New Opportunities for DCs
For decades, the model chiropractic practice has been the single-doctor practice. Recent surveys have found that approximately two-thirds of U.S. doctors of chiropractic still practice this way, with another 20 percent practicing in multiple-chiropractor practices.
Prevention: Stop Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
The recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of those nuisance conditions that can play havoc with quality of life, and this particular infection is much more common than most people realize.
Bastyr University: On the Front Lines of the Pain Epidemic
At University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle region's only Level I Trauma and Burn Center, the demands for in-patient care are dramatically different from a private clinic environment.
Transforming Exam Delivery
The NBCE Board of Directors has never wavered on its promise to deliver an excellent, on-campus computerized testing experience to students. Likewise, there has never been a compromise to the delivery of fair, valid and legally defensible exams.
Spring Allergies & The Spleen: Looking at Pattern Differentiation
As the season of Spring fades away and we shift into the warm summer months, many patients suffer from chronic allergies. This is by far one of the most common issues I see in the clinic as well as often mistreated and misdiagnosed.
Is Primary Spine Care the Answer for Chiropractic?
Recently, we sat down with Mark Studin, DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP, to discuss the state of chiropractic and why primary spine care may hold the key to chiropractic's future. Read what he had to share in this exclusive interview.
TCM Codes for the World
I just received an email concerning the ICD-TM11 codes. The World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting the new ICD-11 codes to World Health Assembly very soon.
News in Brief
Parker University Launches New Open-Access Research Journal for Chiropractic; Western States, Cleveland-KC Name New Deans of Chiropractic Colleges; Sherman College Goes Tobacco-Free; Life University Wins 11 Awards.
Cyber Threat Checklist: Defend Your Business With These 10 Steps
Living in an internet connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the internet to connect us with customers, store data, and find information has opened the door for many small business owners to grow and flourish.
Acupuncture's Standard of Care
Both a concern and critique of acupuncture, frequently espoused by the bio-medical community is, "there is no standard of care in acupuncture." The following is why I believe this statement is disingenuous at best.
Multi-Dimensional Acupuncture: 3D, 4D & 5D
Maggie is an intuitive healer and workshop leader who I met on a recent hike. While we were talking she told me how she had to take it easy because of her knees. She said that her doctor told her that she has the early signs of arthritis.
Reducing Allostatic Load & Stress Through Heightened Awareness
Your contemporary mental health and psychotherapy colleagues may often approach the treatment of allostatic load as a mental health condition and use prescription psycho-pharmaceutical medicine to affect general and specific central nervous system (CNS) pathways and brain neuro-chemistry medicine to alleviate the associated symptoms.
Prompting Memory: How to Stimulate Cognition
Recently I gave a talk titled, The Art of Memoir – Tapping the Past to Sharpen the Present at a senior lunch event in Austin, Texas.
Official NCCAOM Practice Tests
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is excited to announce the launch of the new NCCAOM Exam Preparation Center.
It's Time for a Functional Approach to Chronic Illness
It seems one of the more modern buzzwords is chronic, referring to diseases – that is to say, "ongoing and incurable." However, we can take a different perspective and recognize that, although the body may have been traumatized and injured, healing should always be viewed in the realm of possibility.
Catch the Workplace Wellness Wave
Do you offer workplace wellness services to local businesses? If not, you might want to consider this lucrative channel for expanding your practice. Workplace wellness programs and wellness-related benefits have grown in popularity over the past several decades.
Old Trend, New Risks: Heavy Weight Training
With more opportunities to exercise than ever, a greater selection of exercise options, and the subsequent opinions supporting and challenging their merits, it's easy to be confused as to which approach is best.
Dropping Insurance: 4 Steps
My office manager just got off the phone with the secretary of a long-standing patient. I have treated this woman and 10 members of her family for more than a decade. She has, as have all of my patients, paid my fee at the time of service since I dropped insurance in 1997.
Practice Pearls: There's More to ROM Than Meets the Eye
As part of my neuromusculoskeletal examination, I perform range-of-motion (ROM) evaluations. I can "eyeball" the range and measure, I can use a goniometer and measure, I can use my phone app and measure, or I can use various other instruments to help determine degrees of motion.
Paving the Way to Integrative Health & Wellness
Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) launched the integrative health and wellness (IHW) caucus in October, 2018.
Better With Chiropractic
While chiropractic care is receiving high levels of exposure these days, most pain patients who consult with a health provider still do so with their primary-care MD. And of course, that means in most cases, they're receiving standard medical care, not chiropractic.
A Novel Way to Prevent Elderly Falls: Toe Strength
In any given year, nearly 40 percent of senior citizens ages 70 and older will fall at least once. Each fall significantly increases the risk of not only sprains, strains and contusions, but also fractures.
