Webinar: Serving a Medicare Population: Preparing for Full Scope

Serving a Medicare Population: Preparing for Full Scope

14% of chiropractic patients are 65 or older. DCs are now fighting for payment for full scope under Medicare. What if we acquired that tomorrow? Do we realize the complexity of evaluation and treatment of the whole person of advanced age or disability, including co-morbidities, polypharmacy, quality of life education, advance directives, and accessibility issues?

In this hour-long session, we’ll talk about…

  • Potential weaknesses in our present education, scope and personal practice focus relative to older patients
  • How we as Chiropractic Physicians might become more pro-active in anticipation of expanded Medicare coverage 
  • Resources for increasing involvement with an aging population

About our speaker:

Dr. Karen Konarski-Hart earned diplomate status in chiropractic orthopedics from Parker College of Chiropractic, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National College of Chiropractic, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management from Arkansas State University. She has practiced since 1979 in Little Rock, Ark., was a governor's appointee to the Arkansas Board of Health and served as its president. She has served on the Arkansas Bioterrorism Advisory Committee, is a physician on the Arkansas Emergency Medical Service Training Committee and is a leader of the Pulaski County Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Konarski-Hart is a member of the AR1-Disaster Medical Assistance Team and was one of only 35 U.S. DMAT members trained at "Consequence Island 2001" at the Weapons of Mass Destruction Conference in Puerto Rico. She has participated in "Quake 97" and "Quake 99" training and is a certified trainer-emergency responder nuclear, biological, and chemical technician (U.S. National Domestic Preparedness Program). She is a national- and state-certified EMT, an American Heart Association certified instructor, and has trained in Red Cross Mass Care and Disaster Services. She holds many specialized certificates in emergency care and disaster relief such as Stop The Bleed and Critical Incident Stress Management.

Dr. Konarski-Hart is past president of the Arkansas Chiropractic Association. She was a Councilor on the Council on Chiropractic Education. She was state delegate to the American Chiropractic Association and has received their Delegate of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year awards. She currently serves on their Board of Governors as vice president of the ACA.

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