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The Chiropractic Lawyer an Interview with Dr. Timothy McCullough.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 10:44 PM

Episode 5 of the Chiropractic Lawyer an Interview with Dr. Timothy McCullough. 

This week I have the pleasure to post an interview with Dr. Timothy McCullough, a chiropractic physician in Houston, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. McCullough is a graduate of Texas Chiropractic College.  He is a diplomate of the Board of Chiropractic Internists and a member of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.  In 2009, when New Mexico offered chiropractors to expand their scope of practice by getting an advanced practice license Dr. McCullough went through the program and obtained his advanced practice certification.

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Discount Is Not a Dirty Word
Written by Dr. R. A. Foxworth, FICC, MCS-P   
Sunday, April 27, 2014 10:35 PM
With potential whistle-blowers masquerading as patients in your waiting room and the OIG sniffing around for potential red flags in order to launch an audit, it's easy to conclude that offering discounts for chiropractic services is not just ill-advised, but outright illegal.
 
Nothing could be further from the truth. What's key here, however, is how you set your discount policies up. Helping patients afford wellness care is the compassionate and right thing to do. But doing it the wrong way can cost you-and cost you big. The chiropractic industry is still abuzz over the DC who ran afoul of the OIG to the tune of over $700,000. We aren't talking a wrist slap.  
 
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Dr. Fab Mancini At Convention
Sunday, April 27, 2014 03:57 PM

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Back Surgery is Controversial
Written by Editor   
Friday, April 25, 2014 09:51 AM

CBS News reports that "Back pain is one of the most common reasons Americans go to the doctor, and one of the fastest growing treatments is spinal fusion surgery. From 2001 to 2011, the number of spinal fusions in U.S. hospitals increased 70 percent, making them more frequently performed than even hip replacements."

"The procedure fuses together two or more vertebrae often with metal rods and screws, and can result in paralysis or life-threatening complications."

While improving technology and an aging population makes the ability to perform the surgery easier "it has also sparked a debate over whether some surgeons are performing spinal fusions that are unnecessary and potentially dangerous."

For this six month investigation, CBS News exclusively obtained part of a government database. "We asked for, among other things," CBS News reports, "the number of spinal fusions each doctor in the country billed to Medicare from 2011-2012, under codes most commonly used for "degenerative" conditions that cause lower back pain. We put the entire database online and made it easily searchable by the public. We also provided guidance on how to interpret it and details about how it was compiled. 

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ACA Responds to Latest Closed Minded Attack on Chiropractic
Thursday, April 24, 2014 07:12 AM

Letter to Forbes.com

To the Editor:

Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) were troubled after reading the latest ill-informed attack on the chiropractic profession by Steven Salzberg, PhD. FOUND HERE.  His latest Forbes blog post “New Medicare Data Reveal Startling $496 Million Wasted On Chiropractors” is sensationalism at its finest, as chiropractic has historically made up less than 1% of all Medicare claims.

It’s evident to anyone who is truly interested in fixing the problems facing the U.S. health care system that chiropractic physicians, with their conservative approach to pain relief and health promotion, are an important part of the solution. DCs are the highest rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments—treating nearly 27 million Americans annually—above physical therapists, specialist physicians/MDs (i.e., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons) and primary care physicians/MDs (i.e., family or internal medicine). This is not surprising when you consider that injured workers are 28 times less likely to undergo spinal surgery if their first point of contact is a DC rather than a surgeon (MD), and that treatment for low back pain initiated by a chiropractic physician costs up to 20% less than treatment started by a MD.

If the blog contributor were truly interested in facts, he would have mentioned that chiropractic consistently outperforms all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, Pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies according to a leading consumer survey. He also might have mentioned that unnecessary spinal fusion surgery (a procedure that has seen a 500% increase in the last decade) has resulted in an estimated $200 million in improper billing to Medicare in 2011 alone. It is noteworthy that Medicare deemed the surgeries medically unnecessary because more conservative treatment hadn’t been tried first.

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