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Written by TAC Staff   
Thursday, 23 September 2010 09:29

MICHIGAN: The preparation to burn his chiropractic office will cost a Jonesville man five years of probation.

James L. Steveson, 37, was sentenced after being found guilty by a jury of preparing to burn property worth $20,000 or more.

Hillsdale County Circuit Court Judge Michael Smith said the only reason Steveson was not going to prison was because he had no prior offenses; however, he will continue serving a 12 month jail sentence.

Steveson will also have to pay approximately $51,000 in restitution for damages caused by the fire on June 31 in the Chiropractic Health Clinic of Jonesville.

Hillsdale Daily News

 

Parties Settle Libel Lawsuit over Yelp Review

CALIFORNIA: A San Francisco chiropractor, Steven Biegel, and his former patient, Christopher Norberg, have settled a libel lawsuit arising out of a bad review that Norberg posted on Yelp.

The case appears to mark the first time that a Yelp user was sued for defamation for posting a bad review. Some observers had warned that the lawsuit could scare consumers from posting negative reviews on sites like the fast-growing Yelp.

Norberg posted a brief statement on his Web site, standforspeech.com, which he launched to inform people about the lawsuit. "A misunderstanding between both parties led us to act out of hand," he wrote after the case was resolved through mediation.

Norberg’s original review, written in November of 2007, complained of a billing matter. He said that he expected a bill for $125, but was instead sent a $500 bill. "He couldn’t give me a straight answer as to why the jump in price," Norberg wrote. He also reported that he later found "a much better, honest chiropractor."

Biegel alleged in his lawsuit that the post defamed him by suggesting that he was dishonest.

In the statement posted recently, Norberg said he "should have remained open" to Biegel’s concerns. "Both Dr. Biegel and I strongly believe in a person’s right to express their opinions in a public forum," he wrote. "We both encourage the internet community to act responsibly."

It wasn’t clear whether Norberg also paid any monetary damages to Biegel.

Mediapost.com

 

Study Links Chiropractic Care with Reduction
of Blood Pressure.

ILLINOIS: Researchers at the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center are reporting stunning reductions in the blood pressure of patients afflicted with hypertension following simple and painless chiropractic care.

In the study, published in the March 2, 2007, issue of The Journal of Human Hypertension and featured on WebMD, fifty patients with hypertension were divided into two groups of 25 each. One group of 25 received a specific light force chiropractic adjustment (administered by a chiropractor) to the atlas vertebra. The other group of 25 received a similar procedure but with no adjustment being given. Researchers called this procedure the "sham adjustment." Since the type of adjustment given was very light force, the patients involved in this study did not know if they were receiving the real or sham adjustments.

After 8 weeks of care, the 25 people in the group receiving the real chiropractic adjustments all showed a significant reduction in blood pressure compared to the group that received the sham adjustment. Those patients who got the real adjustment showed an average of 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure and an average of 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure over those who got the fake or sham adjustment.

X-rays confirmed that the chiropractic adjustments actually changed the position of the atlas vertebra among those in the study group.

The study leader reported that the procedure had the effect of not one, but two blood pressure medications given in combination. And, his team reported no side effects whatsoever from the adjustment.

PGFreePress.com

 

Chiropractor Gets Prison for Fraud

GEORGIA: A Norcross, GA, chiropractor was sentenced to prison in mid-January for health-care fraud and possession with intent to distribute testosterone.

Stephen Catterton, 39, got three years and one month, must pay $1.3 million in restitution and must perform 300 hours of community service.

In 1998, Catterton opened two chiropractic clinics in Norcross. In 2006, the FBI began a criminal investigation into his activities for the submission of false claims to federal and private health insurance companies.

The FBI found that, between June 2001 and December 2006, Catterton billed in excess of $3 million, and was paid in excess of $1.2 million from various health-care benefit programs for services he never performed or provided. In some instances, billing codes for more advanced procedures were used when patients really only received massages. Catterton modified the billings for the services that were actually performed to maximize his reimbursement from the insurance companies.

When agents executed a search warrant on Catterton’s business in October 2006, they seized bottles of injectable testosterone, typically used for anti-aging and hormone replacement therapy. Catterton was not licensed to distribute such materials.

Atlanta Business Chronicle

 
Chiropractic News Around the World. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Yellow Pages
Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 16:11

Blind Man Sees Again

NEW YORK: Doug Harkey—a Dubuque, Iowa, man whose left eye suddenly stopped working 12 years ago—thought he was making a routine visit to his chiropractor. But, the results of his "normal" adjustment left Doug with new-found vision while leaving friends, family and some in the medical community speechless. However, a local chiropractor, Dr. Robert Wrieden of Norwich, is quick to credit his colleague from the Hawkeye State and the power of the human body.

Harkey’s miracle began to unfold following his visit to the chiropractic offices of Dr. Tim Stackis. "My blind eye started watering after I left there and it watered for 45 minutes straight. It started making my good eye water. I went to wipe my right eye – and I could see out of my left eye again," said Harkey. Dr. Stackis told his patient that the adjustments that he had been receiving alleviated the nerve interference that had prevented his spinal column from properly communicating messages from his brain. Once full communication was restored, so was Harkey’s sight.

