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ACA Executive Vice President
Kevin Corcoran, CAE

ACA- New Jersey

EVP Update
What ACA is Doing for You and Your Profession
I can’t count the number of calls, letters, e-mails and conversations I’ve had with members and non- members alike that all revolved around a single question: “What is ACA doing to address abuses by managed care organizations?” The fact is, this has been our primary area of emphasis for many years, and we have had a number of successes.

However, because many of these battles have been, or in the future could possibly be, fought in the court system, we have been precluded from talking about them for fear of undermining our case. I know that frustrates you; the absence of information implies the absence of activity and it frustrates us, since we’re dedicating a lot of time, effort and resources to projects that go unknown and unrecognized by the profession.

Now, for the first time, we’re able to discuss some of what we’ve been doing on the profession’s behalf. Laurie Douglass’ report follows mine—if you read nothing else in this EVP Report, read what Laurie has written. Please note that her column has been edited by ACA legal counsel who are a bunch of killjoys, even if they are just doing their jobs. So, this is not an exhaustive report, but it does give you more of the flavor of what we’re trying to accomplish.

Please know that even when you’re not hearing updates or progress reports from us, insurance advocacy is at the top of our priority list. We know how hard you work, and we refuse to allow that work to go unrecognized or uncompensated by external forces whose priorities differ vastly from those of the chiropractic profession. Thank you all for your support. You’re the reason we come to work every day.


 

Chiropractic Leaders Gather to Discuss Pressing Issues
Last month, more than 75 leaders in chiropractic education, research and practice gathered at The National University of Health Sciences to discuss the issues facing the future of the chiropractic profession. Led by John J. Triano, DC, PhD, participants—including ACA Chairman Lewis Bazakos, DC; ACA Council of Delegates Vice Chair Keith Overland, DC; Past ACA Chairman George McClelland, DC; former ACA Executive Vice President Gary Cuneo, and myself—heard recommendations from experts in the study of health professions, health care futurists, medicine, and federal research programs. Among the issues discussed were the barriers to, and opportunities for, increased integration and cooperation.

From these discussions, two distinct priority areas emerged: integrity and trust, and equitable public support for education and research. At the conference’s conclusion, the following resolution was approved by the participants:

Formal Resolution by the Chiropractic Strategic Planning Conference:

"At the Chiropractic Strategic Planning Conference, leaders in chiropractic education, research, and practice resolved that the ongoing fuller integration of chiropractic education and practice within the North American health care system, and improved communication and collaboration between doctors of chiropractic and other health professionals, are in the interests of patients and all parties concerned.

Following a review of the barriers to, and the opportunities for, such greater integration and interprofessional cooperation, the conference identified and acknowledged two priority areas that need to be addressed, namely:

a. Integrity and trust. The inappropriate treatment and billing practices adopted by some members of the profession that place the economic interests of the chiropractor before the best interests of the patient undermines public trust in all members of the profession.

b. Equitable public support for education and research. There is an absence of fair and equitable public funding and other support for chiropractic education and research in either public or private institutions. Specifically, there is a lack of support within the academic and interdisciplinary environments, including participation with publicly funded universities and health care facilities.

The conference urges the chiropractic profession, and its leaders and regulators, to address the first above matter, and the profession and all other stakeholders to address the second above matter, to the ultimate end of improved quality care within the North American health care system."

While this conference was initially envisioned as a single event, attendees voted to schedule an additional meeting—anticipated for the spring or summer of 2006—to continue this work and discuss essential issues concerning patient care.


 

Kevin Corcoran, Executive Vice President
KCorcoran@acatoday.org


 

Insurance Relations
The State of the Nation: Where We Are, and Where We Are Heading
As chiropractic network practices worsen, a united voice has arisen to defend the right of patients’ access to benefits.


Eighteen states have reported having undertaken some form of investigation into the unfair and unsafe practices of certain chiropractic networks. As with any major change, it always begins with individuals who persistently continue speaking out until reform comes. The ACA applauds the work of state associations, licensing boards, and individual doctors who have devoted many hours to this effort because they have decided that silence is no longer an option.

Over a year ago, the ACA began collecting data regarding the effect of chiropractic networks’ policies and, as many know, has explored every legal and administrative remedy including the possibility of a national class-action suit. The outpouring of personal testimonies to assist this effort has been both overwhelming and heartbreaking. Not surprisingly, our investigation has strengthened our view that the vast majority of doctors placed in probationary statuses and those terminated do not represent “outliers,” but in fact have been unjustly judged by invalid statistical models and guidelines that are not accepted by the rest of the profession. In our opinion, these policies created by networks that focus on profit at the expense of medically necessary patient care are nothing less than unconscionable.

