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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.

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Friday, March 4
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Volk Leber Funeral Home
789 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ  07666
201-836-0202

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

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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NYSCA's 2008 ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED

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)

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FIND A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC IN NEW YORK (NY)

If you are seeking chiropractic care in New York (NY), you can locate a New York chiropractor by visiting the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) web site at www.NYSCA.com were over 6000 New York (NY)chiropractors are listed by city, zip code or last name. To find an online Chiropractor follow these instructions. Go to NYSCA’s web site at www.NYSCA.com. Once on the Home Page select “Find a Doctor” button and then enter the City, zip code or last name. It is that simple. This search will allow the public to find a NY Chiropractor or a Chiropractic Office in a city near them. NYSCA is dedicated to maintaining the most up-to-date and accurate Chiropractor Directory of NY chiropractors and information on Chiropractic for the public.

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New York Assemblyman George S. Latimer offers suggestions on how to best accomplish our legislative objectives

Assemblyman Latimer, of the 91st District, a strong and outspoken proponent of Chiropractic attends NYSCA District 8 (Westchester) April 12 Meeting. The Assemblyman 91st District encompasses City of Rye, Town of Rye (Village of Port Chester, Rye Brook, and Mamaroneck), Town of Mamaroneck, Larchmont and part of New Rochelle. Assemblyman started his appearance before the NYSCA District 8 meeting with a comparison. "Political life is like being Elizabeth Taylor's seventh husband - you know what's expected of you but can you equal the performance?" District 8 President Dr. Janusz Richards stated that Assemblyman Latimer equaled the performance Wednesday night, with his most informative talk, giving all present very specific direction on how to best accomplish our legislative aims. "Get your story to the legislators - let them know what you do." Mr. Latimer distributed handouts of our insurance equality correction bill (A04527) and our workers compensation bill (A08340) both of which he is a co-sponsor. He has worked closely with us in the past. However, he admitted that Wednesday's meeting was a learning experience for him, i.e. NYS Business Council's history of opposition to chiropractic legislation and the reasons why. Although a freshman Assemblyman, who is running for re-election this November, he comes from a most accomplished background. Originally schooled and worked in the hotel industry he is married with one daughter. He is a former City of Rye Councilman, Past Chairman of the Westchester County Democratic Party, and Past Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. It was a most profitable evening for all those that attended. All came away with strong feelings of support for this true friend of the profession. Ms. Taylor would be proud of him!

NYSCA Dignitaries Represent the Profession at New York State Democratic Committee’s Dinner

On April 30, 2006, a group of DC’s represented NYSCA at the the New York State Democratic Committee’s Dinner held at the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel. In attendance were Dr. H. William Wolfson, President NYSCA Suffolk Chapter and ACA NYS Metro Delegate. Dr. Louis Lupinacci, NYSCA Board member and ACA NYS Alternate Metro Delegate. Dr. Don Littlejohn, NYSCA Board member and co-chair NYSCA Legislative Task Force. Dr. Michael Bernstein, President NYSCA Nassau Chapter, NYSCA Board member and co-chair NYSCA Legislative Task Force. Dr. Peter Samsone, President NYSCA Manhattan Chapter, and Dr. Michael Minardo a NYSCA member. These doctors attended, on behalf of NYSCA, and made their presence known to the elected officials. The doctors were able to meet and speak with the many Democratic leaders in attendance. Senator Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, former NYS Governor Mario Cuomo, former HUD Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Alan Hevisi, are just a few democratic leaders these doctors were able to thank for their support of our profession. These leaders were all aware of NYSCA’s presence and told our members of their appreciation for attending this exciting event.

New York Assemblyman George S. Latimer offers suggestions on how to best accomplish our legislative objectives

