Despite our essential business status, physical distancing strategies decrease demand for chiropractors’ hands-on treatment as people try to stay home more. However, we are able to apply our broad knowledge and skill sets to continue serving the people of NH, even...
The outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States is affecting both the way you practice and the business side of practicing. The available information changes by the day and much of it influences our practices. And the available misinformation seems to change even faster. We at the NHCA will try to give you resources to benefit your practice and, of course, your patients.
In this podcast episode, Greg speaks with clinician/researcher Aaron McMichael, DC, and clinician/lobbyist Dr. Vern Saboe, DC, of Oregon. Their conversation focuses on what the research says about clinical best practices, how that matches up with the incentives provided by insurance coverage, and how doctors are affecting real change in regulation.
As the novel coronavirus pandemic unfolds, New Hampshire chiropractors and their patients have questions. The WHO, CDC and state resources provide the best guidance, and we will do our best to assemble that information here. Read the association President’s statement here.
Chiropractors Provide Essential Services
Chiropractors and necessary staff in their facilities continue to provide essential services, per the US Department of Homeland Security. Patients should be seen for medically necessary care, telehealth should be employed when possible, and appropriate screening and protective measures should be put in place. We encourage hospitals and general practitioners to streamline their use of time and resources by referring non-COVID musculoskeletal cases to their local doctors of chiropractic. Read more here.
Telehealth for Chiropractors
Chiropractors can provide many services by remote telehealth apppointments. Chief among these is examination and consults, therapeutic exercise, education and reassurance. Gov. Sununu ordered temporary expansion of rules governing telehealth to prioritize safe patient care. Additionally, US DHHS announced they would use discretion to relax enforcement of usual HIPAA rules, allowing greater access to telehealth through a number of online services. Our more detailed telehealth primer is here.
Personal Protection and Office Hygiene
Continuing Education Changes
New Hampshire chiropractic license renewal occurs at the end of June 2021. In consideration of many educational events changing or being canceled, the NH Board of Chiropractic Examiners has ruled that they will accept all online education occurring during the Governor’s emergency declaration period. (NB: Of the usual 20 hours required, rules ordinarily limit online credit to 5 hours.)
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Thank you for visiting our website. The New Hampshire Chiropractic Association is a non-profit volunteer organization. In addition to the services we provide our membership, the NHCA is first and foremost concerned with assisting in the education of the public and our elected officials on the benefits chiropractic care provides in achieving health and wellness without the use of drugs or surgery. This has become especially important in view of the modern opioid epidemic.
With NH citizens in mind, we meet regularly with our elected officials in an attempt to share with them the most current research and related information on non-pharmacologic forms of health care, the largest provider of which nationwide is the chiropractic profession. Please visit the section on opioids, and the numerous links provided, to learn more about how chiropractic has been shown to reduce the use of opioid medications while maintaining outstanding levels of patient satisfaction.
The many devoted and highly educated members of our association will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact us or one of our members for further information.
Dr. Brendan McCann