Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Monopoly is Not a Game
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Tuesday, May 03, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Organized medicine supports relief from antitrust regulations.  The problem is "AMA support of antitrust relief ... [is] limited to physician-led ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) and not to ACOs owned and controlled by non-physicians."

When they say we support exemption from the law for us but not for you, will you just allow them to continue their monopolistic growth, or will you seek a more just solution?  

When members of their profession start to become the decision makers in the state agencies, legislatures and the US Congress, what will you do to counter their monopolistic growth strategies?

Excerpt:  AMA support of antitrust relief for physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), [is] limited to physician-led ACOs and not to ACOs owned and controlled by non-physicians, including hospitals, insurance companies, or others.

Retention/Recall Tip
Monday, May 02, 2016 05:36 PM

Do you want to improve your retention?

What do you do when a patient misses an appointment?  Do you simply continue on with your day and hope the patient will call to reschedule when they have time? Or, do you have a system in place to reach out to and reschedule that patient? Implementing a recall program gives you this system and opportunity, and helps to prevent patients from falling out of care.  

A recall program is the process of regular follow-up and rescheduling of missed appointments. Missed appointments mean less practice volume and lower patient retention, which can affect your bottom line.  You should attempt to reschedule 75% within the same week in order to keep patients healthy and happy, and your visits maximized.

A successful recall program begins as soon as a patient is 15 minutes late for an appointment. Your ultimate goal is to reach the patient, remind them of their appointment, have them come into the office, or reschedule a make-up appointment during the same week.

What is Health?
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Monday, May 02, 2016 08:30 AM

CLICK HERE TO OPEN ARTICLE IN DIGITAL JOURNALThe word health is frequently mentioned in the healthcare professions.  It carries different meanings for different entities involved.  A feature article in the upcoming issue of the Texas Journal of Chiropractic  looks at both a chiropractic and a recent medical model of health that are quite similar.

Healthcare involves a number of different professions and a myriad of entities.  Each of them has its own concept of health.  For example: 

  • The World Health Organization states that health is “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

  • A  dictionary defines health as “the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor, soundness of body or mind, freedom from disease or ailment.”

  • Australian Aboriginal people state, “Health does not just mean the physical well-being of the individual but refers to the social, emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being of the whole community.”

  • Another defines health as “a condition of well-being, free of disease or infirmity, and a basic and universal human right.”

Consequently, there are almost as many goals for patient care as there are entities involved.  This ambiguity facilitates misunderstandings and may be used in power struggles.  The chiropractic profession is no stranger to these power struggles.

Doctor of Chiropractic Runs for Texas Board of Education, District 9
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Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Click here to visit my support page to get involved in helping me prepare our State’s children for a bright future.

A Lufkin Doctor of Chiropractic, Keven M. Ellis, has announced that he is running as a Republican for the State Board of Education in District 9, which covers 31 counties in East and Northeast Texas.  Ellis said, “I want to be a champion for public education.”

Dr. Ellis currently is the Board President for the Lufkin Independent School District and has served on the board since May of 2012.  He said, “I’ve been able to serve the 8,300 students at Lufkin ISD and want to be able to apply the real world experience I’ve gained to benefit the five million students in Texas public schools.”  Ellis stated “Serving on the Lufkin ISD board has given me a full understanding of the needs and challenges of our students, teachers as well as the district itself. Local school boards understand the needs of their children better than anyone else.” 

My background in chiropractic goes back to my childhood when I spent many summers running around the Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) campus while my mother, Lynne Stacy, was in class.  She graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in 1982 when I was 11 years old and practiced for many years in Texas before relocating to Seattle, WA. 

A 90 Percent Friend is Not a 10 Percent Enemy
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:00 AM

Chiropractic physicians are an interesting and eclectic bunch of people who have sacrificed a lot to get to where they are. They undergo a most rigorous course of study. Test after test, exam after exam. And when finally done with medical school, national boards, and state licensing procedures thus earning the right to be called “Dr.” (often a childhood dream) the work is just beginning. Now the struggle to manage a business AND manage a profession are laid upon the shoulders of students now struggling to become professionals.

Going through such an intense process means that most doctors are by their nature incredibly hardworking, mentally tough, independent-natured and freethinking.  And now is a time in healthcare when all physicians, no matter what our specialty, are feeling the full force of change in almost everything we do. Some of these changes are significant and may effect the very foundation of our profession.  Other changes are important but have fewer dire effects.  Frequently we find that the hardworking mentally tough, independent-natured and freethinking doctors of our profession are promoting agendas at the expense of others. Perhaps the Internet as a whole is more adept at giving a platform to the voices of the cynics and pessimists, neglecting the silent majority, but when browsing through the comments sections of articles from a wide variety of different perspectives, some bizarre opinions are expressed from supposedly experienced doctors who should know better than to resort to ad hominem attacks. When discussing problems that healthcare is facing, exceptionally intelligent and often times refreshingly rebellious individuals don’t align themselves easily with any given cause without picking holes in an argument and highlighting other unrelated problems. This is not necessarily an advantageous thing to do when it comes to getting things done.

With any agenda or argument that may have broad support, wherever and whoever it comes from, chiropractic physicians would do well to remember three golden rules of affecting any kind of positive change:

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