GCA's Online Continuing Education 

Georgia's Board of Chiropractic Examiners requires 20 hours per year of continuing education:

  • 1 Hour of Georgia Law & Rules
  • 4 Hours of Risk Management
  • 15 Hours of Clinical Sciences*

*Up to FOUR hours of clinical science hours may be in documentation, and up to THREE hours of clinical science may be in philosophy.

See below for our course catalog.

Georgia Law & Rules - 1 Hour CE Required in Georgia

Georgia Law

  • Review of Georgia Chiropractic Statutes 43-9-1 through 43-9-20.
  • Integrate Georgia Chiropractic Statutes 43-9-1 through 43-9-20. Into your clinical practice.
  • Brief overview of Rules and regulations of the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners Chapter 100-1 to 100-17.
  • Discussion of potential risk exposures that may lead to complaints by patients or the public and/or actions being taken against you by the Chiropractic Board of Examiners.
  • Discussion of common mistakes that lead to malpractice claims.

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Risk Management  - 4 Hours CE Required in Georgia

Strategy for your COVID-19 Response (1 CE)

Train doctors and staff in OSHA compliance for COVID-19 and deploy an action plan for the COVID-19 response. Join us in this strategic course, as we focus on your practice's response during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Upon completion of this seminar, participants are expected to be able to understand the following as it relates to chiropractic practice strategy for an infectious disease pandemic:
•Create a safe clinical environment during COVID-19
   - Prevention Strategies for COVID-19
   - OSHA “Occupational Exposure”
   - COVID-10 Symptoms & Spread
   - Clinical Assessment
   - Treatment
   - Clinic Policy Considerations
   - Safe Work Practices
•Use tele-health to maintain continuity care with established patients & learn how to code/bill for this service
•COVID-19 Public Health effort - Outreach to your patient base to inform and check in on them.

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Exposure to COVID-19 in the Practice: What should I do? (1 CE)

Deploy an action plan for the COVID-19 response. Join us in this strategic course, as we focus on CDC protocol and OSHA requirements if your practice is exposed to COVID-19.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to answer the following questions as they relate to exposure to COVID-19 in the practice:
•What is required of my practice when a patient has a positive screening or test for COVID-19?
•How should I respond if a patient has been determined to have COVID-19 and they have been in my office?
•What are the levels of risk I need to be aware of as COVID-19 spreads?
•Exposure to COVID-19 in the practice is here – but how should you respond?

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Confidentiality and HIPAA (1 CE)

This course is an introduction to confidentiality and privacy under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA was established to make healthcare administration more efficient by setting standards for transferring, receiving and handling patient information while protecting it from inappropriate use or disclosure. Health care providers and their business associates are therefore required to develop, follow and enforce policies and procedures to safeguard protected health information (PHI). Covered topics include:

  • HIPAA
  • Administrative Simplification Provision
  • HIPAA HITECH
  • HIPAA Omnibus
  • Requirements
  • Penalties
  • HIPAA Manual

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Fraud, Waste & Abuse Compliance: Preventing Unintended Consequences (1 CE)

Chiropractic offices are obligated to eliminate Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) in their practices. This course introduces compliance and FWA program requirements for your practice. It is intended to raise awareness of the types of FWA that can occur and mechanisms to detect, prevent and correct them. Other health care laws are also discussed along with the elements of a compliance program.

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Fraud Waste & Abuse Compliance: Awareness & Practice Protection (1 CE)

Chiropractic offices are obligated to eliminate Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) in their practices.This course introduces compliance and FWA program requirements for your practice.It is intended to raise awareness of the types of FWA that can occur and mechanisms to detect, prevent and correct them. Other health care laws are also discussed along with the elements of a compliance program.

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HIPAA Compliance: Safeguards and Privacy Practices (1 CE)

Chiropractic offices are obligated to protect patient health information as a covered entity. This course introduces compliance with HIPAA’s safeguards (administrative, physical and technical) as well as how the Notice of Privacy Practice works in your practice. It is intended to raise awareness of how to protect PHI and focus on the rights of the patient in regards to access of their PHI.

