Based in Arlington, Va., the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. On behalf of its members, the ACA:
- Lobbies for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies.
- Promotes a positive public image of chiropractic.
- Supports research.
- Provides professional and educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic.
- Offers leadership for the advancement of the profession.
In this new healthcare environment, doctors of chiropractic are full partners in health care decision-making, and highly respected and widely used for their unique conservative approach, primary care knowledge, hands-on expertise and effective patient communication skills.
Beginning this year, the ACA and its members seek to transform healthcare from a focus on disease to a focus on patient-centered, wellness-oriented, outcomes-driven and value-based practices, including open access for all Americans to benefit from comprehensive chiropractic healthcare. This transformation results in positive outcomes for public health, including:
- Reduced morbidity.
- Increased functional capacity.
- Increased longevity of the U.S. population.
- Significant reductions in health care costs.
The primary function of the Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) is for the protection and welfare of its individual members, regardless of philosophy, as well as education of the public concerning the chiropractic profession.
The FCA advocates the position that chiropractic is a distinct and separate healing arts science.
Chiropractic in a non-combative principle and practice consisting of the science of the adjustment, manipulation and treatment of the human body in which vertebral subluxations are adjusted, manipulated or treated, thus improving neurological integrity and biomechanical physiology.
The FCA supports the statutory authority of the individual practitioner to examine, analyze, and/or diagnose the human living body and its diseases by any method taught by an accredited chiropractic college, and use any other method of examination or therapeutics taught by any accredited chiropractic college for which the practitioner holds Florida Department of Health licensure/certification.
The FCA is not affiliated with any other state or national organization; however, the FCA does encourage its members to be a member of a national organization of his or her own personal choice. The FCA further believes that individual practitioner's use of any and all procedures herein described should be entirely up to that individual, based on his own philosophy of practice.
Since 1979, the Broward County Chiropractic Society (BCCS) has been advancing chiropractic care while promoting the highest standards of ethics, wellness and patient experience with our profession. The BCCS also provides a forum for:
- Best-in-practice procedures.
- News laws.
- Changes in existing laws.
- Changes in insurance coding.
- The local political environment.
BCCS members attend both Spring and Fall conventions, which are usually held in the vicinity of Broward County, Florida. Experts in chiropractic care from across the state serve as speakers, and honorariums are usually donated to chiropractic educational activities.
Legislation has been a major focus of the BCCS. We work to ensure that the interests of the chiropractic profession and chiropractic patients are represented at the state level, and monitors legislation that impacts the chiropractic profession. We regularly educate members of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate in order to promote legislation that supports the BCCS mission.
The BCCS has created a number of committees designed to enhance the goals of the association, and increase both internal communications among the membership, and relations with the public. All committees are chaired by doctors who volunteer their services, in addition to running their own private practices. Committee chairs report to the executive leadership at the monthly board meeting.