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…)
This is a very important chiropractic public service announcement regarding your health. As musculoskeletal specialists, chiropractors know how important 20 minutes of low impact daily exercise and regular chiropractic checkups is for optimal joint and muscle function. So when it comes to living a healthy and active lifestyle, you need to move it or lose it.
Here is a chiropractic poster showing the association between poor posture and common musculoskeletal symptoms. This is a great teaching tool because patients can see how their symptoms are directly related to structural imbalances. Patients can also understand, through this poster, that their pain and symptoms may likely return without correcting the underlying structural cause.
A chiropractic marketing poster designed to get patients to think about chiropractic first before taking medication to treat their pain. Most back and neck pain is mechanical in nature (i.e. muscle and joint function). Drugs may temporarily mask the pain but fail to correct these underlying mechanical problems. Therefore, the only way to prevent mechanically related pain from returning is to correct the underlying mechanical problems. Chiropractors are doctors who can diagnose and correct mechanically related pain through highly skilled adjustments.
Here is a great chiropractic poster that shows patients how often they should receive chiropractic wellness checkups. The chart shown illustrates the relative frequency of wellness visits based on the patients age. It should be used for educational purposes and as guideline for patients to follow. This poster shall not be used as the standard of care for all patients due to the unique needs of every patient.