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Friday, 27 June 2008 16:19


Warwick DC Scales Everest on Second Try

RHODE ISLAND: The second time is the charm for Warwick chiropractor Timothy Warren, who is believed to be the only Rhode Islander to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain.

Warren reached the top of Mount Everest on Friday, May 21, according to a news release from A Wish Come True, the Warwick-based organization that grants wishes to children ages 3 through 18 who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.

In a post on his Web site, Warren said he is tired but pleased that he reached the summit on his second try at climbing Everest. In 2007, Warren made it to 24,000 feet on the mountain but was forced to abort his quest for the tallest peak in the world when he came down with a throat infection.

Warren called his efforts to scale Mount Everest the "Klimb for Kids" because he uses his mountain-climbing to raise money for the A Wish Come True group.

He managed to raise about $15,000 for the group with his first effort. This year’s expedition hopes to raise $50,000 for this Rhode Island organization

At 29,035 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is the world’s tallest peak. Almost 200 climbers have died trying to make it to the top.

Warren is a veteran climber who has climbed Mount McKinley in Alaska, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mount Aconcagua in South America. He endured an extensive training program before making his climbing attempts.

The Providence Journal




NIH to Study Activator Method’s TMJ Treatment

ARIZONA: Dr. Arlan Fuhr, co-founder and CEO of Activator Methods International, announced recently that his Activator Method to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders will be included in research funded by the National Institutes of Health. He said $400,000 was earmarked to study his method, which uses a hand-held tool to adjust the spine and joints without using force.

Fuhr said he won’t lead the pilot study. Instead, Dr. James DeVocht, associate professor of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in Iowa, will be the principal investigator, along with Clark Stanford, a dentist and associate dean for research at the University of Iowa.

The study will recruit 80 participants with TMJ disorders. One-third of the group will receive the Activator treatment, while another third will receive dental treatment, and the remaining third will be the placebo group.

Of the 65,000 chiropractors in the United States, about 35,000 have been trained in the technique. Of those, 2,100 are proficiency rated using the Activator, Fuhr said.

Fuhr said when he first began treating patients complaining of TMJ problems, one patient’s condition was so severe that for many years she could only open her mouth 3 or 4 millimeters. She drank all her nourishment through a straw.

"We adjusted her," he said. "Her mouth opened for the first time in many years and she could eat again."

Two years ago, he published research papers showing his findings and recently finished a new textbook. Fuhr said that helped build a stronger case for the NIH funding.

"I worked 15 years raising money from our own profession—$200 a doctor," he said. "It took me 15 years to raise $600,000. Here, we get a grant for $400,000 in one shot. Doing this study in concert with the dental profession at a major university and having a really well designed study gives credibility to the whole project."

Phoenix Business Journal



GEORGIA: A one-year-old boy will not have to appear in a Harrisonburg, Virginia, court to answer charges that he failed to pay a chiropractor bill now that the plaintiff has dropped the lawsuit. A subpoena was delivered to the home of Richard White and in that subpoena White’s one-year-old son was named in a lawsuit claiming that the toddler had failed to pay a $391 bill.

White said he had taken his son, Jacy, to a chiropractor shortly after he was born but he never received a bill. According to White his insurance wouldn’t cover the charge and it wasn’t until recently that he received a bill, about the same time he was forwarded a subpoena that had been sent to his old residence.

Jacy was scheduled to appear in Rockingham County General District Court in May but the lawsuit has been dropped.



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Wednesday, 28 May 2008 10:33


Habitual Non-filer Gets Jail Time

WASHINGTON: A U.S. district court in Tacoma recently sentenced a chiropractor in Puyallup to three months in prison and seven months in a halfway house for failing to file federal income tax returns, reported the U.S. attorney’s office.

U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle also ordered Kevin Lynn Terry, 45, to file all delinquent tax returns and to pay all remaining taxes due.

Terry allegedly used trusts to conceal his chiropractic income and personal assets, including his home, during the years 1996 and 1997. The IRS audited those two years and found the trusts to be shams. Terry later agreed to the IRS’ tax assessments for those years.

Beginning in 1998, he changed tactics and began to willfully evade the IRS’ ability to assess and collect tax for the years 1999 through 2001. This included not filing individual Form 1040 returns.

He also formed a corporation in 1998, named Puyallup Chiropractic Clinic Inc., with himself as president, for which he did not file Corporate 1120 tax returns.

During the subject years of 1999 through 2001, Terry evaded tax of about $70,000.

Before criminal charges were brought, he filed tax returns for the subject years and paid the taxes due.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle said, "The term tax protestor is merely a polite way of saying tax cheater." The judge stated further, "It’s not enough to just pay when you are caught. If being caught results only in having to pay the tax, our system would collapse."

Kenneth J. Hines, the IRS special agent in charge of the Pacific Northwest, said, "During the last three years, over 800 non-filers have learned a hard lesson: that cheating the American public can lead to their prosecution."



Former Chiropractor Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

PENNSYLVANIA: A former Mercer County chiropractor will spend three years in prison for defrauding an insurance company.

Thirty-eight-year-old Brent J. Detelich, of Clearwater, FL, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in mid-April. A jury convicted him of health care and mail fraud in March 2007.

Prosecutors say Detelich submitted fraudulent claims to Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield for services not rendered. He then split the payments from those claims with some patients.

Detelich did business as Detelich Chiropractic, and Advanced Medical and Holistic of Hermitage, about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

He must also pay $91,025 in restitution to Highmark. And he’ll be on supervised release for two years after his release from prison.

