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New Center is open for business

Braxton Pulley, D.C., Davenport ’03, standing, co-leads a capacityfilled module titled “Starting into Practice” in the Palmer Center for Business Development.
Students seated and conversing with Dr. Braxton Pulley

In April, the Palmer Center for Business Development opened on the Davenport Campus and held its first two modules. These Saturday morning sessions are designed to help future chiropractors tackle some of the challenges they’ll face as they open, operate and grow their businesses. They take place in a 40-seat classroom inside the new Center, which is located on the fourth floor of the Campus Center.

The first module, “Technology and Patient Management,” was held April 12, and covered how to build a pro forma profit and loss statement, ICD-9 and CPT4 medical billing, and third-party reimbursement guidelines and expectations. It was followed on April 19 with “Starting into Practice.” Created by NCMIC Chiropractic Solutions, the session dealt with how to begin, build and manage a practice effectively.

In addition to the audio/visual-ready classroom, the Center features interview rooms and a library. It is the first of its kind at any chiropractic college and incorporates instruction, mentoring, and support from experienced chiropractors, business professionals, business faculty, and professionals with expertise in new business development.

Dwight Bailey, Psy.D., senior director for the Palmer Center for Business Development, refers to the Center’s entrepreneurial programs as “co-curricular” because they work in tandem with Palmer’s curriculum. In the future, the program will be available on all three campuses.

If you have a proposal for a hands-on module that will help students understand the “nuts and bolts” of running a practice, contact Marsha Hardacre in Professional Opportunities at marsha.hardacre@palmer.edu. Or call her toll-free at (800) 722-2586. At the prompts, press 3 and then 2.

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