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Dr. Banks Elected VP of ACA Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics

Dr. Cameron Banks has been elected as Vice President of the American Chiropractic Association's (ACA) Council on Chiropractic OrthopedicsWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Cameron Banks has been elected as Vice President of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics. This two-year term, which began on July 1, 2023, was determined by votes from members of both the ACA and the Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics.

A Vision for Medicare Overhaul

“One of the recent political objectives of the ACA is to overhaul Medicare and how it works for patients seeking chiropractic care. Presently, chiropractors are only reimbursed for adjustments, leaving patients responsible for the cost of X-rays, exams, and various therapies, which is an unnecessary burden for our seniors,” said Dr. Banks.

This is a significant issue considering chiropractic services extend far beyond basic spinal and joint adjustments. The current system disregards the comprehensive care chiropractors provide, especially for older adults who often suffer from chronic pain or debilitating conditions like disc and nerve issues.

The Mission of The ACA’s Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics

The Council exists within the American Chiropractic Association to promote post-doctoral education of Chiropractic Orthopedists and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine specialists. This includes promoting research, collaborating across specialities and professions, as well as advocating for the continual improvement and refinement of the scope of chiropractic practice.

Involvement at the State Level and Beyond

Dr. Banks’ role also extends to involvement in state-level activities and close collaboration with the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedics (ACCO), the continuing education branch of chiropractic orthopedics and neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialists. .

One of the key events Dr. Banks will take part in the ACA: Engage Conference in January 2024. This annual convention, held in Washington DC, largely focuses on lobbying efforts and establishing contact with representatives who can sponsor and co-sponsor bills to propel chiropractic legislation forward.

The Importance of Board Certification

Chiropractors are not required to specialize like their medical doctor counterparts. However, those that do elect to specialize may do so in order to fit into the medical model that patients and providers alike are familiar with in order to improve outcomes. In order to be board certified, doctors of chiropractic not only complete a separate three years of education but also sit for multiple board exams in addition to the requirements of other entry-level chiropractors. When you see a board certified chiropractor, you can be sure you will be receiving care that is not only safe and effective but is also backed by evidence and best practices.

Being board certified equips chiropractors with a deeper understanding of conservative treatment options. Chiropractic board specialties include Orthopedics/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, Neurology, Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine, Radiology, Rehabilitation, amongst others. Specialists within Chiropractic often handle the most difficult cases that are too complex or difficult for family/general chiropractors.

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