This is a big week for CalChiro! We are celebrating Winter in the Desert Seminar this weekend in beautiful and warm La Quinta, CA.

The CalChiro Board of Directors will be holding their Board Meeting on Friday. The continuing education program will take place Saturday and Sunday.

Since the last issue of TWA, the Managed Care & Insurance Committee, Continuing Education Committee and PAC Board of Trustees all held meetings. This Association relies heavily on volunteers to help guide and shape its future. A big thank you to these three groups.

Last week we had a information packed message from President Andrew Williams. Regarding the new House of Delegates, we will be hosting a webinar in February to share the details. The high level summary is that about 120 members will be meeting annually to agree on professional policy and critical bylaws changes for years to come. It all begins this October at the Fall Conference in San Diego. Each district will have the responsibility of electing members to serve on their behalf. Stay tuned!

See you in La Quinta!

Warm Regards,
Dawn Benton
CalChiro Executive Vice President, CEO
Picture of the Week
PI Module II at the Westin Sacramento with speakers Mohamad Ahmad Esq and Ray Kermani Esq.
January 24, 2020
Board of Directors Meeting
La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta

January 25-26, 2020
Winter in the Desert
La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta
March 7, 2020
Module III | Advanced Personal Injury Specialty Evaluations and Diagnostics
Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach

June 2, 2020
Legislative Day
Sheraton Grand Sacramento

October 15-18, 2020
Fall 2020 Conference
Paradise Point
Resort & Spa
San Diego
CalChiro On Demand CE
DC Online
To Get 14 Hours of CEUs Without Searching Everywhere
What: Winter in the Desert Seminar

Who: Dr. Matt Antonucci - Intro to Receptor-Based® Rehab for Chiropractors; Dr. Freddys Garcia - Intro to Pain Reset Chiropractic & Clinical Neuroscience for Solving Chronic Pain; Dr. Kevin Wong - Mastering the Upper Extremities and Spine the Wong Way & Dr. Dave Benevento - Ethics & Law

When: January 25-26, 2020 THIS WEEKEND!

Where: La Quinta Resort & Club | 49-499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, CA 92253

CE: This program has been approved for 14 hours of CE to the CA Board of Chiropractic Examiners: 8 general CE hours and 6 mandated (adjustive technique, history taking/physical exam, ethics & law) CE hours.

Pricing: Two Day Member Registration: $399; One Day Member Registration: $199

Register: Here


Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 8:00am - 5:30pm

Intro to Pain Reset Chiropractic & Clinical Neuroscience for Solving Chronic Pain | Speaker: Dr. Freddys Garcia

  • Understand how to harness Chiropractic and Clinical Neuroscience for Solving Chronic Pain.
  • Learn powerful, practical tools that pair the latest discoveries in Clinical Neuroscience and Biomechanics into an effective approach to treating patients with chronic pain.
  • The Carrick Institute’s Pain Reset program considers how both the brain and biomechanics influence pain. It teaches scholars how to identify the brain regions and the biomechanical faults involved in promoting pain and how to fix them.
  • Understand pain from a neurological and biomechanical standpoint and how to adapt therapies so they address the underlying issue to better care for your pain patients.
  • Learn fast and effective neurological and biomechanical assessments that will improve the effectiveness of any technique you are currently using to get your patients out of pain.

Intro to Receptor-Based® Rehab for Chiropractors | Speaker: Dr. Matt Antonucci

  • ReceptorBased® Essentials (RBE) was created for practitioners wanting a fast and effective way to learn and implement the fundamentals of Clinical Neuroscience into their practices.
  • Brain dysfunction often contributes to human suffering and suboptimal performance. A ReceptorBased® approach provides more effective treatments that deliver better patient outcomes.
  • Not all sensory input is beneficial in treating neurological dysfunction. ReceptorBased® Essentials teaches you assessment strategies that allow you to select an optimal intervention.  By better understanding how your therapies achieve their results, you will better serve your patient/client population.
  • ReceptorBased Essentials is the most effective way to start learning and implementing the functional neurology paradigm of care. 
  • Learn a brain-based model for manual therapies, rehabilitation strategies, and performance optimization techniques to better serve your current patient population and attract a new patient base.
Sunday, January 26, 2020 | 8:00am - 3:30pm

Mastering the Upper Extremities and Spine the Wong Way | Speaker: Dr. Kevin Wong

This unique course is designed to teach common conditions and patterns of subluxation in various parts of the body that present in clinical practice. Starting at the thoracic spine, shoulders, ribs, elbows, wrists/hands, neck, and jaw. The importance of the shoulders to upper body stability will be highlighted. This class teaches the student how to analyze the patient, identify subluxation patterns, render treatment that may include home and lifestyle care. It involves hands on examination and adjusting procedures along the way.

