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Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse, Passing Epidemic Threshold
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Flu deaths surpassed the epidemic threshold at the end of December, with pediatric flu-related deaths also up, according to data from the CDC.

The CDC's weekly FluView surveillance report found that pneumonia- and influenza-related mortality comprised 8.2% of all deaths in the last week of December. This was above the epidemic threshold of 7.1%.

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2018 Government Shutdown
Written by Editor   
Monday, January 22, 2018 12:56 PM

The New York Times reports:  The U.S. government is close to reopening.  The Senate voted to reopen the government after 81 senators broke the filibuster that shut it down.  Before the government can reopen, the House must approve the measure that the Senate passed.

Monday morning, CNBC reported that Senators appeared optimistic they had the votes to end the government shutdown on Monday. The chamber is expected to vote Monday to advance a short-term stopgap bill to keep the government open through Feb. 8. “We will vote today to reopen the government," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Schumer said Democrats have received assurances that the Senate will take on immigration issues, before Feb. 8.

If it gets passed by Congress and signed, the funding legislation means that federal agencies will no longer be forced to shut their doors, and to furlough non-essential workers. 

U.S. government funding lapsed at the end of Friday.  The Senate had aimed to vote on a procedural motion to advance the spending plan Monday.  On Sunday night the Senate moved to hold a vote at 10 p.m. ET, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D., N.Y., objected. McConnell then scheduled a cloture vote for Monday.

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Help, They Wont Pay For The Exam!
Written by Andrea Howard   
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 01:23 PM

By Kelli Moore, MCS, P-I 
The Collection Coach

I recently received a call from a distraught office manager who explained that a major insurer was consistently denying the Evaluation and Management codes, otherwise known as “exam” codes, when performed on the same day as a Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment (CMT). She explained that these denials created a significant loss of revenue to the practice and that her efforts of calling the insurer to remedy, rendered little results. I gave her three steps to take to help eliminate the problem, here they are.

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A Survey of the Scope of Chiropractic Practice in South Africa: 2015
Written by Editor   
Monday, January 15, 2018 08:47 AM

The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics specific to the chiropractic profession in South Africa and compare them with those of other countries where similar surveys have been conducted.  Compared with similar survey analyses from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States,  findings showed overlap, but some characteristics were unique to the chiropractic profession in South Africa.

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$14 Million Research Grant Puts Manipulative Therapy in the Spotlight
Written by Editor   
Sunday, January 14, 2018 04:42 PM

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $14 million grant to the University of Minnesota and University of Washington to study the benefits of spinal manipulation for back pain vs. standard medical care (including prescription medication). Touted as one of the largest back pain studies ever funded by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the national, multi-site clinical trial will feature a multidisciplinary research team from the chiropractic, medical, osteopathic, physical therapy and psychology fields, representing a half-dozen universities.

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