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HIPAA Compliance: Methods for Guarding Protected Health Information (1 CE)

Chiropractic offices are obligated to protect patient health information as a covered entity. This course introduces compliance with HIPAA’s safeguards (administrative, physical and technical) as well as how the Notice of Privacy Practice works in your practice. It is intended to raise awareness of how to protect PHI and focus on the rights of the patient in regard to access of their PHI.

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OSHA Compliance: Crating a Safe Work Environment (1 CE)

Chiropractic offices have requirements to meet to be compliant with OSHA regulations under the General Duty Clause. General safety, hazard communication, and exposure management or blood borne pathogens are key areas of concern for work place safety for chiropractors and their staff. This course sets the stage for understanding OSHA and work place safety – how to think about the safety and health of your staff and the general fundamentals of protection. A Hazard Assessment Checklist is provided along with a link to all required federal posters.

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OSHA Compliance: Protecting Ourselves (1 CE)

Chiropractic offices have requirements to meet to be compliant with OSHA regulations under the General Duty Clause. General safety, hazard communication, and exposure management or blood borne pathogens are key areas of concern for workplace safety for chiropractors and their staff. This course sets the stage for understanding OSHA and workplace safety – how to think about the safety and health of your staff and the general fundamentals of protection. A Hazard Assessment Checklist is provided along with a link to all required federal posters.

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7 Steps to a Compliant Financial Policy (1 CE)

There is now a greater risk of financial loss due to improper billing, coding, documentation and a faulty financial policy. Financial policies in Chiropractic are a major area of risk and the easiest for auditors and investigators to target. In 2015, for every dollar Medicare spent on audits and fraud investigations resulted in $7.10 paid into Medicare’s coffers. (710% ROI) This presentation will review how the lack of a solid financial policy will put you at risk and review the steps to be sure that your financial policy covers all layers of rules and regulations.

Instructors use their knowledge to teach the steps for creating and implementing a sound financial policy. They discuss how to avoid the common pitfalls that lead to dual fee schedules, improper time of service discounts and inducement violations. They also review the steps for developing a compliant hardship agreement.

Medicare Policy Compliance Part I (4 CE) and Part II (4 CE)

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Clinical Science - 15 Hours CE Required (up to FOUR hours can be documentation; up to THREE hours can be philosophy)

Telehealth 101: Implementing Telehealth for Chiropractic (1 CE) qualifies as a documentation hour; four allowed per year

Learn how to use digital and communication technologies to provide health care services remotely, specifically as it relates to chiropractic.

Upon completion of this seminar, participants are expected to be able to understand the following as it relates to implementing telehealth for chiropractic:
•State Law Requirements
•Informed Consent
•Licensure
•Follow HIPAA Guidelines
•Malpractice/Risk Management
•Reimbursement
•Performing, documenting, coding for the Telehealth visit

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Telehealth 201: Making it work for chiropractic practice (1 CE) qualifies as a documentation hour; four allowed per year

Telehealth is quickly becoming the mantra during COVID-19 – but how does it work for chiropractic clinicians?

Now is not a time for guess work. It is important that doctors of chiropractic understand how to perform telehealth in a way that is compliant at both the state and federal levels, as well as understand practically, how it can be performed in their practice.

Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to be able to understand answers to the following questions:
   (1) Am I allowed to perform telehealth services? Understand your state law and health plan benefits.
   (2) What services can be provided? Develop your telehealth services within coding requirements.
   (3) How does it work? Step by Step of Compliant Protocols & Workflow Scenarios.
   (4) How do I properly code & bill for telehealth services?
   (5) How do I properly document a telehealth visit?
   (6) How do I protect myself and my practice?
   (7) Tips for Reimbursement

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ICD-10-CM Program (4 CEs) qualifies as a documentation hour; four allowed per year

ICD-10-CM will be one of the most expansive changes in the U.S. healthcare delivery system. This seminar will introduce both doctors and their staff to the correct coding concepts and clinical documentation requirements for a successful implementation of this new coding language. Case studies will be demonstrated on how to correlate what doctors see clinically into the most correct and specific diagnosis coding.

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Effective Strategies for Prevention, Evaluation, and Management of the Opioid Use Disorder (13 CEs)

This online/on-demand pain management program provides a systematic, non-pharmacological approach to pain management; ranging from opioid screening to hands-on clinical approaches in the care of the chronic pain patient.

