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2015 Annual Conference Schedule
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Friday, April 24

6:45–7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3 - CAs

7:30–9:10 a.m.

ICD-10: Training and Implementation for Providers
Leann Ottomeyer, RN, CPC
CMS has slated October 1, 2015 as the deadline for ICD-10 implementation. Providers and payers are required to be compliant with the new coding structure and documentation guidelines by the implementation date. CMS is estimating that over 60% of providers, nationwide, do not document patient care with enough specificity to comply with this new system. This places every provider at risk for claims processing delays and denials.

This session will provide a basic overview of coding changes and how to understand the new coding structures. Providers will review documentation best practices to ensure medical records meet the new ICD-10 guidelines. Suggestions for ICD-10 conversion and implementation will give providers a starting plan of action.

Acupuncture Advanced Needling Techniques and the Treatment of Frozen Shoulder
Kerri Casey, LAc
Overview of acupuncture advanced needling techniques with a practical demonstration for treating frozen shoulder.


9:15–10:05 a.m.

Imaging Case Studies – Cases from the Trenches
Stephen Fridinger, DC
Case studies involving different types of imaging will be discussed. Doctors originally involved in some of the cases will be present to give a more complete story to discuss patient presentation, treatment and outcome.

Professional Boundaries and Patient Privacy Update
Lindsay Mancini

Learn and discuss what is within and beyond professional boundaries with patients, and new patient privacy issues including social media.


10:05–10:35 a.m.

Break & Exhibits

10:35 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion: Chiropractic Best Practices
Tim Stark, DC
NWHSU has established a new integrative care model for assessing and managing mTBI's. A team of practitioners composed of DC's, acupuncturists, oriental medicine practitioners, massage therapists, nurse practitioners, naturopath,s and physical therapists contributed to this proposed model.

Imaging Case Studies – continued

Just the Facts Ma’am: Brief Overview of Basic Anatomy, Therapies, and Patient Communication
David Patterson, DC
During this class you will get the basics of human anatomy, common physiotherapy applications, and instruction on service oriented patient communication. Having this knowledge can improve your confidence to handle most situations that may arise in a normal practice environment.

12:05–1:55 p.m.

Lunch & Annual Meeting

1:55–2:30 p.m.


2:30–4:10 p.m. Do I Really Need to Be Professional?
Fabricio Mancini, DC
In this inspiring presentation, Dr. Mancini, world renowned Chiropractor and best-selling author, will share why professionalism has become so important. After more than 25 years as a successful Chiropractor, educator and health and wellness expert, Dr. Fab shares his secrets to positioning yourself and your practice for serving more people. He will share stories and comments by the public, media and even patients regarding how others see Chiropractic. He will also share simple steps to ensure your success and branding. This is a session you don’t want to miss.
4:15–5:05 p.m. Clinical Pearls in Extremity Adjusting Technique
Joseph Sweere, DC
Based upon his fifty-plus years of highly successful clinical practice chiropractic education, Dr. Sweere will provide a wide assortment of clinical nuggets that will enrich your practice and improve your clinical outcomes in the management of upper and lower extremity disorders. Emphasis will be placed on easy-to-learn, hands on specific techniques you can incorporate when you return to your practice on Monday morning.

Professional Boundaries
Paul Thompson
The goal of this session is to prevent boundary and ethics violations by increasing awareness of “danger zones,” and encouraging the development and implementation of a Chiropractic Boundary/Ethics Protection Plan to protect professionals and their practice.

ICD-10 Readiness and Implementation for Office Staff
Leann Ottomeyer, RN, CPC
As of October 1, 2105 all medical providers and insurance payers must comply with ICD-10 coding changes. Providers' offices must be ready to send claims that are ICD-10 compliant by the deadline, or risk losing important revenue. This session is designed to give office managers and support staff an overview of ICD-10 coding changes. It will highlight changes that are required for compliant documentation and provide ideas for implementation and pitfalls to avoid.
5:05–5:55 p.m.  
6:00–7:00 p.m. Vendor Reception
7:00–10:00 p.m. Awards Banquet (formal attire preferred)

Saturday, April 25


Track 1

Track 2

7:00–7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

7:30–9:10 a.m.

Chiropractic Philosophy: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Fabricio Mancini, DC
Do you wonder why the public does not get the value of Chiropractic? Have you ever felt distracted by the stresses of running a business instead of serving your patients? In this inspiring presentation Dr. Mancini, will share how to communicate the value of chiropractic to your community. You will hear inspiring stories that will bring you back to the “why” you decided to enter this great profession. You will be reconnected with your purpose and recognize there has never been more need for our services than today.

CPR Certification
Jim Cooper
Basic certification class for adult and child CPR and AED.

9:10–9:40 a.m.

Break & Exhibits

9:40–11:20 a.m.

Epigenetics: Dietary & Lifestyle Modifications to Improve Genetic Expression
Greg Peterson, DC
Learn how to modify genetic expression or phenotype with the latest research and information, presented in a manner that you will be able to apply the same day. Particular attention will be given to nutritional, diet and lifestyle modifications and their effect on genes and how to use this information for disease prevention with your patients.

Diagnostic Imaging: Case Studies and Clinical Correlations
Tim Mick, DC
This lecture will use case studies with clinical and imaging correlations to emphasize the critical role that radiography and advanced imaging play in the daily practice of chiropractic.  Imaging studies of both common and less frequently encountered abnormalities will be presented, with interactive discussions and a pace that will allow attendees to think through the cases and formulate their own differential diagnoses and final diagnoses.  There will be an emphasis on evidence-based utilization of imaging in an effort to provide maximum benefit to the patient, as economically as possible.

11:25 a.m. –12:15 p.m.

Happiness is in the Ears of the Beholder
Anne Spicer, DC
Explore the current understanding of pediatric ear infections from cause to differential diagnosis to chiropractic treatment options. 

12:15–1:45 p.m.

Lunch & Legislative Update…Michele Maiers, DC

1:45–2:20 p.m.


2:20–3:10 p.m.

Current Research: Literature Support for Daily Chiropractic Practice
Mark Dehen, DC
A discussion on new literature and guidelines that support the typical chiropractic practice. How to use literature for the DC, patient and third-party payor.

Maintaining Professional Boundaries in the Social Media Age
Greg Peterson, DC
Are you too ‘Friendly’ with your patients on social-media outlets? Boundaries and what is and is not appropriate in this age of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn will be discussed. When could you potentially be crossing Professional Boundaries?

3:10–4:00 p.m.

Market Your Practice to Connect in Today's Digital World
Chad Goehring
Digital marketing is no longer a luxury for Chiropractors. Every industry guru will tell you that it must be done. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogging, Video, Email, Texting, Mobile Apps... and the list goes on. But where do you start? And what if you're not an expert marketer? Join Chad Goehring with Chiro-Connect in this eye opening seminar that will break it down to the Four Non-Negotiables of Digital Marketing. Learn what you actually need and what you can simply let your competition worry about. Get the true picture of how to market your practice in today's digital world.

4:00 p.m.


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