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Foot Levelers Announces New President
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Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:53

footlevelersnewpresident3Roanoke, VA- February 14, 2012- Kent S. Greenawalt, Chief Executive Officer of Foot Levelers, announced that Dwayne Bennett has been promoted to President of Foot Levelers, effective today. 

“Foot Levelers is a merit-based company, and Dwayne has demonstrated throughout his tenure his loyalty, tenacity, and ability to get things done,” commented Greenawalt. “Dwayne will do a fine job of steering the success and growth of Foot Levelers into the future.”

Bennett has worked for Foot Levelers for the past 25 years in all facets of the business, and served in his most current role as Executive Vice President. Bennett’s extensive experience at Foot Levelers includes operations, finance, marketing, and customer service.

“I am honored to receive this promotion,” said Dwayne Bennett. “I have attended the ‘School of Kent’ for the past 25 years and have learned so much from him and Dr. Monte Greenawalt [founder of Foot Levelers]. I will continue to build on Dr. Monte’s and Kent’s legacies and will work to grow this great company.”

Kent S. Greenawalt has served as President of Foot Levelers since 1989 and will remain the Chief Executive Officer and Owner, and focus on strategic planning. Bennett will oversee all operational functions of the company.

 
Annual Cost of Defensive Orthopaedic Medicine Estimated at $2 Billion
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Written by TAC Staff   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 16:59

New data supports medical liability reform

defensivemedicine2SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a first-ever national survey of orthopaedic surgeons, 96 percent said they have practiced defensive medicine – the ordering of tests, referrals to specialists and hospital admissions primarily to avoid liability and without significant benefit to patients – according to a new study presented today at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).  The study estimates the annual cost of defensive orthopaedic care at $2 billion.

In September 2010, researchers asked 2,000 orthopaedic surgeons to complete a Web-based survey on defensive medicine.  The orthopaedic surgeons were randomly chosen from the AAOS database.  Of the 1,214 respondents (61 percent), 96 percent responded that they had ordered imaging or laboratory tests, referred patients to specialists, or approved hospital admissions primarily to avoid possible malpractice liability.

More specifically, 24 percent of tests were ordered for defensive reasons: 19 percent of radiography tests, 26 percent of CT scans, 31 percent of MR images and 44 percent of ultrasounds. Participating orthopaedic surgeons also acknowledged that defensive medicine was the motivation behind 35 percent of specialist referrals, 23 percent of laboratory tests and 18 percent of biopsies. Defensive hospital admissions averaged 7 percent each month.

Using the average national Medicare payment information from the 2011 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code reimbursement data, the cost of defensive medicine per orthopaedic surgeon respondent was approximately $8,500 per month or $100,000 per year, representing 24 percent of a physician's annual spending.  Given the U.S. Department of Labor's statistic of 20,400 practicing orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S., investigators estimate the national, annual cost of defensive medicine for the specialty of orthopaedic surgery at $173 million per month or $2 billion each year.

The study results show that physicians "are clearly concerned about malpractice issues, and they're adjusting their practice procedures based on that fear," said Manish K. Sethi, MD, lead author of the study, and co-director of the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute Center for Health Policy. Eliminating defensive medicine is "an easy thing we can do to lower costs."

"Defensive medicine drives up the cost of patient care and limits patient access to specialty care, neither of which are in the interest of our patients who deserve the best and least costly care possible. Unfortunately, the current legal climate forces good doctors to order these tests and practice defensive medicine," said Douglas W. Lundy, MD, FACS, chair of the AAOS Medical Liability Committee.

Disclosure:  Dr. Sethi has nothing related to this study to disclose.

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ChiroTouch Receives Tremendous Response to its Preview of iPad Apps at Parker Las Vegas
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Monday, 06 February 2012 17:28

IPad-Ron-DevSan Diego, CA – February 6th, 2012 – ChiroTouch™, the world’s leader in chiropractic software solutions, gave chiropractors an advanced look at their new iPad apps at the Parker Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was met with tremendous response.

"We felt very positive that our line of iPad Apps, which work in conjunction with our ChiroTouch software system, would do well, but the response from chiropractors was nothing short of spectacular,” said Robert Moberg, President of ChiroTouch. "The feedback we received was incredible, and as a result we welcomed more practices to the ChiroTouch family at this year’s event than we have at any single event in our company’s history.”

Fully-certified chiropractic software designed from the ground up to maximize efficiencies for virtually every process, including patient self check-in, scheduling, SOAP notes, billing, interoffice communication and more, ChiroTouch has developed its HIPAA-compliant system to drastically reduce the time it takes to perform tasks that chiropractors are already doing. That gives chiropractors more time to see more patients—resulting in increased referrals, improved efficiencies, and a direct, measurable impact on practice profitability.

“Our newest ad campaign is titled Innovation, and that’s exactly what forms the basis of our never-ending quest to bring the industry’s most advanced solutions to our family of practices,” added Robert. “Helping chiropractors innovate ultimately leads to improving their ability to provide better care to their patients, increase practice revenues, and ultimately find success in running their practices.”

To learn more about the ChiroTouch iPad apps, please call 800.852.1771.

 

About ChiroTouch

ChiroTouch, by Integrated Practice Solutions Inc., is the premier provider of fully-certified and innovative chiropractic software technology solutions for the chiropractic industry. Fusing advanced software systems with superior support services, we partner with chiropractors across the country to help them automate operations, improve patient care, and increase profitability.  Visit http://www.chirotouch.com.

