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Chiropractic’s Corrupt Education System

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 6, 2013

I am urging the US Dept. of Education to rescind the status of CCE (Council on Chiropractic Education) as the accrediting authority for the chiropractic profession on the following grounds.

Student Loan Default Rates – Partly due to the course load imposed by CCE requirements, the cost of a chiropractor’s education far exceeds the average earnings of the typical practitioner.

Failure Rate of New Chiropractors – Partly due to CCE requirements, students are not given sufficient skills to succeed in practice.  Many MUST supplement their chiropractic education with expensive practice management programs.

Homogenization of Programs – CCE allows little differentiation in programs from one school to the next.  This ensures that the failed model CCE promotes is uniform across the profession.  Hence, innovation and improvement are stymied.

Contempt for US Dept. of Education – CCE has been given numerous opportunities to clean up their act to little or no avail.  Because they have no competition, they feel little compulsion to comply with USDOE directives UNTIL it is time for their review.

Integrity IS a Problem – CCE has continually restructured its organization to maneuver around areas that restrict it from achieving its political ends.  They used this to try to close the largest school in the profession WITHOUT that school having ANY representation either on its Board of Directors or Commission on Accreditation.  It took a Federal Court injunction to thwart CCE’s illegal effort.

Dereliction of Duty – If accrediting authorities are vested with the responsibility of protecting both students AND the American taxpayer, CCE has been nothing short of dereliction of duty, possibly even fraud and negligence.  This rogue agency has abused its authority granted by the US Dept. of Education and created an untenable situation for this profession, the Federal Government and thousands of chiropractic students and graduates.

In closing, I believe the chiropractic profession would be better served if this rogue agency (CCE) were obliterated, altogether.  Granted, there will be some turmoil and inconveniences as states that have mandated CCE accreditation for licensure.  But, CCE has shown its contempt for USDOE’s standards for accreditation, the desires of the chiropractic profession as a whole and most particularly the well-being and potential success of virtually all those pursuing careers as chiropractors.  Regional accreditation and competition between chiropractic schools would lower the cost AND improve the quality of chiropractic education.  This noble profession deserves better…much better.

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Why taxpayers should be PISSED OFF about Chiropractic education.

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 19, 2012

I try not to use coarse language in my writings.  And, there are just some words I won’t use.  Period.  But, as a taxpayer and chiropractor who loves what I do and why I do it, I’m simply pissed off at chiropractic education.  And, you should be, too!

Most Americans perception of chiropractors as drugless, non-surgical providers of relief from back pain.  And while chiropractic is definitely MUCH more than a non-Medical alternative to dealing with neuromuscular problems, we’ll just work with what the general public thinks we are, for now.  The one thing the virtually everyone even slightly familiar with the term “chiropractic” is that it deals with the spine…and is drugless and non-surgical.

Another thing the American public is generally aware of is that chiropractors (as a group) have a terrible self-image and often claim that “we’re REAL doctors, too!”   And, this Napoleon Complex permeates almost every aspect of my profession.  Worst of all, in the education of new chiropractors.

What the American public is probably NOT aware of is that the average chiropractic student graduates with over $200,000 in student loan debt AND that chiropractors default on student loans more than ALL other health professions COMBINED.  One of the reasons for this incredible default rate is that  the AVERAGE has an annual income of less than $100,000.  That just means that the American taxpayer is typically on the hook for  over a hundred grand for every chiropractic student that enters practice.

One of the reasons for all this is that chiropractic education is ruled by ONE accrediting agency who (in the absence of competition) requires that every chiropractic student learn more about Medicine than chiropractic.  As a result, new chiropractors can barely adjust, much less know what to adjust and not adjust and why!  And, the Medical education they receive they can’t legally use in most states in which they could practice.

As I stated in the beginning of this article, as an American taxpayer I’m really pissed off that my tax dollars are being wasted on teaching Medicine to chiropractic students.  I would every taxpayer who is also bothered by this to contact their Congressman and Senators and demand that the Department of Education pull in the reins on the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and take a serious look at how we are funding chiropractic education.  The only folks benefiting from the fiasco known as chiropractic education are those institutions who benefit from heavy student loan subsidies and those practitioners billing for services that could be done better by other professionals.

It’s time to slow down the train wreck also known as chiropractic education.

