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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 13:57

TAC Publisher Released After

Accepting Government’s Offer

ALABAMA: Dr. Richard E. Busch Jr., the publisher of The American Chiropractor magazine, who was in custody of the U.S. government as reported in this magazine (June 2007), recently struck a deal with the Federal Government by accepting a charge of one count of conspiring to sell unregistered securities in the state of Alabama. Busch was released August 29th and ordered to pay $5.6 million in restitution.

Busch observed, “The experience was a ‘blessing in disguise.’ I lost 50 pounds, my blood pressure is back to normal and the creativity in me for the magazine and other projects that I am involved in has grown.”

This case dated back to 1999. Busch also advised, “Be careful who your partners and associates are in all your business deals!” Judge Karen Bowdre noted before the court the many letters received that bore witness to Dr. Busch’s character and ethics and also to the fact that he has a previously stellar record regarding the U.S. legal system.

Busch was represented by Thomas Spina and Joe Mc Lean, two of Birmingham’s best lawyers, whose legal briefs also attest to Dr. Busch’s intent, integrity, credibility, reliability and his reputation in the community as being a family man, married for 40 years to his college sweetheart, with 6 children and 10 grandchildren.

In an ironic twist, Busch, as Publisher of The American Chiropractor, has been the impetus behind its Yellow Page section since it’s inception, to caution chiropractors as to what NOT to do.

Sometimes it pays to settle…

ILLINOIS: A Bloomington chiropractor says he decided to pay damages in a sexual harassment case so he could move on and prevent any action against his chiropractic license. Michael Peffer was scheduled to go before an arbitrator after a former employee, Tandy Lewis, sued to recover $12,000 the city’s human relations commission ordered to be paid. The employee accused Peffer of making suggestive comments and asking her questions about a man she was dating and had since married.

Lewis says she was then fi red for confronting Peffer about his behavior. Peffer initially vowed to fi ght the ruling but now says he’s paying her and the city to avoid a larger legal bill.

 

Peffer says Lewis and her attorney threatened to fi le a complaint with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, which could have cost him much more in legal fees to keep his chiropractic license. That license is already probationary because it had been suspended in Missouri for billing improprieties.

WJBC

Chiropractor Sentenced for

Mail Fraud & Securities Fraud

NORTH CAROLINA: Chiropractor Joe C. Minder, who was found guilty in January of defrauding more than 50 people of hundreds of thousands of dollars, has been sentenced to five years in a federal prison. As part of the sentence he was ordered to pay $1.79 million in restitution and was placed on probation for two years, U.S.

Attorney Robert Hamilton said. A co-defendant in the case, William Martin McNulty Sr., was also sentenced to fi ve years in a federal prison.

In total, Hamilton said more than 150 people were defrauded by Minder and McNulty through a loan program, called TFH Inc. As part of the loan program, investors would send a check or cash to McNulty through an online banking service. The money was then accessed by a wealthy European investor, known to investors only as “Donald,” who traded in fi nancial instruments that produced high-yielding returns in a short period.

This “Donald,” who Minder said McNulty described as a humanitarian, was particularly interested in helping religious people. During Minder’s trial in January, it was established that “Donald” did not exist.

Many of the victims in the case were people who knew Minder through church or his practice and that he recruited into the program as early as 2001. Evidence presented during the trial showed that Minder continued referring people to the program even when he knew things were not going well. Minder also kept receiving the 10-percent commission he was due for every amount invested, even when investors were not getting the returns promised. Some of these payments were checks made payable to fi ctitious people that Minder then endorsed and cashed at a check cashing store.

Minder argued during trial that he believed the program to be legitimate and never intended to defraud anyone. He said he was tricked by McNulty, who presented himself as a lawyer. In the end, a federal jury found Minder guilty of 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of securities fraud. McNulty pleaded guilty to one count each of mail fraud, wire fraud and securities fraud.