Assemblyman Latimer, of the 91st District, a strong and outspoken proponent of Chiropractic attends NYSCA District 8 (Westchester) April 12 Meeting. The Assemblyman 91st District encompasses City of Rye, Town of Rye (Village of Port Chester, Rye Brook, and Mamaroneck), Town of Mamaroneck, Larchmont and part of New Rochelle. Assemblyman started his appearance before the NYSCA District 8 meeting with a comparison. "Political life is like being Elizabeth Taylor's seventh husband - you know what's expected of you but can you equal the performance?" District 8 President Dr. Janusz Richards stated that Assemblyman Latimer equaled the performance Wednesday night, with his most informative talk, giving all present very specific direction on how to best accomplish our legislative aims. "Get your story to the legislators - let them know what you do." Mr. Latimer distributed handouts of our insurance equality correction bill (A04527) and our workers compensation bill (A08340) both of which he is a co-sponsor. He has worked closely with us in the past. However, he admitted that Wednesday's meeting was a learning experience for him, i.e. NYS Business Council's history of opposition to chiropractic legislation and the reasons why. Although a freshman Assemblyman, who is running for re-election this November, he comes from a most accomplished background. Originally schooled and worked in the hotel industry he is married with one daughter. He is a former City of Rye Councilman, Past Chairman of the Westchester County Democratic Party, and Past Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. It was a most profitable evening for all those that attended. All came away with strong feelings of support for this true friend of the profession. Ms. Taylor would be proud of him!

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NYSCA Addresses State Board on Chiropractic Issues

On Friday, October 21, NYSCA Board member, Lynn Pownall, DC, DACBN presented a letter to the New York State Board for Chiropractic addressed to the State Board chair, Ali M. Jafari, DC on behalf of NYSCA President, Mariangela Penna, DC. The letter addressed a number of professional issues that have an impact on the State Education Department’s mission “[t]o protect the public by fostering high standards of professional . . . practice.” The Association stated that it “believes that public protection and patient safety are not being served by the current state of professional practice by any state agency, including the State Education Department, and such altruistic sentiments as contained in the SED mission statement and goals are not being met.” “Patient protection and the standards of practice for chiropractic and the other licensed professions generally, are within the purview of the State Education Department,” Dr. Penna noted, “but the professions are not only affected by the laws and regulations of the SED, but by all of laws and all of regulations of all of the state agencies combined. In view of the current state of professional practice, the NYSCA submits that SED’s attitude in view of its stated mission to ‘protect the public’ by ‘fostering high standards of professional . .. practice’ without looking at the totality of the laws and regulation that affect patient safety and professional practice is agency-centric -- more inclined to protect the status quo rather than being patient-centered/ public safety conscious or concerned about establishing ‘high standards of professional . . . practice.’ As laudable as they are, patient protection/public safety and standards of professional practice are missions and goals that cannot be met or compartmentalized solely the province of the SED without an examination of all areas of law and regulation of the state in their totality. The NYSCA submits that the SED, as well as the other state agencies, have surrendered important regulatory and standards setting responsibilities collectively to the whims of the market place.” The NYSCA letter noted that the utilization review practices of health plans, insurers, HMOs and MCOs, Individual Practice Associations (IPAs) and independent Utilization Review agents based on proprietary guidelines not open to public scrutiny amounted to a “defacto regulation of the profession” by self-interested, private enterprises – entities raking in record profits and whose only interest is their own financial bottom for the benefit of their shareholders and does not represent “quality” health care or “high standards of professional practice.” “Who is minding the fox?,” Penna asked. The NYSCA also charged that the termination practices by plans amounted to a constructive, albeit financial, delicensing of chiropractic professionals. “Health care is everyone’s responsibility – patient, provider, employer, insurer, government and governmental agency,” Penna noted. “Health care needs to be patient-centered, evidence-based, efficacious, efficient, cost-effective, patient-responsible and transparent for everyone’s benefit. Presently, this is not the case. But the State Boards can help, including the State Board for Chiropractic," Penna said. “The development of practice guidelines and standards and written review criteria are within the ambit of the regulatory functions of a disinterested State Education Department charged with establishing and maintaining “high standards of professional . . . practice” for the public’s protection, and that the promulgation of these guidelines and standards, Penna stated, should be developed and disseminated in concert with all interested parties.” Dr. Penna’s statement was joined by a statement expressing similar sentiments by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) given by ACA downstate delegates, H. William Wolfson, DC who is also the NYSCA District 7 President (Suffolk County).

