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2015 Printable Event Schedule click here. (Adobe Acrobat required).
Sessions that have been submitted as D.C. credit hours are shaded gold on the schedule.

August 13-15, 2015

 

Thursday, Aug. 13

8-10 a.m.  

Iowa Laws
Mary Frost, D.C.
Join Dr. Mary Frost as she reviews the laws for Iowa chiropractors. Attendance will satisfy the license renewal continuing education requirement by focusing on the content outlined in the Iowa code.  

McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®
Jonathan Soltys, D.C., Cert.MDT
A growing number of chiropractors are formally studying and applying McKenzie Method in practice.  McKenzie Method is an assessment tool that incorporates repetitive test movements in various planes to help determine a directional preference to treat a patient's condition. It also determines the appropriate progression of forces to which the patient will likely respond. There are three primary sub-groups associated within this method: derangement - pain produced with a non-centrated joint complex or disc; dysfunction - adaptively shortened tissue that causes pain; and postural - pain with static loading. The vast majority of low back and neck pain cases that chiropractors see fall under the derangement category. The specific treatments for each sub-group will be described.   

How does my diet influence my cancer risk?
Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.
This seminar will familiarize practitioners with the hallmarks of cancer and the dietary compounds that may positively and negatively influence these cellular changes. Particular attention will be paid to prevention of breast and prostate cancers. Nutritional needs of the patient change once cancer develops. Practitioners will be introduced to the latest research in the use of diet during and after cancer treatment.  

Medicare Documentation and Billing Requirements
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by Foot Levelers Inc.
Medicare has recently updated requirements to prepare for ICD-10, PQRS, quality resource reports and the value-based modifier.  Dr. Fucinari, a member of the Medicare carrier advisory committee, will detail the very specific requirements for chiropractic services.  Learn what the government and insurance companies are looking for, how the government conducts "data mining," and what are the red flags that trigger a reduction in reimbursement and an ultimate recoupment.  This class will focus on the changes in policies and procedures in Medicare and the methods to efficiently meet those requirements.  This class is ideal for doctors, staff and billers.   

Pediatric and Teen Radiographic Imaging*
Linda Carlson, R.T.
*C.T.s and R.T.s only
Infants, toddlers, pre-adolescents and teens are not just smaller versions of adults!  It is important for radiographers to understand the physical, emotional and psychological differences in order to achieve the most optimal radiographs on these patients. This presentation will explore the behaviors and responses of each group and how to use correct communication, immobilization and technical factors to provide the doctor with optimal images, keeping in mind patient safety at all times.

10:30-11:30 a.m.  

Challenging a Profession: Changing Public Perceptions about Chiropractic
Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Join Chancellor Dennis Marchiori as he presents the results from our recent Gallup poll regarding the public's perception of the chiropractic profession. This poll is a continuation of the work Palmer College has conducted related to our identity. Information about the public's concepts regarding the profession will be described, and the implications of this information will be discussed.  

1:30-3:30 p.m.  

Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab, Provocation and Motion (FAKTR)
Tom Hyde, D.C., DACBSP®
This presentation will provide an overview and basic knowledge of FAKTR concepts, which involve the treatment of soft tissue pain during dynamic movements rather than in static positions. An explanation will be provided for how these concepts were developed into a systematic format for the treatment of soft tissue injuries utilizing manual or instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) techniques currently being taught and utilized in clinical practice.  

Pelvic Drop Table Technique
Howard Pettersson, D.C.
Pelvic Drop Table Technique is a synthesis of concepts and ideas from the Thompson, Gonstead, and Activator chiropractic techniques.  Chiropractic procedures from each of these techniques are blended together to create a fluid, easy to learn method for analyzing and adjusting the pelvis.  Attendees will come away with a deeper appreciation for integration of chiropractic techniques.  

Challenge Your Financial Perceptions - Are They Realistic?
Cody Allen, David Beck, Franklin S. Mitvalsky, Steven L. Powell, Marlin “Hap” Volz
Sponsored by the Palmer Development Office
Find out what financial professionals are suggesting to keep your financial and business plans on track now and for the future. Interactive discussions will focus on issues for new practitioners, those in mid-career, at retirement age and beyond. Questions encouraged. Spouses and guests are welcome since they may also benefit from this session. Panel speakers include an attorney, -chartered life underwriter, trust officer, financial planner and a certified public accountant.  

ICD-10 Implementation, Rules and Regulations
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
Congress has confirmed that ICD-10 will not be delayed.  ICD-10 will go into effect on October 1, 2015.  Learn how to transition and implement ICD-10 codes in your office.  The new coding system will mean new coverage policies, new health care review edits and new reimbursement schedules.  In part one of the ICD-10 training carrier requirements, ICD-10 guidelines and definitions will be discussed.  Dr. Mario Fucinari, a certified insurance consultant, certified health care compliances specialist and a Medicare carrier advisory committee member, will explain the changes in documentation and coding requirements pertaining to ICD-10.  Specific policies and procedures will be presented on how to properly use ICD-10 in your office.  This class is ideal for doctors, staff and billers.   

Leadership and Morality
Dean DePice, D.C.

The 50 Shades of Radiologic Gray*
Jody Bell, R.T.
*C.T.s and R.T.s only
This presentation will address patient assessment and x-ray exposure technique selection.  Adjusting standardized technique factors based upon patient body habitus and pathology will be discussed.  Radiographs with technical factor errors and of additive and destructive pathologies will be reviewed.

4:30-6:30 p.m.  