Successful chronic pain treatment includes a comprehensive, biopsychosocial understanding with an integrative care approach. Acceptable treatment guidelines will be presented for clinically appropriate and medically necessary treatment plans. Complicating factors are discussed as it relates to treatment planning for chronic pain management. Patient engagement through shared decision-making including self-care is taught as an active part and, in many cases, the most important aspect of care management.

This series will also cover the importance of assessment and measurement of pain, clinical documentation, the use of care summaries through an EHR, and interprofessional relationship building leading to collaboration around patient-centered care.

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Identifying Discrimination and Disparities (1 CE)

Identifying Discrimination and Disparities course will describe the principles of the vulnerable patient population including the socioeconomic disparities that may drive the vulnerability. The course will use the latest research and data to support the roots of health care disparities and how subconscious bias may play a role in a clinician and practice staff’s mind. The course will describe the principles and evidenced-based practices of using shared decision making (SDM). The course will use the latest research and data to support the effectiveness of using SDM as a way to engage patients as active participants in their healthcare. The course will include an example of a clinical code of ethics and patient rights and responsibilities and how to implement them into practice.

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12 Weeks to an Evidenced-Based Practice (6 CEs)

Implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) is regarded as core competence to improve healthcare quality. The term “evidence-based medicine” is relatively new. Investigators from McMaster’s University began using the term during the 1990s. EBM was defined as “a systemic approach to analyze published research as the basis of clinical decision making. The term has now come to be defined as “the conscious, explicit and judicious use of the best current evidence in making decisions about the individual patients”, as was introduced about ten years ago.

This course will address several issues associated with implementing evidence-based practices to include ethics, policies, quality measures, coding, active care planning, smoking cessation and understanding the principles of the patient centered medical home to address the Triple Aim. The Triple Aim includes reducing cost of care, increasing patient satisfaction and health outcomes.

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Enhancing the Patient Experience through Engagement (1 CE)

This course will focus on the evolving patient-centered care delivery model that includes the patient as an active participant in their own healthcare.

Understanding the patient as a unique person not as a combination of diseases and how we can co-manage patients with their other healthcare providers for better clinical outcomes. There is a paradigm shift underway in re-defining the relationship between the healthcare professional and the patient.

Learn about these rapidly transitioning issues and how to actively engage your patients in shared decision making and collaborating in their own treatment plans and goals.

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Introduction to the Value-based Practice System (2 CEs) qualifies as philosophy hours; three allowed per year

This course will describe the transformations occurring within health care delivery. The course provides insight into the transition from a fee for service business model of clinical practice to one that is based upon performance. It will include understanding new legislative parameters for value-based payments and how the chiropractic clinician can meet the requirements.

This course will also describe the new words and key phrases currently being used to describe the transformative changes within the care delivery system. The course will use the latest definitions to support the understanding about what is changing in care delivery and how providers must interpret the language to comprehend the new system of care. It will include understanding of key concepts driving the transformation within health care such as population health management, care pathways, care coordination and patient-centered care standards. The course will offer information about the triple aim and payment system changes.

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New Health Care Vocabulary (1 CE) qualifies as a philosophy hour; three allowed per year

New Health Care Vocabulary course will describe the new words and key phrases currently being used to describe the transformative changes within the care delivery system.

New Health Care Vocabulary course will describe the new words and key phrases currently being used to describe the transformative changes within the care delivery system. The course will use the latest definitions to support the understanding about what is changing in care delivery and how providers must interpret the language to comprehend the new system of care. It will include understanding of key concepts driving the transformation within health care such as population health management, care pathways, care coordination and patient-centered care standards. The course will offer information about the triple aim and payment system changes.

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Chiropractic Coding (3 CEs) qualifies as documentation hours; four allowed per year

The Best Practices Academy Chiropractic Coding Curriculum is the first program of its kind for coding education developed exclusively for chiropractors and their insurance CA's and office managers.

In our increasingly stringent insurance environment, you have to meticulously follow guidelines to get paid. The chiropractic profession has a tremendous need for a specialized educational program leading to a certification as a chiropractic coder. We are a profession of doctors and billers with very few certified coders. It is time for Doctors of Chiropractic to code, bill, and receive proper reimbursements for the work they perform.

