Dynamic Chiropractic – July 15, 2012, Vol. 30, Issue 15

News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

"Stay Fit Seniors" Program Now Reimbursable Through Several Networks

Stay Fit Seniors is now a contracted exercise program provider for several  health insurance networks, according to the program's founders, Roger Russo, DC, and Anthony Lauro, DC.

In a press release announcing the news, Drs. Russo and Lauro explained that seniors can utilize the benefit at any participating health care provider offering the Stay Fit Seniors, Silver & Fit or SilverSneakers exercise program, with providers reimbursed through Medicare Advance and Medicare Supplement health plans that offer an exercise benefit to their members.

"Chiropractic offices and other health care facilities are being considered by health insurance networks as prime destination points to deliver [physical activity intervention programs] to their members," they said in the release. "This is a great opportunity for chiropractors to not only be paid to deliver wellness services, but also to expose the non chiropractic public to chiropractic."

As first reported in DC in 2007, Stay Fit Seniors combines chiropractic care and regular exercise – in the form of a supervised circuit-training routine – exclusively for seniors ages 60 and older. The program was endorsed by Jack LaLanne, receiving national attention. For more information, visit www.stayfitseniorsnetwork.com and read "A New Face for Chiropractic," July 2, 2007 issue, which features an exclusive interview with Drs. Russo and Lauro regarding the Stay Fit Seniors program.

Sherman President Steps Down; Search for New President Begins

Sherman College of Chiropractic has begun searching for a new president following the May 31 announcement by Jon Schwartzbauer, DC, that he is stepping down. Dr. Schwartzbauer, a member of the Sherman faculty and administration for 10 years, and president since 2007, is a 1997 alumnus who also served as vice president for academic director of the Leadership and Practice Management Institute and a member of the Chiropractic Health Center faculty.

"I have seen Sherman College surpass expectations many times, in many ways, and I know the college has the potential to be truly exceptional," said Dr. Schwartzbauer in making the announcement. "I am honored to have been part of that path."

First DCs Benefit From Indian Health Service Loan Program

Dr. Gary Auerbach, administrator of the American Indian / Alaska Native Doctors of Chiropractic (AIANDC) Ad-Hoc Committee, reports that three of 18 AIANDC doctors of chiropractic who applied for the Indian Health Service loan repayment program have been funded, with each receiving $20,000 per year in a two-year contract. All three doctors receiving the awards worked at tribal health centers, according to Dr. Auerbach; the other 15 applicants did not.

On Jan. 23, 2012, Indian Health Service announced guidelines for the IHS loan repayment program for health profession education loans, which included doctors of chiropractic as eligible providers along with naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists, among others. For more information, read "Indian Health Service Includes DCs in Loan Repayment Program," March 12, 2012 issue.

Standard Process President Receives Honorary Degree

Charles DuBois, president of nutritional supplement manufacturer Standard Process, recently received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from New York Chiropractic College, recognizing DuBois' "generous philanthropy, his business achievement and for having significantly advanced natural healthcare education, scholarship and nutritional research." The honorary degree is only the second conferred by NYCC in the 90-year history of the college.

Chiropractic Moving Into the Research Mainstream?

Bruce Fischer, DC, is co-author of "Manipulation Under Anesthesia for Treatment of Refractory Hip and Pelvic Pain," findings from which were presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 2012 Annual Meeting. The study, which concluded: "Joint manipulation under sedation is an effective modality with which to treat chronic, refractory hip and pelvis pain," continues the recent trend featuring doctors of chiropractic presenting at medical conferences and/or being published in peer-reviewed medical research journals. DC Publisher Donald Petersen Jr. reported on the overwhelming chiropractic presence in The Spine Journal's "Top 25 Hottest Articles" for 2011 in his July 1, 2012 report of findings. Read "Chiropractic Dominates The Spine Journal Downloads in 2011."

Oklahaven "Have a Heart" Campaign Winners Named

Oklahaven Children's Chiropractic Center recently announced results of its annual "Have a Heart" campaign. The chiropractic college and clinic recognized with the "Golden Heart Award" this year are Parker University (Dallas) and Meek Chiropractic (Springfield, Mo.), respectively.


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