Current Evidence in Concussion Evaluation and Management
Michael Tunning, D.C., ATC and Ron Boesch, D.C.
This session will focus on the current evidence surrounding the evaluation and management of concussion.  Procedures that can be easily implemented into a chiropractic office will be discussed and practiced.  

Incorporating Functional Rehabilitation into Chiropractic Practice
Tom Young, D.C.
Dr. Young will describe basic tools that can be used to easily incorporate rehabilitative exercises into chiropractic treatment plans to optimize outcomes, justify care, and track progress. Emphasis will be placed on understanding fundamental elements of rehabilitative modalities and using assessment of functional movement to guide selection of the appropriate rehabilitative tools.  

ICD-10 Coding of Diseases and Conditions
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
In this session of the ICD-10 training, learn the chapter specific codes.  The rules of coding have changed.  Expect increased denials, rejections, and decreased cash flow if you do not use the codes properly.  We will discuss specific coding techniques pertaining to the chapters that relate to chiropractic.  Doctors and staff will learn the specific codes for personal injury, Medicare, worker's compensation and conventional insurance.  Dr. Mario Fucinari, a certified insurance consultant, certified health care compliance specialist and a Medicare carrier advisory committee member, will explain how to specifically navigate the murky waters of the new coding system. This class is ideal for doctors, staff and billers.   

Chiropractic Imaging Practicum: The Annual Roentgen Roulette*
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
After the participants view a series of diagnostic imaging "unknowns" their answers are submitted to the instructor before the beginning of the lecture.  The presentation will be a comprehensive review of the unknown cases designed to give the chiropractor practical information usable in clinical practice. Plain film and specialized imaging studies critical to the practicing chiropractor will be presented.  The diagnostic imaging studies will be correlated with the patients' clinical presentation.  
*D.C.s only

A Virtual Tour of a Typical Chiropractic Office*
Katherine Michaels, C.T., ACCRT

C.T.s and R.T.s only
This presentation will take the listener on a virtual tour through a typical chiropractic office.  It will discuss the front office, its appearance, the staff and legal requirements.  As well as the operations, appearance and maintenance of the xray equipment.

Friday, Aug. 14 

8:30-9:30 a.m.  

A Discussion of Public Perceptions about Chiropractic
Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
In this session, Chancellor Dennis Marchiori will lead a discussion in which the implications, opportunities and challenges noted in the recent national Gallup poll on chiropractic are presented. Join him and share your thoughts with everyone about this important and exciting survey.  

9:45-10:45 a.m.  

Does the Chiropractic Profession Need an Adjustment?  Who, Where and How?
David Chapman-Smith, LLB (Hons)
In 1980, David Chapman-Smith, an attorney, spoke to a Palmer College assembly about the New Zealand Commission Report that was strongly supportive of the chiropractic profession.  Since then he has represented the profession internationally as secretary-general of the World Federation of Chiropractic.  No one has a better understanding of what is happening around the world, and what is or is not working for doctors of chiropractic.  This lecture presents his advice to the profession--on current challenges and how to meet them, and the major new opportunities and how best to profit from them.  

11 a.m.-Noon  

Celebrating 20 Years of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research
Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D. and William Meeker, D.C., MPH
As a recipient of millions of dollars in federal funding that is publishing research helping to advance the chiropractic profession in significant ways, The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is now widely recognized as the largest and most productive research enterprise in the chiropractic profession. This session will look at the evolution of the Center from its inception to the current time. Drs. Goertz and Meeker will take you on a tour in which they discuss the founding of the PCCR, its early days, its current status, and future plans.  

1:30-3:30 p.m.  

Emergency and Urgent Conditions Encountered in the Chiropractic Office: Recognition, Care, Management and Referral Considerations
David Quist, EMT-B, D.C., DIBCN
This class will provide a review of some of the potentially life threatening conditions that could be encountered in a chiropractic office. Consideration will be given to recognition, care, management and referral of these conditions.  

Be the Trusted Leader of Your Community
Mary Frost, D.C.
Join Dr. Frost for this interactive session and hone your leadership skills.  Topics discussed include communication, perception and persuasion, working in teams and managing change. Prepare to engage! 

The Leg to Worry About: A Systematic Approach to the Differential Diagnosis of Dangerous Lower Extremity Symptoms, Part I
David Schimp, D.C., DACNB, DAAPM, FICCN
Lower back pain is usually benign and self-limiting, but this may not be true among patients that present with concomitant lower extremity symptoms.  A strong determinant of disability associated with lower back pain is the presence of a symptomatic leg.  Part I of this lecture provides clinicians with a systematic approach for the diagnosis of worrisome leg symptoms that are vascular in origin.  This session includes a thorough review of potentially ominous vascular conditions like abdominal aortic aneurysm and deep vein thrombosis and includes a review of appropriate step-by-step diagnostic strategies.  

Professional Boundaries
Anna Allen, MSN, RN, CPHIT, CPEHR
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
This course will enlighten the doctor about ethical and unethical practices including inappropriate patient contact.  The class encourages participation and discussion surrounding both the doctor/patient relationship and the patients' relationship with staff.  The doctor will also be made aware of pitfalls in the office place as they pertain to relationships with staff members and patients.   Legalities are discussed including board of examiner reviews and documentation tips.  

4:30-6:30 p.m.  

