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MCA In Touch: January 2017
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In this issue:

2017 — An Extraordinary Opportunity

By Barb Dolezal, DC, MCA President

Attributed to the 1st Century AD Roman philosopher Seneca, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity” has been quoted and re-quoted for centuries, and is more relevant today than ever. Looking forward, the new year is bound to be full of preparation, opportunity and luck. The challenge is to be vigilant for worthwhile opportunities while preparing in a focused way to gratefully receive the “luck” that may fall our way. The MCA’s Mission and Vision encompass focused preparation and mindfulness to opportunity so that any luck can be shared with our doctors and our patients.

The impact of the MCA’s Mission and Vision has inspired many of our doctors to volunteer their time and resources to the MCA: collectively each year donating thousands of hours, tens of thousands of travel miles, data overage, untold time away from their families for meetings and countless hours on the phone, email, text and social media. Our colleagues who serve the MCA in big and small ways, on state and district boards and committees, are prepared for opportunities to represent chiropractic in this complex, changing health care environment. In short: the MCA leadership works hard to create our luck.

As Doctors of Chiropractic, we prepare to serve others with a comprehensive education, enter practice with the opportunity to help relieve pain and suffering, and if luck falls our way, get paid by a broken-down insurance industry where it pays to be sick, not well. The MCA believes that it’s time to make our own luck and needs your help! Your membership makes a difference. Your time & knowledge make a bigger difference. See page 3 for your state and district MCA officers and committee chairs. Contact any one of them to ask how you can help.

Thank you for the extraordinary opportunity to serve as your MCA President. While it would be difficult to be adequately prepared to serve in this capacity, as luck would have it, the MCA supports and guides my decisions with a diverse and inspired leadership team, strong MCA membership and a unified vision for chiropractic for 2017!

Bill to Protect Sports Providers Crossing State Lines Moves to Senate

From American Chiropractic Association

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Jan. 9 that would protect sports medicine professionals, including doctors of chiropractic (DCs), by ensuring their malpractice insurance is valid when they travel with teams across state lines. The legislation, H.R. 302, now moves to the Senate for consideration.

ACA worked with key members of the House to ensure chiropractors, along with other providers, were included in the bill’s final language. The initial version of the bill that was introduced in 2015 excluded DCs from this initiative. Addressing this issue is important for the chiropractic profession because DCs are a vital part of integrated health teams at all levels of competition: high school, college and professional. Currently, all professional football teams, as well as 28 of the 30 major league baseball clubs, have a doctor of chiropractic as part of their medical training staff.

“Continuity of care for athletes is important as they cross state lines to compete, and this bill will help ensure they can be treated by health care professionals they have come to know and trust,” said ACA President David Herd, DC.

ACA thanks the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), and Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) for their work in bringing this bill before the House.

ACA supports swift action by the Senate and looks forward to H.R. 302 reaching the president’s desk for final approval.

ACA Urges Agency to Include DCs in New VA Program

From American Chiropractic Association

In a notice of proposed rulemaking, the federal government is looking to expand its registry of providers performing commercial driver license physical exams to those currently employed in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). While the proposal includes MDs and DOs now serving in the VA, the plan excludes doctors of chiropractic. ACA has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, urging that DCs be included in National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.


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