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Palmer recognized by National Committee for Quality Assurance

West Campus faculty whose accomplishments have been acknowledged by the NCQA’s Back Pain Recognition Program are, from left, Drs. Thomas Milus, Randy Waters, Ronald Henninger, and William Updyke.
Four faculty members standing in front of clinic entrance

The Palmer Chiropractic Clinic on the West Campus became the first of the Palmer Clinics to receive recognition from the Back Pain Recognition Program (BPRP) on Aug. 7. The BPRP is a program of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) that recognizes healthcare providers for providing superior care to patients suffering from low back pain. The Clinic is only the second healthcare provider in California to receive BPRP recognition.

To receive recognition, which is valid for two years, the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic submitted data demonstrating performance that meets the program’s key measures. These measures include initial visit, physical exam, and appropriate imaging in acute back pain, among others.

“This recognition by NCQA demonstrates the commitment of the Palmer Clinics to the delivery of quality, patient-centered care, and to providing a clinical education model that will better prepare our graduates for today’s practice environment,” said Executive Dean for Clinic Affairs Kurt Wood, D.C., Davenport ’79.

Not only the Clinic, but also four clinicians have received this prestigious recognition. They are Ronald Henninger, D.C., Davenport ’78; Thomas Milus, D.C., Ph.D., Davenport ’82; William Updyke, D.C.; and Stephen Waters, D.C., Davenport ’78. As a new employee, Pauline Anderson, D.C., West ’90, will become eligible for recognition once she has met BPRP criteria for seeing the minimum number of low back pain patients at the Clinic.

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