2013 Convention Recap

CFS/ACCC 2013 Convention

The Annual Joint Fall Conference for the American Chiropractic Association’s Specialty Council on Forensic Sciences and the American College of Chiropractic Consultants was held in the Chicago area over October 10, 11 and 12, 2013. The Oak Brook Hills Marriott resort hotel is a wonderful location for this type of meeting providing excellent facilities and services. The program qualified for 18.5 hours toward the ACCC and for annual Council on Forensic Sciences Diplomate recertification with the ABFP (American Board of Forensic Professional).

The well attended conference began Thursday morning with an additional program co-sponsored by NCMIC Insurance Company on musculoskeletal rehabilitation of the shoulder. Dr. Brian Bond was the lively presenter of this important material with his interactive presentation. With the early program sponsored by NCMIC on Thursday, a total of 26.5 hours of continuing education credit was available to the attendees.

Thursday’s program continued into the evening with a three doctor panel discussing analysis and documentation of the extended clinical case review. Interesting “tips” were provided in understanding how to use common computer programs to evaluate complex data pools for irregularities. The presenters were Dr. Dan Bowerman, Dr. John Cerf and Dr. Harry Morgan.

After a delightful breakfast buffet, the Friday program started out with Pamela Warren, PhD, a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her topic was on recognizing bias in the clinical setting. Many interesting perspectives were discussed regarding the ways bias can show up and contaminate decision making.

Dr. Steve Baker kept the audience entertained with his experience and insight into the “Top 20 Infamous Questions from Third Party payers” covering common questions, answers and traps commonly found in information requests from third party payers.

After lunch, I had the honor of addressing the group with a presentation on a personal injury case that was settled in trial. The primary question was whether or not a spondylolisthesis occurred as a result of a motor vehicle collision. The anatomy, physiology, subjective complaints, x-ray and MRI imaging studies, and examination findings of this condition were reviewed. Additionally, an actual video of the patient’s Compulsory Medical Examination and the physician’s deposition testimony was viewed. The outcome of the trial was a surprise to most.

The next presenter was Betty Hovey, who is a superbly credentialed Billing and Coding professional, who reviewed the upcoming change from the current ICD-9 coding system to the ICD-10 system expected to be in use in about one year.

The program on Friday ended with Dr. Steven Baer reviewing his involvement as an expert in a Federal RICO trial. The complexities of this type of case were discussed in detail.

After another wonderful breakfast buffet at the hotel, the conference began its Saturday meeting with a lecture by Dr. Thomas Kosloff on using a framework of empirical research and actuarial data to drive clinical decisions for the best outcome of the patient, the providers and the third party payers.

Dr. Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT discussed utilization of evidence based practice (EBP) to provide quality care for the patient and maintain cost effectiveness of treatment.

The afternoon session on Saturday began with Dr. Steven Yeomans who reviewed utilization of Outcomes Assessment tools for the clinical case review. He shared many personal observations derived from his years of research in this area as well as hypothetical clinical examples. His presentation was lively and entertaining.

Dr. Craig Nelson concluded the conference with a presentation on the Crossfit “craze” now totaling over 5000 affiliate gyms in the United States. He described the process and discussed topics including possible injury from participating in the program, referral of the program for your patients, and how Crossfit can be integrated into the Chiropractic practice.

During the breaks, lunches and dinners, many old friends had the opportunity to renew friendships with colleagues from all over the country and Canada and make new ones with younger members of this dynamic group of Chiropractors. For more information on the organizations, go to www.forensic-sciences.org for the Council on Forensics Sciences and www.accc-chiro.com for the American College of Chiropractic consultants.

Clayton Hopkins, DC, DABFP