Texas Representatives to National Chiropractic Associations Announced
Written by Editor   
Friday, June 06, 2014 06:12 AM

Two National Chiropractic Associations have elect/appointed two Texas Doctors of Chiropractic to represent Texas.  


Dr. James Edwards to represent Texas to the ICA and Dr. Ken Perkins the ACA for Texas East.

MN Governor Signs Recodification Confirming Chiropractic Scope of Practice
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Thursday, June 05, 2014 08:25 AM

In a state troubled by the chiropractic scope controversy, a definitive victory has been scored for chiropractic with the recent signing of the recodification confirming Minnesota’s Chiropractic Scope of Practice.

The scope, which has met with strong opposition at times, was designed to “recodify the existing scope of practice, and more specifically defines what chiropractors can perform,” according to the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA). 

The chiropractic scope of practice was first enacted in 1919 with substantial changes in 1927 and 1975.  Over the years there have been advances in knowledge, technology, and education practices and requirements.  Enforcement has kept pace with these changes, however, the chiropractic scope has not.

VA, Military Care Different, Often Confused
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Thursday, June 05, 2014 08:12 AM

It's not just veterans who are having trouble with healthcare. Now the health system for active duty military is under the microscope, too.  Longstanding issues with an overburdened system for caring for the nation's veterans have burst into the news recently.  Yet the VA and military health systems are completely separate entities. They are not even part of the same cabinet department -- the VA system is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, while the military system is overseen by the Department of Defense.

Here are some common questions about the two systems.

No Free Rein to Bill Whatever You Want
Written by Editor   
Thursday, June 05, 2014 07:22 AM

And in the category of "you can't blame the chiropractors for that"… "The challenge that CMS is trying to figure out is what is the best way to get at this. This is not just free rein to bill whatever you want."

Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much for office visits and other patient evaluations in 2010, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   The inspector general's report estimates that overpayments account for 21 percent of the $32.3 billion spent on evaluation and management (E&M) services in 2010. The E&M category includes office visits, emergency room assessments and inpatient hospital evaluations.

Are You a Target of Repayment Demands?
Written by Dr. Nick Oberheiden   
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 05:15 PM

One member doctor took a stand against an insurance company's harassment and prevailed.  His attorney explains the issue.

Did you get reimbursed by an insurance company and later receive demand letters to return that money? Increasingly, insurance companies have become aggressive in denying reimbursements for procedures that are covered by the parties’ provider agreements, particularly with respect to chiropractic services.  In some cases, the insurers even go so far as to demand that chiropractors return money that the insurance companies correctly paid out months or even years previously.

Our client, a member doctor of the Texas Chiropractic Association, came to us for legal help after Aetna’s demands for repayment became unbearable.  He had received numerous letters and phone calls from Aetna’s attorneys demanding that he pay Aetna thousands of dollars in “reimbursements” for interferential stimulation treatments that the insurer claimed were not covered by their provider agreement.

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