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Chiropractor with no Records Billing Medicare Lands in Jail
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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:37

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - A chiropractor has been ordered to pay $1.9 million in criminal restitution to 14 medical insurers and several union welfare funds.

John M. Hardimon, 41, who ran the Hardimon Chiropractic Clinic in Shiloh, Ill., was charged with federal health care fraud and money laundering. He pleaded guilty in October to 15 counts.

Hardimon admitted that he kept almost no records and submitted fake documents to insurance companies for more than $2 million since 2006, prosecutors said.

Hardimon was sentenced in March to 70 months in federal prison.

Hardimon's BMW convertible, Toyota Sierra minivan, and Chrysler Town and Country minivan were seized for restitution, along with two homes and $700,000.

Shiloh is 20 miles east of St. Louis.

Source: Courthouse News Service

 
NBCE Seats Board and Elects Executive Committee at Annual Meeting
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Saturday, 25 June 2011 03:39

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nbceThe National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) held its annual meeting on May 2-6, 2011, in Marco Island, Fla., to seat new board members and to elect the officers who make up the executive committee.

Dr. Ron Tripp (OK) was seated as the new District IV Director, replacing Dr. Theodore Scott (UT). The remaining district directors will continue their terms on the NBCE board. They are Dr. Robin Lecy (SD) in District I, Dr. Donna Craft (MI) in District II, Dr. Paul Morin (ME) in District III and Dr. Norman Ouzts, Jr. (SC) in District V.

The board also has four at-large positions; Dr. Daniel Saint-Germain (Quebec) was elected to a one-year term. Dr. Oliver Smith (TX) was elected to a two-year term as Director-at-Large. Dr. Salvatore LaRusso (FL) and Dr. N. Edwin Weathersby (AZ) will both continue in their at-large positions on the board.

The other two positions are appointed by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board. The FCLB appointed directors are the FCLB president and vice president Dr. Lawrence O’Connor (NJ) and Dr. LeRoy Otto (MN).

Once the 11-member board was complete, the Executive Committee was chosen. Dr. N. Edwin Weathersby (AZ) was elected president of the board. Dr. Norman Ouzts, Jr. (SC) was re-elected vice-president. Dr. Oliver Smith (TX) was elected secretary.  Dr. Paul Morin (ME) was elected treasurer.

 
Consumer Reports Offers Free Guide to Medicare Changes, New Benefits
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Saturday, 25 June 2011 03:29

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For people who have Medicare, there are important changes, including new benefits, to consider since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law last year.

Consumer Reports now has a free guide to explain the changes to Medicare. Free copies of “Medicare: 6 Things You Need to Know Now” are available for a limited time by calling toll-free 1-855-CR-GUIDE or visiting ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

crmedicare6The 15-page guide provides easy-to-understand information about changes in Medicare:

If you have Medicare and struggle with the cost of prescription drugs, the guide explains the sizable drug discounts now available when you reach the gap in Medicare drug plans known as the “doughnut hole.”

For those who have skipped preventive-care visits to the doctor because they could not afford them, the guide describes the free and low-cost coverage options for certain preventive services, such as annual wellness visits, mammograms and prostate cancer screenings, and flu shots.

The guide explains the changes in Medicare Advantage plans, such as new limits on your annual out-of-pocket costs.

If you have relatively high income, the guide takes you through important changes in what you pay.

Beginning this year, the open enrollment period for changing Medicare plans is starting and ending earlier, and the guide helps you check the new dates and understand your options.

If you are about to turn 65, you can find out what you need to know before signing up for Medicare.

The back of the guide offers an in-depth resource section with contact information for key agencies that can answer your specific questions about Medicare, including toll-free numbers for help in every state.

 
Tulsa Chiropractor Faces Questions about Misrepresenting Himself as an MD
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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:59

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OKLAHOMA: A Tulsa chiropractor who sells naturopathic remedies, including some that area medical professionals say are ineffective, is being told to stop allowing himself to be misrepresented as a medical doctor.

