Sugary drinks maintain hold on Americans

Despite the long term efforts of many public health agencies, a recent CDC report demonstrates that adults and children continue to consume the same number of calories from sugary beverages now as they did in 2009-2010. The approaches to reducing the consumption of these beverages has been born out of the link to many population health concerns such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. There were a period of years where educational approaches like those supported by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines demonstrated progress, however at this point there has been a leveling off. There are a number of explanations for this effect such as substitution of sugary beverages other than soda,  socioeconomic and generational differences in consumption patterns.  Guidelines for sugar consumption have been expressed in different ways such as the U.S. Dietary Guidelines suggestion that all added sugars account for no more than 10 percent of dietary calories, and the American Heart Association’s recommendation that children get no more than 100 calories/day from sugary beverages. The unique element to sugary beverages is most people don’t realize how much actual sugar they’ve consumed. It will require a sustained effort to produce an effective culture shift to address this issue.  For additional information on this area of concern: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/01/26/americans-were-making-a-lot-of-progress-cutting-back-on-sugary-drinks-now-thats-stopped/?utm_term=.8f5016c8d15b&wpisrc=nl_sb_smartbrief


Best Practices: HIPAA and Sharing info

“Can I share information about a patient with their family?” “What if it is an emergency?”

Have you had these questions? Whether a provider or a patient, the HIPAA Privacy rule covers what information can be shared.

In short, the answer is “Yes”. The HIPAA Privacy Rule at 45 CFR 164.510(b) specifically permits covered entities to share information that is directly relevant to the involvement of a spouse, family members, friends, or other persons identified by a patient, in the patient’s care or payment for health care. If the patient is present or otherwise available and agrees to the disclosure of the inforamtion the provider can discuss information with the family and other persons. If the patient is incapacitated or not present due to emergency circumstances, a provider may share information with family or other persons if, in their best judgment, it is in the best interest of the patient to do so. For more information from HHS about this matter, click here.

 


SEATTLE – New free CE coming to your area March 16, 2017!

Join your peers on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Hilton Seattle for an relevant and engaging two-hour continuing education program created specifically for integrative healthcare providers!

Providers are challenged daily in assisting patients to manage chronic pain, narcotic addiction, pain syndrome behaviors, PTSD, and other “yellow-flag” complications that may derail positive outcomes. In addition, charting pain management protocols and clinically justifying the outcomes can be a challenge for the provider.

How can a provider better engage an already stressed patient? Which management plans show effective outcomes? This educational program will address these issues with effective plans, showing positive outcomes. The tools and techniques identified and taught in the program can be readily adopted into practice.

Visit the registration website (button above!) for speaker bio, full schedule and other details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 


Acupuncture in the Emergency Room

There are many conditions where acupuncture has demonstrated value in providing pain relief.  In a trial of 300 patients comparing acupuncture and morphine for acute onset moderate to severe pain, acupuncture provided more effective and faster pain relief with fewer side effects. For more details, the study can be found in the November, 2016 volume of The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.


Overuse of analgesics and opioids linked to acute migraine headache

Medpage Today published a 12-07-2016 systemic literature review showing a link between the overuse of analgesics and opioids, as an increased risk for onset of Acute Migraine Headaches. Ergots (vessel constricting drugs: Migranal & Cafergot, Migergot: ergotamine with caffeine) and triptans had a lower risk factor of producing acute migraine headache. However, the findings may be associated with relative ease of obtaining analgesics and opioids. Analgesics and opioids are less costly and used more frequently. Many analgesics can be acquired over-the-counter without prescription. Opioids are one of the least expensive prescriptive pain medications. Researchers point out, ‘migraine headache poses a significant socioeconomic burden, making it one of the most costly neurologic disorders known’. While the article did not include integrative healthcare treatment for migraines, there is evidence highlighted in the Cochrane Library and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (NCCIH) of non-drug alternatives that can help with migraines such as acupuncture, massage, and dietary supplements like butterbur.