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Dire Warning to Chiropractic Students!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 28, 2011

It’s about time somebody got real with chiropractic students.  The cost of chiropractic education has skyrocketed over the last two decades while the quality and scope of that education has declined significantly. The likelihood of you being successful in practice has been severely diminished BECAUSE of your education.

Graduating chiropractors now leave school with student loan debt in excess of $200,000 while most new graduates don’t even understand the history and basic principles of their profession.  In fact, many graduate not even believing in the merits of chiropractic care.  By the time many have graduated, they’ve applied more physical therapy modalities than they have chiropractic adjustments.  Some are even afraid to adjust the one area that EVERY person should have checked on EVERY chiropractic visit, the upper cervical spine.

This current model of chiropractic education is borne out of the Napoleonic Complex of many in the profession and fueled by “insurance parity” gained in the 60’s and 70’s.  On one hand, you had those chiropractors of the “We’re real doctors, too!” mindset trying to gain equal status with MDs.  On the other, was the group that wanted to broaden the profession’s scope of practice to enable chiropractors to be able to bill for more services in the loose (at the time) third-party reimbursement environment.  As time passed, those groups gained power in the profession and influenced the education to a purely mechanistic model of practice while assaulting those schools that dared offer a choice to the aspiring chiropractic student.

Those chiropractors graduating today will encounter a market totally different that the one that existed when they entered chiropractic school.  third-party reimbursement for chiropractic services has all but vanished.  What is there is so far out of reach that chiropractors must get very creative in their billing practices to access any of those monies.  That practice alone has tarnished the image of the profession even more.  The realities of the market are that “health” insurance is almost too expensive to buy and too selective to use with extremely high deductibles and copays.  And on top of it all, the profession now has the highest student loan default rate of any of the health professions.

Oddly, there’s a branch of the profession that appears to be doing well and making a remarkable resurgence even in the face of massive student loans and the loss of third-party reimbursement.  That end of the profession that still adheres to the founding principles of the profession seem to be thriving.  Their offices are filling with people seeking a different approach than the allopathic, therapeutic approach to mere symptom relief to the vitalistic approach of locating and correcting vertebral subluxation, the ONLY thing that ONLY chiropractors (well most chiropractors, anyway) are specifically trained to do.

Faced with the disappearance of third-party pay and the reality of massive student loan debt, the chiropractor of the future will have even FEWER options for practice.  Graduates could get a job as an associate for an already successful practitioner,  get a job as a  public school science teacher or start their own practice.  Few existing practitioners will pay a graduating chiropractor what their teachers have told them they’re worth.  A degree and a license adds nothing to your worth, only to your opportunity.  Teaching public school might offer some benefits and job security.  But even that is questionable in this economic environment.

The only real choice for new chiropractors for success in making a decent living and ever paying off their student loans is to open and operate a high volume, low overhead, cash practice based on those principles on which the chiropractic profession was originally founded.  As I see it, there are simply no other alternatives.

What would this kind of practice look like?  Fees would be lower because chiropractors would now be competing for consumers’ disposable income (which they really always have) instead of getting on insurance companies preferred provider lists.  Care plans would either need to be compact and specific AND understandable OR variation of unlimited care plans which allow the greatest flexibility for both the customer and the chiropractor.  Both alternatives allow the consumer to get the most care at the lowest total cost possible.  The latter approach would enable the new chiropractor to build their volume and income as quickly as possible while providing a long-term stable and predictable  income.

Chiropractic’s educational hierarchy has let both its customer base (students and graduates) down, but has also endangered both the chiropractic profession and the American taxpayer who underwrites all those student loans.  And in the end, will cause the closing of several chiropractic schools because of the lack of focus on chiropracTIC principles and practices.

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Chiropractic Education to Pose New Threat to Public Health with New Proposal

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on January 24, 2011

The Council on Chiropractic Education, the monopoly accrediting authority for the chiropractic profession, is about to adopt new rules that could pose a real threat the well-being of millions of Americans.  The CCE has decided to use the power granted it (under false pretenses) to turn the entire chiropractic profession into an unwieldy group of “not quite Medical Doctors” and loose on an unsuspecting public.

