http://www.ciaoseminars.com/courseDetail.cfm?eventID=10975&oid=4800&evd=1&ctid=2 

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NUHS Expands Free Services at Veterans Clinic

Lombard – National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard has been providing free acupuncture for combat veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) since 2010. Since then, the Veterans Clinic at the NUHS Whole Health Center has provided close to 4000 free treatments to veterans and their families.

The university is now expanding the program, offering more services for veteran health care needs. The expanded services are made possible by donations from corporate sponsor China-Gel in Arlington Heights, manufacturer of herbal topical pain relievers. 

The NUHS Veterans Clinic will now offer full acupuncture services for all health conditions, as well as moxibustion and tui na therapies. Moxibustion is the therapeutic application of heat to specific acupuncture points on the body to accelerate healing. Tui na is a vigorous and therapeutic form of massage along acupuncture meridians. 

“We’ve chosen specific therapies that have been shown to be effective in pain relief, PTSD and a wide range of health conditions often suffered by combat veterans,” says Dr. Stiefel. To help with at home care, the NUHS Veterans Clinic provides veterans with free pain relief products from China-Gel. 

In addition to the expanded free services which will be offered at the Veterans Clinic, NUHS will also offer deep discounts for veterans on other health care services such as physical examinations, chiropractic services, radiology, orthotics, physical rehabilitation and more.

“Since we began our free acupuncture for veterans five years ago, we’ve seen substantial improvement in patients with PTSD symptoms,” says Dr. Hyundo Kim, chief clinician at the NUHS Veterans Clinic. “By expanding our services and covering a wider range of conditions, we hope to offer veterans safe and natural health care choices that can improve their quality of life.”

 “A University’s responsibility is to give back to its community,” says President Stiefel. “Veterans are among the most honored members of that community, and their health is important to us.”

ChiroTouch Acquires EON Systems, Inc. of Clearwater, Florida

San Diego, CA—November 10, 2015—ChiroTouch™, the nation’s leader in chiropractic EHR and practice management software, announced that EON Systems, a provider of billing, scheduling, and EHR software to chiropractors and other healthcare practitioners, has decided to join forces with ChiroTouch.

“Our top priorities include staying on the leading edge of healthcare information and helping the chiropractor have a louder voice in the healthcare system,” said Robert Moberg, CEO of ChiroTouch.  “It is our belief that the EON acquisition will increase our depth of expertise within the chiropractic industry, and we will be better positioned to support the profession with leading edge technology.” Moberg added, “EON, with its innovative software and services, will allow us to integrate enhanced features and best practices with the capacity to transform our suite of offerings to chiropractors over the next few years.”

Derek Greenwood, President of EON commented, “I am thrilled to be joining the Chirotouch family. Together, we can more effectively offer new and exciting technology which includes features that will help every office become more efficient and less stressful. Our combined resources and technology will bring in a new era of advanced yet easy-to-use technology.  I am eager to help bring the best and the brightest together with the ultimate goal of creating the ideal chiropractic software system.  It doesn’t get more exciting than that.”

According to Moberg, ChiroTouch’s goal and commitment to the chiropractic profession is to deliver technology solutions that support regulatory compliance, improve patient management for better care delivery, and assemble data to prove the cost and clinical effectiveness of chiropractic care.  “We are in full support of the chiropractic profession and do everything we can to help these doctors be an integral part of a patient’s healthcare choice and healthcare conversation,” said Moberg.  “In the end, helping to substantiate chiropractic and demonstrate its efficacy with access to growing data and clinical evidence will help the Chiropractic profession’s overall success within the American healthcare system.”

About ChiroTouch
ChiroTouch® is the premier provider of certified 2014 Edition Complete EHR chiropractic software technology solutions including ChiroTouch® Complete Practice Management Software and SmartCloud Chiropractic EHR Software. With industry-leading support, training, and compliance expertise, we partner with practices of every type to help them easily automate operations, improve patient care, and increase profitability. Visit www.chirotouch.com.

Judith DeLany, LMT Receives National Distinguished Service Award

Akron, Ohio – September 11, 2015 – Performance Health is pleased to announce that Judith DeLany, LMT has been recognized by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) for her dedication and commitment to the massage profession and the American Massage Therapy Association. Ms. DeLany is a long time supporter of and educator for Performance Health. Ms. DeLany received the AMTA’s National Distinguished Service Award at the American Massage Therapy Association National Convention held in Pittsburgh, PA in August.

delane-judith-amta-awardThe award is selected by the AMTA’s National President, Jeff Smoot, and approved by its Executive Committee. Its purpose is to openly honor individuals who have contributed to the massage profession in an outstanding manner and to acknowledge diligent volunteerism done in an altruistic manner.