PORTLAND – OCT 5 – Continuing Education Conference for Network Providers

Join your local provider peers for one of our continuing education conferences in 2017! Click the register button for a complete agenda, location, times & more!

Our clinical and administrative experts have been working hard creating compelling, informative continuing education just for you – with sessions on ethics, HIPAA privacy and security standards, pain management, coding, and charting there’s something for every provider!

The CHP Group has been working with integrative healthcare (IH) providers and providing IH-targeted continuing education for over 25 years in the Pacific Northwest. As always, this event is free and exclusively for our network providers. We look forward to seeing you there!


PORTLAND – MARCH 2 – Continuing Education Conference for Network Providers


Join your local provider peers for one of our continuing education conferences in 2017! Click the register button for a complete agenda, location, times & more!

Our clinical and administrative experts have been working hard creating compelling, informative continuing education just for you – with sessions on ethics, HIPAA privacy and security standards, pain management, coding, and charting there’s something for every provider!

The CHP Group has been working with integrative healthcare (IH) providers and providing IH-targeted continuing education for over 25 years in the Pacific Northwest. As always, this event is free and exclusively for our network providers. We look forward to seeing you there!


Golden, wearable health trackers – the future of healthcare?

The wearable health tracker industry has grown tremendously in the last couple of years as evidenced by the number of different products available to measure a range of personal health information. The market has expanded from smartwatches and wristbands designed to capture fitness measures such as number of steps/miles walked to jackets, shirts and headbands that can measure heart rate, temperature, sleep status, etc. A recent development at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has cleared the path for a number of other wearable electronic devices that could measure our health in a new way. Incorporating gold into a porous, thin plastic membrane creates a sensing medium that is very flexible, non-toxic, durable, and comfortable enough that it could be worn on or inside the body. To read more about how this technology could be used to look at many real-time changes in our bodies as they relate to preventing and/or monitoring diseases, click here to visit the NIST website.


FORT COLLINS – Continuing Education & Networking – February 22

Click here to register for this free event!

We invite you to join your friends and colleagues for two hours of free continuing education followed by a networking event with hosted drinks and appetizers!

Boundaries & Ethics for Integrative Healthcare Providers

Our clinical expert, Dr. Minga Guerrero, CHP’s Regional Medical Director and past president of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, will present an engaging two-hour continuing education program specifically for Colorado integrative healthcare providers. Dr. Guerrero will use this two-hour session to:

  • Explore the various aspects of the provider/patient relationship, explain situations that may cause concern, and how to proactively prevent situations from escalating to a complaint.
  • Review recently-updated Washington state laws and regulations regarding provider/patient boundaries and how these updated regulations impact all providers.
  • Present boundaries violations drawn from real practice situations and discuss how such situations can be avoided.

The CHP Group has been working with integrative healthcare (IH) providers and providing IH-targeted continuing education for over 25 years. We look forward to seeing you in Fort Collins!


DENVER – Continuing Education & Networking – February 23

Click here to register for this free event!

We invite you to join your friends and colleagues for two hours of free continuing education followed by a networking event with hosted drinks and appetizers!

Boundaries & Ethics for Integrative Healthcare Providers

Our clinical expert, Dr. Minga Guerrero, CHP’s Regional Medical Director and past president of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners, will present an engaging two-hour continuing education program specifically for Colorado integrative healthcare providers. Dr. Guerrero will use this two-hour session to:

  • Explore the various aspects of the provider/patient relationship, explain situations that may cause concern, and how to proactively prevent situations from escalating to a complaint.
  • Review recently-updated Washington state laws and regulations regarding provider/patient boundaries and how these updated regulations impact all providers.
  • Present boundaries violations drawn from real practice situations and discuss how such situations can be avoided.

The CHP Group has been working with integrative healthcare (IH) providers and providing IH-targeted continuing education for over 25 years. We look forward to seeing you in Denver!