Logan Joins Spine Institute for Quality to Help Develop, Evaluate Models of Spine Care Delivery

Logan University has partnered with the newly formed Spine Institute for Quality™ (Spine IQ™) to help improve the way spine care is delivered to patients.

Spine IQ is an independent not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase the patient-centered value of spine care by leveraging multi-disciplinary models, measures, education and research through the use of clinical data registries.

“We feel this is a valuable relationship to advance both the future of the chiropractic profession and successful outcomes of our patients,” said Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD. 

Dr. McDonald has been appointed a board member of the organization and Logan will be a partner in providing clinical data needed to increase the quality and consistency of spine care delivery through a low back pain registry. The registry was recently approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program in 2016.

“We believe that there is a tremendous opportunity to increase the quality and value of spine care through the use of a primary spine care practitioner model,” said Anthony Hamm, DC, FACO, Spine IQ’s chief clinical officer and chairman of the board. “The Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry is the only qualified clinical data registry designed specifically for use by primary spine practitioners, including doctors of chiropractic, who focus on conservative care of patients with spine-related disorders.”

The registry will include 21 performance measures, comprised of 17 existing PQRS measures and four new measures that focus on patient satisfaction, change in pain intensity, change in pain interference and repeat X-ray imaging.

More information about Spine IQ is available at SpineIQ.org.

Howe Oration - May 26th, 2016

The 9th annual Joseph W. Howe Oration in Diagnostic Imaging will be held on Thursday, May 26th at 9:30am in the Purser Center. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The topic of this year's presentation will be "The History of the Radiological Specialty in Chiropractic" and the event will be live streamed for those unable to attend.

The live stream will begin shortly before the beginning of the event.

InTouch - May 2016

The May 2016 issue of InTouch has been published!

This edition of InTouch features a list of Logan Faculty publications, along with brand new references of interest for the following subjects: manipulation, TMD, scoliosis, LBP, neck pain, pregnancy related LBP, nutrition, care of older adults, sport medicine and rehabilitation, public health, health professions education, health informatics and more!

The Logan Community Embraces Walk to Cure Arthritis

Arthritis is a disease that affects people of all ages and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. More than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions have been identified.

In 2007, Logan’s involvement started as a small investment. The University made a corporate donation and put together a team that raised $3,300 for the St. Louis Walk to Cure Arthritis.

“Over the next few years, their support really increased,” said Kim Rosenthal, development manager of the Arthritis Foundation’s Heartland Region. “Students showed up in droves to help set up, clean up and volunteer, and in 2012, Logan professor and Chairman of the Clinical Sciences Division Robert Kuhn, DC, DACBR, ART, stepped in as chair for the Walk to Cure Arthritis. That’s when the relationship really took off.”

That year, the Walk to Cure Arthritis moved from Forest Park to Logan’s campus, and in 2013, the Logan team helped raise more than $20,000 for the foundation.

Kim said the Logan campus is not only a beautiful venue, but is self-contained and has ample parking. “Also, the campus is accessible to all individuals and allows us to set up vendors and have families picnic in the grassy areas,” she said.

This year, Logan has put together a large committee made up of students, faculty and staff that meet monthly to discuss fundraising and event details. Additionally, the committee has set a $25,000 fundraising goal for the Logan team with the hope of registering 500 individuals for the walk.

Director of Academic Assessment Martha Kaeser, DC, MEd, serves as this year’s chair for the Walk to Cure Arthritis. Because arthritis affects men, women, the young and the elderly, Dr. Kaeser said it makes sense that Logan recognizes the impact they have in educating those affected on ways to manage pain.

“Everything from nutritional advice and manual therapy to exercise regimens can help individuals feel better,” she said. “I’m excited about the level of support and commitment Logan has shown this year and look forward to a great event.”

Sherrie Giddens, past event chair and current team captain for this year’s Walk to Cure Arthritis, has been named the 2016 Logan Team Honoree. Sherrie, who is affected by rheumatoid arthritis, is an advocate of chiropractic treatment and recently shared her story with Logan students.

“The fact that Logan students are talking about arthritis to their sphere of influence and we’re talking about Logan to our sphere of influence is connecting people all around our area,” Jan said. “Chiropractic is another form of therapy for people with arthritis. Just as important as raising money is people knowing that there are alternative therapies for treating pain.”

The 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis will be held on Logan's campus on Friday, May 20th at 7pm. Visit WalkToCureArthritis.org/StLouis for more information and to register as a participant of the Logan team.

Saint Louis University and Logan University Partner to Expand Student Learning Opportunities

Saint Louis University (SLU) and Logan University have entered into a unique agreement that will allow Logan students to take courses toward earning a SLU business certificate or degree while earning their Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. The articulation and matriculation agreement is the first of its kind, giving DC students enrolled at Logan the advantage of gaining essential practice management skills from one of the most highly ranked business programs in the country.

“We are fortunate to have cultivated a relationship with Saint Louis University, a well respected institution in both higher education and the business community,” said Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD. “The fact that we are able to offer quality continuing education options that further enhance the professional and management skills of our DC students is just another benefit we bring to the ultimate end user: the patients.”

Four foundation courses (Accounting for Managers; Applied Business Statistics; Economics for Managers; and Operations Management) have been jointly developed by SLU and Logan faculty and satisfy both Logan degree requirements as well as SLU foundation requirements for earning a graduate business certificate or degree programs, such as a Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA).

Logan students may complete additional coursework to earn a SLU graduate business certificate or degree programs while enrolled at Logan or within five years of earning their DC degree.

“Through our partnership with Logan University, we are able to offer additional scheduling flexibility to our MBA students who live and work in the growing west St. Louis and St. Charles county area,” said Mark Higgins, dean of the John Cook School of Business. “Additionally we are eager to offer our courses to Logan University students who are interested in pursuing additional business education.”

The articulation agreement stems from a partnership that began between the two universities in fall 2014. SLU’s John Cook School of Business started offering evening MBA courses taught by its faculty at the Logan University campus, offering both convenience and flexibility to individuals living in and around west St. Louis County.

Awards Presentation for the Class of April 2016

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