COCSA News Release
August 22, 2008 – The third Chiropractic Summit was a profound success as 32 organizations and companies representing the profession came together to build a collective and coordinated front to address major challenges facing chiropractic. Leaders of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), International Chiropractors Association (ICA), Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA), as well as many other organizations, colleges and vendors met August 21, 2008 at the Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) Convention in Orlando, Florida.
The Summit achieved its goal of assembling a large representation of the profession to work together for the betterment of chiropractic. Over 40 national and international leaders worked for over 10 hours on challenges and opportunities that face the profession.
“This was a very positive and successful day,” said Summit Chairman Dr. Lewis Bazakos. “The energy in the room was outstanding. Everyone was working together and pulling together as one for the betterment of the profession.”
The two key issues discussed at the Orlando Summit session were the future of the Medicare program and prospects for national health care reform. These public policy-related issues will require a carefully researched and developed united response from the chiropractic profession if the interests of chiropractic patients are to be protected.
“Each Chiropractic Summit is an important step that will help our profession grow,” said Foot Levelers President and CEO Kent Greenawalt. “We are honored to participate in and support this historic endeavor.”
The first Chiropractic Summit – held in Washington, D.C. in September of 2007 – featured 13 organizations representing chiropractic colleges, vendors, research facilities and leaders of the colleges. That number increased to 24 organizations participating in the second Summit, held in February of 2008. Again, that number jumped up to 32 organizations that participated in the most recent Summit in Orlando.
“The challenges facing the chiropractic profession require a continuous dialogue between the parties involved in the Summit if workable solutions are to be found and implemented on a timely basis,” said ICA President Dr. John Maltby. “The extensive and open nature of the Summit discussions at all levels is the most positive sign anyone could have hoped for and signals an historic potential for progress, and ICA is proud to be a part of this effort.”
The fourth Chiropractic Summit is set for January of 2009 at the Vegas Parker Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about the Summit and how you can be involved, please call Summit Chairman Dr. Lewis Bazakos at 516-825-5400.
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