Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis Missed 80% of the Time
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:24 AM

We simply assume that medicine and science are up to the task of diagnosing traumatic brain injury.  In reality many of these injuries are often completely missed, ignored, or discounted by medical doctors – at tremendous cost. Many doctors and emergency rooms fail to diagnose traumatic brain injury. Lives are shattered because of delays at diagnosis and treatment. And many who are recovering from auto accidents face problems getting treatment paid for once a TBI is diagnosed, because it wasn’t immediately diagnosed in an ER or by a family doctor in the weeks following a car accident. This is a terrible problem that effects tens of thousands, from the accident victim, to the high school football player, to our soldiers fighting overseas.  There are respected studies showing that hospital ERs routinely miss traumatic brain injuries — up to 80 percent of the time.

Doctors now understand that the brain actually goes into a hyper-metabolic state as it tries to protect itself after an injury. There is an uptake of glucose and therefore, especially in the acute phase of a traumatic brain injury, this uptake of hypermetabolic activity actually masks many of the symptoms of brain injury.

Survey: ICD-10 Costs for Small Physician Practices Significantly Lower
Monday, March 02, 2015 02:32 PM

ICD-10 costs for small physician practices are significantly much lower than expected, according to a new study released today by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM). The survey of 276 physician practices of fewer than six providers revealed that total ICD-10 transition costs for an entire practice averaged $8,167. Per provider expenditures averaged $3,430 for a practice with a single provider to $1,838 for a practice with six providers.

Survey questions on total expenditures for all ICD-10 related activities specifically highlighted the cost of ICD-10 manuals and documentation, ICD-10 training costs, the cost of superbill conversion, software system upgrades, and testing. 

New Head of Research and Development Department At SP
Monday, March 02, 2015 01:52 PM

Ibrahim Abou-Nemeh, Ph.D., joins Standard Process Inc. as the company’s executive director of research and development. Abou-Nemeh has more than 20 years of global experience in scientific research, strategic technology planning and new product development.

In his role as the executive director of research and development, Abou-Nemeh will focus on research that expands the company’s knowledge of clinical nutrition and how complex whole food ingredients support health. He will also lead the new product innovation team in creating the next generation of whole food dietary supplement ingredients and products.  

University of Western States and Legacy Health Establish Chiropractic Rotation in ERs
Monday, March 02, 2015 01:50 PM

University of Western States (UWS) and Legacy Health, the largest non-profit locally-owned health system in the Portland-Vancouver area, have joined together in a groundbreaking partnership.  The agreement enables UWS sports medicine fellows to experience observational clinical rotations in various emergency room settings in the Legacy system.

“This opportunity is incredibly important for a variety of reasons. It allows the fellows to see medical situations beyond what is typically seen in a chiropractic office or training room,” said Sara Mathov, DC, director of the exercise and sports science department at UWS. “It also allows them to see what happens when patients are referred to the emergency room.

Kind Health/TCA Partnership for Health Insurance
Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:03 PM

The TCA and Affinity Partner Kind Health have partnered together to bring group health insurance rates to TCA members.  HURRY THOUGH, OPEN ENROLLMENT CLOSES FEBRUARY 15.

  • Choose plans from major carriers: BlueCross/Humana/UnitedHealthcare/ Atena (plan options vary by state)

  • All plans are major medical. No health questions asked.

  • The tax penalty for not having health insurance is 2% of your household income.

  • Once open enrollment ends you cannot purchase any health insurance until October of 2015 without a qualifying event.

  • Major qualifying events are: marriage, divorce, birth of a child, loss of current coverage, change in income. 


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