History, Examination and Clinical Pearls for the Pediatric Patient
Elise Hewitt, D.C., DICCP, FICC
This class will teach the chiropractor the subtleties of taking a complete history and performing a thorough physical examination on young children from neonates to preschoolers. Included will be a discussion of red flags in the history and examination, as well as indications for imaging. Attendees will also learn what the literature says about the safety of spinal adjusting in children. Dr. Hewitt will pepper her instruction with clinical pearls from her 27 years of experience in pediatric practice. 

The Leg to Worry About: A Systematic Approach to the Differential Diagnosis of Dangerous Lower Extremity Symptoms, Part II
David Schimp, D.C., DACNB, DAAPM, FICCN
Lower back pain is usually benign and self-limiting, but this may not be true among patients that present with concomitant lower extremity symptoms.  A strong determinant of disability associated with lower back pain is the presence of a symptomatic leg. Part II of this lecture is a practical, evidence-based approach to the diagnostic evaluation of worrisome lower extremity symptoms with a neuropathic origin including cauda equina syndrome, lumbar radiculopathy, acute compartment syndrome and peripheral nerve entrapment.

Ethical Usage of Social Media in Your Practice
Anna Allen, MSN, RN, CPHIT, CPEHR
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
This course will enlighten participants about the risks associated with social networking in the workplace.  The class encourages participation and discussion surrounding the doctor/ patient/staff relationship and the impact of social media use by staff.  Examples of problematic situations will be shared and discussion will center on prevention of social media problems in the workplace.  

Survivor: Deposition Island
Warren Jahn, D.C., MPS and Leanne Cupon, D.C., DABFP, DACRB
Many doctors of chiropractic are learning that the medicolegal aspects of practice (reality) are becoming more important, especially as they relate to advocating for patients, scope of practice, risk management, patient care within the confines of managed care, protection from allegations of negligence, and how to defend themselves in court (Deposition Island).  The experience of preparing for and participating in the deposition process can be very stressful.  Learning the basics from an attorney's perspective is offered as a survival tool.  

Athletes at Risk: The Female Athlete Triad
Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W.
The female athlete triad is a medical condition often observed in physically active girls and women. During this session we will examine the components of the triad and the patient presentations associated with them. We will also explore the potential serious consequences of the syndromes. For most athletes, early intervention is essential to prevent its progression. We will review the current recommendations and clinical guidelines for the screening, identification and management of the female athlete triad and provide clear recommendations for return to play.  

Saturday, Aug. 15 

8:30-10 a.m.

Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
George McAndrews, J.D.
George McAndrews, leading legal counsel in the Wilk v. AMA case, describes the ongoing challenges the chiropractic profession faces from state boards comprised of medical professionals. Mr. McAndrews provides a history of developments following Wilk, developments that indicate medical opposition to chiropractic is still very much alive. He focuses on a case involving the North Carolina State Dental Board and its alliance with the AMA, which ultimately decided that State Boards which allow “participants” to set the restraint of trade rules without actual government, non-participant, control, will not be afforded the state action defense in a lawsuit.  

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Mandatory Reporting Part I: Child Abuse
Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W.
The goal of this course is to increase the knowledge and awareness of child abuse, with a special emphasis on the role of chiropractors as mandated reporters.  At the conclusion, the participant should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the existence of child abuse, define abuse situations and the concepts that will assist in identifying abuse, and understand the responsibilities and duties of mandatory reporters.  

Record Keeping and Risk Management in the Chiropractic Office Part I
Steve Savoie, D.C., F.A.C.O.
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
This course will address the issues of risk management and proper record keeping in the chiropractic office.   Upon completion of this program, participants will understand the necessity for accurate, complete, legible records and the warning signs of poor documentation, understand the components needed to have a complete record package on each patient, understand the ethical considerations as they relate to proper record keeping and patient confidentiality, understand the rationale for and the development of a case management/treatment plan and methods to accomplish this in under five minutes.  

Consequences of Modern Living
Chris Roecker, D.C., F.A.C.O., DACBSP®, Shawn Neff, D.C. and Alfie Sundquist
This session will outline the health consequences associated with living in a modern society, and issues related to postural distortion will be emphasized. Information gained during this seminar is intended to summarize recent research regarding the health effects of prolonged seated posture and a review of upper cross syndrome and lower cross syndromes will also be provided. This session will also discuss modifications that may be implemented to help manage postural distortion, such as standing desks, exercises, and modifications to daily living.  

The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique: What You Can See on a Radiograph
Todd Hubbard, D.C.
This is a brief introduction to the Blair Radiographic analysis. The Blair Upper Cervical technique uses the only “articular” radiographic analysis in chiropractic. This technique allows the doctor of chiropractic to view the juxtaposition of each articulation of the cervical spine. No line analysis is used to view the juxtaposition, the chiropractor is able to see and measure the amount of misalignment, if found in the cervical spine (C1-C7).  

1:30-3:30 p.m.  

Mandatory Reporting Part II: Dependent and Older Adult Abuse
Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W.
The goal of this course is to increase the knowledge and awareness of dependent adult abuse. The course has a special emphasis on the role of chiropractors as mandated reporters.  At the conclusion, the participant should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the existence of dependent adult abuse, define abuse situations and the concepts that will assist in identifying abuse, and understand the responsibilities and duties of mandatory reporters.  

Sit to Stand as a Global Diagnostic Tool and the Clinical Approaches for Correction
Michael Tunning, D.C., ATC and Dave Juehring, D.C., DACRB, CCSP®, C.S.C.S.
This course will help you learn to utilize the sit-to-stand and/or squat as a quick global assessment of many neuromuscular faults that can be easily addressed in a chiropractic office.  Clinical approaches discussed and practiced will include back sparing strategies and other spine-based exercises.  

