June 2017 President’s Letter

Academy President Letter
June 9, 2017

From the Desk of J. R. Brandt DC, MS, FACO
Academy of Chiropractic

Good Day Fellows,

The Academy is continuing to make changes regarding our becoming certified by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The Board is currently putting together a plethora of data that is needed. From our governance to testing psychometry. It is time-consuming.

The Academy as of April 2017 has been divided into an Executive and Examination Board. We are developing a flow chart so that the membership will understand the dynamics. It is all good and as I have said, expanding our footprint. More on this as time unfolds.

A significant change is needed for Academy certification with NCCA regarding the current recertification process. It will now be called Maintenance of Credentials (MOC). It is all about demonstrating to the stakeholders not only does the examination process demonstrate accepted methodology but the Academy follows accepted psychometric rules and procedures. These requirements and procedures are established as part of a certification program that certificants must meet to maintain competence and renew their certification. Those outside our profession to include government, judicial, healthcare and payors understand the recertification and what it means. It is understood that your services provided will be delivered at the highest-quality and evidence-based levels. It demonstrates you are keeping current with your specialty designation. This process is needed, and it puts you, the recertified doctor in a favorable spot. MOC mandatory for membership in the Academy.

The Academy will require 12 hours of neuromusculoskeletal type of programs, events or activities per year for MOC. The member must fax, mail or e-mail a copy of your hours. The next letter will outline the criteria. As it stands, the only change will be when you typically pay your MOC fee; the documentation must be received at that time. This documentation meets the standard set forth by ICE/NCCA. The requirement will go into effect with the August billing cycle. There are many avenues available and acceptable for CEU’s. The next President’s letter will outline this in detail. You are already tracking hours for your state in many instances, and some or all may be acceptable for MOC with the Academy.

There is still one more cycle of testing to complete this year’s online Part I examination. We are seeing an increase in the number of candidates sitting the examination.  The feedback the Academy has gotten on the Diplomate course instructors is all positive!

Success is dependent upon effort…Sophocles

           “… Where your achievements matter”

J. R. Brandt DC MS FACO

President / Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists

The Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists
1859 Warrior Drive
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
TEL: 612-454-1472
FAX: 651-846-5590

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