Dr. Wolfson, ACA NYS Metro Delegate addresses the NYS Chiropractic Board

Tarrytown, NY - “The NYS Board of Chiropractic and the Education Department are committed to the protection of the public and to the highest standards of professional services.” Cynthia Laks, Executive Secretary State Board of Chiropractic April 2004. On October 21, 2005, Dr H. William Wolfson, ACA NYS Metro Delegate addressed the Board regarding the abuses managed care companies have been perpetrating on the public and chiropractors in New York State. The American Chiropractic Association, the countries largest chiropractic organization has been taking managed care companies to task. The ACA has received numerous complaints from D.C.’s here and around the country about the abuses of managed care companies. The following is the text Dr. Wolfson read to the NYS Board. PRESENTATION TO THE NYSBC Mr. Chairman, Ms. Executive Secretary and Ladies and Gentleman of the Board, my name is Dr. H. William Wolfson. I have been a practicing doctor of chiropractic for the past 23 years and currently serve as the New York Metropolitan Delegate for the American Chiropractic Association. I am also President of the New York State Chiropractic Association, Suffolk County Chapter. I thank you for your time today and the opportunity to present what I believe are serious issues facing patients of chiropractors in New York State. Doctors of chiropractic in this state and doctors of chiropractic everywhere have an ethical obligation to practice in the best interest of their patients. I also realize this Board takes its responsibility to protect patients in this state very seriously. Permit me then to draw your attention to the activities of the ACN Group and other managed care companies. I request that this Board act and question the practices of this and other companies, as they directly affect patient care in this state. Over the course of the past several months, I have received repeated complaints and concerns from ACA and NYSCA members to the effect that ACN policies and procedures severely impact the doctors ability to provide quality patient care. I present to you the following: a letter of September 6, 2005 from the American Chiropractic Association to the New York State Department of Health outlining in specific terms the concerns and problems reported to the ACA in connection with ACN’s policies and practices. I would direct your specific attention to a copy of an August 3, 2005 letter sent to ACA’s General Counsel from the New York Chiropractic College. The College reviewed the criteria utilized by ACN in its administration of chiropractic services in New York. The startling conclusion of the College stated in part that “If NYCC were to use the ACN material above as a cornerstone for our educational process, we would need to significantly alter our curriculum, protocols, and practices and would expect to see a significant decline in positive patient outcomes”. Also included in ACA’s correspondence is a very detailed statistical analysis prepared by Dr. Jeffrey Simonoff-a professor of statistics at New York University. Dr. Simonoff, in commenting on his analysis, stated: “the [ACN] summary statistics certainly suggest that such [cost and visit-limiting controls] could be affecting practice by [in effect] truncating the number of visits from above.” In our opinion, Dr. Simonoff’s analysis supports the view that chiropractic services are artificially being reduced by ACN’s statistical maneuvering. Consequently, chiropractic benefits that have otherwise been promoted and paid for by employers-are being denied to the detriment of patient health and well being. I have personally spoken with case managers from ACN regarding patient treatment parameters and was told the average was less than seven visits per patient per year. It appears ACN has shifted the bell curve over time, consistently terminating those providers who don’t fall within their arbitrary statistics. As noted, my members have complained to the ACA, NYSCA and to my office stating that ACN has prevented patients from receiving needed chiropractic care by placing arbitrary numbers on allowed visits. My members have told me that they have written the same exact information on the required ACN forms for different patients and have received totally different authorizations for allowable visits. In my opinion and in the opinion of the ACA, utilization and treatment parameters as well as other criteria utilized by ACN are arbitrary, not based on the chiropractic principles taught by New York Chiropractic College and are not consistent with commonly accepted standards of care practiced in this State. Therefore, in our view, such parameters and criteria pose an improper interference with the doctor patient relationship and restrict necessary patient care. I would also like to submit for your consideration a letter of September 29, 2005 from the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards to all Federation member boards. I would imagine that this Board may have already received this communication. But with your indulgence, I would like to make reference to several statements contained in the letter. In its letter, Dr. N. Edwin Weathersby writes on behalf of a unanimous Board of Directors, that managed care organization utilization criteria or payment policies “which interfere (or attempt to interfere) in a doctor’s ethical obligation to use sound chiropractic case management in the treatment of his or her patient, or otherwise seek to limit or to restrict the provision of needed chiropractic services, may constitute an inappropriate interference in the doctor patient relationship and pose a threat to safe, quality patient care.” The FCLB letter goes on to cite the previously mentioned conclusion of New York Chiropractic College and states: “If MCO guidelines require and/or restrict doctors to incorporate standards of care which are below those which are accepted in the profession and taught in our chiropractic colleges, then corrective actions should be undertaken”. Ladies and Gentleman of the Board and fellow colleagues, I would respectfully implore you to take that recommendation under consideration and continue to insure that the publics right to chiropractic care remains unimpeded. I urge the Board to assist the appropriate state regulatory authorities in protecting the publics right to access chiropractic care. I thank you for your time and thank you for continuing to protect the rights and best interests of chiropractic patients in the great State of New York.