Record Keeping and Risk Management in the Chiropractic Office Part II
Steve Savoie, D.C., F.A.C.O.
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
This course will address the issues of risk management and proper record keeping in the chiropractic office.   Upon completion of this program, participants will understand the components of daily record keeping (SOAP) and how to efficiently use them in chiropractic practice,  understand how to use standard abbreviations to write a detailed, complete, accurate note in under one minute, understand the difference between supportive care and maintenance care, how to determine which applies to the patient and how to document it, understand the concept of maximum medical/chiropractic improvement, understand the concept of clinical necessity vs. medical necessity, understand the concept of risk management, and understand the terminology associated with risk management.  

Marketing Techniques from the Real World
James O'Connor, APR
Palmer Vice Chancellor for Marketing & Communication, James O'Connor, will present this interactive and fun presentation that will cover “what's in,” “what's out,” “what works” and “what doesn't work” in today's marketplace. You'll walk away with tips and to-do's you can put to work in your practice immediately.  

3:30-5 p.m.  

Leadership Lessons. . . Where Do They Come From
Louis Sportelli, D.C.
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
In an entertaining but very practical way, Dr. Louis Sportelli will make the sometime confusing subject of leadership come alive.  Listen while he shares his personal leadership journey from his beginning at McDonalds while a student at Palmer in Davenport to President of NCMIC Group, Inc.  By attending this lecture the audience will experience a blending of humor and humanism, along with practical leadership advice to put into action on Monday morning.

2015 Printable Event Schedule (Acrobat required).

Friday, May 1

9-11 a.m.

Validating our Traditional Chiropractic Philosophy with Contemporary Science
Christopher Colloca, D.C.
Deep-seated in our roots and central to the chiropractic profession has been the concept of vertebral subluxation. Although controversy exists over the various definitions of subluxation, our history has provided numerous vertebral subluxation models that science has begun to investigate. In this session, we will explore some of the contemporary models of vertebral subluxation and research into the neuromechanical advances in biomechanics and neurophysiology of chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Colloca will present an overview of his award-winning in vivo research, conducted in both humans and large-animal models, to form a basis to begin to explore our traditional chiropractic philosophy with contemporary science.

Integrated Chiropractic Technique: Primary and Secondary Subluxations of Sacrum
Robert Cooperstein, D.C.
This chiropractic technique seminar compares and contrasts primary and secondary subluxations of the sacrum, with respect to the innominate bones. It proceeds from the pathomechanics of the sacroiliac joint, to typical history and physical examination findings, to adjustive strategies.

Meditations on Philosophy
Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W.
Session notes
This session will explore some of the core epigrams, quotes, and philosophy in a discussion format. We will explore these ideas from the following perspective:
A) What did they say exactly?
B) What were they trying to say/what was the underlying message?
C) How does this message fit with any new information we currently possess and/or have gained over the years?
D) How do we merge the old ideas with a modern knowledge base so that it can make sense?
At the end of the session, participants will walk away with a sense of the importance of context, an appreciation for the value of change, and the ability to critically think about the quotes of our founding fathers and the current day application of these pearls of wisdom.

The Dynamics of the Aging Muscle
Susan St. Claire, D.C.
Session notes
Dr. St. Claire will teach practitioners to:

  • State the changes in geriatric muscle function and its innervation based on current research.
  • Describe how rehabilitation, exercise and stretch affect the progression of muscle aging
  • Describe how to modify adjustments to accommodate the aging muscle by maximizing benefit and minimizing damage.
  • State which passive PT modalities have been shown to enhance muscle regeneration/repair and delay the effects of aging.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Strengthening Palmer's Core
Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. 
Chiropractic organizations, whether colleges, support organizations or individual practices, are facing increasingly difficult challenges. The business literature identifies tactics for meeting these challenges. Assessments of an organization's strengths, desires and environmental compatibility are important to strategically moving forward for success. This opening session to the Homecoming program will focus on several key strategies to continue the College's heritage.

1:15-3:15 p.m.

The Influence of the Lower Extremities on Health and the Neuraxis" 
Robert Chatfield, D.C. 
In this session, Dr. Chatfield will teach you how to apply what you've learned to give your patients the most amazing and effective adjustment they've ever experienced, to consistently achieve superior patient outcome and to use what you've learned to dramatically increase patient motivation and long term retention. There is a huge epidemic that we are missing in caring for our patients and how to quickly identify who in your practice is suffering and what to do to improve it! This session will give patients the most up-to-date.

"Understanding and Preparing for Integrated Onsite Clinic Chiropractic Opportunities"
William Updyke, D.C. and Suzanne Sims, M.D., M.P.P.
This session will provide an overview of the onsite clinic landscape and how chiropractic has and continues to make inroads; how you can position yourself for an onsite clinic job and preparing for work in an integrated medical practice environment.

The Current Concepts in Motion Palpation
Brett Winchester, D.C.
Throughout the last century, we have learned how all bodily systems respond to the chiropractic adjustment. Although much has focused on biomechanical events, there also is a significant neurologic effect. This section will focus on how to assess for joint dysfunction from a biomechanical and a neurologic standpoint and how to perform adjustments pertaining to these joint dysfunctions. Dr. Winchester is an instructor and board member for the Motion Palpation Institute and will share current, evidence-informed concepts and techniques. He believes that the ability to palpate accurately is an absolute prerequisite to performing effective adjustments. The participant will learn current concepts in neurology and adjustments, followed by a hands-on demonstration focusing on assessment and adjustments.