Our legal focus now centers on upcoming hearings before the U.S District Court in Miami, Florida. The hearings, while procedural, will nevertheless involve important issues related to class certification. Many lawsuits are involved in this important multi-district federal litigation.

The ACA has retained a number of the leading class action law firms and attorneys on the front line of this nationwide managed care litigation. Our intent is to ultimately be in a position to gain class status for doctors in a national action based on the information we have collected in our ongoing investigation.

State chiropractic associations are also fueling this national effort by exposing network practices to regulatory agencies armed with their unique arsenal of state laws. In Missouri, for example, doctors of chiropractic have filed a class-action lawsuit against United Healthcare Corporation and American Chiropractic Network. The lawsuit, filed on Jan. 4, 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, states that American Chiropractic Network (ACN) and United Healthcare Corporation (UHC) breached its contract with providers by failing to pay claims in a timely manner, wrongfully and/or fraudulently failing to pay claims, paying claims at rates lower than those stated in patients’ insurance plans, unilaterally changing the terms of their provider agreement “without consideration,” and terminating those doctors who refused to provide less care to their patients than [the doctors] deemed appropriate. The suit alleges that by doing the above, ACN/UHC was essentially “practicing chiropractic without a license.” Our class action counsel believes this case will likely be transferred to the above-mentioned Miami Court. The ACA encourages doctors and associations to familiarize themselves with this effort, which is fully consistent with the effort of the ACA and its class action counsel. To read the full Missouri complaint,
click here.

It is our hope that the cumulative effect of both these legal and administrative efforts will be a defining moment in the profession’s step to taking back its ability to treat patients without the onerous and unjustified constraints many chiropractic networks have imposed for far too long.

The ACA continues to aggressively seek information regarding doctors’ and patients’ experiences in this regard, and you can help. Tell us your story by completing this online form, or print it from this link and fax it to (703) 516-4976.

Another initiative, which can be found on our Web site, the Patient Benefits Survey, will be used to help regulatory agencies gain a clear picture of patients' ability to access their chiropractic benefits and how they feel these benefits are managed. From now until April 30, you can have your patients fill out this form and these can be faxed to (703) 243-2593. Please let the voices of your patients be heard!

Also on our Web site, you will find a pre-service inquiry template letter for notifying employers under ERISA of the pervasive, unsubstantiated restrictions of patient benefits. Raising awareness of employers that their employees are often unable to use the benefits provided for them is another important step in exposing practices that jeopardize the patient’s right to full benefit access. You can find links to both of these resources here.

We will continue to keep you updated with the progress being made. Look for articles in ACA News and member e-mails. We will also pass along reports of the investigations being carried out in each state as we receive them.

Again, we extend a heartfelt thank you to all who have helped us come this far. While we do not stand in your shoes—faced with the devastation of having to turn patients away because of arbitrary care restrictions—we do not take our duty lightly. We want you to be absolutely assured that we are advocating for you and your patients by dedicating staff and resources to this effort above any other we have undertaken before. As always, thank you for your support and for helping us help you do what you do best.


 

To: Doctors of Chiropractic in Medically Underserved Areas
Re: 2006 limitations under the Federal Employee Program


Dear Doctors,

The ACA has received numerous inquiries from providers in Medically Underserved Areas (MUA) regarding benefit limits under the Standard Option of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Federal Employee Program Health Plan. Below please find an explanation of the federal statute which addresses the application of benefit limits in MUAs.

In 2006, in MUAs there will be a 10-visit limit on spinal manipulations under the Standard Option of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Federal Employee Program. The implementation of this limit in MUAs is based on federal law. Additionally, all types of providers in MUAs must adhere to this federal regulation.

The federal statute, 42 U.S.C. 254e, indicates:

.....if a contract under this chapter provides for the provision of, the payment for, or the reimbursement of the cost of health services for the care and treatment of any particular health condition, the carrier shall provide, pay, or reimburse up to the limits of its contract for any such health service properly provided by any person licensed under State law to provide such service if such service is provided to an individual covered by such contract in a State where 25 percent or more of the population is located in primary medical care manpower shortage areas designated pursuant to section 332 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254e).

