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Hundreds Charged in $1.3B US Healthcare Fraud/Opioid Scams
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Sunday, July 16, 2017 08:41 AM

More than 400 people, upwards of 120 medical professionals involved in prescribing and distributing narcotics, have been charged in connection with healthcare fraud and opioid scams totaling $1.3 billion in false billing.  Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions calls it the "largest healthcare fraud takedown operation in American history."

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Most Parents Give Kids Wrong Doses
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Saturday, July 15, 2017 03:27 AM

Parents often make measurement errors with their children’s medications.  According to results from a randomized trial involving nearly 500 parents, a large majority (83.5%) made at least one dosing error. Almost one third made at least one large error, the researchers found. Among all errors, 12% involved an overdose.

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Urge US Senators to Allow Health Providers to Travel with Sports Teams
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Friday, July 14, 2017 06:22 AM

Team physicians, including doctors of chiropractic, and other licensed sports health professionals often travel with their athletes to away games and other sanctioned sporting events outside of their home State.  When providing care to an injured player during the game or in the locker room afterwards, they are often doing so at great personal and professional risk. If they are sued, their home state license could be in jeopardy and their malpractice insurance may not cover them.

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CHIROPRACTIC IN THE STATES: Victory in Rhode Island
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Thursday, July 13, 2017 09:20 AM

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation that would require insurers to cover non-drug chiropractic treatments for pain for people with substance-use disorders. 

The bills, S-0789Aaa and H-6124Aaa require patients with substance-use disorders to have access to evidence-based non-drug pain treatment. Patients seeking the treatments must have insurance coverage, and the chiropractic care must be deemed medically necessary and be performed by licensed providers.

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Pros and Cons of MACRA: It’s a Business Decision
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 07:29 AM

Regulations affect the healthcare industry, and we are in the crosshairs because we are health care professionals, defined as “physicians” in many states (and including Medicare) and our practices are affected by it. This cold, hard fact rings true for many practices that have experienced post-payment audits and recoupments, HIPAA violations with fines and public reporting.

In addition, insurance copays and deductibles continue to rise with benefit plans not covering all the procedures provided by chiropractors--even though in many cases the chiropractor delivers better quality care within a lower cost parameter. All of these “things” add up to obstacles (or opportunities) for our profession. You get to decide.

It’s time to think about your practice as a business. That’s right; get over the emotion of it all and realize you are a professional AND a business owner competing within the healthcare delivery marketplace. Your marketplace is changing, so it’s time to pick yourself up and listen--and listen closely.

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