National Chiropractic Health Month
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 02:19 PM

National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is a national public awareness and education campaign held each October. NCHM strives to teach health care consumers about the benefits of chiropractic services and to promote the expertise of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in helping their patients reach optimal levels of health and wellness.

In 2014, NCHM will use the theme “Conservative Care First!” to educate the public on why a conservative approach to pain management and health enhancement is both sensible and effective. For years, many patients would find relief through conservative forms of care such as chiropractic services only after unsuccessfully trying a range of other, more complex and riskier treatments. Today, that approach has been reversed, with more medical research and guidelines supporting the idea that patients should exhaust conservative approaches to pain management before moving on to other options.

Why Chiropractic?
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 05:58 PM
Novitas, Medicare, and Chiropractic 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014 10:23 AM

As of July 24 Novitas is operating under its new local coverage determination for chiropractic services.  The local determination does not replace, modify or supersede existing Medicare national determinations, payment polices, rules or regulations for chiropractic services.  "Neither Medicare policy rules nor this LCD replace, modify or supersede applicable state statues regarding medical practice or other health practice professions acts, definitions and/or scopes of practice."

"All providers who report services for Medicare payment must fully understand and follow all existing laws, regulations, and rules for Medicare payment for chiropractic services and must properly submit only valid claims for them."  Novitas states "Please review and understand them and apply the medical necessity provisions in the policy within the context of the manual rules."  The sources below reference a number of online "Internet Only Manuals" (IOMs) for your reference.

Regarding "coverage guidance" Novitas reports "it is not appropriate to bill Medicare for services that are not covered … as if they are covered."  They remind us that when billing for non-covered services that we should use the appropriate modifier code.

Using Dietary Supplements Wisely
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Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 AM

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included questions on Americans’ use of natural products (not including vitamins and minerals), 17.7 percent of American adults had used these types of products in the past 12 months. The most popular of these products used by adults in the past 30 days were fish oil/omega 3/DHA (37.4 percent), glucosamine (19.9 percent), echinacea (19.8 percent), flaxseed oil or pills (15.9 percent), and ginseng (14.1 percent). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data collected from 2003 to 2006 that covered all types of dietary supplements indicate that 53 percent of American adults took at least one dietary supplement, most commonly multivitamin/multimineral supplements (taken by 39 percent of all adults). Women were more likely than men to take dietary supplements.

Like many Americans, you may take dietary supplements in an effort to stay healthy. With so many dietary supplements available and so many claims made about their health benefits, how can you decide whether a supplement is safe or useful?

Parker University Announces New Vice President of College of Chiropractic
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 01:04 PM

After a national search to fill the position, Parker University has appointed Dr. Ashley E. Cleveland as the next vice president of the College of Chiropractic. Formerly, Dr. Cleveland was provost and associate dean of Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, Kansas. She will begin her tenure as vice president of Parker University’s College of Chiropractic on November 1, 2014.  

“Ashley Cleveland has been a highly successful provost and dean, respected not only at her former institution but also by her peers throughout the chiropractic education community,” said Parker University president Brian McAulay. “Her proven skill in managing multiple aspects of a chiropractic institution make her a tremendous asset to our students in the College of Chiropractic.”

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