"It is important to note that Dr. Stackis never once claimed that chiropractic care cured this man’s blindness," added Dr. Robert Wrieden. "He just provided quality care. The adjustments eliminated nerve interference that had prohibited the human body from operating at peak efficiency. And, when operating at peak efficiency, the human body can do great things—just ask Doug Harkey," smiled Robert Wrieden.

As for Harkey, the timing could not be better. He credits Dr. Stackis’ "miracle hands" for the depth perception he had been missing—which helped him navigate his walk down the aisle with new wife Gina last month. The return of his vision, now nearly perfect with the help of corrective lenses, has left the couple with some welcome adjustments. "I’m not quite used to him not running into things or stepping on my feet," Gina quipped.

 

Former Chiropractor to Serve 4 Years for Fraud

PENNSYLVANIA: A former chiropractor behind a $12.1 million health insurance fraud that federal prosecutors called the largest in western Pennsylvania history was sentenced to repay the money and spend four years in federal prison. Douglas Henderson, 47, recruited dozens of employees and patients at his defunct Burrell Chiropractic Clinic in Lower Burrell and paid most of them tens of thousands of dollars each in kickbacks to file false claims from 1995 to 2002.

The business closed in 2003 and Henderson voluntarily surrendered his chiropractic license in 2004 as he cooperated with federal investigators. In 2000, auditors for Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield first raised questions about claims filed by a relatively small pool of people.

"It’s the highest we’ve ever seen in a health care fraud in this district," Assistant U.S. Attorney James Y. Garrett said of Highmark’s losses.

Henderson’s sentence also includes prison time for evading more than $400,000 in income taxes by failing to report the income.

phillyburbs.com

 

Judge Dismisses Auto Fraud Indictments against Lawyer and Chiropractor

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Lawyers for Lawrence attorney Socrates De La Cruz and Haverhill chiropractor Troy Wheelwright proclaimed they had been exonerated of auto insurance fraud allegations recently after a judge dismissed their April indictments. Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead threw out the indictments after finding that prosecutors had failed to show probable cause that a crime had been committed.

De La Cruz, 34, of Methuen and Wheelwright, 40, of Amesbury were among eight area people indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury that determined they were part of a conspiracy to stage phony accidents to defraud insurance companies.

The indictments stem from an investigation initiated more than two years ago by the state attorney general’s office, working with detectives of Lawrence’s auto insurance fraud task force and investigators of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. That probe focused on four separate staged crashes that occurred between October 2002 and February 2003.

Paul Cirel, lawyer for Wheelwright, also noted that Whitehead had allowed the motions to dismiss because there was never any evidence his client and De La Cruz had committed a crime.

eagletribune.com.

 

San Francisco Chiropractor Sues Patient over Negative Online Comments

CALIFORNIA: A billing dispute between a chiropractor and his patient escalated into a lawsuit early in 2008 with the chiropractor accusing the patient of defamation for comments posted about the solo practitioner on an online ratings site, according to court documents. In February, Steven Biegel, DC, filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court alleging that comments by his patient, Christopher Norberg, exposed Biegel to "hatred, contempt, ridicule, and obloquy," according to the suit. Norberg posted his criticism on a San Francisco-based website where consumers can post their reviews of restaurants, bars, hair stylists, physicians, and most other types of businesses.

In the posting, Norberg accuses Biegel of charging him $500 for two chiropractic treatments that he believed were going to cost $125, according to court documents. In Biegel’s suit, he claims Norberg understood the lower fee was only for patients who pay at the time of service, not those who bill the treatment to their insurance.

Biegel reportedly attempted to settle the dispute and asked Norberg to remove the online posting, but was refused.

 
Chiropractic News Around the World
Yellow Pages
Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 15:09

Albertans will no longer be able to claim chiropractic care starting this summer, after the government delisted chiropractor services from its provincial health plan.

 
Chiropractic News Around the World
Yellow Pages
Written by TAC Staff   
Sunday, 25 July 2010 00:00

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Chiropractor Implicated in Conspiracy to sell HGH


LOUISIANA: Two doctors and a businessman in the Arkansas-Louisiana-Mississippi area  face charges of illegally distributing the drug: Human Growth Hormone or HGH. Doctor Linda Bunch, Chiropractor Dallas Humble and businessman Paul Temple pled not guilty to the 22 charges against them. Northeast Louisiana Anti-Aging and Wellness Center in West Monroe was raided by authorities two years ago. A federal indictment says Bunch, Humble, and Temple illegally imported HGH from China and then sold it to patients. The trio is charged with conspiring to distribute the drugs. The attorneys say their clients are innocent. "We're going to maintain our innocence now until the cows come home and when you're innocent you should be found not guilty and they've got the burden of proof and we want to see them prove it,” said Bob Noel who represents Dallas Humble. If convicted the trio faces up to thirty years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines. Bunch could also lose her medical license. They are all awaiting an August 12th teleconference with the court which will set up a pre trial date. All three will remain free until a trial, but they cannot travel out of Northeast Louisiana without the court's permission.
Source: myarklamiss.com