Sports Nutrition for The Health Care Provider, Part I
Jeff Lavell, D.C.
Sponsored by Standard Process, Inc.
Session notes
This session will introduce the doctor to the objective clinical procedures and protocols required for incorporating nutritional interventions in the care of their patients. To provide important information that will expand the doctors understanding of the key role nutrition plays along with chiropractic care in the support and maintenance of proper systemic function as it relates to sports nutrition. Finally, the doctor will understand how to identify, prioritize and address issues related to the patients presenting and impending health challenges. Topics discussed to help the clinician achieve this goal include:

  • History of sports nutrition and how it influences where we are today.
  • Top selling supplements and mechanism of action.
  • Physiology and pathophysiology related to commonly seen musculoskeletal conditions and how it can influence your decision to incorporate nutrition to help your clinical outcomes.
  • Best nutritional and herbal interventions based upon the current research to assist you in helping your patients and/or athletes achieve peak performance.
  • Proper hydration techniques for performance.
  • Best nutritional considerations based upon the current literature.

3:30-5:30 p.m.

The Spine as the Foundation for Health and Disease: A Contemporary Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP®) Technique Presentation
Deed Harrison, D.C
Chiropractic is changing. Research, patient management, objective clinical results, treatment techniques, philosophies, and principles all advance over time. The mission of CBP Technique is to provide a research-based response to these changing times that is clinically, technically and philosophically sound. Understanding the relationship of upright human posture and spinal displacements to various pain, functional, and health disturbances is a key concept of this presentation. Secondly, the attendee will gain an appreciation of and for CBP's chiropractic corrective care procedures for structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture using mirror image® adjusting, exercise and spinal remodeling procedures.

Chiropractic Quality, Cost and Risks: What the Evidence Says and Why You Should Care
Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D.
For information shared during this session please visit www.palmer.edu/research
Never has the saying "in God we trust all others bring data" been truer. As the U.S. health care system continues to evolve towards the "Triple Aim" of improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost, it becomes increasingly critical that the chiropractic profession is able to talk the evidence-based talk. Learn what you can and cannot say to your patients, payers, other clinicians and policy makers based on the data. Presentation highlights include the latest information on:

  • outcomes of chiropractic care for low back pain, neck pain and other conditions,
  • costs of chiropractic care delivery, and
  • relative risks associated with spinal manipulation.

What Every Chiropractor Needs to Know About Concussion
Ed Feinberg, D.C., DACBSP® 
Session notes 1, Session notes 2, Session notes 3, Session notes 4, Session notes 5, Session notes 6, Session notes 8
This session will include information about head trauma, and will focus on fracture. Topics related to this include palpation, the Battle Sign, "Raccoon eyes," and the presence of fluid from the nose or ears. We will also discuss neck trauma. Related topics include clear8ing the cervical spine: why is it important? The participant will be taught to assume cervical fracture unless proven otherwise. We will also discuss sprain, strain and cervical vestibular injury. The final hour will examine brain trauma. Topics include intracranial hematoma and increasing intracranial pressure, as well as evaluation of concussion, a topic of growing importance. Concussion will be defined, its mechanisms described and its evaluation detailed. There will be information on risk, management and return-to-play considerations.

Sports Nutrition for The Health Care Provider, Part II
Jeff Lavell, D.C.
Sponsored by Standard Process, Inc.
Session notes
A continuation of Part I

Saturday, May 2

9-11 a.m.

The Chiropractic Adjustment and the Science of Core Stability
William Morgan, D.C.
The philosophy of chiropractic is wed to the adjustment's value in restoring and preserving normal nerve function. In this lecture Dr. William Morgan will present new evidence validating the chiropractic adjustment's role in normalizing neural function in regard to core stability. He will uncover the neurophysiology and clinical competencies needed to meld core stability programs into a busy chiropractic practice. This course is a bridge between philosophy-based practices and science-based practices.

Cox Flexion Distraction Spinal Manipulation: Biomechanics and Clinical Outcomes
Dean Greenwood, D.C.
Session notes
In this session, we will present information related to changes in intradiscal pressure and the foraminal area, along with discussions related to facet joint motion, disc changes under distraction manipulation, and the biomechanics of the intervertebral disc and spine. Video depictions of the spine during spinal manipulation will be shown. Clinical research related to the use of long-axis distraction of the spine will be presented, and there will be demonstrations of manipulation to various regions of the spine. Demonstration of spinal manipulation of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine and pelvis will be in this program.

Chiropractors in Cancer Hospitals
Jeff Sklar, D.C.
Session notes
This course will provide indications and contra-indications for administering chiropractic care to cancer patients. Dr. Sklar will discuss understanding side effects of cancer treatment on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and understanding the role of chiropractic in quality of life at any stage of the disease, as well as the criteria of patient-centered care.

Nerve Mobilization for the Chiropractor
Michael, Tunning, D.C., ATC and Nate Hinkeldey, D.C.
Session notes
Sponsored by Performance Health/Biofreeze/Theraband
This two hour course will focus on the role nerve tension may play in common patient presentations. Participants will learn evaluation and mobilization techniques for the upper and lower extremity.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

"Chiropractic and the Future of Spine Care"
Scott Haldeman, D.C., M.D., Ph.D.
Spinal disorders in the form or low back pain and neck pain have been determined by a formal WHO study to be the number 1 and number 4 causes of disability in the world. In the USA and much of the developed world the current model of care has resulted in increased cost and, at the same time, increased disability. This unacceptable situation is resulting in a rethinking of the manner in which care is offered people with spinal disorders. The new model of care that is receiving the most attention is the identification of a primary spine care provider or clinician who follows evidence based approach to spine care. Chiropractors are uniquely positioned so that, with minor modification of their training and acceptance of this position, they could assume this position in the health care system.