Times-News

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Chiropractic News Around the World
Yellow Pages
Written by TAC Staff   
Thursday, 30 September 2010 12:17

Springdale Chiropractor Frazetta
Wants to Give Back
PENNSYLVANIA: When his father died in March, Sebastian Frazetta searched for a way to honor his memory.  Frazetta's father, Michael Frazetta, was a World War II veteran. Over the last few years, as Michael Frazetta required more care for dementia, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs covered his health care needs.
Frazetta is a chiropractor with a practice in Springdale. He decided he would honor his father while saying “thank you” to the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Any veteran who returns from Iraq or Afghanistan can receive one month of free chiropractic care at Frazetta Family Chiropractic.
“I want to give back to the veterans because they took care of my dad,” said Frazetta.
The idea came to him while he was going through his father's medals, pictures and journals from the war.  Michael Frazetta wrote letters to his mother that detailed how great it was where he was stationed and his mother wrote similar letters about home. In reality, Michael Frazetta was in heavy combat in Germany and Italy throughout the war and his mother was very sick at home.
“It got me thinking that there are probably soldiers today doing the same thing,” said Frazetta. “It made me wonder what I could do. Then I thought that, in this economy, it will be tough for returning veterans and I didn't want them to sacrifice their health because of costs.”
Michael Frazetta was proud of his military experience—he was a staff sergeant in the Army who served overseas from April 1943 to January 1946.
The program will never expire. Any veteran who returns from Iraq or Afghanistan, regardless of when it happens, can take advantage of the free month of care, Sebastian Frazetta said. “It could be five years from now. The important thing is that it will be one month of free care for each soldier. It’s open to anyone who can physically get to my office.”
There are no obligations tied to the program. A veteran can come in as many times as he wants during the month.
“My dad would want me to do this,” said Frazetta.
Pittsburgh Tribune



Multidisciplinary DC And His Calling
FORT WAYNE, IN:  Dr. Peter Jakacki is the true personification of combining chiropractic and allopathic medicine. First trained as a chiropractor and working in the field for 6 1/2 years, Jakacki then went to IU School of Medicine. He and another chiropractor admitted the same year were the first chiropractors the school had ever admitted. Four years later, Jakacki graduated first in the class, the other chiropractor second.
Both areas of medical practice were God's leading, he said, maintaining, “God didn't lead me to do this to shed one for the other.” At age 47 he's doing what he loves: delivering babies; treating ear infections; counseling patients on diet and nutrition; and doing chiropractic adjustments to pregnant women, factory laborers and growing children. Between stitching cuts and well-baby checks, “I still adjust 10 to 15 people a day,” he said.
He may do an adjustment on a hospital patient who has been in bed for days. The standard treatment is to “medicate them with pain meds, or to ignore it. It's nice to be able to adjust or work on someone's back, work out the knots, work out the neck and face, to alleviate their headache manually when otherwise you wouldn't be able to.” he said. Pregnant women get out of alignment due to the growing baby and hormonal changes on muscles and ligaments. A day after a woman delivers, he usually adjusts the mother.
Chiropractic has its place – and its limits, he said, noting, “I've had cases in which if I wasn't able to intervene using the right medicine, the right medical intervention, the baby would have died. I'm thankful every day I have those medical tools available.”
Jakacki says, “There is a … move and education of the public to push toward natural and holistic health care. The move toward integrative medicine will have to originate with the people. If it's not demanded by the people, medicine will not do it”.
Source: Fortwayne.com



Judge Reserves Decision On Chiropractic Lawsuit
EDMONTON, CANADA: A judge has reserved decision on a motion by the Alberta government to be dropped as a defendant in a proposed class-action lawsuit over chiropractic care.
A government spokesman says the lawsuit offers no reason why Alberta has been included as a defendant, so lawyers argued that there is no reason to continue against the province. The claim by Sandra Nette also names chiropractor Gregory John Stiles and the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors.
The lawsuit alleges that adjustments to Nette's upper neck ruptured arteries, which in turn disrupted blood flow to her brain and caused several paralyzing strokes. Her lawyer, Philip Tinkler, says the government can't just wash its hands of the matter.
He suggests the province should actually be speaking out against the type of chiropractic treatment that he claims left Nette paralysed.  
Source The Canadian Press/Edmonton/iNews880.com.

