June 2022 Featured Members: Drs. Lamson, Morgan, and Clemons of White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

About White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation specializes in the education, diagnosis, and manual treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, offering an individual and integrated approach. The team provides therapies and treatment to patients of all ages for a number of conditions, including sports and occupational injuries. In addition to chiropractic and Rehabilitation, they offer evidence-based techniques including manual Active Myofascial Release and Graston Technique®. White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation has locations in Rindge and New Ipswich, and a new office in Porstmouth. We are proud to have the DCs at White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation as members of the NHCA! Be sure to check out their website, and learn more about the team below.

About Dr. Colby Lamson:

Dr. Colby Lamson received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC) from New York Chiropractic College where he graduated with induction into the Phi Chi Omega Honors Society. Dr. Lamson was accepted into an honors residency program at South Shore Neurological Associates specializing in an interdisciplinary approach to chronic pain in Long Island, NY prior to graduation. He is currently a member of the American Chiropractic Association and New England Sports Medicine Council.

Dr. Lamson believes in educating the patient about the cause of their symptoms, and empowering them to take control of their pain. Using a combination of methods to correct joint and soft tissue dysfunction, he aims to relieve pain as quickly as possible and educate patients on how to function pain free. Outside of work, Dr. Lamson enjoys motorsports, biking, and golfing with friends and family.

About Dr. Rachel Morgan:

Dr. Rachel Morgan is a licensed chiropractor in the state of New Hampshire and earned her doctorate of chiropractic (DC) from New York Chiropractic College, graduating with Honors and induction into the Phi Chi Omega Honors Society. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Morgan grew up just south of Seattle, WA and obtained her her B.A., majoring in biology from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. During her last year residency at NYCC, Dr. Morgan had the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary chronic pain practice integrating neurology, physical therapy, and pain management. This experience emphasized a team approach to individual care, the complexity of the human frame, and the important role of patient education.

Dr. Morgan is committed to evidence based, patient centered care and treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. She develops individual comprehensive treatment plans that focus both on alleviating symptoms and helping patients maintain and achieve their functional goals. Dr. Morgan is a member of the New England Sports Medicine Council, the American Chiropractic Association, and the North American Spine Society. She is constantly looking for further opportunities to enhance her education and skill so that she is able to provide her patients with the best care possible. A healthy lifestyle, environmental awareness, and staying involved with the community are very important to Dr. Morgan. While not at work, Dr. Morgan enjoys being outdoors, running, eating good food, or just relaxing with family and friends.

 

About Dr. Greer Clemons:

Dr. Greer was first introduced to chiropractic as a patient after an injury she sustained during a horseback riding accident, an experience that made her decide that she wanted to provide others with the same pain relief she received from care. After graduating Cum Laude from Albion College in Michigan with a major in Kinesiology, Dr. Greer attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. In addition to the ordinary course of study, Dr. Greer enrolled in elective chiropractic technique courses while at Palmer inclusive of Sacro-Occipital Technique, Thompson, Activator, and Advanced Soft Tissue. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with an award for Academic Excellence in June of 2018. Dr. Greer has a passion for approaching each patient as a whole and incorporates personalized nutrition, exercise, and activities of daily living counseling and soft tissue work in addition to chiropractic care. She loves to empower patients to take control of their own health and will work with her patients to create a care plan to fit their needs and lifestyle. Outside of work, Dr. Greer enjoys horseback riding, hiking, camping, running, and good food.

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NHCA Legislative Chair Mark Stagnone, DC testifies in front of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee in support of HB 247 in February 2022. 

Over the past year, the NHCA has done work on behalf of the profession that we’re proud of. The association:

  • Advertised chiropractic’s “hands-on, drug free approach to healthcare in a safe environment” on NHPR and its podcasts from March to August, directing listeners to our member map.
  • Allied with a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare organizations to advocate for HB 247, a bill that would ensure adequate chiropractic coverage for patients who would otherwise be prescribed opioids for acute or chronic pain.
  • Sent our board members to Concord to testify in support of HB 1245, a bill that would address unfair chiropractic copayment practices by insurance companies.
  • Held a virtual town hall event open to all NH chiropractors to collect information on the issues impacting the profession throughout the state.
  • Presented continuing education in collaboration with the ACA Pediatrics Council.
  • Lobbied New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to support the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, which would update Medicare rules to allow coverage for our usual scope of services, including exams. That means better chiropractic coverage for over 300,000 Granite Staters!
  • Hired our first Association Manager to ensure that we are consistently and reliably meeting the needs of New Hampshire chiropractors.