1:15-3:15 p.m.

Enhancing Athletic Performance
William Morgan, D.C.
Session notes
This course will identify predictable power "leaks" which adversely affect athletic performance and provide instruction in how to correct these faults. From the ground up, Dr. Morgan will address the chiropractic management of athletes. The technique portion of this course will include foot and ankle adjusting, functional exercises, identification of energy drains, knee dysfunction, the importance of gluteal strength, and the transfer of power from the lower extremities to the upper body. Chiropractors who treat cross-fitness athletes, runners, field-sport athletes, and other athletes will benefit from this insightful course of instruction.

The Art of Listening 
Kelli Pearson, Weary, D.C. 
In this session, Dr. Pearson-Weary will discuss why listening will make you an even better provider. She will talk specifically about the art of listening  and building  a powerful partnership with your patient as well as give an introduction to motivational interviewing.

Chiropractors in Cancer Hospitals
Jeff Sklar, D.C.
Session notes
A repeat of the previous session offered. Notes are the same for both presentations.

Ethics and Boundary Training
Tracy Cole, D.C.
Session notes
Join California Chiropractic Association Past President, Dr. Tracy Cole for this comprehensive class that covers common doctor-patient case studies and how to handle them, as well as how to identify potential red flags and avoid behavior that may lead to potential boundary violations

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Chiropractors - Providers of Lifelong Dynamic Functional Health and Performance
Austin McMillin, D.C.
Chiropractic patients are accustomed to great pain relief from the care they receive. Yet chiropractic care is about much more. Chiropractors can, should, and do provide much more. This presentation will provide an overview of areas that chiropractors can dramatically increase their value in patient care as well as in the health care marketplace - with a focus on improving functional health, performance, and quality of life. By viewing care from the patient perspective, using emerging research to drive forward thinking strategies and understanding how providing better technical expertise is good for patients and good for business, chiropractors can thrive in a challenging health care delivery world. This program will show you how and send you back to practice with new ideas to improve your expertise and competitive edge.

An Evidence-Based Guide for Patient Management: The Lower Quarter
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., and Michael Tunning, D.C., ATC
Session notes
Chiropractic management may encompass a variety of different procedures including: adjusting, stretching, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, exercise and rehabilitation to name a few. As a result, it is important that chiropractors have systems in place to determine where and when to use each modality. Philosophies and rationale for time of implementation may differ, but all management plans should have a foundation in evidence. This class offers an evidence-based perspective for implementation of different management options.

McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®
Jonathan Soltys, D.C.,  Cert.MDT
A growing number of chiropractors are formally studying and applying McKenzie Method in practice. McKenzie Method is an assessment tool that incorporates repetitive test movements in various planes to help determine a directional preference to treat a patient's condition. It also determines the appropriate progression of forces that the patient will likely respond to. This is especially important to a chiropractor as it not only helps improve safety but it can also help validate the direction of the adjustment. By accurately classifying a patient's condition and determining a directional preference, there is a 93% chance that this method will be successful (based on the literature). There are 3 primary sub-groups associated within this method: Derangement - pain produced with a non-centrated joint complex or disc; Dysfunction - adaptively shortened tissue that causes pain; Postural - pain with static loading. The vast majority of low back and neck pain cases that chiropractors see fall under the Derangement category. The specific treatments for each sub-group will be described.

Recognizing Food Allergies: Challenges and Opportunities
Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.
Session notes
Food allergies are a major health concern in developed countries, causing serious physical, social and financial burdens. The epidemiology and pathogenesis of food allergies will be reviewed, while clinical diagnosis, prevention strategies and treatment will be discussed in detail.

Sunday, May 3

8 a.m.-Noon

Imaging of Conditions Common to Chiropractic Practice
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
Session notes
Image interpretation is a skill combining diagnostic imaging findings with clinical presentations. This program for the chiropractic physician is designed to reinforce those skills necessary to differentiate critical radiographic findings from those less important. Emphasis is placed on recognizing conditions common to chiropractic practice along with recognizing diagnostic pitfalls. Clinical management will also be discussed. A regional approach will be utilized with emphasis on spinal and musculoskeletal system.

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Chiropractic Imaging Practicum: The Annual Roentgen Roulette
Ian McLean, D.C., DACBR
After the participants view a series of diagnostic imaging "unknowns" their answers are submitted to the instructor before the beginning of the lecture. The presentation will be a comprehensive review of the unknown cases designed to give the chiropractor practical information usable in clinical practice. Plain film and specialized imaging studies critical to the practicing chiropractor will be presented. The diagnostic imaging studies will be correlated with the patients' clinical presentation.

2015 Printable Event Schedule click here .(Adobe Acrobat required).
Sessions that have been submitted as D.C. credit hours are shaded gold on the schedule. 

Friday, February 27

8-10 a.m.

Medicare Compliance Requirements
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Session notes
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
Audits of Medicare records may lead to recoupment, exclusion from the Medicare program and even a loss of your license. Medicare and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have detailed what are the requirements for an "effective compliance program." If you are asked for evidence of your compliance program, a properly executed program will serve as a mitigating factor against fines, jail time and the loss of your license. Dr. Mario Fucinari, Certified Insurance Consultant and Certified Health Care Compliance Specialist, will inform you of the elements required in a compliance program and how to produce the program for your office.

