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COCSA Connect July 2017
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COCSA Joins with F4CP to Promote September Drug-Free Pain Management Month

At the COCSA Leadership Lunch and Learn Thursday, July 27th at 1:00 PM EST, F4CP will present the detailed plan on how to implement the September campaign activities in your state.  Webinar connection information for those registered will be sent out Thursday AM by F4CP.  Step One - We are asking state leadership to join us in a resolution.  This resolution can be sent to your legislature or policymakers to kick off September: Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month. The more we educate our communities, the greater the impact we will have on opioid abuse!  For more information and templates (request letter and resolution) click here -->Read More


Sponsor Highlight

COCSA's welcomes Preferred Vendor Member - Breakthrough Coaching.  BTC creates passionate prosperous chiropractors.  Breakthrough Coaching is one of the most successful practice management companies in the profession, with over 20 years of experience.  They teach doctors how to improve both their patient and practice management skills.  They know that reimbursement is decreasing while regulation is increasing and that makes running a practice more complicated than ever before.  
Breakthrough Coaching also provides speakers for conventions and one-day seminars that will motivate your members to put down their pens, get out of their seats and learn in a way that has never been presetned in a state associations setting!  To scheduled a world-class speaker for your events, call Debra Bunch at 1-800-729-8922 today.  Read More


COCSA Featured Toolkit

Board Information - This toolkit is FILLED with a wealth of resources to assist state associations' Boards to run smoothly and effectively.  The most recent posting - Association Prescription for Health - 60 Cures from Bob Harris, CAE with the Non-Profit Center is 20 pages of in-depth cures for what may ail your association.  The prescription delves into major areas to assess and improve. It identifies common challenges and concerns; while offering ideas for improvement.  Another article of great interest to many associations would be The First Bite - Conflict of Interest on why associations need to have clear policies in place and how to handle conflicts of interest.  To access more articles and board information --> Read More


COCSA Association Shout OUT!  

GOOD things are happening - KAC is GROWING!  The Kentucky Association of Chiropractors (KAC), after recently celebrating their 100 year anniversary, has the honor of achieving the first goal of its 5 year Strategic Plan by the hiring of Dr. Nick Payne as the new full time Executive Director.  Boy, KAC has knocked it out of the park with Dr. Nick Payne!  COCSA applauds KAC's hard work to grow their state association.  KAC President Dr. Adam Rogers says, "This is one of the more exciting things in KY since we got running water, which was only a few years ago, so this is big news."   Read More


COCSA 2017 San Juan, Puerto Rico Convention 

Attention State Association Leadership!  US Citizens don't need a Passport to visit Puerto Rico!  Congress invites your state chiropractic association's innovative leadership team to attend the LEADING National Conference for Association Leadership - COCSA's 2017 Puerto Rico Convention - November 2 - 4, 2017. A FULL Schedule of innovative speakers with fresh original ideas to help bring creative solutions to your association AND for today's healthcare climate.  


COCSA 2017 Convention Registration NOW OPEN!


Tentative Schedule NOW AVAILABLE!  



Nationally Acclaimed Association Speakers at #COCSA2017
Joey Coleman and Mary Byers


COCSA 2017 will be held November 2nd - 4th, 2017 at the Caribe Hilton Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The negotiated rate for single/double occupancy is $175 plus resort fee, taxes, etc..  Make your reservations NOW so you don't miss out on the room block!  The cutoff for reservations for the room block is 10/11/2017.


NEW - DELTA AIRLINE Discount - 3%-5%-10% discount available depending on booking class.  For more details and Rental Car discounts - Read More   (Southwest Airline discount in negotiations...)


Photo and linked video courtesy of ©2015 MEET PUERTO RICO.


  • COCSA Leadership Lunch and Learn - ExpoPass Demo/Discussion - Wednesday, August 9th 1-2 pm EDT via GoToWebinar.  Demo of ExpoPass, an online event management platform that provides registration, mobile app, lead retrieval, and session tracking for your events. After the demonstration, we will discuss the use of event apps and lead retrieval systems and the pros/cons of their use in the chiropractic seminar/convention setting.  Register NOW.

  • COCSA Lobbyist by State Association Survey Results -Want to see how your association compares to others?  Survey results are posted in the ListServe Results Toolkit on  Scroll down to the Lobbyist Heading.  You can access the online results from survey submissions as well as download a spreadsheet with the compiled results and some handy dandy charts!