In 2006, in MUAs, along with the 10-visit limit on spinal manipulations, there will also be coverage for initial office visits and initial x-rays under the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Standard Option. Some may be confused as to how being in an MUA differs from being in other states if the limitations regarding spinal manipulations are consistent. In an MUA, caps on services remain, but practitioner-based limitations are waived. Therefore if doctors of chiropractic in an MUA are legally able to perform a service under their state scope of practice, and that service is covered by FEP (i.e. a blood test), then that service is required, by law, to be paid, if medically necessary.

If you have any questions pertaining to this statute, please submit your questions via e-mail or fax them to kmurray@acatoday.org or (703) 243-2593, and reference FEP MUA.


 

Laurie Douglass, Vice President of Insurance Relations
ldouglass@acatoday.org


 

Government Relations
Issue Briefs for NCLC 2006 Now Available
From March 25-28, hundreds of doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic students will descend on the nation’s capital to lobby on behalf of issues that are important to the chiropractic community.

ACA is pleased to announce that new 2006 Issue Briefs are now available online. To review the issues that the ACA will be focused on this year,
click here. Additionally, copies will be provided at NCLC for distribution to members of Congress.

This year, participants of NCLC will lobby their members of Congress on issues including Association Health Plans, increasing the chiropractic benefit to all active duty members in uniform, and commissioning doctors of chiropractic in the Public Health Service.

NCLC is a great opportunity for attendees to learn directly about the federal issues that affect the profession. It allows participants to renew old friendships and develop new bonds that will last for years to come. Most important, however, NCLC allows doctors and students the opportunity to relay the concerns and goals of today’s chiropractic profession to the nation’s key decision makers.


 

New! Contribute to ACA-PAC Online!
You can now contribute to the ACA Political Action Committee online via our safe and secure server. Your contribution is immediate, which cuts down on ACA-PAC’s overhead fundraising costs and allows more money to be given directly to candidates.

As you consider how much to contribute, we encourage you to support the ACA-PAC at the Chairman’s Club level. Your investment as a Chairman’s Club member will help build a strong foundation for the ACA to achieve the legislative goals of the chiropractic profession and patients. In addition, as a Chairman’s Club member you will also be recognized at various ACA events and eligible for special access to several ACA-PAC functions. Chairman's Club contribution levels are as follows:

* Bronze Level $300 annually ($25 per month)
* Silver Level $600 annually ($50 per month)
* Gold Level $1,200 annually ($100 per month)
* Platinum Level $2,000 annually ($167 per month)
* Premium Level $5,000 annually ($417 per month)

ACA-PAC is the only major PAC committed to supporting pro-chiropractic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Help support pro-chiropractic legislation and contribute online today by clicking here.


 

John Falardeau, Vice President of Government Relations
jfalardeau@acatoday.org


 

Education & Professional Development
New ACA Documentation Seminar Program Debuts in Nebraska
The Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA), in conjunction with SecureCare of Nebraska, is pleased to present a new educational program from the American Chiropractic Association at the 2006 spring convention in Lincoln, Neb. The new seminar, titled Clinical Documentation for the Chiropractic Practice: Strategies for Success, takes its curriculum from ACA's Clinical Documentation Manual and covers a full range of topics. The two-hour CEU-approved program will be presented by Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC. For more information, contact Jan Jewell or Stacie Williams of the NCPA at 402-435-4087 or ncpa@inebraska.com.


 

New ACA Educational Programs Offered at NCLC
Open to the public!

ACA will offer three exciting new educational programs at the upcoming National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC). The first, on Saturday, March 25, will be presented by the ACA Councils on Physiological Therapeutics & Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, and Sports Injury & Physical Fitness. This program, Focus on Prevention & Wellness, consists of three separate two-hour segments and focuses on the assessment, evaluation and treatment of baby boomers, weekend warriors and the elderly.

The second program, on Sunday, March 26, titled Coding & Documentation for the Chiropractic Practice: Strategies for Success, will be presented by Susan McClelland, BS, CCA. This comprehensive new program enables participants to understand and implement correct coding and clinical documentation procedures.

The third program, titled Documentation is a Problem! Coding, Medicare, Documentation, and the OIG Report, on Monday, March 27, is also presented by Susan McClelland. The program reviews the concerns raised in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) June 2005 report, which cited a high documentation error rate in the chiropractic profession.