 
Chiropractic News Around the World
Yellow Pages
Written by TAC Staff   
Thursday, 30 September 2010 10:59

Chiropractic Pioneer Celebrated    
CANADA: Government of Canada commemorates Daniel David Palmer as a person of national historic significance: The Honourable Bev Oda, Member of Parliament for Durham and Minister of International Cooperation, today unveiled a plaque from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jim Prentice. The plaque commemorates Daniel David Palmer as a person of national historic significance. The ceremony in Port Perry Township of Scugog, celebrated Palmer's importance in the history of Canada as creator of chiropractic medicine.
Born in Pickering County (present day Ajax) in 1845, Palmer grew up in Port Perry. His clinical observations and analyses of persons with health ailments led him to conclude that proper spinal alignment through manipulation of vertebrae would restore the nerve force needed to ensure good general health. In 1895, Palmer performed his first vertebral adjustments, and two years later founded a school of chiropractic in Iowa, where he had moved at age twenty. He tabulated his methods in the Text-book of the Science, Art and Philosophy of Chiropractic: for Students and Practitioners. Published in 1910, this manual is deemed indispensable by his followers.
Revered in the fraternity of chiropractors across North America and, indeed, wider afield, 1500 people attended the 1938 ceremony where Port Perry honored its former citizen by dedicating Palmer Memorial Park on the shores of Lake Scugog. A massive bronze bust of D. D. Palmer was added to the park in 1946, and the Government of Canada recognized the importance of Palmer in 1993, when he was designated a National Historic Person of Canada.
"Chiropractic has progressed from the margins of health care at its conception to a mainstream medical practice," said Mr Prentice. "By recognizing the national historic significance of Daniel David Palmer, the Government of Canada pays tribute to his remarkable accomplishments which contribute immensely to the fine medical system we know and love in Canada today."
Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites that commemorate persons, places and events that have shaped Canada's history and which offer visitors the opportunity for real and inspiring discovery.
Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.
Source: www.canadianbusiness.com



Trial Date Set to Challenge New Texas Fraud Law
TEXAS: Recently enacted legislation that seeks to criminalize present day ambulance chasing is under attack by a small group of health professionals and lawyers who want to continue the practice, says the Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud, an industry group of insurance companies, state agencies and other associations that seek to put an end to insurance fraud.
A temporary restraining order to prevent HB 148 from taking effect was filed in federal court by a plaintiff attorney and chiropractor on August 27. HB 148 is a law that made it a crime to solicit crash victims by phone. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks denied the request for a restraining order, but the plaintiffs, Donald McKinley, an Austin area chiropractor, and attorney Christopher Villasana, are alleging that the law is unconstitutional. A trial date of Oct. 9 has been set in Austin, Texas, to hear the plaintiffs' challenge to the law. The Texas Attorney General's Office is defending the legislation and successfully argued against the restraining order.
HB 148 by Rep. Todd Smith of Euless was signed by Governor Perry and became law on Sept. 1. The legislation makes it a crime for lawyers or health professionals to solicit crash victims by phone or in person for the first 30 days after a traffic accident.
Accident victims are free to seek medical care or be represented by a lawyer. The bill restricts both health professionals and lawyers from making the initial contact with crash victims by phone or showing up at their front door.
"This practice of harassing accident victims has gone on way too long," said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud. "Telemarketers have used every trick in the book to solicit these people and we hope to put an end to all of this very soon."
Legislation preventing lawyers from soliciting business by phone has been in place for more than 20 years under the barratry statute. The law also prevents health professionals from written solicitations within the first 30 days after an accident. HB 148 expanded the prohibition to include in person and telephone solicitations.
The legislation was strongly supported by both the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Chiropractic Association.
Source: Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud, insurancejournal.com/news

 
Chiropractic News Around the World. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Yellow Pages
Written by TAC Staff   
Thursday, 30 September 2010 09:23