  • CCGPP Year In Review - Check out the 2016 accomplishments of the Council of Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters.  

  • Rapid Response Center - CCGPP - Is your association utilizing the resources available at your fingertips? Did you know about the Rapid Response Center available from CCGPP? The R3C is an open access virtual library maintained on the CCGPP website. The Rapid Response Resource Center (R3C) provides the foundation for CCGPP’s Rapid Response Team, as well as a resource for practitioners to use on their own, thus expanding CCGPP’s outreach to the profession.  Read More

  • Association Leadership thinking of attending The National by FCA to scope out speakers and vendors?  As a longtime COCSA member organization, the Florida Chiropractic Association has extended an invitation to its fellow member associations, offering a FREE 3-day Expo Pass for state association leadership and 50% off DC registration (includes up to 20 hours CE).  The goal is to help sister state associations while providing an opportunity for COCSA to utilize this unique venue.  To use the complimentary and/or discounted registration, simply mail the completed COCSA Member form with payment to FCA as indicated on the form.  Check out this video for what's in store at The National by FCA!  ACT NOW!  Early bird registration ends 7/28/2017!  

  • How does YOUR Association measure up to outside scrutiny?  Are you doing a good job of in-boarding new volunteers/leaders?  Check out this great article by Bob Harris, CAE Judging the Culture of an Organization.  

  • Check out the latest COCSA Watchdog Task Force Update on the Affordable Care Act Repeal/Replace.  

  • NEW COCSA TRANSITION TEAM IN EFFECT!  Your COCSA transition team is working daily for you! We have now updated all COCSA materials with the team’s new contact information.  NEW COCSA Phone Number: 517-243-6147.  COCSA Team Emails:

    Lisa Love-Smith,  and Sheri Ryan,

COCSA Student 2 State Outreach Program

Thank you COCSA states for investing in the future of your association leaders to come and participating in these outreach programs! 

District 1 Director Gerald Stevens DC, MS, MPH represented COCSA on June 8th, 2017 at Chiropractic Professionals Associations Day at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC). Dr. Stevens represented by taking part on a panel and manning a table for COCSA. Other state associations in attendance Association of New Jersey Chiropractors, New York Chiropractic Association and the New York Chiropractic Council.   Read More

The Illinois Chiropractic Society had this to say about the Student 2 State Outreach Program events they attended at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois in February and Logan Chiropractic College in St. Charles, Missouri in April.

"The Illinois Chiropractic Society (ICS) was joined in both visits by the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, Michigan Association of Chiropractors, Ohio State Chiropractic Association, Missouri State Chiropractors Association and the Iowa Chiropractic Society. Our day at each campus consisted of a meeting with university administrators, a campus tour, and a panel discussion with the students.

One of the exciting parts for the students was the ability to listen and learn from a current practicing chiropractic physician. Dr. Vijay Patel, Illinois Chiropractic Society board member, gave a presentation to National University of Health Sciences students about what to expect after graduation and about Dr. Patel’s journey culminating in owning his own practice. Dr. Brandon Steele, Illinois Chiropractic Society board member, gave a presentation to the students at Logan Chiropractic College about his own journey as chiropractic physician and tips on practicing chiropractic after graduation
."  Read More

CCGPP Expanded Study Needs YOUR Support!

Once again the Clinical Compass (CCGPP) has provided our profession with pertinent information to help support our doctors in the field. Please review the information and seriously consider their request.With each of us doing a little, we can accomplish a lot.

Don M. Cross, DC
COCSA President 

Thanks to a very generous grant from the Michigan Chiropractic Foundation the Clinical Compass (CCGPP) funded a study by Dr. James Whedon which attempted to address this question. The Association between Utilization of Chiropractic Services, Use of High Risk Drugs, and Risk of Adverse Drug Events was presented in poster form at a press briefing organized by The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), to launch the National Campaign, “Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic” at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on March 14th.

Dr. Whedon has submitted a proposal for a larger study to evaluate health claims data from multiple northeastern states.  According to the proposal, “with more voluminous and better quality data from other states, we expect to reproduce the striking results of the first study on a significantly larger scale. Rigorous analysis of claims data from multiple contiguous states promises to deliver results with robust external validity and generalizability, and potent implications for health policy. The resultant paper is expected to be a strong candidate for publication in a high-impact medical or health policy journal. The development of a large multi-state dataset can also be used as a platform for the conduct of other research with potential impact on health policy.”.  Read More






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