August 2011
August 2011

Director's Desk
From the Directors DeskFrom the Director's DeskJoseph P. Busch, B.A., D.C.Meaningful use is hitting chiropractors at every level.  It has become the new buzzword of chiropractic.  This time, the influence is not coming from within the profession, but, meaningful use is being directed at chiropractors, and the management of their...Read More >>
100% of My Patients Get Custom Orthotics What about Yours?100% of My Patients Get Custom Orthotics What about Yours?Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Tim Maggs, D.C.  We all are victims, in many ways, of the existing healthcare crisis.  The auto industry is addressing their crisis through new laws for improved mileage per gallon and stricter pollution controls.  The energy crisis continues to search for more efficient...Read More >>
Yellow Pages
ERISA Claims Upheld in Aetna Recoupment CaseERISA Claims Upheld in Aetna Recoupment CaseTAC Staff: Yellow Pages TRENTON, N.J., Jun 23, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- In a decision filed on June 20, 2011, the Honorable Judge Joel A. Pisano of the District of New Jersey sustained the claims brought by a group of individual healthcare providers...Read More >>
Chiropractic Patients Sue for Illegal ChargesChiropractic Patients Sue for Illegal ChargesTAC Staff: Yellow Pages MILWAUKEE, WI – Five Wisconsin women are suing their insurance companies for what they claim is an illegal collection of co-payments for chiropractic care.Hansen Riederer Dickinson Cruger LLC says patients' class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of state chiropractic patients...Read More >>
Fascial Release Using the Deep Muscle Stimulation to Improve Neck-Shoulder PainFascial Release Using the Deep Muscle Stimulation to Improve Neck-Shoulder...Jeffrey Tucker, D.C.  Fascial therapy has become a very popular technique over the past several years. Fascia is the term applied to all of the connective tissues fibers and glue of the human body. Many tools to perform fascial therapy have gained popularity...Read More >>
Multaq (dronedarone): Increased Risk of Death or Serious Cardiovascular EventsMultaq (dronedarone): Increased Risk of Death or Serious Cardiovascular EventsTAC StaffFDA notified healthcare professionals that it is reviewing data from a clinical trial that evaluated the effects of the antiarrhythmic drug Multaq (dronedarone) in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation. The study was stopped early after the data monitoring committee found...Read More >>
Valproate Products: Risk of Impaired Cognitive Development in Children Exposed In UteroValproate Products: Risk of Impaired Cognitive Development in Children Exposed...TAC StaffIncluding valproate sodium (Depacon), divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote CP, and Depakote ER), valproic acid (Depakene and Stavzor), and their generics The FDA notified healthcare professionals that children born to mothers who take the anti-seizure medication valproate sodium or related products...Read More >>
Integrative Healthcare
The Challenge of Treating Autonomic NeuropathyThe Challenge of Treating Autonomic NeuropathyJohn Hayes, D.C.One of the fastest growing surgical procedures in the United State is gastric bypass surgery or lap band placement.  With that increase comes a whole new patient population:  Patients suffering from the side effects of gastric bypass or lap band...Read More >>
News Across the Profession
Past, Present and Future--Appreciating the Progress of ChiropracticPast, Present and Future--Appreciating the Progress of ChiropracticArlan W. Fuhr, D.C. Recently, I traveled to Madrid and London for an academic presentation and a technique seminar, respectively. At the invitation of Dr. Ricardo Fujikawa, who leads the chiropractic department at Real Centro Universitario Escorial, Maria Cristina, I was asked to discuss...Read More >>
True or False? Discounting Your Fees Is IllegalTrue or False? Discounting Your Fees Is IllegalDr. Ray FoxworthA simple true or false would be nice. Unfortunately, it depends on who you ask, what state you are in, if the patient is federally insured, AND their particular circumstances. So much for straight answers to a simple question! When...Read More >>
Technology Growing Fast in ChiropracticTechnology Growing Fast in ChiropracticClaude Cote Technology is growing so fast.  Do you feel you can't keep up with technology?  If you do, don't worry because you are not alone.  No one can.  Technology, computers, software are growing so fast in so many areas of life,...Read More >>

Special Feature
