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ICD-10 What you Need to Know
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Monday, November 03, 2014 09:21 PM

Q. When will I be required to use ICD-10-CM?

A. On October 1, 2015 all providers will be required to report ICD-10 diagnosis codes on all claims with service dates that occur on October 1st or later.

Q. Is the October 1, 2015 date flexible? Will I be able to report ICD-9-CM after that time?

ACA Letter to Time Magazine
Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:46 PM

The American Chiropractic Association has written a letter to Time Magazine regarding their coverage of opioid abuse in the US.  Says the ACA:  

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) appreciate Time magazine bringing attention to the problem of opioid overuse and abuse in the United States (“For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good”). We agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Jane Ballantyne’s comment that, “We shouldn’t be resorting to pills as a first resort; they should very much be a last resort.” The problem for many patients is simply that they are unaware of effective non-drug approaches to pain management. Services delivered by chiropractic physicians have been shown to assist with chronic pain and reduce reliance on narcotic medications. Conservative management early in the care process may also result in reduction of both prescription use and spine surgeries.

According to VA officials, more than 600,000 veterans use opioid painkillers, and experts say they often contribute to job loss, family strife, homelessness and suicide as well as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Facing the same problem in its ranks, the U.S. military is now investigating chiropractic services and other conservative treatment strategies to mitigate the alarming rate of opioid abuse and addiction among troops. By reducing medication use and abuse, these strategies may indeed contribute to battle-readiness. Early results of that research (Goertz, Spine 2013) show that combining chiropractic manipulative treatment with medical care provides significant improvement in lessening pain and enhancing solider readiness.

Stemming our country’s opioid epidemic will require multifactorial strategies. One potential safe, effective and value-driven solution is educating and encouraging patients to exhaust conservative-care options first.

U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 07:33 AM

Over the last three decades, Americans have cut their intake of artery-clogging saturated and trans fats -- but not enough, new research shows.

Meanwhile, consumption of healthy omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA -- plentiful in fatty fish like salmon -- has remained steady, though very low, the experts found.

"These trends are encouraging, but we still have room for improvement in our diet,"

Lumbar Spine Surgery, That's Depressing
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 07:01 AM

Depressive symptoms are associated with poorer long-term outcome in patients undergoing surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), according to research published in the Oct. 1 issue of The Spine Journal.

The researchers found that patients with a high depressive burden were more likely to have poorer outcome of surgery for LSS at five years, according to the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). Linear regression analysis showed that high depressive burden was associated with higher ODI score.

"Even slightly elevated long-term depressive symptoms in LSS patients are associated with an increased risk of a poorer functional ability after decompressive surgery," the authors write. "To conclude, our results strongly suggest that even subclinical depressive symptoms in LSS patients should not be ignored at any phase of the rehabilitation period."

Walnuts Appear to Delay Onset of Alzheimer’s
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 06:55 AM

A handful of walnuts a day may help keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay, a new study has found.

Researchers at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities said experiments with Alzheimer’s-susceptible mice found that subjects that consumed walnuts showed significant improvement in their learning skills and memory compared with mice without them in their diet. 

The study also found improvement in motor skills and reduction in anxiety. The mice in the experiment consumed an amount of walnuts that would be the equivalent for humans of eating about 1 to 1.5 ounces of walnuts a day.  Walnuts rank second — just behind blackberries — on a list of 1,100 foods with anti-oxidative properties.

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