News of the Profession

Chiropractic in Military Medicine

Chiropractic services are offered at several United States military bases and veterans healthcare locations. An article in the June 2009 issue of the journal Military Medicine discusses, in an effort to increase awareness and improve interdisciplinary collaboration, when to refer patients for chiropractic care. The article titled “Chiropractic in US military and veterans’ health care” by Drs. Bart Green, Claire Johnson, and Anthony Lisi provides a brief overview of chiropractic services and helps to inform readers and health care providers who may be unfamiliar with how chiropractic services are utilized within the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare environments. Also published in this issue of Military Medicine is the article titled: “A cross-sectional analysis of clinical outcomes following chiropractic care in veterans with and without post-traumatic stress disorder” authored by Drs. Andrew Dunn, Steven Passmore, Jeanmarie Burke and New York Chiropractic College student David Chicoine. Military Medicine is the official journal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

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Missouri State Chiropractic Association Legislative Report

HB 577, with the MSCA’s 50% Rule attached, was the last bill of the 2009 session to be truly agreed and finally passed

One very good bill that was passed was HB 577. It started its journey through the legislative process as a 15-page bill dealing with captive insurance companies, but picked up several amendments along the way. Two good amendments that were added were the language strengthening the prompt pay statute in Missouri and the language pushed by the MSCA prohibiting insurance carriers from charging a co-pay amount to chiropractic patients that exceeds 50% of the actual cost of the service provided (50% rule). Unfortunately, the prompt pay language was stripped off in conference along with most of the other amendments.

With the help of Senators Jim Lembke and Scott Rupp, and Representative Brian Yates, we successfully fought to keep our 50% rule in the bill; and, at 5:37 on Friday, HB 577 was the last bill of the 2009 session to be truly agreed and finally passed and sent to the governor. This is a major victory for chiropractic in Missouri. It will help keep your patients coming to you for their care, and it will keep money in their pockets. For more information on the 2009 Legislative Session, search the Missouri Government website,


Erickson Honored as Minnesota’s Chiropractor of the Year

Dr. Kent Erickson was recognized as the “Chiropractor of the Year” for 2009 by the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA) during their recent Convention and Annual Meeting in Brainerd, MN.

Honored for his outstanding service to the profession, Dr. Erickson has been a member and champion of the MCA for nearly 30 years. During his tenure with the association, he has lead the organization’s legislative efforts by serving as chairperson of the legislative and political action committees.

In addition to volunteering his time and resources to the MCA, Dr. Erickson has also served on the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners, whose primary focus is protection of the public. “Dr. Erickson has clearly dedicated his life to improving public health and the chiropractic profession,” explained Dr. Christopher Jo, MCA President.

Erickson received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University, located in Bloomington, MN, where he is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Since 1983, Dr. Erickson has practiced at Brookdale Health located in Brooklyn Center, MN.

Pi Kappa Chi (PKX) Reunion, October 2009

Pi Kappa Chi (PKX) Chiropractic Fraternity, with Student Chapters at Palmer College (Davenport), Logan College, and Texas Chiropractic College is holding a reunion at the New Jersey Shore this October 15, 16, 17, 18, 2009. Founded in 1961 by students of Palmer College of Chiropractic, PKX students soon rose to prominence in the student hierarchy (student clinic help, assistant instructors; gold coats, blue coats, red coats). Upon graduation PKX doctors assumed prominent positions and furthered the profession.

Over 3000 Fraternal Alumni practice around the world. Many will be heading to the Ocean Place Resort to hear PKX speakers and enjoy the memories and Brotherhood. For information, contact [email protected], call 1-718-981-9755 or visit


Life University Executive VP First Chiropractor Named ACE Fellow

Brian McAulay, D.C., Ph.D., executive vice president, recently completed a six-month fellowship with the American Council on Education (ACE), the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program. McAulay is the first chiropractic college administrator to be selected in the group’s 45-year history. ACE Fellows are matched with a college or university and its president for a six- to twelve-month placement of intense, on-site mentorship and special projects. McAulay completed his fellowship at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. Fellows are also expected to travel throughout their tenure to learn from other institutions’ presidents and senior staff. McAulay met with more than 60 university presidents and toured 50 campuses, including several institutions in India.

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