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NYSCA District 14 monthly meeting

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:30pm
81 Route 59, Suffern NY

Highlights from the 2013 Spring Convention
Scope of practice, Medicare PQRS, EHR

Dear Colleagues,

The next NYSCA district 14 meeting will be Tuesday April 23 at 12:30 at my Suffern Office. The address is 81 Route 59, Suffern NY. If you have questions or need directions, please call 845-357-0364.

At this meeting, we will be discussing much of the information received at the NYSCA convention last month. There are several things important topics to cover, and it would be beneficial to all to have as many as possible participate.

One major issue concerning our profession is our scope of practice. NYSCA has recently developed a comprehensive scope-of-practice for Chiropractors in New York and wants to fine-tune it. We have been provided with a copy of this document and have been requested to provide feedback from our members. Comments from Council members are also welcome. Considering that NYSCA and The Council are moving closer to unification, having a scope of practice that is agreeable to both memberships is very important. NYSCA must make the decision of either presenting the scope-of-practice before or after unification, depending on the consensus of its members.

Our Chiropractic Political Action Committee helps promote the legislation that NYSCA is currently trying to get passed. These include the DC / MD partnership bill, the Electric-diagnostic bill, and the IME bill. Anyone wishing to contribute to the PAC, please let us know and we will be happy to give you information on how to do so. Many offices contribute by having $25 sent automatically to the PAC each month via credit card. This is less than the cost of one office visit per month.

Also, we will be discussing the Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program and reporting to Medicare. Offices not reporting beginning this year will receive a 1.5% reduction in reimbursements and next year that increases to 2%. We have a power point presentation from our Spring Convention that will be available to all in attendance at the next meeting.

Finally, several members have been inquiring about the move to electronic health records (EHR). If you are using EHR in your office and would be willing to explain at our meeting some of the aspects of making this change, please let us know. It would be helpful not to make the same mistakes, and if someone is willing to give a helping hand would be terrific. My office is at the very beginning of our transition and I have many questions also. If anyone is willing to help on this please let me know if you would be willing to discuss it at an upcoming meeting.


Arthur Kaufer, DC
President, NYSCA District 14 


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District 6 Meeting: How will the Patient Protection & Affordability Act, Commonly Called “Obamacare”, Affect the Chiropractic Profession?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm
NYCC Health Center
70 Division Ave, Levittown

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Marty Kotlar of Target Coding

How will the Patient Protection & Affordability Act,
Commonly Called “Obamacare”, Affect the Chiropractic Profession?

Additionally, Dr. Kotlar will be speaking about
the pros and cons of MD/DC/PT/NP practices.
Dr. Kotlar has written seven chiropractic and physical medicine & rehabilitation books on coding, compliance and documentation. He is a contributing author to Chiropractic Economics, Dynamic Chiropractic and is a featured guest speaker for Foot Levelers Seminars, Parker Seminars, The Coding Institute and at many state association conventions nationwide. Dr. Kotlar has taught coding and documentation courses at Parker College of Chiropractic, Northwestern Chiropractic College and New York Chiropractic College.

District 6 officers and board members will be present.
Get your questions answered regarding unity, Comp, No Fault, Medicare, etc.

$5 for Members of NYSCA or the Council
$20 for Non-Members
Pizza and Soft Drinks Included


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2013 Spring Convention Brochure Now Available for Download


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Mariangela Penna, DC was inducted as a Fellow into the International College of Chiropractors

Mariangela Penna, DC was inducted as a Fellow into the International College of Chiropractors at the annual American Chiropractic Association meeting recently held in Portland, OR. Presenting Dr. Penna with her award is H. William Wolfson, DC, ACA NY Downstate Delegate. Dr. Wolfson informed the attendees of the untiring efforts and hard work Dr. Penna has performed on behalf of the chiropractic profession. Dr. Penna’s recognition is richly earned and deserved. She is immediate past president of the New York State Chiropractic Association and serves as the NYSCA NY State Affiliate representative to the ACA.