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NYSCA’s 2005 Election Results Announced

The New York State Chiropractic Association is proud to announce the May 2005 election results. The individuals below are elected to the following office: PRESIDENT Dr. Mariangela Penna VICE PRESIDENT Dr. Bruce A. Silber SECRETARY Dr. Robert Brown TREASURER Dr. Richard J. Tesoriero DIRECTOR Dr. Robert J. DeSantis, Jr.* Dr. Malcolm Levitin Dr. Louis Lupinacci* Dr. David B. Kartzman Dr. Lloyd Kupferman (* serving for a 2nd term) The new officers and Directors will assume their elected office on June 1, 2005. NYSCA thanks all the candidates that participated in this year’s election and congratulates our new Officers and Directors. In this election, nearly 450 ballots were cast representing one of our highest voter “Turn-Out” ever.

March on Albany

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did". -Newt Gingrich On May 3rd a historic course of events took place when over 100 doctors of chiropractic "Marched on Albany" to make our voices heard and that of our patients'. We met one on one with individual legislators and explained why they needed to support NYSCA/NYCC Joint Legislative Task Force's Technical Corrections Bill and other relief legislation. The DC's who attended were well briefed and prepared to answer the questions asked by these legislators. Afterwards, we all met for an informal gathering to wind down and socialize with each other. The day was a huge success and time will tell if out efforts were worthwhile. We will discuss the day's event at our meeting. In addition, the delegates report will be given on what transpired at the House meeting May 14-15, 2005. No matter what the outcome, all of us need to decide what our purpose is--in practice, in life, family… More than ever before we need to come together as chiropractors and fight this battle and win…once and for all. It will take hard work, commitment-both financial and time, but the ultimate victory will benefit all of us and our patients. We are unique, we are different and we are here to stay!

New York Chiropractors meet with Attorney General

On April 28, 2005 the New York Chiropractic Legislative Task Force met with Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the chief of the AG's Health Bureau, Mr. Joseph Baker regarding our issues with insurance inequality. Officers of both, the New York State Chiropractic Association and the New York Chiropractic Council as well as NYSCA attorney Ross Lanzafame, Esq. and NYSCA legislative counsel Don Mazzullo, Esq. and the NYCC legislative counsel, Andy Roffé, Esq. represented the Task Force. The meeting gave the Task Force the opportunity to discuss the non-compliance with the insurance equality law and the abuses put forth by the carriers and their IPA/Utilization Review agents. Mr. Spitzer and Mr. Baker understood our issues and recognize the areas where they might be of assistance in intervening with the Insurance Department. The Task Force will be in continuing communication with the Attorney General’s office with regard to these issues and there will be future meetings with the Health Care Bureau and the Attorney General’s aides to resolve these issues.

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Chiropractic March on Albany -- May 3, 2005

 

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Achieving Excellence in Chiropractic Practice In the 21st Century Certificate Program