Study Finds the Availability of Chiropractic Care Improves the Value of Health Benefits Plans
CALIFORNIA:  A report, prepared by a global leader for trusted human resources and related financial advice, products and services finds that the addition of chiropractic care for the treatment of low back and neck pain will likely increase value-for-dollar in US employer-sponsored health benefit plans. Authored by Niteesh Choudhry, MD, PhD, and Arnold Milstein, MD, the report can be fully downloaded at:  http://images.vortala.com/chiropractor/USA/California/Carmichael/Foundation%20for%20Chiropractic%20Progress/SiteGraphics/ChiropracticServicesReport.pdf.
Accordingly, this report was commissioned by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (www.f4cp.com) to summarize the existing economic studies of chiropractic care published in peer-reviewed scientific literature, and to use the most robust of these studies to estimate the cost-effectiveness of providing chiropractic insurance coverage in the US.
According to Gerard Clum, DC, spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and President of Life Chiropractic College West, while some studies reflect cost efficiencies and others clinical efficiencies, these findings strongly support both for chiropractic care of neck pain and low back pain.
High quality randomized cost-effectiveness studies have, to date, only been performed in the European Union (EU). To model the EU study findings for US populations, researchers applied US insurer-payable unit price data from a large database of employer-sponsored health plans. The findings rest on the assumption that the relative difference in the cost-effectiveness of low back and neck pain treatment with and without chiropractic services are similar in the US and the EU.
These findings, in combination with existing US studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, suggest that chiropractic care for the treatment of low back and neck pain is likely to achieve equal or better health outcomes at a cost that compares very favorably to most therapies that are routinely covered in US health benefits plans.
www.foundation4cp.com/MercerReport.htm



State Orders Horizon to Pay Chiropractors' Claims
NEW JERSEY:  The Association of New Jersey Chiropractors says that the state Department of Banking & Insurance has ruled the state's largest health insurer must end its practice of not paying the separate claims of chiropractors for patient exams and physical therapies.
The association said Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield had been bundling the claims into reimbursements for general chiropractic treatment, subjecting them to the limits of single claims and effectively denying them.
Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) Commissioner Neil N. Jasey issued a cease and desist order Oct. 7, directing Horizon to treat chiropractors' claims the same way as other health care provider claims.
Horizon had been denying the claims for exams and physical therapies since 1997, when it switched its claim codes, according to Jeffrey Randolph, the lead attorney for the Association of N.J. Chiropractors.
The American Chiropractic Association began challenging the claims denial in 2004, Randolph said, and the state organization took over the legal challenge a year later, since it represents New Jersey's 3,200 chiropractors, 1,500 of whom are association members.
Horizon limited its comment on Jasey's ruling to a brief statement: "Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has received the decision that was rendered by the state of New Jersey's Department of Banking and Insurance. Horizon BCBSNJ is in the process of reviewing and analyzing the ruling."
Dr. Sigmund Miller, executive director of the Association of N.J. Chiropractors, said the association is exploring possible strategies, including legal ones, for practitioners to recoup past unreimbursed claims.
Randolph said claim-submission deadlines impose restrictions from 180 days to a year plus 90 days, depending on the health insurance plan. Horizon was given 45 days in which to appeal Jasey's administrative action.
pressofatlanticcity.com

 

Federal Red Flag Rules Apply to Doctors of
Chiropractic Starting June 1, 2010
Legislation abolishing physician participation passed in House awaits Senate action
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations stating that financial institutions and creditors are required to develop and execute written identity-theft prevention programs, otherwise known as the “Red Flags Rules,” are slated to go into effect June 1, 2010.
Earlier this year, there was much ambiguity regarding the regulations and questions were raised as to whether physicians’ offices fell under the FTC red flags guidelines. In February, the FTC issued a statement clarifying that Identity Theft Red Flag Rules do indeed apply to physicians, including doctors of chiropractic.
The FTC has delayed implementation of the Red Flag Rules until June 1, 2010. The Senate has not yet taken action on this issue but, in an Oct. 30 release, the FTC indicated it did not want to begin enforcing a regulation that Congress plans to supersede. Therefore, the FTC pushed back the implementation date of the regulation from Nov. 1, 2009, to June 1, 2010.  Read the FTC’s release, and look for updates on this issue in ACA publications.
acatoday.com

 
Yellow Page
Yellow Pages
Written by TAC Staff   
Friday, 24 September 2010 15:16

Climber Presents Check to Kids

RHODE ISLAND: Dr. Tim Warren, the man who climbed to the top of the world earlier this year made good on a promise to some children on Sept. 23. The Warwick chiropractor who scaled Mount Everest, presented a check for more than $6000 to A Wish Come True.