For over 115 years, chiropractic has been a drugless, non-surgical natural remedy for many ailments that haven’t responded to traditional treatment.  Over the last 30 years, CCE has sneaked its way into allopathic medicine so subtly that only traditional chiropractors have recognized the push.  And, they’ve done it in the most unscrupulous way.  By pretending to be the watch guard over chiropractic to ensure its graduates are fully trained and capable of safely serving the public, CCE has actually used that authority to wield an iron fist over anyone in the profession who dared oppose their agenda.

In 2001, the organization was so bold, it stripped the largest chiropractic school in the world of its accreditation status to mute its founder and stop the flow of new students that wanted to enter the profession because of what it was designed to do from its onset.  Only a ruling by Federal judge, Charles Moye, that CCE would probably lose its case in Federal court kept it from succeeding.

Few people know (and CCE will NEVER tell) that the vast majority of chiropractic students attend a mere handful of chiropractic schools.  Those few schools are those that embrace and teach the founding principles of the chiropractic profession.  In other words, the consumers of chiropractic education have shown with their dollars, their time and their lives that THEY want to be involved in a drugless, non-surgical profession dedicated to serving Mankind in a natural way.

Everyone knows about the problem with student loan default rates among graduates of chiropractic school over the last 30 years.  What we’re seeing is the result of an education that is hardly relevant to the practice of chiropractic being financed by Federal student loans to thousands of students, some who can’t even use much of the education they (and you, the American taxpayer) have paid for.  Isn’t 30 years of leading all health professions in student loan default rates sufficient evidence that CCE has not only failed in its missions to ensure quality chiropractic education but to also protect the American public AND taxpayer?

Now on top of quadrupling the cost of and education that serves neither the profession nor the public, the Council on Chiropractic Education has decided that it should literally remove the essence of chiropractic principles from the very profession it claims to protect.  In its proposed revised guidelines, CCE wants to remove the concept of nerve interference and any reference to “drugless, non-surgical” from its lexicon.  Obviously, the intention is to begin re-shape the profession into something NO chiropractor ever imagined they’d be or ANY chiropractic patient would ever use.  CCE would have chiropractors diagnosing medical condition, prescribing drugs and doing minor surgery.

CCE has accomplished much of its dirty work with subtle (?) nods from both the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB) and national Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) as informal co-conspirators in this dangerous veer toward Medicine.

I love being a chiropractor. I chose to be a chiropractor and NOT a Medical Doctor.  Their job is difficult enough.  Imagine if you will one day having 60,000 chiropractors turned loose thinking and serving as “not quite” MDs.  Some might do well.  Honestly, there are probably a few chiropractors that preferred to be MDs that just could not get in to medical school that would still make great MDs.  But, imagine the tens of thousands that would eventually be granted those privileges that should not have those privileges and could not handle them if granted.

The Council on Chiropractic Education with its proposed changes threatens both the chiropractic profession and American public.  Drastic measures should be taken by the profession, obviously.   But, the public should get involved and contact their Congressman and Senators.  They should also contact the US Dept. of Education to complain about CCE and encourage DOE to remove CCE’s status and either replace it with one without an agenda or, at least, allow another agency to offer an alternative to those schools that choose to offer chiropractic education consistent with both chiropractic principles and the consumers who demand THAT education.

The hearing on CCE’s status is in Washington, DC.  To contact appropriate staff at the US Dept. of Education, follow this link: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2010/12/23/2010-32351/national-advisory-committee-on-institutional-quality-and-integrity-notice-of-members

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CCE Reveals Contempt for US Deptartment of Education

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on October 29, 2010

It’s amazing that so many people were surprised at the Council on Chiropractic Education’s (CCE) recent proposal to essentially strip chiropractic education of everything chiropractic.  But for those of us who have watched the CCE closely over the years know full well what a corrupt and depraved organization it truly is and what contempt it has for both the accreditation process and the US Dept. of Education.

Throughout the history of CCE, it has been at odds with those chiropractic schools that upheld those principles on which the chiropractic profession was founded.  Being the only agency certified by the United States Department of Education to offer accreditation to chiropractic colleges, CCE has subtly (in some cases) and not so subtly in others imposed its will on chiropractic teaching institutions for almost four decades.  During that time the cost of chiropractic education has soared.  Coincidentally, so have student loan default rates.  Also in recent times, the organization has illegally taken one school’s accreditation only to have it restored in Federal court.

