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ER MDs Still Rx Opioids for Migraine
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 05:47 PM

In 1998, emergency department doctors gave more than half patients suffering migraine headaches opioids to relieve pain – 12 years later, they hadn't changed, researchers reported.  In 1998, about 51% of patients presenting with migraine at the emergency department were treated with parenteral opioids; in 2010, opioids were prescribed for 53% of the patients. 

"There are times when opioids are required to treat migraineurs, but it is nowhere near 50%, more likely about 5% of these patients," the report notes.  By giving them opioids you are inviting these patients back for more."

Big Surprises in Code Denials
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 05:10 PM

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data from the month of March in 2014, shows which CPT codes are among the top five procedures unexpectedly denied for reimbursement.   The data for March also show which codes, which providers, and the top reasons for denial:

Who Pays for Healthcare Might Surprise You
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 04:32 PM

Eight million people have signed up for private, often subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama said this month. Millions more obtained new coverage through the Medicaid program for the poor.

Here's a corrective to common misconceptions about who pays for healthcare.

Laser Spine Institute Partners with ACA
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 08:29 AM

Laser Spine Institute has partnered with the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) on a multi-year agreement. The ACA and Laser Spine Institute will work together to provide an integrative approach to help patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. The partnership will contribute to collaboration and continued innovation in treatment of the spine by both conservative care and surgical approaches.

The partnership will include:

Chiropractors as family doctors: Once denounced by the mainstream, the profession gains ground
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 08:19 AM

A report in the Bangor Daily News by Michael Noonan reports "I recently read an amazing article by Dr. David Edelberg, a medical internist who practices in Chicago. He recommends using doctors of chiropractic as family doctors. ... and states that partnering with a chiropractic physician was the best decision of his professional career. My jaw dropped as I read the article. I could not imagine an M.D. actually recommending D.C.s as family doctors. This is a huge reversal of attitude."

Dr. Edelberg states that chiropractic training was actually superior to his in musculoskeletal (joint and muscle) problems, as well as related neurological conditions. He then goes on to say that between the ages of 18 and 60, the majority of your health problems will originate from the joints and muscles, so a working knowledge of this system is a big advantage for chiropractic physicians.

He lists additional reasons why doctors of chiropractic make good family doctors:

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