May 13th, 2009
After you’ve read The Inspector General’s (complete 36 page) report, which had as its OBJECTIVE:
To determine the extent to which:
(1) chiropractic claims allowed in 2006 for beneficiaries receiving more than 12 services from the same chiropractor were appropriate,
(2) controls ensured that chiropractic claims were not for maintenance therapy,
(3) claims data can be used to identify maintenance therapy, and
(4) chiropractic claims were documented as required.
and has released its FINDINGS:
In 2006, Medicare inappropriately paid $178 million (out of
$466 million) for chiropractic claims for services that medical reviewers determined to be maintenance therapy ($157 million), miscoded ($11 million), or undocumented ($46 million). These claims represent 47 percent of all allowed chiropractic claims that met the study criteria. Claims representing $36 million had multiple errors.
I’m eager to hear your comments.
You and I can see all the flaws in this report, but can you also recognize the FACTS contained within are ALL TRUE? What should be done, if anything? This report will certainly aid the argument for increased use of those dreaded “post-payment audits” we’ve been hearing about… How would your office fair? (posted by: Admin)
March 15th, 2009
Doctors, do you see the line between what we do as Chiropractors and what Physical Therapists do, becoming blurred? What has your experience been? (posted by: Admin)
March 14th, 2009
A web article by a Connecticut TV News station published 3/12/09 (http://www.wfsb.com/news/18920603/detail.html) reveals that 2 supposed stroke victims are pushing their state legislature to pass a “informed consent bill, warning of the risk of stroke” requiring all chiropractic patients to sign prior to being treated.
You might recall the controversy was initiated in the Spring of 2005 by a “group” calling themselves “Neck911.com” that littered CT with multiple billboards that read — “Warning: Chiropractic Adjustments Can Kill or Permanently Disable You”. Could this happen here in Delaware? (posted by: Annonymous)
March 13th, 2009
Here in Delaware, it’s my understanding that all chiropractic-related advertising, including the Yellow Pages, MUST include either the words “chiropractor or chiropractic” somewhere in the ad. (see 6.2.4 http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title24/700.shtml)
I’ve noticed a growing tendency to name clinics using generic terms
(i.e. “wellness”, “injury pain health center”, “health center”, etc.) that do NOT include the words chiropractic or chiropractor. Is this intentionally done to hide the fact that there are chiropractors delivering these essential services? Is it an effort to reach more of the population that otherwise might exclude “chiropractic” care? Do you think using the words “chiropractor/chiropractic
” weakens your public appeal? Do you feel that by excluding “chiropractor/chiropractic
” from your clinic’s name you are given a leg-up on your chiropractic peers? What’s the name of YOUR CLINIC and why did you name it so? (posted by: Annonymous)
February 17th, 2009
There are some that feel chiropractors working with MDs deminishes the status of DCs while others feel that exposing MDs to what chiropractors actually do is a good thing. What position do YOU support? Is legislative control necessary?
February 17th, 2009
Welcome to the NEW DCS Blog. Your opinions are important. Please feel free to share them with us. (posted by: Admin)