Ethics & Law | Speaker: Dr. Dave Benevento

Join Dr. Benevento for a 2-hour mandated CE interactive game format! Test your ethics knowledge and compete to win a prize! The class will review the following ethical considerations for Doctors of Chiropractic:
  • Medicare Issues
  • Informed Consent
  • Preventing Potential Problems
  • Patient Communication
  • California Rules and Regulations


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Advancements in Personal Injury: 2020 is Open for Registration!

Member: $195

Are you interested in getting more personal injury patients? Do you want to promote your practice to PI attorneys? Then don't miss CalChiro's Module III: Advanced Personal Injury Specialty Evaluations and Diagnostics on Saturday, March 7 at the Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach from 9:00am - 6:00pm.

CalChiro's Personal Injury Certification program is being heavily promoted to PI attorneys in California. All CalChiro members who attend each module have their name promoted on the website. CalChiro also recently attended the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles' (CAALA) annual conference in Las Vegas to specifically market this program to attorneys. Click here to read more on CAALA.

You don't want to miss this informative PI Seminar! Lunch is included with your registration. Register here This module can be taken as a stand-alone or as part of a program series, and prior personal injury experience is not required. This program has been submitted for 8 hours of CE approval to the CA Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Module III | Advanced Personal Injury Specialty Evaluations and Diagnostics

A. Overview of How a Chiropractor Should Manage a Personal Injury Case (1 Hour) Speaker: Wayne Whalen DC

B. Medical Practice Guidelines (1 Hour) Speaker: Wayne Whalen DC

C. The Role of Imaging in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (2 Hours) Speaker: Sana Kahn MD

D. Interventional Pain Management (1 Hour) Speaker: Khuram Sial MD

E. Orthopedic Spine (1 Hour) Speaker: Timothy Wiebe MD

F. Ortho Extremity (Shoulder & Lower Extremity) (1 Hour) Speaker: Charles Xeller MD

G. Ortho Extremity (Upper Extremity Distal to Shoulder) (1 Hour) Speaker: Ron Goldstein MD

With Speaker Michael Coates, Esq.
MCIC January Update

The Managed Care & Insurance Committee held its monthly meeting to discuss health plan issues and initiate the scheduling of meetings with stakeholders including legislative staff/consultant members, Surgeon General of California, and health plan representatives. Discussion regarding coalition building to add strength and numbers to issues of concern in 2020 was entertained.

The Governor has created two entities – Health California for All Commission, and the Office of Health Care Affordability. CalChiro representatives will attend meetings and participate in public-policy discussions for both entities. It is anticipated that information hearings on the expansion of the Essential Health Benefits definition will occur in the next several months. It is not yet certain if provider groups will be invited to submit oral testimony, but certainly CalChiro will be available in that regard and certainly will provide written testimony. The expansive definition is important as CalChiro will advocate for the inclusion of doctors of chiropractic as a category of provider – particularly in the Covered California program.

CalChiro has received from members issues related to E/M code use, adjudication of claims of Medi-Cal beneficiaries (particularly in those members whose benefits are managed by a delegated entity), access to doctors of chiropractic by children (typically under 4 years of age), and adjudication of 3rd party liability claims.

As always, documentation received by CalChiro members related to denial of claim submission, or issues that appear discriminatory are welcomed by the association.
Get to Know Your Board Members
Over the next few weeks, CalChiro will continue to introduce you to your CalChiro Board of Directors (BOD). This week, we will introduce you to Dr. Leslie Hewitt DC.

Dr. Leslie Hewitt graduated from Life Chiropractic College West and set up her practice in the East Bay community of Blackhawk in Danville, California, where she practiced for 21 years. While Dr. Hewitt was in practice, she was very active with her local CalChiro District, serving as the Secretary, President, and Director for Contra Costa.