This year, we continue to advocate on legislation impacting the profession and plan exciting continuing education opportunities, both virtual and in-person. We are gathering information from New Hampshire chiropractors to address Anthem payment delays, and anticipate that the NHCA will be represented as a stakeholder in a state-commissioned study on minimum chiropractic insurance coverage by commercial insurance plans.

This work is made possible by our members across the state. To continue and expand our efforts, we need your support.

You can support our work by becoming an NHCA member today!

Contact our Senators about S. 4042!

On Thursday, April 7, just before a two-week congressional recess, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), joined by his colleagues Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), introduced S. 4042, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, a bipartisan companion to legislation of the same name, H.R. 2654, in the House. The Senate bill was immediately referred to the Finance committee, which has jurisdiction on all matters related to the Medicare program.

Why is it important that this bill has been introduced in both chambers? Basically, a companion bill shows support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives and lends an added sense of credibility to the cause. Additionally, a bill now in both chambers opens further opportunities for passage. Learn more from this ACA blog post.

How can you support this legislation? Additional cosponsors are important, for both the Senate and House bills. Cosponsor numbers show support, and strong numbers are undeniable truths when it comes time to move legislation to the floor. Senator Maggie Hassan and Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster would make especially powerful cosponsors of this legislation because of their positions on key committees. You can help to generate cosponsors by contacting your Senators and Representative through the ACA Legislative Action Center. Make sure your colleagues, patients, family, and friends do the same!

Spring 2022 NECC Summit in Portsmouth

On Saturday, April 9 the NHCA joined association leaders from across the Northeast for our 2022 Spring Northeast Chiropractic Council meeting. Thank you to Dr. Colby Lamson and Dr. Rachel Morgan of White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation for lending us the rehab space in your new Portsmouth office!
 
To hear our report on what we learned from other states at the NECC summit, members can join us on our monthly NHCA Board of Directors call this Wednesday, April 20 at 8:30 PM. Email info@nhchiropractic.org for a link.

Share your story: Unfair Reimbursement Based on Provider Type

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) collaborated recently with the Patient Access to Responsible Care Alliance (PARCA), a coalition of non-MD healthcare providers, in submitting a letter to federal regulators urging them to enforce a rule that requires group health plans and health insurers to fairly compensate non-MDs for the same services delivered by other healthcare providers.

Do you have personal stories about how you have been compensated unfairly by a group health plan or health insurer? You can support the ACA’s advocacy on this issue by sending your stories to them today.

Introducing Association Manager Leah Stagnone

The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Leah Stagnone as NHCA’s first association manager. Ms. Stagnone accepted a contract offer to start as Executive Manager in March 2022. She comes to us with a breadth of experience in non-profit operations, and previously served for two years as Executive Assistant to the NHCA. We are convinced that her skills and contributions to NHCA leadership will provide the best next step for chiropractors in the Granite State.

Stagnone’s previous work includes several years as a volunteer healthcare policy advocate in the NH legislature, giving her experience and familiarity that will advance our collaborations and initiatives in Concord. She has previously testified publicly on a number of bills to advance patient-centric healthcare in the state. Furthermore, in the past year she has demonstrated an ability to deftly organize and coach NHCA stakeholders. Her work included supporting bills to regulate chiropractic co-pays, and to establish coverage standards for non-pharmacological pain care.

Additionally, her resume includes several years with ABLE NH, a non-profit in the movement to protect the rights of people with disabilities. There she gained extensive experience in membership recruitment, volunteer management, in-person and online event planning, social media management, and the general operations of a small non-profit organization.

Stagnone notes that, growing up the daughter of a chiropractor, she is familiar with the chiropractic community and culture, and also has a great appreciation for the doctors’ role in quality health care. She states:

“I feel well-equipped to take on more responsibility with the NHCA, and with this opportunity to
dedicate more time to the association, I see great potential for progress in membership
numbers, communications, continuing education offerings and turnout, social media presence,
legislative advocacy, and so much more. This potential has been clear to me over the past two
years, and I often wished that I could give more time to work toward these goals. I am confident
in my ability to build relationships with doctors throughout the state, energize new members
around issues impacting the profession, and grow the NHCA’s reputation as a trusted, influential
resource for New Hampshire chiropractors.”

With Stagnone’s help, NHCA looks forward to helping chiropractors serve their communities’ health even better.