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Welcome to the Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics (CCO) information website.
The CCO board has worked together to bring you this informative chiropractic Orthopedic website. Hopefully you will find information that will keep you on top of the many challenges facing our specialty.
AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION ISSUES STATEMENT ON ICD-10 CODING OF SUBLUXATION
The Oct. 1, 2015 implementation date for ICD-10 is quickly approaching. In preparation, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has issued a statement to assist doctors of chiropractic with understanding the requirements for proper coding of primary and qualifying/secondary diagnoses.
It is important to note that ACA is opposed to any exclusions of diagnosis codes or restricted access to reporting conditions that fall within a doctor of chiropractic's scope of practice and meet the guidelines for reporting and documenting.
Please click here to review ACA's statement. Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.
In the current 114th Congress, three separate pieces of ACA- backed legislation have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would expand patient access to the services provided by doctors of chiropractic in several federal health care delivery systems. It is very important that doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants, and chiropractic students immediately contact their elected officials in Washington and urge that they cosponsor each of these measures. Current cosponsors can be found here.
· HR 542, the National Health Service Corps Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), would include doctors of chiropractic as providers eligible to participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program, one the largest federal loan relief programs. DCs can have up to $50,000 to repay their student loans in exchange for a two year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. ACTION NEEDED: Contact your House of Representatives member here and urge that they cosponsor this bill!
· HR 802, the Chiropractic Health Parity for Military Beneficiaries Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), would require the Secretary of Defense to develop a plan to allow any beneficiary covered under TRICARE to select and have direct access to a chiropractic physician. Currently, only active duty members are afforded the chiropractic benefit. ACTION NEEDED: Contact your House of Representatives member here and urge that they cosponsor this bill!
· HR 1170, the Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act, introduced by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), would require the VA to have a chiropractic physician on staff at all major VA medical facilities by 2017. It would also amend the current statute, the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001, ensuring that services provided by doctors of chiropractic are included in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and therefore, cannot be denied. ACTION NEEDED: Contact your House of Representatives member here and urge that they cosponsor this bill!
Social Media Review
A recent article in the Federation of State Medical Boards, Journal of Medical Regulations* discussed the pitfalls of social media such as websites, blogging, Facebook texting and tweeting. In a 2010 survey of executive Directors at State medical boards in the US, 92% indicated that violations of online professionalism were reported in their jurisdiction. For instance, a physician's blogging about patients can lead to people recognizing themselves i.e. a HIPPA violation. A website or Facebook page must have your credentials and honest information which is not over-inflated. The information provided should follow the rules of the licensing / regulatory organization for the state in which you practice. According to the article, violations included inappropriate contact with patients [69%] and misrepresentation of credentials or clinical outcomes [60%]. In response to the violations 71% of the regulatory boards held formal disciplinary proceedings and 40% issued informal warnings. Other disciplinary proceedings included license limitation [44%], suspension [29%], or revocation [21%]. (read more)
Election results of new officers:
- President Dale Huntington, D.C., F.A.C.O.
- Vice President, Daniel Staight, D.C., D.A.B.C.O.,
- Secretary, Larry Swank, D.C., F.A.C.O.
- Treasurer Gary L. Carver, D.C.,F.A.C.O.
- Immediate Past President Linda Zange, D.C., D.A.B.C.O.
Terms start June 30, 2015 and end July 1, 2017.