One of the justifications for CCE taking the accreditation of Life University in 2002 was that the school failed to adhere to CCE standards.  Obviously, one of CCE’s standards was NOT honest and forthright representation as the organization had manipulated its corporate structure and bylaws to put itself in a position to yank Life’s accreditation while the school had no representation on either the CCE Board of Directors or its Council on Accreditation.  At the time, Life University graduates accounted for 20% of all practicing chiropractors.  Yet, one school on the COA had graduated fewer than 100 chiropractors and did not even have a human dissection lab.  Other schools represented on the COA and Board of Directors were under severe financial stress, benefited from the exodus of students from Life AND even had a role in the decision to remove Life’s accreditation.

So at the very least, CCE has tainted both its own credibility and that of the US Dept. of Education from whom CCE gets its authority.

In a hearing in June of 2006 by USDOE’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, CCE was admonished by the members of the Committee to make its processes more transparent to both the public and the profession and to make certain that CCEs reputation (and reality) of bullying its schools was curtailed.

Well, CCE has not failed to disappoint those of us that know it well.  Just in the last few months, CCE has authorized one of its schools to offer degrees “equivalent to” the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  Further, in its latest proposed changes, CCE has removed everything from chiropractic education that makes the profession chiropractic.  While those chiropractic schools that attract the most students are the more conservative schools that continue to teach the founding principles, CCE continues to push the profession’s schools in a direction shunned by the market for chiropractic education.

What a bold move for CCE!  In less than a year, it will be back in front of the USDOE to have its status renewed as the sole accrediting authority for the chiropractic profession, the organization has tried to sneak these changes through with a minimum of time available to the profession for input.  However, the proposed changes were discovered in time for literally thousands of responses from a broad spectrum of the profession.  I don’t know what CCE will do with those proposed changes, at this time.  I DO know that if left to its own devices, CCE will seek more opportunities to force its will on the profession by way of the institutions it controls with an iron fist.

There is only one conclusion that can be drawn from CCE’s continued aggressive moves on chiropractic education.  That conclusion is that CCE has nothing but contempt for both the US Department of Education and the entire accreditation process.  It has literally spit in the face of those bureaucrats in Washington, DC who are dedicated to ensuring quality education through through the accreditation process.  CCE has threatened the health of the public, the profession and the American taxpayer.  CCE has run up the cost of chiropractic education beyond the typical graduate’s ability to pay, forced courses on programs that most practitioners will find illegal to use in their practice thus causing student loan default rates (among virtually EVERY chiropractic school) that dwarf those of other health professions.

Many will disagree.  But personally, I believe CCE cannot be fixed, that it should lose its certification by the US Dept.. of Education and that either an alternative accrediting authority be formed or that chiropractic teaching institutions continue their accreditation by regional agencies like SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) until a credible alternative accreditation agency can be formed.  In this case, nothing is better than what we now have.

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Council on Chiropractic Education: The Clash Between Economics and Accreditation

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 25, 2010

The chiropractic profession is at a crossroads.  A profession based on hands on non-allopathic, holistic principles has methodically been moved closer and closer to the practice of Medicine much to the chagrin of most practitioners in the profession.

Under the guise of ensuring the highest quality of care rendered to the public, the CCE has forced every chiropractic school into moving away from the profession’s founding principles and toward a sub-par version of manual medicine.  Being the only accrediting authority in the profession, CCE has almost no oversight and has become a rogue agency imposing its will on the chiropractic profession.  And, like a cancer, has gone virtually ignored by the U.S. Department of Education or the public which it supposedly is sworn to protect.

The folks at the Council on Chiropractic Education has even certified one chiropractic college to confer a degree of Chiropractic Medicine to its graduates.  Not only is this outside CCE’s scope, it is dangerous for the public at large.  The practice of Medicine is difficult enough for those who attend medical school and do the residency necessary to practice that art.  Chiropractors that play Medical Doctor are a menace to society just as is an MD that tries to manipulate patients in their medical practice.

There is NO justification for teaching Medicine to chiropractic students or requiring  medical education at chiropractic schools.  For one thing, it confuses the chiropractic student and graduate.  The two professions have totally opposite philosophies and really are separate and distinct.  In most states, it is illegal for the chiropractor to either make a medical diagnosis or prescribe even over-the-counter drugs for simple symptom relief.  Personally, I think it’s a good thing that chiropractors have a narrow scope of practice.