Throughout her tenure with CalChiro, Dr. Hewitt has served, and continues to serve, on various committees. She is currently the Chair of the CalChiro Women’s Group. She has also held many roles within the Executive Board as Department Chair for Conventions & Seminars, CFO, and two terms as CalChiro President.

Dr. Hewitt’s hope for CalChiro is as follows: “I envision California leading the healthcare narrative for a non-drug solution to living your best life --- with a chiropractor on everyone’s healthcare team. Once we are finally done with this restructure, I would enjoy seeing CalChiro becoming more proactive politically. The day will come when politicians call CalChiro for holistic solutions to their healthcare agendas and trusting OUR chiropractic data and our chiropractic research. I want to see the word “chiropractic” used in legislation. For example, if we must use “spinal manipulation”, then let’s add “chiropractic spinal manipulation”. Yes this is a turf war --- and it’s our turf!!!!”

In her personal time, Dr. Hewitt spends time with her love Roy, and her two step-children Emily and Steven. She also enjoys spending time on the beach, relaxing in her pool, and playing with her two adorable cats, Fletcher and Randy.

Thank you, Dr. Hewitt, for all the hard work you do for our association and profession.
Member Benefit of the Week

The California Chiropractic Association (CalChiro) is thrilled to announce our partnership with DaisyBill. DaisyBill is an e-billing service that specializes in Workers' Compensation Billing. Our new strategic partner has provided their services to medical professionals across the nation and they are confident that they can improve your billing and collections process.

Right now, DaisyBill is offering FREE billing to CalChiro members!

If you sign up for DaisyBill, you will receive FREE billing until February 2020.

Pay $0 for amazingly easy electronic billing, blazing-fast payments, and customer support that will make you swoon with happiness.

Even better: No strings attached -- you can cancel at any time with no cancellation fee. Interested? Click here for more information on DaisyBill. 

CalChiro has partnered with ChiroHealthUSA to give our members access to a robust chiropractic network. Another perk of this partnership is the free webinars CalChiro members can take part of.

In this upcoming webinar, Dr. Tom Necela of The Strategic Chiropractor, will discuss strategies for making the most of the “Home Stretch” and what you can do 2-5 years BEFORE you plan to sell, transition, or retire to ensure that your practice attracts the most interest and maximizes its value!
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
11:15 pm PST
Cost: FREE
More Information
Register Now
Have You Applied to be a CalChiro Fellow?
The California Chiropractic Association (CalChiro) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the newly created CalChiro Practitioner Recognition Program. The program recognizes chiropractors who have excelled in chiropractic practice and distinguished themselves through service and contributions to CalChiro. The deadline for applying is quickly approaching, please have your applications in by February 1, 2020.

Call for Applications
Candidates for CalChiro’s Practitioner Recognition Program must be practitioner members of CalChiro with a record of outstanding service to CalChiro and at least ten years of professional service to chiropractic practice.

Additional eligibility requirements include:
  • Demonstration of sustained commitment or contributions to excellence in chiropractic practice
  • Contribution to the total body of knowledge in chiropractic practice
  • Involvement in and commitment to educating practitioners and others
  • Demonstration of active involvement and leadership in CalChiro.
Application Instructions
Application materials are accepted November 1 through February 1 each year. The annual deadline for receipt of all materials is February 1.

