March 2012
March 2012

Director's Desk
From the Directors DeskFrom the Director's DeskJoseph P. Busch, B.A., D.C.Hello Doctor, welcome back!   Opening a new practice is always a stressful time.  With all the variables that need to be accounted for, while differentiating what should be classified as an essential for the clinic, from what should be classified...Read More >>
Kathy's Monthly Chronicles
Why Do I Have to Learn E/M Documentation Guidelines?Why Do I Have to Learn E/M Documentation Guidelines?Kathy Mills Chang, MCS-PThis particular Blue Cross Blue Shield carrier has been known to cause heartburn for doctors of chiropractic for quite some time. When I received the phone call from a doctor in that state who had been referred by a friend...Read More >>

Practice Management
7 Steps to a Sound Financial Policy7 Steps to a Sound Financial PolicyRay Foxworth, D.C., FICC, MCS-P1 Know Your Numbers Many doctors do not really know the cost of doing business. We THINK we know about what it costs to run our practice. You may know what your monthly expenses are, but do you know the...Read More >>
Murphy’s Law (2) When Starting a PracticeMurphy’s Law (2) When Starting a PracticePeter G. Fernandez, D.C.“Murphy's Law” is an old adage that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". When you start a new practice you’ll experience many examples of Murphy's Laws. I’ve opened over 3,000 new practices. Just when...Read More >>
Opening a New Office... How to Lower your ExpensesOpening a New Office... How to Lower your ExpensesClaude CoteAt a glance, opening a new practice seems easy.  But in reality, opening a new chiropractic office can be a significant financial challenge.  Opening a new office is exactly the same as opening any other kind of business.  You will...Read More >>
Radiology
Digital X-ray: Do I Need One in My Office?Digital X-ray: Do I Need One in My Office?Andrew CheesmanSo, you are considering “transforming” your practice? Or maybe starting a brand new or satellite office? What are some of the things you should keep in mind in making decisions on just what your practice will offer? What should it...Read More >>

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Diagnostics
On-Site Electrodiagnostic Testing: What to ConsiderOn-Site Electrodiagnostic Testing: What to ConsiderGeorge S. Petryk, B.S., D.C., D.A.C.N.B., F.A.C.F.N., F.A.B.E.S.There has been a dramatic rise in marketing from on-site electrodiagnostic testing companies and there are several things you must consider when deciding whether or not to offer these services. Most companies tout large incomes for your office; however, they...Read More >>
Alternative Therapies
New Hope for Scoliosis Sufferers - A Holistic ApproachNew Hope for Scoliosis Sufferers - A Holistic ApproachKevin Lau, D.C.A look at the unique 3-step approach to treat scoliosis In an age when scoliosis is being viewed as much more than a mere spine curvature, a holistic view offers the essential dictates of diet and exercise to form a...Read More >>
Why Would You, as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Consider Using Laser Therapy in your Practice?Why Would You, as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Consider Using...Christopher Carraway, DC, DIBCN, CLSThere are literally hundreds of good scientific reasons. First, let’s cover some terminology.  Laser therapy is known by several names. “Low level laser therapy” (LLLT) is my personal favorite and is the term many in the scientific community are using....Read More >>
Practice Management
Your New Partner for Success: The Local Family Practice MD in Your CommunityYour New Partner for Success: The Local Family Practice MD...Williams Owens Jr., DC, DAAMLP, CPCIt wasn’t until 1983 that the American Medical Association changed is stance on affiliation with chiropractors as being unethical.  That is not too long ago and it seems that, in some circles, the medical community is coming around faster than...Read More >>
Why Chiropractors Need a Coach to SucceedWhy Chiropractors Need a Coach to SucceedTom Owen IIIAlthough chiropractors are generally hardworking, dedicated professionals who strive to correct subluxations in order to benefit the overall well-being of their patients and community, they still might be clueless on how to run an efficient and profitable practice. Technique expertise...Read More >>
Orthotics
Understanding the Mechanism of Plantar FascitisUnderstanding the Mechanism of Plantar FascitisKirk Lee, D.C.As chiropractors, our primary focus of care is the chiropractic adjustment. Based on our education in science, art and philosophy, we decide how and where to apply the chiropractic adjustment. Our treatment of a patient’s condition is based on the...Read More >>

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Yellow Pages
Republican Presidential Nominee Hopeful Rick Santorum’s Wife Wins $250,000 Lawsuit for “Chiropractic Induced Disc Herniation” While Santorum Trumpets Medical Malpractice CapsRepublican Presidential Nominee Hopeful Rick Santorum’s Wife Wins $250,000 Lawsuit...TAC Staff: Yellow PagesOn the campaign trail, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he will push to limit payments to victims in medical malpractice lawsuits, which he blames for unnecessarily driving up health-care costs. And over the course of his two decades in...Read More >>
Non-Chiropractor Running a Florida Chiropractic Clinic Charged with Stealing 550k in False Health Insurance ClaimsNon-Chiropractor Running a Florida Chiropractic Clinic Charged with Stealing 550k...TAC Staff: Yellow PagesOcoee, FL: An Ocoee man faces multiple felony charges in a suspected fraud scheme that authorities say bilked health insurance providers out of thousands of dollars in improper or phony claims.   An investigation by the state's Department of Financial Services...Read More >>
News
DCs Eligible for IHS Student Loan Repayment ProgramDCs Eligible for IHS Student Loan Repayment ProgramTAC StaffThe American Chiropractic Association announced that doctors of chiropractic are now eligible to apply for a student loan repayment program administered by the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The...Read More >>
Money, Coercion, and Undue Inducement: Attitudes Vary about Payments to Research ParticipantsMoney, Coercion, and Undue Inducement: Attitudes Vary about Payments to...TAC Staff(Garrison, NY) Researchers almost always offer money as an incentive for healthy volunteers to enroll in research studies, but does payment amount to coercion or undue inducement to  participate in research? In the first national study to examine their  views...Read More >>

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