 
Parker Seminars Hosts Largest Event in Chiropractic
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Thursday, 26 January 2012 18:05

DrGillesLamarcheSpeaksLAS VEGAS, January 24, 2012 – Each year DCs and CAs from around the globe travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the largest chiropractic seminar in the world—Parker Seminars Las Vegas. This past week, more than 5,300 Parker Seminar attendees flocked to the fresh and exciting line-up of courses designed to improve chiropractors, chiropractic assistants, and chiropractic students. 

The seminar included innovative developmental tracks that provided guidance through specific challenges and promoted progress based on the length of time the attendee has been in the chiropractic profession. Courses ranged from topics on “Positioning Yourself as a Community Expert” to improving your patient centered care delivery, and living the chiropractic philosophy lifestyle.  In addition, business topics were offered including “What Every Chiropractor Needs to Know about Asset Protection, Tax Reduction, and Estate Planning”.

“Attending Parker Seminars as a doctor of chiropractic for the first time has been truly awakening,” said Dr. Lee R. Hardin. “I came here with high expectations and I’m leaving with every one of them met. I also came here with the title of doctor of chiropractic and am leaving as a true chiropractor, empowered to teach chiropractic.”

Many of the classes offered continuing education credits on subjects like “Alzheimer’s Dementia Epidemiology and Prevention,” “Heart Rate Variability—the Technology that is Transforming Chiropractic,” and “Chiropractic and the Frozen Shoulder,” to name a few.

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker University and Parker Seminars, delivered a powerful message, “Servant Leadership: Empower, Encourage, and Inspire” during the opening session.

DerrellPrattBlackburnPresenting“We’re asked to serve as leaders within our practices, with our patients, within our families and communities each and every day,” said Dr. Mancini. “As a leader, you must inspire others to reach new heights. You must encourage them by explaining that they already have the tools to be who they want to be, they just need to put those tools to use. Empowering yourself as the leader you’re meant to be will take you and your practice to a higher level of success and service.”

With more than 50 world renowned speakers offering expertise in all areas of life and practice, some of the key note speakers included, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Rick Wren, Brandi MacDonald, Dr. Elizabeth Anderson-Peacock, Dr. Patrick Gentempo, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, Dr. Carol Ann Malizia, Dr. Gilles Lamarche, Dr. Michael Hall, Dr. James Chestnut, Dr. Nicole Lederman, JJ Virgin, Lisa Speaks, Dr. Dan Murphy, and many more.

In addition, a line-up of world-famous authors from Hay House publishing, including Louise L. Hay, Cheryl Richardson, Marianne Williamson, Robert Holden, and Caroline Myss presented life-changing, inspirational messages.

Representing the next generation of chiropractors, Derrell Pratt-Blackburn, spoke during the opening session. This past fall, Pratt-Blackburn was declared the champion of the 2011 Talk the TIC competition, a worldwide annual chiropractic health talk competition between chiropractic students effectively delivering a chiropractic message to others. As a result of winning the competition, he received the honor of being the first chiropractic student to ever present on the main stage at Parker Seminars.

Attendees also enjoyed the biggest chiropractic expo on the planet where more than 300 exhibitors displayed the profession’s most cutting-edge products and technologies. 

The seminar also offered enlivening social events such as the Chiropractic Assistants Meeting and Breakfast, first-ever Parker Seminars Student Mastermind session, World Congress of Women Chiropractors (WCWC) Meeting, and more.

In addition to the speaker sessions, special events, and the exhibitor hall, this year’s seminar festivities featured the Starlight Soirée, which was held to raise proceeds for chiropractic research. The soirée raised $75,000 for chiropractic research.

Attendees left rejuvenated and ready to serve at an even higher level than before.

Parker Seminars will partner with the California Chiropractic Association and travel to San Diego, California, on May 4-6, 2012. To register or for more information about the seminar, visit https://www.parker.edu/sandiego/.

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About Parker University

Dallas-based Parker University, formerly known as Parker College of Chiropractic, is one of the world’s leading educators of health care professionals. Founded in 1982, this private, nonprofit, educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. In addition, Parker University awards additional wellness-focused degrees including a bachelor of science with a major in anatomy and a major in health and wellness, massage therapy certificates, and continuing education specializations and certifications. Parker University also includes Parker Research Institute, which provides sound, scientific evidence supporting health and wellness; three chiropractic wellness clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; Parker Seminars, the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, and Parker SHARE Products that provide innovative, high quality products, and current information on chiropractic wellness. For additional information about Parker University, visit the website at www.parker.edu.

 
NYCC and Foot Levelers, Inc. “Team Up” on Research Initiative
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Written by TAC Staff   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 17:48

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Seneca Falls:  Building on a recently established multi-year affiliation with Foot Levelers, Inc., NYCC is launching a research initiative headed by Professor Dr. Paul Dougherty involving a randomized controlled trial at the Canandaigua VA medical center to assess the effectiveness of custom foot orthotics in veterans with chronic lower back pain and to evaluate the effect of custom foot orthotics on improvement in pain and disability in this patient population. The trial, which will be conducted over a two year period, will actively recruit veterans ages 18 to 65 years who suffer from chronic lower back pain. The initiative is supported by a Foot Levelers, Inc. grant totaling $243,000.  “NYCC has established a proven track record for conducting randomized controlled trials and these projects certainly build on that reputation,” said Dougherty.

 
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