The fee for each program is just $150 per day. CEU credits will also be offered through Texas Chiropractic College. For more information or to register online,
click here. Please note that programs are subject to change.


 

Opportunities in Occupational Health:
How to beat managed care and put the "zip" back in your practice!

Join us for this informative teleseminar for a look at the many opportunities present in occupational health. Dr. David A. Thorpe, DC, DACBOH, President of ACA Council on Occupational Health, will discuss the many services chiropractors can provide in occupational health, the professional and financial benefits, and how to get involved.

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Includes 15-minute Q&A session to ask your own questions.
Cost: $49 ACA members; $69 non-members (Includes free materials sent via e-mail)

Get CEUs! All ACA teleseminar programs may be applied for 1 CEU credit in the following states depending on the course topic: Colo., Del., Ill., Iowa, Maine, Md., Mont., Neb., Ohio, R.I., S.D., Va. (Type 1). To find out if your state approves teleseminars for CEU credit, click here.

Register today! Download the registration form here, and fax it back to ACA at (703) 243-2593. Or call the ACA at 703-276- 8800, x249.


 

Janet Ridgely, Director of Administration and Meetings
jridgely@acatoday.org


 

Membership Services and Business Development
Want More of Your Dues Dollars to ACA Initiatives Rather Than Administrative Costs?
Of course you do! When you pay your dues through EZ Pay—ACA's account debit program—you eliminate your, and our, administrative costs that go into billing. The EZ Pay program is free and you can join or change to a different payment option any time. Your dues can be deducted monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or annually from a checking account or credit card. More than 2,000 doctors are already on the EZ Pay program. Please consider joining! To sign up today, call the membership department at (703) 276-8800.


 

Paula Diaz, Director of Membership Services
pdiaz@acatoday.org

EVP Update
I was going to open this edition of the EVP Report with an overview of S.1955. But over the past three weeks, ACA members have been inundated with information about the bill. If you don’t know what S.1955 means and what we believe it would do to the profession, you’re probably not reading anything that we’re sending out, including the EVP Report.

Instead, I want to tell you what steps ACA has taken to defeat S.1955 and to protect the inclusion of chiropractic benefits in health insurance plans.

Just prior to the bill’s consideration in committee, ACA announced that the language had been significantly changed and was far more damaging to chiropractic and other specialty providers than previously anticipated. Soon after the bill was approved in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, ACA scheduled a teleconference with all state chiropractic associations to inform them of the changes and to strategize our response. ACA also reconnected with other provider and consumer groups with which we had worked on "Patients' Bill of Rights" and other legislative battles and helped create a coalition to coordinate efforts among the various groups that would be affected by S.1955.

As a result of ACA's teleconference with the state association leaders, we significantly reformatted our NCLC agenda to put an even stronger emphasis on S.1955. ACA held an extended briefing session for the House of Delegates (HOD) and another for NCLC attendees, added a joint meeting with the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association to address state issues, and convened a panel of representatives from other associations whose members would be affected by S.1955's passage. During the NCLC meeting, the ACA HOD passed a resolution to approve up to $300,000 in immediate unbudgeted expenditures to defeat S.1955.


 

ACA has been very active in communicating the potential impact of S.1955 to members and non- members alike.

  • ACA created an S.1955 Action Center on its Web site, which has many resources to learn about the bill and ways to defeat it, including links to other anti- S.1955 groups and sites.
  • ACA placed an informational insert in every copy of the April issue of ACA News, which reaches over 60,000 DCs.
  • ACA also placed a full page ad alerting DCs to S.1955 in the edition of Dynamic Chiropractic that will be landing in mail boxes this week.
  • ACA recently sent out a Blast Fax to nearly 20,000 DCs, imploring each to contact their senator immediately.
  • Within two weeks, all 60,000 ACA News subscribers will receive a “S.1955 Survival Kit,” containing:

    1. An overview/analysis of the bill;
    2. Talking points that chiropractors can use with their senators and others;
    3. Action steps that DCs should take to defeat the bill;
    4. A poster to be displayed in chiropractic offices alerting patients to the threat S.1955 poses to their health insurance benefits (PDF);
    5. Sample letters to be sent by DCs and their patients;
    6. A phone and fax directory for every U.S. senator.

