You’ve heard it all before: “Take these pills for you back pain and in 2-3 weeks it should be gone.” Well, that’s what the research said, 20 years ago. Now we know back pain episodes are likely to re-occur over time with increased frequency and intensity. So basically any pill you take is like kicking the can down the road.
So here’s the 10 trillion dollar question: Why do the vast majority of PCP’s prescribe medication for low back pain? Are they expecting different results? That’s hard to believe given today’s epidemic of prescription drug overuse. And how can they be ignoring the volumes of research that tell them otherwise? Regardless, PCP patients deserve to know better ways to managing low back pain. It’s called Chiropractic. (more…)
A cloud EHR system is a software application that is operated within a users web browser whereas a server EHR system is an application that is operated by a program installed on the user’s computer. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology reports that the number of office-based health professionals using electronic health record (EHR) systems has “nearly doubled” in recent years, rising from 42 percent to 82.8 percent. It comes as no surprise then that the electronic management of medical records has grown as an industry, climbing to a projected $35.2 billion by the year 2019. This means that if your chiropractic practice doesn’t already use an EHR, it’s likely that it will in the near future. (more…)
There are many wonderful benefits of being a chiropractor. Perhaps the most obvious one is that it gives you the opportunity to help people live higher quality lives: lives with less pain and greater levels of health. It also helps that, unless one of your patients has an emergency, you normally get nights and weekends off, an advantage that a lot of healthcare professionals often don’t enjoy.
However, it takes more than just a drive to help others to keep your business doors open. It takes adherence to a few basic “rules” which, when put together collectively, become the formula for true, lifelong success. Doing this will allow you to help more patients while putting your practice miles ahead of the competition. (more…)
Anne Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox Corporation once said, “Employees are a company’s greatest asset; they’re your competitive advantage.” And it’s true. Having the right staff comprised of motivated and hardworking people can really take your chiropractic business to the next level, enabling you to rise far above your competition.
Yet a lot of employees aren’t quite as productive as they could be, which also means that you’re not as successful as you could be. So what’s causing this issue and, perhaps most importantly, how can you overcome it? (more…)
In May of 2009, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report which revealed that, out of $466 million paid to chiropractic providers in 2006, “Medicare inappropriately paid $178 million…representing 47 percent of claims.” Put another way, almost one out of every two claims is filed improperly by chiropractors. As the OIG believes, this is a situation where they have grossly overpaid.
The Inspector General further reported that these “inappropriate” payments were due to the claims that were erroneous in one of three ways. First, some were classified as being miscoded (this amount being responsible for $11 million of the payments). Second, some were undocumented (approximately $46 million of the total). And third, the remaining amount ($157 million) were for services considered “maintenance therapy”; a service not covered under Medicare benefits.
So what does this mean if you’re a chiropractor who takes Medicare payments? It means you should be prepared for not if an audit happens but when. (more…)