Please review the Fellow California Chiropractic Association (FCCA) Application Guidelines HERE and download the FCCA Application Form along with the FCCA Recommendation Form. All application materials should be submitted via the online submission form by February 1. 
Selection Committee
The CalChiro Practitioner Recognition Program is conducted under the general authority of the CalChiro Board of Directors. CalChiro’s FCCA Recognition Committee is responsible for the administration of the program and for maintaining quality assurance. The work of the Committee includes reviewing the completed application files of all candidates and recommending to the CalChiro Board of Directors the approval or disapproval of their recognition. Chiropractors designated as Fellows of CalChiro (FCCA) are recognized at the CalChiro Fall Conference.
ACC-RAC Conference 2020-Early-Bird Registration Ends 1/28/2020
Association of Chiropractic Colleges January 22, 2020
The ACC-RAC Conference has grown to become the premier chiropractic educational conference, drawing the profession’s leaders from around the world. Organized by the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), the Conference is designed to meet the needs of the chiropractic academic and research community, and also provides an outlet for discussion of our shared educational, scholarly and research-related enterprises. The annual event brings together faculty, administrators, policymakers, and practitioners to discover and share new knowledge to help solve the challenges inherent in the educational sector of our profession that is both growing and facing new opportunities and challenges. Register now to attend& ACC-RAC 2020, March 19-21, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina!
How chiropractic sports medicine DCs are chosen for the Olympics
Chiropractic Economics January 22, 2020
Many have fond memories of growing up watching the Olympics — whether we were cheering on the U.S. hockey team to beat the Soviets at the 1980 Winter Olympics, marveling at Nadia Comaneci’s perfect 10 scores in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics, or watching Michael Phelps effortlessly swim his way to becoming the most decorated Olympian in history, the Games are part of our collective consciousness. In fact, many of our current Olympians cite previous champions as their inspiration. Similarly, many DCs who chose to specialize in chiropractic sports medicine feel much the same way. As we are shortly headed into the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, chiropractic sports medicine is repeatedly being lauded as a necessary part of Team USAs and all countries’ medical staff.
Philly to start tracking doctors to target opioid overprescribers
NPR January 22, 2020
Despite their yearslong effort to urge doctors to prescribe fewer opioids, Philadelphia health officials say there are still too many pills being dispensed in the region. They know from state data, provided by the Pennsylvania prescription drug monitoring database, that a very small number of physicians in the area are responsible for most of the overprescribing. But because the state data does not include identifying information, local officials have no way of knowing who to go after. Thanks to new legislation passed during Philadelphia’s last 2019 City Council session, that’s about to change.
Is It Time To Take A Trip To The Chiropractor?
RoundUp Web January 22, 2020
Almost everyone has experienced some type of back or neck pain in their lives. For some people, the pain subsides after a few days, but for others, the pain can persist for weeks, months, and possibly even years. If you are struggling to cope with pain or if it is interfering with your everyday activities, then it might be time to take a trip to your local chiropractor. 
The hidden faces of opioid addiction
Jersey's Best January 22, 2020
Take the worst case of flu you can imagine, throw in an intestinal bug, then add obsessive yawning along with uncontrollable leg and arm twitches that leave you “thrashing like a trout.”
For some opioid addicts, the pathway to dependence on painkillers started with a conventional prescription for a legitimate medical condition. But when it comes to getting off the pills, doctors say the body doesn’t really care if the substance was acquired legally or illegally, for pain or for the adventure of a high. The detox such “inadvertent addicts” must go through is the same as the one for everyone else.
Prevention and how to stop a muscle spasm
Chiropractic Economics January 21, 2020
Everyone is familiar with the pain of a muscle spasm—most people have experienced the pain and discomfort of a charley horse or sudden cramp, which is caused by the ;involuntary contraction of a muscle. Most people, too, have experienced fasciculation, or muscle twitches, which are usually not painful the way a sudden cramp may be. When thinking about how to stop a muscle spasm, remember that cramps and fasciculation are the result of muscles contracting involuntarily.
Animal chiropractic becoming more common place with Canadian pet owners
CTV News January 21, 2020
Sudbury chiropractor Dr. Sherrie Guillet has been treating spines in the City of Greater Sudbury for 15 years now and some of her best clients don’t exactly walk on two feet. "When I was in chiropractic college, there was an animal chiropractor that came in to do a presentation on what she does, and I was really fascinated by the stories that she told of the animals that she helped, and I thought I’d like to do that as well," said Guillet. The Sudbury practitioner is one of only a handful in the country who has the special certification. "There are definitely some differences, but there are a lot of similarities as well," she said. "The same general idea, that we’re affecting the spine. For the animals, I will do it on the floor or a little table I have for them."
Beware of changing small business employment laws
Chiropractic Economics January 21, 2020
Employment laws throughout the United States continue to broaden, not only in what conduct is prohibited, but in the number of companies now covered by the laws. While many small chiropractic offices may believe these laws do not apply to them, the elimination of many thresholds which formerly limited these statutes to larger employers make chiropractors now take notice. Though not an extensive list, below is a discussion of some of the small business employment laws that should be on a chiropractor’s radar.
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