What have you learned at NASS 2017 that you will take back to your practice?
I think one of the most interesting things I went to was a symposium on biologics and cellular allografts — I thought that was really great. There were a number of great talks, but one of the coolest things was learning three questions to ask in order to evaluate cellular allografts critically. For me, that was one of the most important things and something I can take back and use in my practice.
The first session I attended this morning was about integrating different health care specialties together. Because I come from the chiropractic world, it was a good way to learn how I can get into an integrated setting because that is my goal — to get into integrated health. So I’ll take this back with me and look at the pathways to get into a private, integrated practice.
Actually, the thing that’s been important to me has been discussion of the opioid epidemic. I’ve always been a staunch opponent of excessive use of opioids, and I think this meeting has strengthened that belief. Under the Affordable Care Act, physicians now get scored by patients, and physicians who are more selective with medications get lower scores. And nobody wants lower scores. It inspires me to do more research on outcomes in the opioid epidemic.
Coming from the chiropractic world, I’ve learned more about the questions medical doctors have and about the gap between their understanding of how DCs fit into an integrated setting and what their concerns are. I’ve learned how I can address their concerns from my side to help close that gap and create that union of mutual understanding so everyone is working toward the patient’s goals.