  • ACA is running a full page ad about S.1955 on the back cover of the May issue of ACA News.
  • ACA is implementing an extensive media relations campaign; preparing op-ed pieces and letters to the editor that can be sent by ACA to national publications, and by our members to newspapers and radio/TV stations within their communities. These will be e-mailed to members and posted on our Web site.
We’re also bringing our extensive grassroots network to bear on this fight. We’ve called on our ACA delegates to contact DCs in their states to ensure that they are informed and involved in the fight against S.1955. We’re hosting weekly strategy and informational teleconferences with state chiropractic associations to share the latest intelligence and exchange ideas and suggestions for getting everyone involved.

We’ve set our SACA members loose on this issue; we sent informational materials to every SACA chapter and will be joining their board teleconference on Tuesday to provide more information and guidance. We’re also calling on other chiropractic organizations and entities to commit their time and effort to this battle, because if S.1955 passes, any company or institution that relies on chiropractic for its revenue or sustenance will be affected.

And, of course, ACA is scouring the halls of Capitol Hill, meeting with senators and their staffs to make sure that they know where the profession stands on S.1955. The key is to provide support and cover to those who would oppose the bill, and put on notice those who would support it.

I am sure that some of you are tired of hearing about S.1955; I know that I wish I could write about something else. But remember that the bill is scheduled to be brought to the Senate floor during the first week of May. So within a month, this issue may very well be behind us; if ACA members retain their focus and get their colleagues and patients to call, fax and e-mail their senators, we can look back on this period as a time when the profession rose up as one to protect chiropractic inclusion in health insurance. If we don’t—if we assume that someone else will make the call or send the fax—our profession will face enormous change and uncertainty, and we will all wish that we’d taken a few more minutes to help make a difference.

Please get actively involved; advocacy is a contact sport, and we need all the hits we can get.


 

Kevin Corcoran, Executive Vice President
KCorcoran@acatoday.org


 

Government Relations
L.A. Times: S.1955 Would Modernize Health Insurance “Right into the Stone Age”
ACA has received confirmation that the first week of May will be "Health Week" in the Senate, and S.1955 will come to the floor at that time. So time is very much of the essence!

Doctors of chiropractic around the country will soon receive in the mail an “S.1955 Survival Kit.” Included in the “Survival Kit” will be background information, talking points, sample letters, and a poster to hang in your office. Much of this information is currently available by
clicking here. Please remember: It is essential that chiropractors ask their patients to sign and fax letters to their senators. Also encourage patients to call and e-mail their senator’s offices. Advocacy is a volume business, and we need as many voices as we can get.

This week, Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik wrote a fantastic editorial on the bill that in part stated:

“‘States’ rights’ is one of those political shibboleths that conservatives love to trot out to block federal initiatives they don't care for. But they're happy to lock it away when it proves inconvenient to something they love. Like, say, the health insurance lobby.

But Enzi's bill uses small businesses and their workers as human shields to mask an all-out assault on state regulation of health insurance across the country. He proposes to preempt state regulators on a wide range of issues, replacing their standards with federal rules that in some respects have already proven to be dismal failures, and in other respects will be easily manipulated by the insurance industry.”


The next four weeks may determine the future of the chiropractic profession. Everything we do must be dedicated to defeating S.1955. Please visit our S.1955 Action Center for more information and resources. You can also contact the ACA Department of Government Affairs at 703-812- 0224, or e-mail stop1955@acatoday.org.


 

John Falardeau, Vice President of Government Relations
jfalardeau@acatoday.org


 

Insurance Relations
There is Still Time to Give Your Patients a Voice!
April is upon us and with that brings the final month ACA will be collecting “Patient Benefit Surveys.” For the tremendous amount of doctors who have, and continue to, send in these surveys, we thank you for helping us assist you and your patients. If you have been giving the surveys to your patients and have a stack of them on your desk, please send them by the end of the month! If you are unaware of this campaign, please
click here and scroll down to the Patient Benefit Survey for an explanation of this effort.

In short, we have developed an informal survey, which will be read not only by ACA, but by regulatory agencies in your state. State departments of insurance and attorneys general are listening and waiting for this feedback. Give your patients an avenue for their health care concerns to be heard. The deadline for surveys is April 30, 2006.


 

Bobby Gibson, Operations Director of Insurance Relations
bgibson@acatoday.org


 

Communications
ACA Web Site Gets a Makeover
The ACA is pleased to unveil its newly designed and updated Web site –
www.ACAToday.org . Featuring a contemporary new look, the new Web site is more user-friendly than ever before.