Chiropractic's Next Frontier: Adjusting the Microbiome
Restoring a healthy microbiome to help treat disease may be the next frontier in chiropractic offices around the country.
NBCE to Reinstitute Computer-Based Exams
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has announced it will reinstate computer-based testing in January 2019 courtesy of a partnership with testing and assessment solutions provider Prometric.
Missed Causes of LBP: It's the Syndrome, Not the Subluxation
When I read the chart notes of other chiropractors, I am usually disappointed. They list what vertebrae are fixated or misaligned. They may describe the involved fascia and muscles.
State by State: Chiropractic Leads Changes in Health Care
Monumental legislative bills in support of the chiropractic profession were passed recently in Washington, West Virginia and Oregon. Here is a review of this important legislation, state by state...
Diagnosing & Treating Aggressive Energy
Recently, there has been an article, and subsequent discussion, about the subject of Aggressive Energy (AKA "AE"), including ways to detect its presence and an alternative method of treating it.
Regenerative Medicine: How to Do It by the Books
The "lay of the land" for regenerative therapies, including but certainly not limited to adult stem-cell treatments, seems to change almost daily.
The Acupuncturist and the Opioid Crisis: Conquering Pain & Addiction in the U.S.
The current opioid epidemic dominates the discussion among national health leaders, recovery advocates and families nationwide. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others.
April, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 04
Evolution of a Health Care Organization
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Created to bring massage therapists and other CAM providers together, the ACCAHC is stepping out on its own and separating from the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium.
The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) has spread its wings, becoming an independent, dues-based nonprofit organization, rather than a branch of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC).
"For the first time in history, organizations representing all of the leading complementary health care professions have chosen to pay dues to an organization which will allow us to collaborate with each other and with conventional educators in advancing our missions," said ACCAHC Chair Reed Phillips, DC, PhD.
The ACCAHC was founded in March 2004 as an initiative of the IHPC and in the context of the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Creating Common Ground (NED).Funding to establish the ACCAHC came courtesy of a single donor, Lucy Gonda. Initially, core participation consisted of representation by councils of colleges and accrediting agencies of the five disciplines with federally-recognized accrediting agencies (massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine, and direct-entry midwifery). The organization also has maintained a category of membership for "traditional world and emerging professions," such as yoga therapy and ayurvedic medicine.
In July 2006, ACCAHC member entities decided to formally begin a transition out from the IHPC and become a self-sustaining, dues-based organization. A dues structure was established with a suggested level of $1,000-$5,000 per year, based on the size of a member organization. The ACCAHC also clarified additional membership features. Certifying agencies of recognized professions would be invited as core members; mechanisms were clarified through which traditional world and emerging professions would be represented; and a single college membership category was created.
Membership solicitation began in 2006, with attention paid to the annual meeting dates and budget cycles of potential members. The following organizations have committed to becoming dues-paying members as of Jan. 1, 2007:
According to Dr. Phillips, the ACCAHC's move toward becoming an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization is based on a business model that is part dues-based and part grants-based. "We know that the robust agenda developed by our member educators cannot be managed based on dues payments. We will seek focused grants and the assistance of some visionary philanthropists who can see how collaboration between educators of these disciplines can advance health care."
At the end of 2006, the group's founding donor, Gonda, donated $30,000 toward a grant to support the work of the ACCAHC, noting that her donation honors the decision by the ACCAHC organizations to begin paying membership dues, as well as the hard work of the ACCAHC executive team.
Details have not been completely finalized, but the funds are expected to support four of the group's initiatives. The first initiative is a member retreat; the second is to help with the costs associated with the move to independence; the third is a booklet resource on each of the disciplines; and the fourth is a retreat in which a small, multidisciplinary group will begin, in an organized way, to explore new ways to approach some of the "hot spots" about which the ACCAHC member disciplines have sometimes been in conflict.
The group also is looking to fill the role of its executive director, as current director Pamela Snider, ND, has stepped down after three years. Dr. Snider received much praise for her work, a point Dr. Phillips emphasizes: "Pamela built a multidisciplinary team and a safe, disciplined, respectful, and exciting context for us to collaborate. That Pamela has pulled this off says a lot about what she has accomplished."
John Weeks, a close collaborator with Snider, along with being NED's founding director and the producer of the Integrator Blog News & Reports, succeeds her as interim director of the ACCAHC. "The whole ACCAHC group feels lucky to have John step in during this transition," said Dr. Phillips.
Even though the ACCAHC has now become an independent organization, Dr. Phillips credits the IHPC with "laboring and giving birth to us." He also credits IHPC Executive Director Janet Kahn, PhD, and Board Chair Sheila Quinn, and anticipates continuing to work closely with the IHPC "to move policy changes that will create better health for the people we serve through advancing integrated health care."
For additional information about either of these organizations, visit www.ihpc.info and click on the ACCAHC link.
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