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House Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Medicare’s Chiropractic Coverage

By |April 22, 2021|Announcement|

House Reintroduces Bill to Modernize Medicare’s Chiropractic Coverage

Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that bipartisan legislation to modernize Medicare coverage of chiropractic services was reintroduced April 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Chiropractic Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654), introduced by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), would increase Medicare coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their state licensure, enabling chiropractic patients to conveniently and safely access additional covered services that may be medically necessary. The change would also align Medicare with chiropractic coverage offered in many private health and Medicare Advantage plans.

Originally introduced in 2019, the bill gained traction in the last congressional session, picking up over 90 cosponsors. Sixteen of those members have signed on as original cosponsors of H.R. 2654: Reps. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), John Larson (D-Conn.), Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.), Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Cynthia Axne (D-Iowa), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Jefferson Van Drew (R-N.J.), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.), Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), John Joyce (R-Pa.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

“We applaud Rep. Higgins and the cosponsors for their support of modernizing Medicare’s chiropractic coverage to meet the needs of today’s beneficiaries, who should not only be able to choose their provider but also access necessary covered services conveniently and safely during these challenging times,” said ACA President Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD.

The opioid crisis, which has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, has further heightened the need for Medicare beneficiaries to have access to the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, nondrug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging, and utilization of other nondrug therapies and modalities.

Since 1972, Medicare beneficiaries have been covered for only one chiropractic service—manual manipulation of the spine—forcing them to access additional medically necessary care from other types of providers or to pay out of pocket for the services from their chiropractor. Chiropractors are the only physician-level providers in the Medicare program whose services are restricted in this manner.

To learn more and to urge your member of Congress to support this important legislation, visit www.HR2654.org.


About the American Chiropractic Association

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States. ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor. We are leading our profession in the most constructive and far-reaching ways–by working hand in hand with other health care professionals, by lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, by supporting meaningful research and by using that research to inform our treatment practices. We also provide professional and educational opportunities for all our members and are committed to being a positive and unifying force for the practice of modern chiropractic. To learn more, visit www.acatoday.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Chiropractic Turns 125 Today!

By |September 18, 2020|Announcement|

Chiropractic Turns 125 Today!

The Chiro.Org Blog


SOURCE:   Palmer College


Come to where it all began!

Palmer College of Chiropractic will host the virtual 125th Founder’s Day Celebration today at 5:15 p.m. CDT (Friday, Sept. 18) on Palmer’s Facebook page.

Hear from Palmer College of Chiropractic Chancellor and CEO Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.; and the great-granddaughter of D.D. Palmer himself, Vickie Anne Palmer; and also from some current students.

Then, join in a toast to the profession with chiropractic leaders from around the world.


Make sure to click the (more…) link (see it below) to see a humorous picture of the young David Palmer and a friend, practicing their technique at age 8.

One of the school mottos is:

Palmer is to chiropractic
what sterling is to silver



D.D. Palmer, the Father of Chiropractic



B.J. Palmer, the Developer of Chiropractic


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Changes Are Afoot

By |July 29, 2020|Announcement|

Changes Are Afoot

The Chiro.Org Blog


SOURCE:   Chiro.Org Editorial


When I first started compiling materials on Chiro.Org, I added materials to the LINKS section, where I got my start.

Over time, when enough material was compiled on a particular topic, I created a Topical Page to house them. As of today, the LINKS contains 95 different Topical pages.

My mentor Mark Street cobbled together a Search Tool that we configured to search within a specific section, rather than the whole website, so that it was easier (and faster) to find specific materials.

Finally, our 2 biggest Sections (the LINKS and the Research sections) became so big that Marks search tools took too long to scroll through all those materials.

So I have just created 6 new “sections” to house the largest topical collections, and they now have their own search tools. Because of that, all the other Sectional Search Tools are operating much more quickly.

Here’s what was created:

The LINKS section gave birth to 4 new sections:

And research gave birth to 2 new Sections;

So why not drop by our Search Section and enjoy reviewing any specific topics you may be interested in?

You may also want to re-visit our LINKS Section and our Research section, because they both point to our vast collection of Topical pages.


A SAD DAY FOR CHIROPRACTIC

By |September 27, 2019|Announcement|

A SAD DAY FOR CHIROPRACTIC

The Chiro.Org Blog


SOURCE:   A Chiro.Org Editorial


Our long time friend and supporter Dr. Jeanne Ohm has passed away.

Jeanne was executive coordinator for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association [www.icpa4kids.com] and executive editor of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine
[www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org].

Jeanne was also the author of many articles on pregnancy, birth, children, and chiropractic, many of which can be found in our Pediatrics Section.

More of her collected articles can be found in the
Kids Need Chiropractic, Too! Page.

There was no better friend of Pediatric Chiropractic.

Our love and concern go out to her husband and children, her fellow researchers at the ICPA, and the thousands of DCs who took classes and received encouragement directly from Jeanne.

She will be sorely missed.

U.S. Comptroller Appoints Chiropractor Christine Goertz

By |September 18, 2019|Announcement|

U.S. Comptroller Appoints Chiropractor Christine Goertz as Chair of PCORI Board

The Chiro.Org Blog


SOURCE:   Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

 


PCORI Welcomes Christine Goertz as Next Chairperson and Sharon Levine as Next Vice Chairperson of Board of Governors Statement from PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH

September 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today announced the appointment of Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, as the next Chairperson of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors, and the appointment of Sharon Levine, MD, as the next Vice Chairperson.

Goertz, who has been a member of PCORI’s Board since 2010 and its Vice Chairperson since September 2018, succeeds Grayson Norquist, MD, MSPH, as Chairperson upon his completion of a full term in this position. Norquist will continue to serve out the remainder of his current term as a Board member.

Levine, who has been a PCORI Board member since September 2010, takes over the Vice Chairperson role being vacated by Goertz. Both her and Goertz’s appointments are three-year terms ending September 2022.

“We are delighted with the GAO’s appointments and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Dr. Goertz and Dr. Levine in their new leadership roles,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. “Their complementary expertise and long histories with PCORI will serve us and our Board very well in continuing to pursue our mission of helping people make better-informed healthcare decisions through patient-centered research.”

Selby also thanked Norquist “for his tireless, thoughtful, and wise leadership of the Board over the past six years during a time of significant expansion of PCORI’s research funding and efforts to promote the implementation of the growing body of useful evidence it is producing. We are grateful and pleased that he will continue to share his valuable insights and expertise with PCORI through his ongoing service on the Board.”

Goertz is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Spine Institute for Quality. As of October, she will begin new positions as Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center and Director of System Development and Coordination for Spine Health at Duke Health.

Levine, a board-certified pediatrician, is a physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. She practiced and held leadership positions within The Permanente Medical Group, a large multi-specialty group practice in California, from 1977 to 2017.

Norquist is Vice-Chair of the Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Chief of Psychiatry Service at Grady Health System.

The diverse membership of PCORI’s Board is appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States and represents a broad range of perspectives and collective expertise in clinical health sciences research.

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