The money was raised from sales of T-shirts and hats and donations from the corporate sponsor. Warren was unsuccessful in his attempt to reach the summit in 2007, but made it to the top in May of this year.

For a log of the climb, you can visit Dr. Tim Warren’s Klimb for Kids site at http://wwwdrtimwarren.com.

Turn to 10.com

Chiropractor, Attorney Acquitted of Fraud Charges

INDIANA: A chiropractor and attorney who had been charged with fraud and several other counts was found not guilty in late September following a three-day trial.

Robert Ekin, 39, adamantly denied that he had bilked five insurance companies out of thousands of dollars.

Prosecutors contended that he tracked down automobile crash victims, offered free consultations and then charged insurance companies for services not rendered.

"They had a hot mess of a case," said Bryan Cook, Ekin’s attorney. "It was incredible and unbelievable that they would bring a case with this quality of evidence."

Jurors delivered the not-guilty verdict after 14 hours of deliberation. Ekin said he feels vindicated, but violated.

"We’ve lost absolutely everything. It’s been a horrible experience," Ekin said. "Thanks to the jurors and, especially, we’re eternally grateful to attorney Cook for what he’s done for my family."

Ekin said he and his wife are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. He has opened a new clinic and his chiropractic license remains in good standing.

Attorney David Wood, who was also charged in the fraud case, was also acquitted.

The Indianapolis Star

Another Chiropractor Faces Fraud Charges

IOWA: A Cedar Rapids chiropractor is facing nearly 40 counts of mail fraud, identity theft and money laundering charges.

Douglas P. Dvorak was charged in an indictment filed in late September in the U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The indictment alleges that 45-year-old Dvorak submitted false Medicaid claims for chiropractic services he never provided. It also says he used the identities of underaged Medicaid beneficiaries in his alleged scheme, which officials say lasted from late 2005 to early 2007.

Dvorak also is accused of trying to control and conceal the location of the proceeds of the fraud.

He faces 22 counts of mail fraud, 11 counts of aggravated identity theft and six counts of money laundering.

His initial appearance has been scheduled for the first week in October in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Kwwl.com

Chiropractor wins one case;
faces further censure from state

MAINE: Clifford Faldman, a Kennebunk chiropractor who had been facing a charge of unlawful sexual touching, was found not guilty after a jury trial concluded in late September.

Faldman also recently re-opened his practice, said his lawyer James Martemucci.

"He feels absolutely vindicated," Martemucci said of his client. "He knew the charges were false from the beginning. He’s pleased he’s had his day in court and that the jury found in his favor."

Faldman’s license to practice was reactivated Aug. 27 following 210 days of suspension stemming from charges of sexual misconduct with patients.

Faldman, 55, has a history of complaints against him by patients. His chiropractic license was suspended for 180 days, plus an additional 30 days earlier this year, said Doug Dunbar, from the Maine State Office of Licensing and Registration.

Dunbar said Faldman was given an additional 30-day suspension on top of the original 180 days after two new complaints were received. A hearing on those complaints took place Sept. 24. While the board found Faldman did not violate rules or ethics in regard to those two complaints, he does face censure for violating a previous agreement.

"The board found Dr. Faldman in violation of the January 2008 consent agreement for non-payment of hearing costs assessed to him at that time," wrote Dunbar. "Those costs total $2,471.61. The board also found Dr. Faldman in violation of the January 2008 consent agreement for not submitting a treatment plan and clinician reports. Additionally, the board found Dr. Faldman in violation of rules pertaining to keeping appropriate patient records."

Faldman is still facing one additional criminal charge of violating an order of protection, stemming from a June 2 incident. Martemucci said he expects that complaint to be dismissed.

seacoastonline.com

 
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