IME Abuse: A Plan for an EndIME Abuse: A Plan for an EndMark Studin, D.C., F.A.S.B.E.(C), D.A.A.P.M., D.A.A.P.L.M.  An independent medical examination (IME) is performed by a doctor that has not previously been involved in the treatment of a given patient. Historically, they become involved in the case because of a request by an insurance company and are...Read More >>
Meaningful Use: The benefits of HITMeaningful Use: The benefits of HITMatt Richard  If you’re a chiropractor, chances are you’ve heard mention of Medicare’s Electronic Health Records incentive program. The wealth of information about Meaningful Use (MU) can be overwhelming: state associations, advertisements, solicitations, webinars––you name it. And the new lingo for EHR...Read More >>
Natural Bodybuilding Chiropractor Takes Third At Musclemania  Universe Competition: Interview with Corey Mote, D.C.Natural Bodybuilding Chiropractor Takes Third At Musclemania Universe Competition:...TAC Staff  Dr. Corey Mote started off in high school training for sports such as football and track with weight training.  By his eleventh grade year, he decided to compete in powerlifting competitions. Within one year of powerlifting, he won the National...Read More >>
Could You Be Illegally Inducing Patients Without Even Knowing It?Could You Be Illegally Inducing Patients Without Even Knowing It?Kathy Mills Chang, MCS-P As I drove to an appointment in the neighborhood the other day, while stopped at a traffic light I noticed a marquee across the street on the corner advertising chiropractic care. The sign blared:  “$49 First Visit, for Chiropractic, Acupuncture,...Read More >>
The State of Chiropractic MalpracticeThe State of Chiropractic MalpracticeDr. Michael Failla, D.C.Malpractice—a word any medical practitioner shudders to hear. However, in today's ever increasingly litigious society, it's really not a question of if you're going to be sued but, rather, when. Even if you have the best practice in the country,...Read More >>
Exercise is not an Adjunctive Therapy, Exercise is the TherapyExercise is not an Adjunctive Therapy, Exercise is the TherapyJack Dolbin, D.C., C.S.C.S.This quote from Ken Hutchins, researcher and President of Super Slow Exercise Guild, represents the common thread binding the various health care disciplines. Orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and others involved in the delivery of health care services...Read More >>
Sombra and the Championship Wellness ChairmanSombra and the Championship Wellness ChairmanJeff Baskett  Dr. Jeffrey E. Poplarski, a chiropractor with a practice in Amityville, NY, was the Wellness Team Chairman for the 2011 U.S. OPEN Golf Championships held this year at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Poplarski recruited 108 volunteer health care...Read More >>
Other Articles
Prepare for Price HikesPrepare for Price HikesRich Van Loan, CFP®, CRPC©  You can forgive Americans for being caught off guard by talk of the potential for more dramatic price increases in the coming years. For the past two decades, inflation has not been a significant concern. In only six years out...Read More >>
Practice Management
Chiropractors as EntrepreneursChiropractors as EntrepreneursTom Owen IIIWhen confronted with the full weight of running a practice, a chiropractor’s reaction is often: Why didn’t they teach this to me in chiropractic school? Can I hire someone else to run my practice for me? Isn’t it possible to...Read More >>
An Associateship That WorksAn Associateship That WorksPeter G. Fernandez, D.C.The tandem associateship: 2 doctors successfully treating the same patients. In the previous article of this, "How to Start a Practice" series, I discussed the "Associateships from Hell."  Unfortunately, most starting doctors get trapped in bad associate arrangements like...Read More >>
Case Study
Making a House CallMaking a House CallTedd Koren, D.C.Igot a call from someone who sounded terrible. “Doctor Koren, I’m in agony.  A few days ago I was out golfing with my family and something went out in my back.  I’ve been in bed for days. Yesterday, I was...Read More >>
Unstable Arches in an Active Baby BoomerUnstable Arches in an Active Baby BoomerJohn Danchik, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C.History and Presenting Symptoms A 61-year-old female presents with a recent history of occasionally moderate pain in her lower back.  Although the pain responds well to chiropractic adjustments, it invariably recurs within a couple of days.  While there are no...Read More >>
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