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CMS Changing Medicare Audit Process – Targeted Probe & Educate
Written by Editor   
Monday, August 21, 2017 05:56 PM

Medicare will be changing to a more focused approach to auditing physicians’ claims for payment.  Under the present audit system, the first round of claims reviews involve all providers for a specific service, so physician practices are randomly chosen for review.

In contrast, the new system will have the Medicare audit contractors (MACs) "select claims for items/services that pose the greatest financial risk to the Medicare trust fund and/or those that have a high national error rate. MACs will focus only on providers/suppliers who have the highest claim error rates or billing practices that vary significantly out from their peers,” CMS said on a webpage explaining the new system, which it is calling “Targeted Probe & Educate."

11 Reasons Why Performance Measurement Matters to the Chiropractic Profession
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Friday, August 18, 2017 10:06 PM

By Christine Goertz, DC, PhD

Long before many of us can remember, there were only two people sitting in the chiropractic treatment room – the patient and the doctor. Gradually, the state licensing boards starting showing up. They were joined by the insurance industry. Then health policy makers like Medicare and Medicaid. Followed by more members of the insurance industry. Then scientists made an appearance, talking about evidence-based clinical practice. Now this already very crowded room may become even more crowded if we open the door to the ever-loudly-knocking performance measurers. We have had time to get at least somewhat used to the state and national boards, insurers, policy makers and even the scientists, to some extent. But what is performance measurement and how might it be beneficial to the practice of chiropractic?

Prevention and Health Promotion by DCs
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Friday, August 18, 2017 08:06 AM

Chiropractic care includes a variety of minimally invasive approaches, with both treatment and prevention as essential elements of clinical practice. Although chiropractic adjustment is the signature therapy and best-known identifier of the profession, the practice of chiropractic involves more than manual therapeutics. In general, chiropractors seek to bring a holistic worldview to the doctor–patient encounter, seeking not only to relieve pain and restore neuromusculoskeletal function but also to support the inherent self-healing and self-regulating powers of the body. 

Aside from applying their diagnostic training to the evaluation of a variety of physical disorders and delivering manual adjustments and related therapeutic interventions, many chiropractors encourage patients to take an active role in restoring and maintaining health, with particular emphasis on doctor-guided self-care through exercise and nutrition. 

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Older Adults
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 06:17 PM

There are a rising number of older adults; in the US alone nearly 20% of the population will be 65 or older by 2030. Chiropractic is one of the most frequently utilized types of complementary and alternative care by older adults. Used by an estimated 5% of older adults in the U.S. annually, the most common reason for an older adult to see a DC is musculoskeletal pain, most often lower back pain.  

Although this is the most common reason for older adults seeking chiropractic care DCs may also provide a diverse range of services to these patients. Chiropractic care involves many different types of interventions, including preventive strategies. It is imperative that providers be familiar with the evidence for and the prudent use of different management strategies for older adults.

Five Things Clinicians and Patients Should Question
Written by Edito   
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 05:33 PM

The ACA has released a list of “Five Things Clinicians and Patients Should Question” in chiropractic as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, led by the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports®. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support doctors of chiropractic and patients in making wise choices about their care.

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