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H. William Wolfson, DC Named ACA 2011 Delegate of the Year

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently honored Long Island resident H. William Wolfson, DC, with its prestigious 2011 Delegate of the Year award during the association’s annual House of Delegates meeting in Portland, OR. The award is presented annually for exceptional service, achievement and leadership within the association’s governing body.

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NYSCA Members Interviewed About New Workers Comp Rules Now in Effect


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Dr. Ann M Carpenter Passes

Carpenter, Ann M., D.C. (nee) Gowdy age 76 formerly of Suffern, NY died Sunday, February 27, 2011. Devoted mother of Karen M. Carpenter. Dear sister of Bettina Pearce, her husband Karl, and the late James Gowdy. Loving aunt of Janine Karabas, Valerie Powell, and Camille Rance. Her memory will continue to be cherished by her many loving family members and friends. Ann was a dedicated and faithful member of the Baha’i faith for over 45 years. As a professional, Ann began her career as a Chiropractor in the early 1980’s and continued until her retirement in 2008 from her practice at Beacon Chiropractic in Beacon, NY. She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from The New York Chiropractic College, where she received the D.D. Palmer Memorial Award for Meritorious Achievement.  She continued her distinguished career as a Chiropractor as a Fellow, American College of Chiropractors, and Consultant to the National Board of Chiropractors.  Prior to that she flourished in her first love of teaching at Haaren High School and also at Harlem Preparatory School, a school which she co-founded. At Harlem Prep, the nation's first alternative school, she supervised 600 students, 25 teachers and 15 teacher aides.She received her Masters from City College. Family and friends are invited to attend a service on Friday beginning at 11AM at the Volk Leber Funeral Home, 789 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck. Interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

Guest Book

Friday, March 4
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Volk Leber Funeral Home
789 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ  07666

Interment immediately following the service at George Washington Memorial Cemetery, Paramus, NJ

Memorial service planned for Saturday, April 2 at the Baha'i Cabin in Teaneck.  (More details will follow for the memorial service.)

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NYSCA Member Dr James B. Juenger Passes

Dr James B. Juenger, D.C., 60, passed away on November 30, 2010 after a one-year battle with lung cancer.  Dr Juenger graduated from Cornell University and Logan College of Chiropractic. He practiced in Trumansburg, NY for the past 32 years where his office staff and loyal patients became his extended family.  Dr. Juenger was a NYSCA member for most of his professional career and held almost every district office at one time or another.  He was always happy to help out a new practioner in any way.  Dr. Juenger is survived by his 5 children, 9 grandchildren and two brothers.  He was a truly devoted father, friend colleague, and mentor.  He will be greatly missed by so many.

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Mariangela Penna, D.C. to be inducted as a Fellow by the International College of Chiropractors Bayside, NY

The ICC is a non-profit organization that encourages a high code of ethics among practitioners, researchers, educators and others in the chiropractic profession. The Fellow designation is bestowed upon those whose contributions have made or who will make significant impact upon the science of chiropractic and to those who render valuable and meritorious service to the profession.

The committee after careful consideration has invited Dr. Penna to become a Fellow. In his letter to Dr. Penna, James Mertz, D.C., Secretary-Treasurer of ICC, stated, “your record of outstanding service has richly earned this honor for you.” Dr. Penna is immediate past president of NYSCA and remains active on assorted committees and the organization’s goals of protecting NY patients and Doctors of Chiropractic rights to equal healthcare access and reimbursement.

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NYSCA's 2010 ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED The New York State Chiropractic Association is proud to announce the May 2010 election results.
The individuals below are elected to the Board of Directors :
Dr. Lloyd Angel
Dr. Patrice Carroll
Dr. Lloyd Kupferman
Dr. Malcolm Levitin
Dr. Susan Schliff
Dr. Doug Van Vorst
The new Directors will assume their elected office on June 1, 2010. NYSCA thanks all the candidates that participated in this year’s election and congratulation to the winners.