New Health Reform Law Claim Denial Appeal Book Announced for
Healthcare Providers to Comply with
New PPACA Deadline - 09/23/2010

ILLINOIS: June 28, 2010 ERISAclaim.com announced the nation's first new Health Reform Law, PPACA, Claim Denial Appeal CD Book, for healthcare providers to meet the compliance deadline for Sept. 23, 2010, and to appeal claim denials and delays under new Health Reform Law, Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, PPACA, going into effect on Sept. 23, 2010 for all group health plans and healthcare providers. Since HHS, DOL and IRS released the first set of Interim Final Rules on June 17, 2010, for implementing PPACA by Sept. 23, 2010, all healthcare providers, physicians and hospitals, without PPACA compliance by Sept. 23, 2010, will be found in violation of PPACA with unexpected claim denials by health plans under PPACA. According to the new PPACA Fact Sheet published by DOL, HHS and IRS, new PPACA will cover 193 million people, and PPACA mandates new PPACA (ERISA & NAIC) Appeal Process.
New Health Reform Law, PPACA, Claim Denial Appeal CD Book is published with 9 year success based on ERISAclaim.com's ERISA Appeal CD Book & System, as the only ERISA Appeal Book for health providers in the country in the past 35 years. The PPACA / ERISA Appeal CD Book is priced at $450 and available now from ERISAclaim.com web site. The healthcare providers who used ERISAclaim's ERISA CD Book appeal letters have won a recent major federal court decision in the largest historical ERISA provider class action lawsuit with court permission to proceed against almost all Blue Cross and Blue Shield Entities in the now popular overpayment recoupment dispute. The court affirmed all of the ERISA appeal legal points from the actual appeal letters, according to Dr. Jin Zhou, author of the Book and President of ERISAclaim.com.
The Court Case is Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association et al. vs. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association et al., Case #: 1:09-cv-05619, on May 17, 2010. A copy of the federal court ruling is available at:
(http://www.erisaclaim.com/BCBS_Overpayment_%20Class_Action_Opinion.pdf)
A copy of the Press Release from the lead class plaintiff law firm is available at:
(http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=192735&type=newswires)
Dr. Zhou further explained that the SEC. 2719 of PPACA has adopted ERISA claim regulation, in its entirety, the 35 year old ERISA law and the "established process", for PPACA internal appeal process, and NAIC Review Model as External Appeal Process that is binding for all health plans.
According to Dr. Jin Zhou, his company has been teaching weekly and monthly webinars on PPACA ever since PPACA was enacted on March 23, 2010, attended by professionals from every segment of the industry with great success. There has been strong awareness and demand by hospitals for PPACA compliance by Sept 23, 2010, especially when hospitals are faced with new Medicare fee cut and increasingly disappointing reimbursement by managed care payers.
Dr. Jin Zhou also alerted all healthcare providers that Federal Government, DOL, HHS and IRS have issued new sets of regulations to implement and enforce PPACA, and PPACA federally mandates ERISA appeal process for all group health plans and healthcare providers. More new Federal Regulations are released at DOL and HHS web sites:
"Affordable Care Act Regulations and Guidance" (http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform/)
As Dr. Zhou noted from DOL, HHS & IRS PPACA Fact Sheet, The New PPACA on Sept. 23, 2010, will cover about 133 million people under self-insured health plans, 43 million under fully insured plans, and 17 million under individual market. A total of 193 million people will be governed under PPACA on Sept. 23, 2010, and an estimated 32 million more will be covered under PPACA by 2014. No hospital can afford to ignore 193 million people's healthcare coverage and possible reimbursement, said Dr. Jin Zhou.
DOL Fact Sheet: Keeping the Health Plan You Have: The Affordable Care Act and "Grandfathered" Health Plans (U.S. Department of Labor), June 14, 2010
(http://www.healthreform.gov/newsroom/keeping_the_health_plan_you_have.html)
HHS Fact Sheet: The Affordable Care Act's New Patient's Bill of Rights (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services), June 22, 2010.

 
Chiropractic News Around the World
Yellow Pages
Sunday, 25 July 2010 00:00

 

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Chiropractor Implicated in Conspiracy to sell HGH

LOUISIANA: Two doctors and a businessman in the Arkansas-Louisiana-Mississippi area  face charges of illegally distributing the drug: Human Growth Hormone or HGH. Doctor Linda Bunch, Chiropractor Dallas Humble and businessman Paul Temple pled not guilty to the 22 charges against them.   Northeast Louisiana Anti-Aging and Wellness Center in West Monroe was raided by authorities two years ago. A federal indictment says Bunch, Humble, and Temple illegally imported HGH from China and then sold it to patients. The trio is charged with conspiring to distribute the drugs.

 
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