March 4, 2010 — While President Obama’s summit on healthcare reform took place just blocks away, chiropractic leaders from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. and later met with congressional leaders to stress the importance of chiropractic’s role in national healthcare and Medicare reform.
The group convened as part of the 2010 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) with the Chiropractic Summit.
Nearly 600 doctors of chiropractic, students, and supporters converged on the nation’s capital Feb. 24-27 to hear speeches from government leaders, receive advocacy training and urge elected officials to support pro-chiropractic measures that seek to provide patients, veterans, and active-duty military personnel with direct access to the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic.
“I am so proud of the way the chiropractic community came together to carry our message, with one voice, to Capitol Hill for the benefit of our patients,” said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. “We have some of the answers for America’s healthcare challenges, and we bring a message of health and hope. The challenges are great during this period of health care reform but so are the opportunities.”
Keynote speaker and former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt emphasized chiropractic’s role in making the country’s healthcare system more efficient and cost-effective. He urged attendees to talk with their legislators about chiropractic’s patient-centered practices and the preventative benefits of chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Summit VIII took place in conjunction with NCLC on Feb. 24. Nearly 45 partners came to unanimous agreement on issues of finance, communications, government relations activity, and improvement of clinical documentation.
First convened in September 2007, the Chiropractic Summit represents leadership from more than 40 organizations within the profession. With the common goal of advancing chiropractic, the Summit meets regularly to collaborate, seek solutions, and support collective action to address challenges facing the profession.
Each year NCLC is held in conjunction with an official business meeting of the ACA House of Delegates (HOD). ACA President Dr. Rick McMichael presided over both meetings.
During the HOD meeting, ACA reaffirmed its position on informed consent. It is ACA’s position that there is no substitute for a confidential, in-person discussion between a doctor and a patient. Each patient has his or her own individual questions and circumstances that deserve individual attention.
Furthermore, the HOD approved guidelines on pre-payment arrangements that aim to educate doctors of chiropractic and to help them make informed decisions before entering into such contracts.
A selection of photographs from the four-day meeting can be found on the ACA Web site at https://www.acatoday.org/Gallery/.
Source: American Chiropractic Association, www.acatoday.org