From an economics standpoint, it is almost impossible for a new chiropractor to survive in practice.  Let me restate that.  It’s virtually impossible for a new chiropractor to survive in practice without heavy third-party reimbursement or participating in multi-level marketing or by having a part-time job.  Here’s the truth.  If people want Medicine, they’ll go to a medical doctor.  People typically seek a chiropractor because they want something DIFFERENT from the Medical approach.  If all a chiropractor offers is medical LITE, he/she is simply not a good alternative.  Hence, many chiropractors fail in practice.

Because so many chiropractors fail in practice, student loan default rates are the highest of ANY of the healing arts.  If CCE’s purpose is to protect the public and make sure that student loan defaults are minimized, I would think they have failed miserably at their job.  In fact, if I were the Department of Education, I would encourage the profession to create an alternative to CCE as soon as possible and prepare to remove CCE’s standing as THE sole accrediting authority.  A worthy accrediting authority would ensure MINIMUM compliance with core requirements while allowing its schools to specialize and compete for students via different philosophical, clinical and business perspectives.

All the Council on Chiropractic Education has accomplished is to have raised the cost of chiropractic education beyond the average student’s ability to repay their debt.  Something has to stop.  Neither the chiropractic profession, the public nor the Federal Government is served by the policies and practices of the Council on Chiropractic Education.

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Why Chiropractic Education Sucks!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 16, 2010

It’s overpriced, overrated and fails to prepare practitioners for the reality of chiropractic practice.

Now, that’s gonna leave a mark!  I can hear it now from the chiropractic colleges, from the accrediting authority, the national associations and hundreds (maybe thousands) of chiropractors around the country.  Sadly, though, it’s true.

Don’t get me wrong.  chiropractic students learn ALOT in their three and a half years of professional school.  The problem is that much of it is simply the wrong stuff.  Granted,anyone whose profession deals with the human body should be well educated in the sciences and a significant understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body.  With that part of the program, I have no problem, whatsoever.

My beef with the education being foisted on fledgling chiropractors is that it is way too heavy in medical diagnosis and way too light on the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic.  I’d venture to say that the bulk of new chiropractors see themselves as “drugless medical doctors” specializing in the treatment of musculoskeletal ailments.  Very few chiropractic schools even teach the principles on which the profession was founded, specifically that vitalistic understanding that chiropractic is about what is RIGHT with a person’s health and how to restore HEALTH instead of fighting disease and ailments like our medical counterparts.

Further, through political prowess, monopoly power and intimidation, the profession’s sole accrediting authority has made chiropractic so expensive that few graduating chiropractors can achieve even moderate success.  Some chiropractors are now graduating with a debt load of almost a quarter of a million dollars.  Even worse is the fact that in most states, much of what chiropractors are taught in school is ILLEGAL for them to practice without a medical license.  So what often happens is that the chiropractor is forced to add all sorts of modalities to his/her practice rendering it so eclectic that no one knows what they heck they really do.  Many DCs find themselves chasing ambulances and personal injury attorneys or prostituting themselves to run up insurance bills again like some of our medical brethren.

Look, chiropractic in its purest form is very simple to practice but has very wide implications.  Practitioners could be properly trained in a year’s less time of professional school and without much of the burdensome prerequisites.  A thorough understanding of  the body; its  structure and function; the proper application of chiropractic analysis, technique and philosophy; and sound business practices and ethics would better equip the doctor of chiropractic to succeed in practice from the beginning.

Given the uncertain nature of the status quo in the American healthcare system, the doctor of chiropractic must be able to practice in a cash only, retail environment instead of dependent on third party reimbursement.  Tomorrow’s chiropractor must understand what chiropractic CAN DO and what the chiropractor should NOT do.  They should FULLY understand and respect the difference between the MD and DC.  Failure to properly prepare future chiropractors for the reality of practice AND economic realities of the market will cause student load default rates that could cause the closing of several chiropractic colleges AND affect the amount of student loan money available to chiropractic students.

One added benefit of a more narrow focus of chiropractic education would be a better, clearer branding of the profession so that the public knows EXACTLY what ANY chiropractor is trained to do.  Simply put, the chiropractor will understand that their role would be to help people restore their health and maintain it simply by removing a significant source of stress on their nervous system.

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