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Why Is Osteoarthritis Increasing?
Written by Editor   
Thursday, September 21, 2017 03:13 PM
Knee osteoarthritis has more than doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century after occurring at low frequencies since prehistoric times, a study has found.
Researchers from Harvard University and other centers concluded that rising levels of knee osteoarthritis may be the result of modifiable risk factors, such as high body mass index (BMI), and may be more preventable than previously thought.
Researchers studied cadaver-derived skeletal remains to investigate long-term trends in knee osteoarthritis prevalence in the United States and evaluate the effects of longevity and BMI on disease levels by comparing the prevalence among persons who lived in the 19th to early 20th centuries with persons in the late 20th to early 21st centuries. The researchers also analyzed knee osteoarthritis in a large sample of archaeological skeletons of prehistoric Native American hunter-gatherers and early farmers.
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September TBCE President's message
Written by Dr. Mark Bronson   
Monday, September 18, 2017 05:13 PM

By: Mark R. Bronson, D.C., F.A.C.O.

First, I want to thank those of you who read these newsletters and use the information to guide your business and practice decisions. The articles are written in the interest of preventing complaints against our licensees by focusing on common problem areas and anticipating questions or misconceptions. Not only are readers more likely to avoid Board actions, they are more likely to embrace high standards and provide honest, ethical and professional care. Earning a reputation as an honorable and skilled professional ultimately results in a successful practice.

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TBCE Hurricane Harvey Response
Written by Editor   
Monday, September 18, 2017 05:02 PM

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the TBCE reports that it has received many calls and inquiries from Texas-based and out-of-state chiropractic licensees regarding how they can assist Texas residents affected by the storm. Texas chiropractors have inquired about how they can provide temporary space to local chiropractors. Out-of-state chiropractors have inquired about how they can provide temporary services within legal parameters. The following information may assist in these two scenarios.

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How to Deal with the Angry Patient
Written by Editor   
Saturday, September 16, 2017 06:53 AM

"Mrs. Johnson is very upset and would like to speak with you."  Such will happen in every doctor’s career, and is an important moment.   When anyone perceives that someone else may be attacking them or their work, the default human reaction is to become defensive, angry, or worse still — attack back. It’s a moment that many don’t handle as well as they could. 

Here are the golden rules for when you get that inevitable call about the angry or upset patient or family member:

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CMS Changes Rules for Providers in States Hit by Harvey
Written by Editor   
Friday, September 15, 2017 05:20 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says that it would suspend certain Medicare enrollment screening requirements for healthcare providers and suppliers that are assisting with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana.

The waiver is aimed at enabling clinicians who don’t participate in Medicare or who have come to the affected states from other areas of the country to help care for victims of the natural disaster.

The agency has established a hotline (1-855-247-8428) for healthcare providers in the two affected states to enroll in Medicare and receive temporary Medicare billing privileges. “The hotline is intended for noncertified Part B providers and other practitioners to initiate temporary Medicare billing privileges," according to a CMS news release.

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