This year’s annual convention was one of the most highly attended continuing education functions ever hosted by Texas Chiropractic College (TCC). Over five hundred doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants, and TCC students took advantage of the opportunity to earn continuing education credits at the event held July 16 through 18 at Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.
The opening session was led by Jack Dolbin, DC, a former wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, who has 30 years of experience in chiropractic. His session outlined state-of-the-art management of shoulder conditions in athletes. The presentation took each participant through diagnostic steps and treatment procedures including Cyriax, muscle, energy, motor point therapy, mobilization and decompression, kinesiotaping, and rehabilitation.
During Thursday’s afternoon session, Ty Talcott, DC, addressed regulatory threats and outlined an ‘A-Z’ federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act program. Talcott is a certified HIPAA privacy and security expert and president of HIPAA Compliance Services. He also delivered a separate presentation that will help chiropractic assistants navigate the office management side of HIPAA compliance.
Also on Thursday, Kathy Jones, creator and publisher of The C.A. Connection, presented information regarding ICD-10 coding. ICD-10 is the classification system that chiropractic professionals are required to implement under HIPAA by Oct. 1, 2015. Jones’ 30 years of experience in the chiropractic profession, 15 of which have been spent as a chiropractic assistant, make her a leader in documentation compliance training.
Friday morning began with the keynote session “Seven Wonders of the Upper Cervical Spine,” a seminar conducted by Terry and Alicia Yochum, DCs. Terry Yochum has presented more than 1,200 lectures worldwide, has published 250 scientific articles, and his text Essentials of Skeletal Radiology is used in 100 medical schools and all chiropractic colleges worldwide.
His daughter, Alicia Yochum, is already an accomplished speaker and author and is completing her residency in radiology at Logan College of Chiropractic. Their presentation related to the seven abnormalities of the upper cervical spine: congenital anomalies, neoplastic disorders, infectious disorders, nutritional, metabolic and endocrine disorders, and vascular disorders to include abnormalities of the vertebral artery.
The afternoon session on Friday focused on the mandatory compliance requirements of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Michelle Quattlebaum, JD, presented updated information on the current Board rules, proper documentation, ethics, and risk management.
Throughout the day on Friday, Larry Wyatt, DC, professor of evidence-based principles and practice at TCC, conducted a seminar on the certification requirements of the American Chiropractory Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ACRRT). His course allowed ACRRT members to better understand the technological application of diagnostic radiology so that their knowledge and skills can be used to promote the application of such technologies within the chiropractic profession.
Saturday’s morning seminar was led by Kim Christensen, DC, and sponsored by Foot Levelers. An instructor with 38 years of experience who currently directs wellness services in Washington and Oregon, Christensen described how functional wellness provides healthcare professionals with results-oriented, science-backed education combined with treatment strategies for patients suffering from chronic disease.
The final session of the weekend was led by Robert Jackson, Jr., DC. Jackson is the co-founder and president of Back Talk Systems. His seminar covered pre-exam consultation and the report of findings delivered to patients. Jackson’s seminar helped doctors communicate answers to common patient questions such as: “can chiropractic help,” “how long will it take,” and “what happens if treatment is delayed?”
The lineup of speakers featured some of the nation’s top chiropractic experts. Each seminar focused on a variety of topics relevant for today’s chiropractic professional and met the continuing education requirement set forth by each attendee’s state board of chiropractic examiners.
Source: Texas Chiropractic College