“We are very proud to have Judith on the Performance Health education team and truly appreciate her devotion to our profession,” stated Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President, Massage & Spa, Performance Health. “She sets a high bar for herself, which result in higher industry standards that benefit us all. Thank you, Judith!”

Ms. DeLany is the founder and director of the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies, a certifying body that sets standards for the training of healthcare practitioners in the use of NMT. She is also the Director of the NMT Center, an educational/training organization that produces more than 80 NMT events nationwide and internationally each year for the healthcare industry.

As an internationally recognized speaker on such topics as chronic pain and myofascial dysfunction, Ms. DeLany has served as a presenter and/or keynote speaker at numerous conventions and conferences in various fields of medicine. She is a published author and currently serves as Associate Editor for Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies in addition to being a contributing writer to numerous publications.

“It is an amazing honor to have a spotlight placed on my life work and gratifying to realize that there are those who believe it has made a significant impact,” stated Ms. DeLany. “All the same, I am just a small piece in the big picture. I wholeheartedly share this with the sponsors, office and teaching staff, chapters, companies, and host of others who have supported my projects and educational venues for three decades. Together, with no doubt, we have made a difference.”

About the American Massage Therapy Association
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. AMTA provides its members with the strongest benefits in the profession. It promotes massage to the public, the health care community and other important groups. It works for fair licensing of massage in all states and actively supports research. Members’ voices are heard in AMTA as it is governed by massage therapists. And, it provides a wealth of local and national networking and continuing education opportunities.

About Performance Health
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Performance Health is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of branded rehabilitation and wellness products sold into a variety of U.S. clinical markets, leading national retailers and in over one hundred countries through a multi-national network of distribution partners. The Company’s product offering includes an innovative line of market-leading topical analgesics, professional massage products and a broad range of rehabilitation and wellness products. Performance Health markets its diverse product offering under the well-known and highly recognized TheraBand®, Biofreeze®, Cramer®, Bon Vital’®, Thera°Pearl® and Perform® brand names.

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ChiroTouch Shows Support of Final Rules for the CMS EHR Incentive Program

San Diego, CA—October ___, 2015—ChiroTouch™, the nation’s leader in chiropractic software, announced its support of the recent final rules for the CMS EHR Incentive Program released on October 6th, 2015. 
 
“Among our top priorities are being on the leading edge of healthcare information and helping the chiropractor have a louder voice in the healthcare system.  Rulings like these are critical for our doctors and we are pleased to see the change in the rules to simplify the program and create a shorter reporting period for 2015.  While our software has been ready to accommodate this program, it’s encouraging to see that it’s now easier than ever for eligible providers to comply with the program requirements,” said Robert Moberg, CEO of ChiroTouch.
 
The simplification of the new Modified Stage 2 rules and the upcoming 2018 Stage 3 rules will align all providers with the same 9 objectives in the EHR Incentive Program. ChiroTouch has analyzed the new rules and its technology is compliant. ChiroTouch is certified to the required objectives for Meaningful Use and has implemented methods to make it easy to track and comply inside both its ChiroTouch and SmartCloud EHR software systems.  
 
“Our goal and commitment to the chiropractic profession is to deliver technology solutions and critical information for regulation compliance, improve patient management for better care delivery, and aggregate data to prove the cost and clinical effectiveness of chiropractic care,” added Robert. “We are in full support of the chiropractic profession and do everything we can to help these doctors be an integral part of a patient’s healthcare choice and healthcare conversation.  In the end, this helps the American healthcare system, society, and the overall success of the practice of chiropractic.”
 
The benefits of EHR go far beyond compliance with federal standards for interoperability, HIPAA security, and digital messaging with patients and other outside providers. The office efficiencies created by EHR technology allow for better patient care and management as well as better record documentation and clinic profitability.  The EHR incentive program is now about collaboration with all healthcare providers, imaging centers, hospitals and the ability to digitally communicate patient care and involve patients through digital engagement. The combination of Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) penalties, Meaningful Use payment reductions and the new value-based modifier program will reduce Medicare reimbursement income to chiropractors by over 6% starting in 2017 and increasing each year thereafter. Doctors who participate will avoid these payment reductions.
 
About ChiroTouch
ChiroTouch® is the premier provider of certified 2014 Edition Complete EHR chiropractic software technology solutions including ChiroTouch® Complete Practice Management Software and SmartCloud Chiropractic EHR Software. With industry-leading support, training, and compliance expertise, we partner with practices of every type to help them easily automate operations, improve patient care, and increase profitability. Visit www.chirotouch.com.
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