March 11, 2008 — The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) announced it will launch an advocacy effort later this year by creating a national database of chiropractic patients. Designed to strengthen the profession’s political voice, the planned database was unveiled during the association’s National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) Feb. 27–28 in Washington, D.C.
More than 500 practicing doctors of chiropractic and students attended NCLC, where they heard speeches from government leaders, received advocacy education and training, urged elected officials to support pro-chiropractic measures, and networked with colleagues from around the country.
“In the upcoming election cycle, chiropractic must grab the attention of members of Congress and the White House,” said ACA President Glenn Manceaux, DC. “We must galvanize our patients to action and fully engage them in the lobbying effort if we are to effect change.”
Throughout NCLC, ACA’s lobbyists emphasized the need for the profession to make its mark on policymakers in the next few months and years. They referred to the convergence of certain factors — including the election of a new president, urgent calls for Medicare reform, and increasing momentum for a national healthcare system — as a “perfect storm” with a potentially significant and lasting impact on chiropractic’s future.
House of Delegates Meeting
Each year, NCLC is held in conjunction with an official business meeting of the ACA House of Delegates (HOD). The HOD portion of the event included the passage of several important resolutions:
• The association clarified that the strapping codes CPT 29200-29280 and 29520-29590 should be reported when performing Kinesio Taping; whereas, reporting neuromuscular reeducation CPT 97112 or other codes would not be appropriate.
• The ACA House of Delegates reaffirmed its support for the American Public Health Association (APHA) and encouraged all doctors of chiropractic to maintain membership in and become active with the APHA.
• The ACA revisited its policy on chiropractic pediatrics. The current policy statement now reads: “The ACA recognizes that the Doctor of Chiropractic is an important member of the integrative pediatric health care team and encourages Doctors of Chiropractic to work with pediatric practitioners from other fields of healthcare when appropriate to maximize each child’s health and well-being.”
Source: American Chiropractic Association, www.acatoday.org