WFC's Dr. Kopansky-Giles to attend Tokyo Meeting

April 06, 2009
April 3, Toronto, ON - As the result of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s (WFC’s) participation in the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD), WFC Council member and BJD liaison, Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles of Canada will be attending a meeting of experts in Tokyo, April 8-9, 2009 to consider revised codes for musculoskeletal disorders under World Health Organizations’s (WHO’s) International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

ICD codes are important because they provide the basis for reimbursement for care in many countries.  ICD-10 is being revised, with a view to publication of ICD-11 in two to three years time.  The meeting in Tokyo, hosted by the Japanese Orthopaedic Society, is the first meeting of the Musculoskeletal Topic Advisory Group (MSK-TAG). It is anticipated that the meeting will result in the formation of working groups in specific MSK areas – such as spine, joint, paediatric, rehabilitation and rheumatology.

Dr. Scott Haldeman, Chair, WFC Research Council, notified the WFC of the importance of representation at this meeting, and wrote to facilitate Dr. Kopansky-Giles’ attendance.  She will be reporting on developments at the WFC Assembly later this month.

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