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The New York State Chiropractic Association is proud to announce the May 2008 election results. The individuals below are elected to the Board of Directors: Lloyd M. Angel, DC – NYSCA District 6 Steven Breines, DC* – NYSCA District 5 Robert Brown, DC – NYSCA District 16 David L. Heffer, DC* – NYSCA District 15 James Hildebrand, DC* – NYSCA District 15 Janusz R. Richards, DC – NYSCA District 8 (* serving for a 2nd term) The new Directors will assume their elected office on June 1, 2008. NYSCA thanks all the candidates that participated in this year’s election and congratulation to the winners.

NYSCA Responds to Anti-Chiropractic Remarks Made By WFAN Radio Host

On the May 2nd WFAN 66AM Sports Radio Show, Boomer & Carton, hosted by Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, the topic of discussion was the rib injury suffered by the Yankees pitcher, Phil Hughes. During the discussion, a caller, identifying himself as “Dr. Ron” and a chiropractor in Orange County, NY, attempted to give his explanation about the complexity of the injury and how it could affect his ability to play. However, before this doctor was able to offer an explanation regarding Hughes’ condition, Carton rudely interrupted the doctor and began a long-winded chiropractic bashing, replete with a quack attack that berated the profession and mocked chiropractic education. (To hear the replay go to and listen to the audio clips dated 5/2/08, entitled “ You SIR, are not a doctor ” and 5/9/08 entitled “ Harry Carson.”). After receiving numerous complaints from the NYSCA membership, a letter was crafted by NYSCA President, Dr. Mariangela Penna and Executive Director, Dr. Karl Kranz, chastising Carton for his insulting remarks. This letter was sent to WFAN’s program director and the NYSCA is eagerly awaiting his response. The swift action that the NYSCA took on this matter is just another example of how we are constantly protecting your right to practice chiropractic in this state. The ACA and the NY Chiropractic Council have also voiced their displeasure with Carton’s remarks and chiropractic organizations in adjacent states have been alerted of the talk show host’s potentially libelous remarks. We look forward to continuing to serve you and all of the chiropractors practicing in New York. To see a copy of this letter click on the link below:

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CONGRATULATIONS to Gerald Stevens D.C, M.S., M.P.H!

We would like to congratulate Gerald Stevens D.C, M.S., M.P.H., a member of NYSCA District 17, on his recent second research award at the ACC-RAC conference in Phoenix, March 2007. His research paper is entitled “Demographic and Referral Analysis of a Free Chiropractic Clinic Servicing Ethnic Minorities”. The paper analyzed the population characteristics of people attending a free ethnic minority clinic and how these individuals were referred into our facility. It is his hope that others can use this information to build similar clinics in the future. The paper is currently under review for publication in the Journal of Manipulative Physiology and Therapeutics (JMPT). Dr. Stevens is a clinician at the Depew Health Center, New York Chiropractic College and at SUNY Buffalo. He has two masters degrees in public health and pathology. Dr. Stevens is active in the chiropractic section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Additionally, he active in the community forming collaborations with the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and American Cancer Society. On top of all this he is an avid traveler, hiker and camper.

New York State Chiropractic Association 2007 Fall Convention

Save the date. NYSCA’s fall convention scheduled for Friday, September 28th. – Sunday, September 30th, 2007 at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park on beautiful Lake George, New York. Program to include Hospital Protocol Prerequisites with a minimum of 12 credit hours of continuing education. The Lodge room rate is $159.00 per Standard Suite per night (up to 4 people in the suite) which will include admission to the indoor water park. Our attendees will also receive the discounted admission rate of $15.00 per person to the Great Escape Amusement Park located directly across the street from the Lodge. This weekend is October-fest at the Park and there will be exciting special events for everyone. We will be holding a picnic on Saturday at the Park for the group with great food and fun for all. Don’t miss your chance to come to Lake George in the early fall, see the foliage, visit the exhibitor booths, receive your continuing education credits and the kids (both big and small) will just love it! Please visit their website to view the resort and watch your mail for the convention schedule and registration form. Make your Lodge reservations early as this event will sell out quickly! Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park 89 Six Flags Drive, Queensbury, New York 12804 Lodge Reservations: 518-824-6060 (Mention NYS Chiropractic for the Group Rate)