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The front desk is the nerve center of any practice, and must run at optimal efficiency. Get all the answers at TCA’s Chiro Texpo ’17 on June 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Register online and bring your entire team with you. Send your chiropractic assistant and staff to The Efficient, Effective and Profitable Front Desk, and Maximizing Patient Outcomes through Effective Communication and Patient Education taught by Lori W. Allen of Profitable Practice Strategies.
From bills allowing professional associations for DCs, to continuing the chiropractic profession for 12 more years, a half-dozen bills that are nearing completion in the legislature are updated.
The countdown is on ... only four weeks are left in the 85th Texas Legislative Session, the biggest for the chiropractic profession in decades. Join TCA President Dr. Tyce Hergert, and TCA’s lobbyists, Kaden Norton and Josh Massingill, at 7:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, May 9, for an up-to-the-minute update on the TCA Virtual Town Hall Meeting, The Final Countdown – 2017 Texas Legislative Session Update. Find out the latest on the Sunset bill (SB 304), which could impact your right to diagnose. Get a full report on TCA’s core bills and others that could directly impact the future of chiropractic. REGISTER NOW.
Congressional House Bill 2202 by Rep. Gene Green of Texas calls for the appointment of doctors of chiropractic as officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. The bill would also require the appointment of no fewer than six chiropractors to the Commissioned Corps.
The TBCE recently published FAQs regarding the use of acupuncture in chiropractic practice. Take note of the training required before you are permitted to perform or advertise the performance of acupuncture or dry needling. Also, take note that Texas chiropractic scope prohibits the direct treatment of or advertising the treatment of systems or conditions that fall outside the musculoskeletal system and subluxation complex. Be careful what you advertise.
Texas politics is unique. Low pay for legislators may discourage middle-class citizens from seeking state office, attracting particularly elite or poor segments of society, rather than a diverse population. Campaigning for government office in Texas is slanted toward the well-off and is likely to include members of the medical profession.
Nominations for the 2017 Keeler Plaque are due by May 17. The Keeler Plaque is the Texas Chiropractic Association’s award designating the Chiropractor of the year.
Deadline for nominations for the 2017 Young Chiropractor of the Year is May 17. Those under 40 years of age, or fewer than 10 years in chiropractic practice, qualify.
Naylor Association Solutions
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) has advanced, potentially to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to repeal and replace the ACA. More than symbolic, AHCA dismantles most of the ACA, a controversial health insurance law passed in 2010.
Tax cuts may be in our future. Learn about President Trump’s proposals.
CMS has announced that notification regarding MIPS will be shortly forthcoming to clinicians.
The US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has stepped down at the request of President Trump. The interim Surgeon General is a nurse, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, marking the first surgeon general who is not a medical physician.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has suggested that spending on"low-value" care (services that don’t help patients or actually do them harm, e.g., unnecessary tests) be curtailed. On the list is imaging for nonspecific low-back pain.
A District Court has determined that UnitedHealth Group wrongfully failed to pay providers for providing covered health services, and that it then compounded this misconduct by using the money it saved to repay itself for alleged overpayments. Plaintiffs allege that this type of "cross-plan offsetting" violates ERISA. The court agreed.
Chiropractic News
The ACA Pediatrics Council has announced a research competition for all DCs and chiropractic students. A narrative literature review on a topic of their choice related to pediatric chiropractic care is solicited. Prize money totaling $2500 has been contributed by NCMIC.
This study created a database of manipulation treatment force variability as a function of the intent of an experienced clinician.
This study used data from a larger study to develop a valid expectancy questionnaire for use with participants starting new CAM therapies. It examined how participants’ expectations of treatment changed over the course of a therapy.
Clinical & Research
There is a recent trend to declare breastfeeding is not "natural." Pediatricians have established guidelines, however, to recommend breastfeeding for six months to one year, or longer as is desired.
Kids who are vitamin D deficient had significantly higher atherogenic lipids and markers of early cardiovascular disease compared with those who were not.
A new"noninvasive vagal nerve stimulation device to treat episodic cluster headache" has been approved by the FDA.
Business Development
Want to know more about Medicare’s Quality Payment Program? CMS has created seven short educational videos available on YouTube.
What is the driving factor behind the use of unneeded tests? Provider type? Specialty? Nope. It is the location of the practice. Those that are hospital-based request low-value care such as expensive imaging, unneeded tests and referrals to other specialists more frequently than others.
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