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Unbelievable, we are already into the 8th month of 2015. I don’t know about you, but the year is flying by and soon we will be singing Auld Lang Syne again! Yikes!  Here at the Academy we are preparing for another session to help Doctors of Chiropractic understand ICD-10 with an amazing instructor, Dr. Ted Arkfeld.  If you haven’t had a chance to learn with him, you have a chance, this week just reach out to the links near this blog article on the website to sign up.  These new codes will bring more clarity to the care you provide your patients as they are more specific than the ICD-9. This all seems like a huge challenge, but soon we


It’s hard to believe the year is flying by so quickly and we are already mid-summer. Some of you may be trying to find some time to get away for some family vacation and relaxation time.  Here at the Academy, we are focusing on the convergence of a multitude of factors facing the chiropractic profession such as value-based reimbursements, integrating quality improvement and of course ICD-10.  These converging issues certainly create complexity in our practices.  According to Wikipedia, Complexity is generally used to characterize something with many parts where those parts interact with each other in multiple ways. I’ve mentioned that I am a nationally certified counselor, I loved the work of Sunny Hansen at the University of Minnesota. Her name alone

Awareness II

 I think it is important to continue our conversation about awareness from earlier this Spring. Here at the Academy, we have been moving down the path of transformation with the 21 Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) who are engaged as early adopters in the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) new recognition program called the Patient-Centered Connected Care (PCCC) - P3 or P Triple C as we refer to it.  The program acknowledges the DC as an integral provider in the process of meeting the Triple Aim. In case any of you have forgotten what the triple aim is, it involves reducing cost of care, improving health of the population and improving patient experience to include quality and satisfaction. There is


Today, I want to talk a little bit about awareness. It is Spring and I am aware of the grass beginning to turn green, the trees starting to bud, and the wild turkeys around where I live are everywhere doing their thing.  I find myself some mornings wanting to tell them to keep the party down a little….goodness.  I am aware of my surroundings changing rapidly right now. I try to pay attention to those changes as I know I am an integral part of my world and what is happening around me.  I can egoically try to resist and hold back the inevitable changes or I can choose to embrace them and allow them to enrich my life and


Ok, so for all of you wondering if I passed the NCQA PCMH Content Expert exam, the answer is YES!  Yeah, glad I can report that because I didn’t have a clear understanding of how I would have addressed failing it.  The first thought I had after I received my congratulations message was how grateful I am to the person who introduced me to the concept of patient centered medial home. His name is Dr. Kevin and he is a pediatrician who was the Medical Director of a FQHC in upstate New York where I was working at that time. He was “loved” by the community for his bright orange keds shoes and his passion for involving people in their

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