The new Web site features improved navigation to help you find the information, advice and tools that matter most to you. Clearly defined sections will point ACA members, the public, the media, business partners and students in the right direction as they click through the site.

New Features Include:
A "Member Information Center" where ACA members can easily access online tools to assist them in their practice—exclusive resources available to ACA members only. From ACA’s publications and patient education handouts to information about networking listservers and educational opportunities, ACA members now have a central resource where they can access their benefits. Coming soon: current members will be able to renew their dues online.

A "Professional Resources" section that contains the information and resources doctors of chiropractic need to keep them from being left behind in today’s information-driven society. Through this section of our new Web site, you will have access to the tools and information you need on coding, Medicare, insurance claims, research, practice management, best practices and a wealth of other topics that you deal with on a daily basis. Coming soon: an online insurance “Help” form that you can fill out and forward to our staff experts in the coding, insurance relations and documentation areas – to get quick and thorough answers to your questions.

An "Advocacy" section that provides the latest on ACA’s grassroots lobbying on Capitol Hill, direct outreach with payers and employers, negotiations with managed care organizations, and when necessary, utilization of legal remedies to obtain fair reimbursement and ensure quality of care. In this section, you will find Action Alerts, Fact Sheets and more to keep you in the loop and prepared to participate in ACA calls to action. You’ll also find links to ACA’s Legislative Action Center and ACA-PAC Web site.

A “Patients” section featuring a “Find a Doctor” search page, consumer health tips, the latest chiropractic research, frequently asked questions and a wealth of other materials that will help patients understand the important role chiropractic plays in the health care system.

A “Press Room” featuring everything a journalist will need to write an accurate and responsible story on chiropractic care. From ACA’s latest news releases to background information on the association, spokesperson bios, important facts and figures and letters to the editor, the press room serves as a central resource for the news media professional.


 

A “Business Partners” section featuring information on ACA’s corporate supporting members, affinity programs and endorsed products and programs. It also provides information for potential partners hoping to gain access to the chiropractic profession’s most influential leaders through ACA News advertising and other venues.

A special section for “Students” that contains everything they need to know about the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) and its important efforts at chiropractic colleges nationwide.

Give us your feedback! The ACA will continue to enhance this site to make it as useful as possible for our increasingly busy members. Take the time to “bookmark” us on your computer, visit often and give us your feedback. If you experience any “bugs” while browsing the new site, please let us know by e- mailing us at memberinfo@acatoday.org. It will help us continue to serve you better.


 

Check Out the Latest Healthy Living Fact Sheet on Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a vexing condition that affects an estimated 3 to 6 percent of Americans, predominantly women. Diagnosing the condition can be complex. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, it can take a patient up to four years to be accurately diagnosed. As a result, patients are often frustrated and have tried a long list of prescription medications to deal with their condition.

ACA’s newest “Healthy Living” fact sheet provides background on the symptoms and diagnosis of fibromyalgia—as well as a list of natural alternatives to traditional medical treatment. ACA members can download the fact sheet from our Web site, photocopy and distribute to patients in their waiting rooms or at health fairs.

Click here to access the fibromyalgia fact sheet, or for more detailed information on how to make the most of our "Healthy Living" fact sheets.


 

ACA “Throws the Book” at Documentation Errors
Documentation Manual Offered at Steep Discount
As part of a comprehensive response to reported high rates of documentation errors among chiropractors, ACA is making its Clinical Documentation Manual available to the profession at minimal cost through the end of the year.

The manual is now available for only $39.95 plus shipping and handling. It features 32 easy-to-use recommendations as well as clinical examples. Chiropractic licensing boards, colleges, insurers and other groups consulted with ACA in the development of the manual.

To reserve your copy, call (800) 368-3083 or click here.


 

Felicity Feather, Vice President of Communications
ffeather@acatoday.org


 

Education and Professional Development
ACA’s Monthly TeleSeminar Audience Continues to Grow - Register Today!
Looking for a great and convenient way to maintain your required license hours while getting the most up- to-date information? Here’s what some of our attendees say about the ACA’s monthly TeleSeminars:

"Best telephone/computer conference I’ve done, thank you!"

“First telephone seminar/conference I’ve participated in, but was clear and very informative."

"Susan presented the info very well - easy to understand, easy to teach to doctors in our office who were not able to attend."