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Case Studies in Chronic Pain (1 CE)

Case Studies in Chronic Pain will describe the optimal management of a chronic pain patient. The course will use the latest research and data to support the effectiveness of using a biopsychosocial model and plan of care. It will include understanding cognitive behavioral strategies, interventions, and goal planning with the patient using “smart” goal methodology. The course will offer implementation recommendations for the clinician and staff to build a positive support environment for the chronic pain patient.

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Case Studies in Diabetes (1 CE)

The Diabetic Patient course will describe a clinical case study of a diabetic patient. The course will use the latest research and data to understand the current management of diabetes, health risk factors associated with diabetes, and progressive stages of the disease. It will include how to assess insulin resistance through proper history taking, examination, and lab testing. The course will offer information about low-glycemic diets, exercise, and other treatment recommendations including pharmaceuticals and lifestyle management.

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Case Studies in Hypertension (1 CE)

The Hypertensive Patient course will describe clinical case studies of a variety of hypertensive patient clinical scenarios. The course will use the latest research and data to understand the current management of hypertension, health risk factors associated with hypertension, and progressive stages of the disease. It will include how to assess hypertension through proper history taking and examination. The course will offer information about lifestyle recommendations, use of supplements, exercise, and other treatment recommendations including pharmaceuticals.

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Wellbeing Care (1 CE)

Wellbeing Care Series describes the principles and evidenced-based practices of population health management, as it relates to wellbeing care and preventive services. The course will use the latest research and data to instruct the public health challenges that are barriers to wellness. It will include understanding the seven priorities and key areas of focus for clinicians when instructing patients on a healthy lifestyle. Understanding the role of population health management within the practice’s patient population and protocols for preventive and chronic care services is discussed.

The course includes examples of important patient information and clinical data collection steps towards understanding the practice’s patient population.

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Medicare Playbook (4 CEs) qualifies as documentation hours; four allowed per year

What if you knew exactly what Medicare required for chiropractic documentation?

The annual Medicare Playbook provides both Chiropractors and Chiropractic Assistants with the specific playbook of knowledge as it relates to the information and interpretation of what the Medicare Administrative Contractors clinical reviewers use to determine medical necessity of chiropractic records as well as defining how Doctors of Chiropractic can participate in Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program per the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act 2015 (MACRA) Law: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM).

By applying the very simple and understandable procedures outlined in this on-demand webinar series and comprehensive manual, Chiropractors will have greater success in managing Medicare cases through documentation standards per Medicare policy and the Medicare payment system.

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Cultural Competency (1 CE)

This course addresses areas of health literacy and cultural competency for chiropractic clinicians. Low health literacy is associated with poorer health and increased costs of healthcare. It is not apparent who may have low health literacy by appearance. The use of the teach-back method is discussed as well as the goal of increasing patient engagement. This course will also provide awareness of the importance of understanding cultural differences with required review of online resources and readings.

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HI-FIVE Training (12 CEs)

In conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Columbia University has developed a unique professional development training. The program was designed for healthcare professionals to update their knowledge of health information technology within the context of the most relevant topics in today’s changing healthcare landscape.

This training opportunity is available for all healthcare workers, including chiropractic clinicians, administrative managers, chiropractic assistants and staff, non-clinical providers, technology and insurance providers, and any other roles in health care.  Each training is curated for a specific role and the entire 11 modules will earn 12 CEUs.

Our comprehensive online HI-FIVE training covers the following five topics:

  1. Population Health
  2. Care Coordination and Interoperability
  3. Value-Based Care
  4. Healthcare Data Analytics
  5. Patient-Centered Care

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Shared Decision Making: An Approach to Patient Engagement (1 CE)

Bringing Your Practice into Alignment with Patient-Centered Medical Home Guidelines includes the use of Patient Shared Decision Making (SDM). The course will describe the principles and evidenced-based practices of using SDM in Practice. The course will use the latest research and data to support the effectiveness of using SDM as a way to engage patients as active participants in their healthcare. It will include understanding of the section of the American Chiropractic Association Code of Ethics in Informed Consent in what the Doctor should disclose to the patient and the inclusion of SDM in chiropractic care. The course will offer information about SDM in the Affordable Care Act and the development of Resource Centers for the inclusion of SDM in population health management.

The course will include examples of online Decision Aids and how to implement them into practice.

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