The New York State Chiropractic Association proudly presents the 2nd program for Achieving Excellence in Chiropractic Practice In the 21st Century Certificate Program Saturday, April 9, 1 PM to 7:00 PM at the New York Chiropractic College Postgraduate Center Levittown, NY. Call the NYCC Postgraduate Center at 800-434-3955 Today and Reserve Your Please. This is the second in a series of symposiums designed to enhance your professional skills so you can master both the challenges of today’s managed care arena and tomorrows changing healthcare delivery system. The total series is 36 C.E. credit hours. There are 6 symposiums with a certificate included upon completion. Each symposium is 6 C.E. credits. The second Program will be broken down into a Six Hour session and will feature: • Comparison Shopping: Cost of Chiropractic Care vs. Medical Treatment, Dr. Anthony Rosner, Director of Research at the FCER, PhD. Harvard • Distinguishing Fact from Fiction in Clinical Studies, Dr. Anthony Rosner • Medicare P.A.R.T. Documentation: the National Standard, Dr. Peter Pramberger, NY Chiropractic Advisory Committee (CAC) representative (1 CA will be able to attend for an additional $25 for this discussion) The Fee for this sensational program is $120.00 per session for NYSCA members. For non-NYSCA members- $150.00 per session SEATING IS LIMITED, SO RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY! For Reservations, Please call the NYCC Postgraduate Center at 800-434-3955 Committee Members: Chairman: Louis Lupinacci, D.C., Mariangela Penna, D.C., Thomas Ventimiglia, D.C., James Kaufman, D.C., John Pellegrino, D.C., Angelo Ippolito, D.C., Janusz Richards, D.C., Michael Siciliano, D.C., Malcomb Levitin, D.C., Michael Bernstein, D.C., Lloyd Angel, D.C., Richard Scherer, D.C., Richard Meoli, D.C.., Peter Pramberger, D.C., Lloyd Kupferman, D.C., Bruce Silber, D.C. What is the Center for Excellence? The Center of Excellence for Chiropractic Practice in the Downstate region is a program sponsored by the New York State Chiropractic Association. The purpose of the program is to advance the clinical knowledge and skills of the doctor of chiropractic on a quest toward best practice procedures. The program emphasizes patient centered care that is effective and efficient. The program is designed for progressive doctors who wish to develop their skills and promote themselves in an integrated healthcare model. The Center for Excellence is the result of the New York State Chiropractic Association long range planning toward integrating the practice of chiropractic into the mainstream of healthcare The New York State Chiropractic Association has presented a series of conferences on the integration of chiropractic practice into mainstream health care over the last several years. We have discussed the challenges that face our profession today and in the future, and some possible solutions to these challenges. In light of the changes coming up on the horizon of health care, it is apparent that the need for change and new initiatives are more important than ever. Here is a brief list of some of the challenges we face: 1. The healthcare industry is demanding that the healthcare that is delivered be evidenced based 2. The trend toward consumer driven health care will shift more responsibility to the patient 3. There is a need for chiropractors to be part an integral part of the patient’s healthcare team 4. There is a need to define and establish a model for “best practice” chiropractic care Goals of the Center for Excellence 1. Integrate chiropractic into the mainstream of health care 2. Develop the skills of the field practitioner to work in interdisciplinary teams as the practitioner of choice in providing patient centered health care that is effective for neuromusculoskeletal care of spinal conditions (injuries, disorders, diseases, illnesses, ailments or complaints) 3. Train doctors to utilize evidence based practice parameters and best practices procedures by employing quality improvement outcome measures and informatics 4. Help develop models for the role of chiropractic care in mainstream healthcare such as the “Bridges for Excellence” program or the “Leap Frog Program” 5. Increase public awareness and the healthcare industry awareness of the role of chiropractic in today’s health care system and for the future 6. Help develop Wellness care protocols for the Doctor of Chiropractic Proposed Center for Excellence Action: The committee has come up with 5 specific projects that we feel the downstate area can develop. Project Planning Strategies: I. Initiate educational Center for Excellence Conferences throughout New York State Set up a series of conferences to keep doctors informed of current healthcare trends II. Develop a chiropractic model for integration with mainstream healthcare including: Develop protocols for working as a part of an integrated healthcare team Develop protocols for standards of patient centered care III. Develop a Low Back Pain Model for programs such as the Bridges to Excellence Help to establish professional interdisciplinary teams with the doctor of chiropractic as the doctor of choice for conservative care of the low back Help to promote NCQA accrediting protocols and AHRQ protocols for chiropractic IV. Initiate a Research in Practice Clearing Center for the practitioner Collect actuarial studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic care Collect existing research information for the public information committee Collect data and consensus documents for reasonable and customary chiropractic care Collect data and consensus documents on standards of chiropractic care and treatment V. Public Information Program: Promote the web based public service program to disseminate to the media Develop protocols to establish chiropractors as spinal experts Develop protocols to establish chiropractors as health/wellness experts Develop a Speakers Bureau to work with media public services Develop NYSCA public policy resolutions The Center for Excellence Program will help you determine what an integrated practice may look like, and how to improve your practice procedures to become patient centered, more efficient and evidence influence. Chiropractic has a significant role in the health care arena, and our potential for growth is tremendous. The Center of Excellence will challenge our profession to establish cultural authority within the healthcare system. Chiropractic care should be a part of a mainstream healthcare interdisciplinary health team, with the doctor of chiropractic being the doctor of choice in providing conservative patient centered care that is most effective for neuromusculoskeletal spinal conditions.