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FEBRUARY 29, 2012
The IFCO is currently working with chiropracTORS, as well as state and national associations around the world to advance our vision. In addition, we are preparing for discussions with the CCE which will take place in mid-March as a follow up to the very successful campaign to get their attention last December in Washington, DC. We are working closely with the Movement for Chiropractic Quality and Integrity (MCQI) and the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation (FVS) to accomplish our goal. It is our hope that CCE can be reformed to accommodate the full complement of chiropractic styles of practice via the educational system. The IFCO sees the future sustainability of chiropractic as being much more involved than simply saying no to the inclusion of drugs.
We are also pleased to announce that September 22-23, 2012 will be the 2nd annual IFCO Global Summit this year hosted in conjunction with the Scottish Chiropractic Association in Edinburgh, Scotland. This will be an important time to come together and be vocal for our model of practice. We hope you can make it. These efforts to PROTECT chiropracTIC as we know it are being made even as the IFCO continues to make every effort to PROMOTE what you and IFCO knows chiropracTIC to be, the location, analysis and correction of vertebral subluxation simply because they are a detriment to life.
DECEMBER 14, 2011, WASHINGTON DC:
ORAL COMMENTS PRESENTED TO THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BY JUDY CAMPANALE, DC ON BEHALF OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF CHIROPRACTORS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Good morning Madam Chair and Committee Members. I’m Judy Nutz Campanale. I represent the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (the IFCO) and I very much appreciate the opportunity to address this committee.
It is the position of the IFCO that the CCE has adulterated the accreditation process by using their power and influence as a political tool to change the objective of chiropractic from a separate and distinct profession that specifically contributes to patient health through the care of the spine and nervous system into the medical role of a primary care physician. They have attempted to achieve this transition through various tactics. In fact, the very thorough staff that reported to you on this matter, noted over 40 different ways in which the CCE is failing to comply with the Secretary’s criteria for recognition. However for the purpose of this brief presentation I wish to focus solely on one.
Specifically and intentionally, the CCE has failed to comply section 602.13.
602.13 deals with Acceptance of the agency by others, and states:
The agency must demonstrate that its standards, policies, procedures, and decisions to grant or deny accreditation are widely accepted in the United States by –
(b)Licensing bodies, practitioners, and employers in the professional or vocational fields for which the educational institutions or programs within the agency’s jurisdiction prepare their students.
There are two ways in which the CCE violates this code. First, the CCE’s own Accreditation Standards as of January 2012 define chiropractic primary health care as, “care that is provided by a health care professional in the patient’s first contact within a health care system that includes an examination and evaluation, diagnosis and health management. A Doctor of Chiropractic practicing primary health care is competent and qualified to provide independent, quality, patient-focused care to individuals of all ages and genders by: 1) providing direct access, portal of entry care that does not require a referral from another source; 2) establishing a partnership relationship with continuity of care for each individual patient; 3) evaluating a patient and independently establishing a diagnosis or diagnoses; and 4) managing the patient’s health care and integrating health care services including treatment, recommendations for self-care, referral, and/or co-management.” Again, this is how the CCE’s 2012 Standards define chiropractic health care.
This migration of the definition of chiropractic is clearly in violation of 602.13 as it is not widely accepted. A review of chiropractic state practice acts as listed by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, which has been previously provided to this committee, revealed that the majority of states (41 to be exact) do not allow for chiropractors to serve the public in the broadly defined role of primary care physician. The remaining states that DO ALLOW for a broader scope of practice do not define chiropractors as being the coordinators in the public’s use of the health care system in the way the CCE standards do.
The second way that CCE violates 602.13 is that the recently adopted 2012 CCE Standards and Policies has eliminated the requirement for chiropractic programs to train candidates in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation….this is the focal point of chiropractic as widely recognized by the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, Federal programs, most state licensing boards and the majority of practitioners throughout the world.
One need look no further than the Code of Federal Regulations to fine the widely accepted fundamental of what chiropractic is. Under those regulations, “Medicare Part B pays only for a chiropractor’s manual manipulation of the spine to correct a subluxation.”
The argument of the CCE will likely be that they included the term subluxation within the meta competencies. Please note that the term subluxation was noted ONCE within these meta-competencies and essentially is buried within an unrelated paragraph.
In summary, the CCE is in violation of 602.13 by inappropriately classifying doctors of chiropractic as primary care physicians contrary to the licensing statues of at least 41 states and by removing the requirement to train a candidate to detect and correct vertebral subluxation which is contrary to the widely accepted standard of what chiropractic is on the federal level, on the state level, on the collegiate level and on the chiropractic practitioners level.
The CCE requires serious reform. We respectfully request that the committee defer its decision regarding the CCE until it Standards and Policies are in compliance with 602.13 as well as all of the requirements that this committee demands. The IFCO will make itself available for any questions the committee may have
On September 14, 2011, IFCO submitted
written comments regarding the CCE to the
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity:
September 14, 2011
Accreditation Group Records Manager
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity
Office of Post Secondary Education
United States Department of Secondary Education
1990 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Attention: Dr. Rachael Shultz.
WRITTEN COMMENTS REGARDING THE
COUNCIL ON CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION
To read this document and associated references in its entirety,
please go to http://www.ifcochiro.org/files/cce.pdf
The mission of the IFCO is to support and advance the practice of chiropractic that is exclusive for the location, analysis, and correction of vertebral subluxation because vertebral subluxation, in and of itself, is a detriment to the fullest expression of life. Our ultimate goal is to ensure the future of chiropractic as a separate and distinct profession to secure and insure public access to vertebral subluxation correction. We shall accomplish this by uniting and supporting chiropractors and organizations who share the IFCO mission through professional, legislative, educational and personal growth endeavors.
Who is the IFCO?
The International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations is a national organization representing chiropractors and chiropractic affiliate organizations with a united voice for chiropractic principles.
What are the IFCO’s Objectives
The objectives of the Federation are: to assist chiropractors in any legal way that is practical; to promote, protect and advance chiropractic and to facilitate the public access to and knowledge of the services of chiropractic.
How does the IFCO Define Chiropractic?
Chiropractic: Chiropractic is a vitalistic philosophy, science, and art which consists solely of the non-therapeutic objective of locating, analyzing, and assisting in the correction of vertebral subluxations, because they are detrimental to the expression of innate intelligence.
The Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO) is a national trade organization chartered in the state of Kansas in 1979 by a group of concerned chiropractors dedicated to promoting the ideals of straight chiropractic. In 1982, we relocated to the state of Georgia and registered to conduct business there. Our national office was located at 642 Broad St., in Clifton, NJ. From 1984 until 2001, when it moved to 2276 Wassergass Road, Hellertown, PA. The FSCO’s fundamental purpose was, and still is, to preserve the traditional principles of chiropractic, while representing the interests and concerns of straight chiropractors throughout the world. In May of 2011, the Board of Directors and an overwhelming majority of the membership voted to change the name of the FSCO to the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO) to reflect the organizations new stance as an international trade organization. While the range of the organization’s reach was dramatically expanded, the mission of the FSCO/IFCO has remained the same.
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