Recognizing Food Allergies: Challenges and Opportunities
Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.
Session notes
Food allergies are a major health concern in developed countries, causing serious physical, social and financial burdens. The epidemiology and pathogenesis of food allergies will be reviewed, while clinical diagnosis, prevention strategies and treatment will be discussed in detail.

The Current Concepts in Motion Palpation
Brett Winchester, D.C.
Session notes
Throughout the last century, we have learned how all bodily systems respond to the chiropractic adjustment. Although much has focused on biomechanical events, there also is a significant neurologic effect. This section will focus on how to assess for joint dysfunction from a biomechanical and a neurologic standpoint and how to perform adjustments pertaining to these joint dysfunctions. Dr. Winchester is an instructor and board member for the Motion Palpation Institute and will share current, evidence-informed concepts and techniques. He believes that the ability to palpate accurately is an absolute prerequisite to performing effective adjustments. The participant will learn current concepts in neurology and adjustments, followed by a hands-on demonstration focusing on assessment and adjustments. 

10:30 a.m.-Noon

Strengthening Palmer's Core
Peter Martin, D.C.
Chiropractic organizations, whether colleges, support organizations or individual practices, are facing increasingly difficult challenges. The business literature identifies tactics for meeting these challenges. Assessments of an organization's strengths, desires and environmental compatibility are important to strategically moving forward for success. This opening session to the Homecoming program will focus on several key strategies to continue the College's heritage.

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Medicare Documentation Requirements
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP® 
Session notes
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
Medicare has very specific requirements in 2015 for chiropractic services. Learn what the government and the insurance companies are looking for, how the government conducts "data mining," and what are the red flags that trigger recoupment or an investigation. This class will focus on the changes in policies and procedures in Medicare and the role documentation guidelines play in Electronic Health Records, PQRS and ICD-10.

Contrast Enhanced Imaging: What to Order When
Matthew Richardson, D.C., DACBR
Session notes
Have you ever confidently sent in a requisition for an MRI, CT or other advanced imaging examination only to receive a call from the imaging facility with the question..."would you like that with or without contrast?" Did you know? This two hour presentation explains the role of contrast in advanced imaging studies and will help increase your confidence in knowing what to order when. 

Digital Marketing Basics
Mary Frost, D.C.
Session notes
Join Dr. Frost for an overview of how to bring your practice into the digital age. Simple and effective marketing options will be discussed. Expect to interact and critique options in this practical session.

4-6 p.m.

Medicare ICD-10 Rules and Regulations
Mario Fucinari, D.C., CCSP®
Session notes
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
Learn what the government and the insurance companies require in ICD-10. Dr, Mario Fucinari, Certified Insurance Consultant, Certified Health Care Compliance Specialist and a Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee Member, will explain the changes in documentation and coding requirements pertaining to ICD-10 in Medicare. Specific policies and procedures will be presented on how to properly use ICD-10 in your office. 

Meditations on Philosophy
Michelle Barber, D.C., M.S.W.
Session notes
This session will explore some of the core epigrams, quotes, and philosophy in a discussion format. We will explore these ideas from the following perspective:

  1. What did they say exactly?
  2. What were they trying to say/what was the underlying message?
  3. How does this message fit with any new information we currently possess and/or have gained over the years?
  4. How do we merge the old ideas with a modern knowledge base so that it can make sense?

At the end of the session, participants will walk away with a sense of the importance of context, an appreciation for the value of change, and the ability to critically think about the quotes of our founding fathers and the current day application of these pearls of wisdom.

Chiropractors in Cancer Hospitals
Jeff Sklar, D.C.
Session notes
This course will provide indications and contra-indications for administering chiropractic care to cancer patients. Dr. Sklar will discuss understanding side effects of cancer treatment on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and understanding the role of chiropractic in quality of life at any stage of the disease, as well as the criteria of patient-centered care.

Saturday, February, 28

8-10 a.m.

Risky Business: Solving the Puzzle of Risk Management in the Chiropractic Practice
Michael Shreeve, D.C.
Session notes
Solve the puzzle of risk management in the chiropractic practice during this one hour interactive discussion. Participants will explore the definition of risk management and the areas to be considered in today's chiropractic practice. During a Grand Rounds-style case presentation, participants will explore and discuss risk management prevention strategies. At the conclusion of this course, you will have an understanding of key communications and practice procedures for your chiropractic office.

Chiropractors in Cancer Hospitals
Jeff Sklar, D.C. 
Session notes  (This is a repeat course so the notes are the same)
This course will provide indications and contra-indications for administering chiropractic care to cancer patients. Dr. Sklar will discuss understanding side effects of cancer treatment on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and understanding the role of chiropractic in quality of life at any stage of the disease, as well as the criteria of patient-centered care.

Interdisciplinary Care Models: Working Together to Benefit the Patient
Nate Hinkeldey, D.C., Nicole Ingrando, D.C., Michael Olson and Michael Petrie, D.C.,
This session will highlight the value of inter-professional communication on patient care and how chiropractors can participate in multidisciplinary care teams. A panel of experts will discuss the development of professional relationships with non-chiropractic clinicians, the value of working as a team for improved patient outcomes, and the challenges and advantages of working in an inter-professional setting.

