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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:

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.

Getting Busy Again
Written by Max Vige, DC   
Thursday, September 14, 2017 03:00 PM

President’s Message

It’s a busy news cycle for the chiropractic profession in Texas. It feels like non-stop action  and the Texas Chiropractic Association is almost as busy as it was during the 85th Texas Legislative Session.

The appeal of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) vs. Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) lawsuit reached a new phase. Last weekend, TCA received TMA’s brief – all 100+ pages – and, not surprisingly, there were plenty of red flags. It’s clear that TMA firmly believes that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) have no business dabbling in neurology of any kind. Your right to treat nerves and the subluxation complex are in jeopardy and TCA doesn’t take this lightly. We’ll work closely with our legal counsel before filing our response later this month.   

While TCA prepares our appeal, the legal bills are mounting and we could use your assistance. Join us for the Foot Levelers Extremities Seminar Benefiting the Fight for Chiropractic in Texas this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, at the Wyndham Riverwalk San Antonio. Aside from hearing outstanding speakers, all proceeds benefit the Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI). Not registered yet? You can sign up for the seminar on-site. Can’t make the seminar? You can still make a CDI donation online, either a one-time contribution or get on monthly autodraft. Remember, your CDI donation is tax-deductible.  This tax deductible contribution literally puts money back in your pocket as we DEFEND our profession from the numerous attacks.

Differences in Outcomes Between Male vs Female DCs
Written by Editor   
Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:01 PM

The number of practicing male doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in Switzerland currently exceeds the number of female DCs, with men making up about 70% of the profession, according to the Swiss Chiropractic Association, Chirosuisse. However, this sex ratio is not mirrored in the student body at the University of Zürich Chiropractic Medicine program, where currently 75% of students are female. Comparatively, since 2004, the percentage of female graduates in Swiss medical schools has been consistently >50% and rose to >60% in 2009. This phenomenon, known as the feminization of medicine, is a much discussed topic within the medical profession and academia.

This prospective cohort study with 1-year follow-up reports a  significantly higher proportion of patients of female DCs reported clinically relevant improvement at 1 week, 3 months, and 1 year, and had a significantly greater decrease in their pain scores compared with male DCs’ patients at 1 week. However, female DCs also had a significantly greater number of acute patients (who have been reported to improve faster and with greater magnitude than subacute or chronic patients) compared with male DCs.  When evaluating the chronic and subacute subgroups alone, there was no significant difference in treatment outcome between male and female DCs. This suggests that patient outcomes of improvement and satisfaction may be more likely influenced by other factors associated with low back pain.

TCA Town Hall Sept 19 at 7:30 pm
Written by Andrea Howard   
Thursday, September 14, 2017 08:28 AM

Chiropractic in Texas: New Threats and What TCA Is Doing to Protect the Profession

It’s been a few months since the conclusion of the 85th Texas Legislative Session. With your help, the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) successfully advocated for the signing into law of four pro-chiropractic bills – most notably SB 304, which affirms your right to diagnose. But the work is far from over, with new and serious threats to the future of the chiropractic profession in the Lone Star State.

Join TCA President Dr. Max Vige, TCA Vice President Dr. Devin Pettiet and the TCA Legislative Team, for a closer look at what’s happening on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.


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