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WCA Presents at Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, Attends Signing for Complex Rehab Tech Bill

Tuesday, April 17, 2018  
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WCA was invited to present at the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse in Milwaukee. Pictured at left, the Task Force was formed by Gov. Walker under Executive Order #214, in response to the widespread inappropriate use of opioids constituting a public health crisis.

The Task Force has been working to provide hope to those suffering from opioid addiction in Wisconsin. The Heroin, Opiate, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Agenda is a legislative effort which has received unanimous bipartisan support and is aimed at combating our state’s heroin epidemic.

WCA member Dr. Jeff King (pictured right), who practices at Froedtert Hospital and is an Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, gave an excellent presentation to the Task Force on the value of chiropractic care in avoiding opioid abuse.
View Dr. King's Presentation>>

A complete video of the Task Force meeting, including Dr. King’s presentation, can be found on the WisconsinEye site.  
Also attending the Task Force meeting were WCA President Dr. Gene Yellen-Shiring and WCA Executive Director John Murray.
“We deeply appreciate the Task Force's invitation, as well as the great presentation delivered by Dr. Jeff King. We will continue to work with state policy makers to educate them about the value of chiropractic care in preventing opioid abuse and to achieve better health outcomes for Wisconsin residents,” expressed WCA Executive Director John Murray.

WCA Executive Director John Murray (pictured far left) attended an in-office bill signing on April 16, 2018 for Senate Bill 381, legislation concerning complex rehabilitation technology for complex needs patients in the Medical Assistance program.

The bill requires a "qualified complex rehabilitation technology professional to be physically present for the evaluation and determination of appropriate complex rehabilitation technology for a complex needs patient."

The WCA and its Government Affairs Committee worked diligently to make sure Doctors of Chiropractic were included in the bill's definition of "qualified complex rehabilitation technology professional," so that chiropractors could continue to provide care for patients who are in wheelchairs. Under the substitute amendment to this bill, "a chiropractor licensed under ch. 446" is considered a "qualified complex rehabilitation technology professional."