10:30 a.m.-Noon

Validating our Traditional Chiropractic Philosophy with Contemporary Science
Christopher Colloca, D.C.
Deep-seated in our roots and central to the chiropractic profession has been the concept of vertebral subluxation. Although controversy exists over the various definitions of subluxation, our history has provided numerous vertebral subluxation models that science has begun to investigate. In this session, we will explore some of the contemporary models of vertebral subluxation and research into the neuromechanical advances in biomechanics and neurophysiology of chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Colloca will present an overview of his award-winning in vivo research, conducted in both humans and large-animal models, to form a basis to begin to explore our traditional chiropractic philosophy with contemporary science. 

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Ethics in Evidence-Based Practice
Michael Shreeve, D.C.
Session notes
This course will enlighten the doctor about the constructs of ethical chiropractic practice. The influence of technology on interactions with today's patient and its impact on informed consent are discussed. Topics include ethical, moral, and legal responsibilities of the doctor as well as mandatory reporting of child/elder abuse, and communicable diseases. Ethical issues of billing, advertising, and the impact of social networking media are explored. Current research topics and the doctor's ethical responsibility in an evidence-based practice setting are discussed.

Primary Spine Care: A Real-World Approach to Chiropractic Practice in the Evolving Health Care System
John Ventura, D.C., DABCO
Many chiropractors identify themselves as primary spine care providers. Dr. Brian Justice, a pioneer and advocate of this practice approach, will describe the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for developing such a practice and discuss the large future potential that exists for D.C.s in this role. He will give examples of programs and opportunities available in primary spine care from the perspective of his current position as an Associate Medical Director at Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

The Spine as the Foundation for Health and Disease: A Contemporary Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP®) Technique Presentation
Deed Harrison, D.C.
Chiropractic is changing. Research, patient management, objective clinical results, treatment techniques, philosophies, and principles all advance over time. The mission of CBP Technique is to provide a research-based response to these changing times that is clinically, technically and philosophically sound. Understanding the relationship of upright human posture and spinal displacements to various pain, functional, and health disturbances is a key concept of this presentation. Secondly, the attendee will gain an appreciation of and for CBP's chiropractic corrective care procedures for structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture using mirror image® adjusting, exercise and spinal remodeling procedures.

4-6 p.m.

Laws and Rules Pertaining to the Practice of Chiropractic in the State of Florida
Steve Savoie, D.C., FACO
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
This session will discuss those sections of Florida law pertaining to the practice of chiropractic. Dr. Savoie will include a discussion of those rules more commonly violated and how to prevent violations. This session will meet the requirement for re-licensure of Florida licensed chiropractic physicians.

Cox Flexion Distraction Spinal Manipulation: Biomechanics and Clinical Outcomes
James Cox, D.C.
In this session, we will present information related to changes in intradiscal pressure and the foraminal area, along with discussions related to facet joint motion, disc changes under distraction manipulation, and the biomechanics of the intervertebral disc and spine. Video depictions of the spine during spinal manipulation will be shown. Clinical research related to the use of long-axis distraction of the spine will be presented, and there will be demonstrations of manipulation to various regions of the spine. Demonstration of spinal manipulation of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine and pelvis will be in this program.

Expanding Your Possibilities, A New Career Path for Chiropractors
Bryan Muth, D.C.
Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
When Standard Process implemented an internal wellness offering for its employees over 10 years ago, the motivation was simple: to champion a healthy workforce under its own roof. Then the results came in, and the data was so overwhelmingly positive-for both Standard Process employees and the organization as a whole-it became evident that we were onto something that could benefit other organizations as well. Thus, Cultivate was born.

Sunday, March 1

8-10 a.m.

Prevention of Medical Errors
Steve Savoie, D.C., FACO
Sponsored by NCMIC Group, Inc.
The following topics will be presented during this session mandatory for Florida-licensed chiropractic physicians: the doctor-patient relationship and the roles it plays in risk management; avoiding errors and understanding the absolute and relative contraindications to chiropractic care and what tools are available to determine if they are present; the level of record keeping sufficient to provide a reasonable defense if malpractice is alleged; and how to ensure that care initiates with informed consent.

Introduction to Sacro Occipital Technique - Incorporating an Evidence-Based Chiropractic System of Analysis and Treatment
Charles Blum, D.C.
Session notes
What is Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)? How did it develop and what is its rational approach for patient assessment and treatment? How does SOT incorporate whole-body principles and expand a chiropractor's vision of how they can help patient care from acute to chronic to preventive? Dr. Blum will review some related clinical research that has been presented at research conferences and in the literature as it pertains to this introductory presentation of SOT.

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

HIV/AIDS: Education Update and Immune Support
David Hogsed, D.O.M.
Session notes
Sponsored by Standard Process Inc.
In this session the core principles of the immune system, chronic immune conditions, HIV, and their relevance to your practice will be reviewed. The dynamic presentation explains current epidemiology, prevention and safety measures. In addition, cutting-edge research, including herbal and nutritional support for your daily patients as well as to chronic immune challenged patients, will be presented. A complimentary approach to orthodox care and adjunctive nutritional and herbal support will be presented.

Supporting Your Body from the Ground Up: Analysis and Adjusting of the Lower Extremity
Kevin Wong, D.C.
Sponsored by Foot Levelers, Inc.
In this two hour session, Dr. Wong will cover weight bearing and gait analysis, foot pronation, supination, postural and visual indicators and foot anatomy. He will review the anatomy, common conditions, adjustments and rehabilitation and/or exercises used for the foot, ankle, knees, hips and pelvis.

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