Designed for busy doctors of chiropractic, office managers, chiropractic assistants and students, ACA TeleSeminars are an efficient and economical way to educate yourself and your staff without having to leave the office. Each 60-minute TeleSeminar includes a live Q & A session with the speaker and includes free materials to keep for future reference. Save the time and expense of travel. Sign up for an ACA TeleSeminar today!

Get CEUs! All ACA TeleSeminar programs may be applied for one CEU credit in the following states depending on the course topic: Colo., Del., Ga., Ill., Iowa, La., Maine, Md., Mo., Neb., Ohio, R.I., S.D., Va. (Type 1). To find out if your state approves TeleSeminars for CEU credit,
click here.


 

April & May Seminars:

April 25th Hip Extension and Abduction Dysfunction - Musculoskeletal Rehab
1:30 to 2:30 pm (EST)
Presented by the ACA Specialty Council: Physiological Therapeutics & Rehabilitation
Featured Instructor: Donald Fedoryk, DC, DACRB, CCSP, CSCS
President, ACA Council on Chiropractic Physiological Therapeutics & Rehabilitation President

May 9th Coding 2006: Problematic Codes and Problem Solving
6:30 to 7:30 pm (EST) NEW- Evening Time Slot!!
Instructor: Anthony Hamm, DC, DACRB
Chairman, ACA Coding & Reimbursement Committee

May 23 How to Develop a Sports Chiropractic Practice
1:30 to 2:30 pm (EST)
Presented by the ACA Specialty Council: Council on Sports Injuries & Physical Fitness
Instructor: Alan K. Sokoloff, DC, D.A.C.B.S.P
Team Chiropractor to the NFL Baltimore Ravens, University of Maryland, and UMBC Retrievers

Registration is just $49 for members, $69 for non-members, FREE for Governor’s Advisory Members.

Three Ways to register: Download the registration form by clicking here.
1. Fax the completed form to 703-243-2593.
2. Mail it to Seminar Registration 1701 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209.
3. Call the ACA at 703-276-8800, x249.
To view the complete list of ACA TeleSeminars, click here.


 

ACA Education Corner for the State Association
Attention all state associations! Has planning your next educational meeting got you stumped? If so, let the ACA take the guess work out of it for you. Following on the heels of the highly successful 2004- 2005 turnkey coding seminar, Navigate the Coding & Insurance Process, the ACA has put together their newest turnkey program titled: Coding & Documentation for the Chiropractic Practice: Strategies for Success.

This seminar is designed to provide the state association with a co-sponsorship opportunity to offer to their members as an exclusive member benefit. This program can be tailored to fit your association’s educational segment in one of three ways:

1. Coding only: 6-hour seminar
2. Documentation only: 4-hour seminar
3. Coding & Documentation combined: 8-hour seminar

Coding topics include: E/M, ICD-9, CMT, radiology, physical medicine, modifiers, and fraud avoidance. Documentation topics include the above plus patient health records, consent, diagnosis, treatment, referrals/consultations, compliance, routine visits, and Medicare.

The ACA provides you with the all the components for a successful seminar: ACA-approved speakers, PowerPoint slides, marketing materials, registration forms, post-seminar surveys. Also, ask us about adding ACA’s companion books to this program: ACA Clinical Documentation Manual and the 2006 Coding Solutions Manual.

No matter which program you choose, this revenue-designed CEU program will provide the most up-to-date coding and documentation information to your members by the most knowledgeable coding experts in the industry. You can bring this knowledge to your members while generating substantial non-dues revenue from the program.

If you are interested in scheduling a "prime" date or discussing the program further, please contact Janet Ridgely at 703-812-0205.


 

Janet Ridgely, Director of Administration & Meetings
jridgely@acatoday.org


 

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Scholarship Deadline is June 16, 2006
Eligible ACA student members may win scholarships of up to $2,500 as part of the American Chiropractic Foundation and ACA Auxiliary 2006 Scholarship Program.

The scholarship program recognizes academic excellence and provides financial assistance to student ACA members enrolled in accredited chiropractic colleges. To be eligible, applicants must be:
  • A student member of ACA in good standing at an accredited chiropractic college in the United States.
  • Attending school full time and be in at least his or her second year of study.
  • Achieving a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Winners will be selected based on their applications and responses to one or both of this year's essay questions.

Application and additional materials must be received at ACA no later than June 16, 2006. For complete details, including application forms, visit our Web site www.acatoday.org, and click on 'Students.'


 

Paula Diaz, Director of Membership
pdiaz@acatoday.org



 

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