Joel Robbins has been licensed in Oklahoma since 1978, is in good standing and has active status with the Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He operates Living Health Concepts at 61st Street and Sheridan Avenue.

A Tulsa World investigation shows that Robbins has degrees from nonaccredited, offshore colleges and provides at least one service his laboratory is not qualified to provide.

The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision has investigated Robbins and told him to cease and desist portraying himself as a medical doctor by putting the initials MD after his name on advertisements, Executive Director Lyle Kelsey said.

In an interview at his office recently, Robbins said he does not pretend to practice medicine. He has no opposition to traditional medicine and considers his practice complementary to it.

Robbins said he has stopped putting the MD after his name, but other organizations still do, despite letters he has sent that ask them to stop.

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Robbins is listed as an MD on at least five websites and is named as a medical doctor in an online video, although he is not licensed to practice medicine anywhere.

Kelsey said the medical board has sent its information about Robbins to the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office requesting prosecution.

The District Attorney’s Office has no current investigation into Robbins, a spokeswoman said.

Kelsey said Robbins has the responsibility to attempt to set the record straight.

“He ought to be trying to make some effort to take it off,” he said.

Oklahoma law requires children attending school to receive certain vaccines, but parents may exempt their children for medical, personal or religious reasons.

Robbins keeps the exemption paperwork on file in his office with a summary for personal beliefs against vaccines already filled in.

Robbins said he believes a product called an immunity booster combined with a proper diet is just as effective as a vaccine.

Dr. Brian McDowell, a local pediatrician, said a patient asked him about Robbins’ “alternative to vaccines.”

McDowell told her vaccines are vital to preventing serious diseases and said Robbins is “dangerous.”

There has been no evidence that vaccines can cause autism, a relatively common misconception, said Dr. Stanley Grogg, an associate dean of clinical research at Oklahoma State University.

“Vaccines have been proven by evidence-based medicine to be very safe,” he said.

Robbins said he received a medical degree from the British West Indies Medical College, which is not accredited and was founded by a man who pleaded guilty to practicing medicine without a license in October 1989.

www.tulsaworld.com

 
Appeal Court Rejects Killer's Case
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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:49

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CANADA: A former Mississauga chiropractor found guilty of bludgeoning his wife to death with an axe has failed in his bid to have the conviction and life sentence overturned.

The Ontario Court of Appeal announced on April 5 that it struck down an appeal by Kirk Klymchuk, 50, who argued that the jury's verdict in spring 2008 was unreasonable and that the trial judge failed to properly instruct the jury before deliberations.

The panel of appeal judges dismissed those arguments.

"The appellant received a fair trial. He was ably represented by experienced counsel and the learned trial judge ensured that the jury only heard evidence that was properly admissible," the judges said in their ruling. "The charge to the jury was a model of fairness and clarity and the trial judge presented the appellant's case fully and in its most favourable light."gavel2

In May 2008, a jury found Klymchuk guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife, Maria, 36.

Dawson issued an automatic life sentence and later ruled Klymchuk couldn't apply for parole for at least 13 years.

Klymchuk went to trial for first-degree murder in the April 12, 1998, slaying of his wife. Jurors returned a guilty verdict on second-degree murder.

In reaching their verdict after five days of deliberations, jurors weren't informed that it was the third time Klymchuk had stood trial for killing his wife, a Toronto schoolteacher.

He was initially convicted in 2000 in Orangeville, but the verdict was overturned on appeal after he had served five years of a life sentence in a federal penitentiary.

His second trial—in 2006 in Brampton—ended with a hung jury.

Prosecutor Eric Taylor told jurors that Klymchuk meticulously staged the crime scene to make it look like his wife was brutally slain after confronting intruders during a break-in at the couple's Caledon home.

Klymchuk was a chiropractor in Mississauga before moving his practice to Brampton, where he was working when he was arrested nearly 13 years ago.

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