Associated Press


Chiropractic PIP Benefits Denied Based on Exam by Orthopedic Surgeon

MASSACHUSETTS: An insurance company could terminate a plaintiff’s personal injury protection benefits for chiropractic treatment based on an independent medical examination by an orthopedic surgeon, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled.

The plaintiff—who had been injured in a car crash caused by a policyholder of the defendant insurance company—argued that, under the "same profession requirement" in G.L.c. 90, Sect. 34M, the insurer’s determination to cease paying PIP benefits had to be made by a doctor licensed under the same specialty as the treating or billing physician.

But the SJC disagreed, reversing a Superior Court judgment for the plaintiff.

"Relying on the language of 34M...[the insurer] contends that the same profession requirement only applies ‘when a refusal to pay a bill for medical service’ is based solely on a medical review of the bill or of the medical services underlying the bill," wrote Justice Roderick L. Ireland for the court. "We agree."

Because the insurer’s refusal to pay "was based on an IME rather than a medical review of the bill or the medical services underlying the bill, we conclude that the plain language of the statute makes the same profession requirement inapplicable," he continued.

The 11-page decision is Boone v. Commerce Insurance Co., Lawyers Weekly No. 10-079-08.


MN Pets Could Get New Line of Care: Chiropractors

MINNESOTA: An attention-getting proposal to open the door to chiropractic care for animals in Minnesota appears headed for approval.

The Minnesota House has backed a compromise plan that has also gained the support of the state Senate. It would allow chiropractors to work on animals if they receive training and have received a referral from a veterinarian.

The language is in a broader policy bill that will next go before a House-Senate conference committee. Chiropractors and veterinarians were at odds over an initial bill.

Veterinarians had expressed concern that chiropractors were not fully trained to spot all types of injuries on an animal. One provision requires chiropractors to post a sign notifying customers that they treat animals.

Minnesota Public Radio News,

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Allstate Accuses Chiropractic Group of Multistate Scam

TEXAS: Allstate Insurance Company filed a federal lawsuit in early March alleging deception and coercion on the part of a Texas-based chiropractic company.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, accused 66 defendants of taking part in an insurance fraud scheme by convincing car crash survivors that they had severe injuries requiring immediate treatment, which Allstate had to cover.

The lead defendant is Arlington-based Chiropractic Strategies Group Inc. and its owner, Michael Kent Plambeck. Other defendants include related law office management companies, attorneys and telemarketers.

Allstate seeks $10 million in the lawsuit, alleging violations of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

According to the 67-page complaint, a telemarketing company would solicit people who had been in car crashes, offering them a free chiropractic exam. Once at the clinics—located in Texas, Ohio, Indiana and Alabama—patients were told they needed immediate treatment.

Patients were also referred to personal injury lawyers, some of whom would show up at the clinic to sign up the patients as clients, according to the lawsuit.

The Dallas Morning News



 California Doctor Arraigned for Fraud

CALIFORNIA: California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced in early March that an alleged fraud perpetrator has been arraigned for committing insurance fraud. Dr. Jon Fields, 53, of West Hills, CA, filed a long term disability claim with his insurance carrier, UnumProvident Corp., for an alleged injury he suffered in 2001. According to insurance company records, Fields claimed that his injury prohibited him from continuing his work as a chiropractor from September 2001 until May 2005. During this time period, UnumProvident paid Fields more than $298,000 in benefits, the Department of Insurance said. The California Department of Insurance (CDI) investigation revealed that Fields allegedly continued treating patients while collecting benefits.

On Dec. 12, 2007, Fields surrendered himself to CDI investigators, and subsequently was booked on multiple counts of insurance fraud and one count of grand theft. Fields was arraigned on Jan. 7, 2008, and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 10, 2008. If convicted, Fields could be sentenced up to five years in state prison, a fine of up to $50,000, and court-ordered restitution to UnumProvident.

The case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Insurance Journal



 Pup Is Patients’ Best Friend

OHIO: Going to work everyday can be rough. For Lady Roxanne Rompsalot, it can be "ruff"—but she loves it. The 3 1/2-year-old English Springer Spaniel goes to work with her owner, Dr. Keith Seibert. She greets patients at the door, and often observes while they receive their adjustments and other treatments.

Roxy enjoys relaxing on an exam table, especially if the patient is sitting in one of the chairs. Seibert said patients will often joke that Roxy wants her adjustment first, and he obliges.

The spaniel loves the patients. "There’s nothing that she doesn’t like. She didn’t understand children for a long time," he said. Roxy is not allowed to bark in the office, but she barked the first time she saw a little girl. Seibert worked to get Roxy accustomed to humans who are smaller than what she was used to seeing. "Now she just loves kids."

Roxy also loves a yellow stuffed animal with red spots, which was a birthday present from a 3-year-old patient. Seibert said she often brings that toy to children who want to play with her.

"One of her favorite toys is this rope," Seibert said as he held up a long white rope that had knots tied in it. That rope once helped him notice improvement in a patient who had a problem with his shoulder, when he saw the patient and Roxy playing tug-of-war with the toy.

The chiropractor said only four of his patients do not want Roxy around during their treatments. During those appointments, Roxy stays in a kennel in a side room.

Port Clinton News Herald



 Chiropractor Found Guilty of Sex Abuse

UTAH: American Fork chiropractor Grant Joel Hildreth was convicted by a jury of two counts of forcible sex abuse on March 25th for allegedly inappropriately touching a former patient and employee. Four other felony counts representing three other patients were dismissed by the eight-member jury.

The jury agreed that Hildreth had crossed a criminal line during two separate procedures on a patient and former employee in late May 2007.

The former secretary testified that several times after work she allowed Hildreth to apply medication on her, but on two occasions the application began to become sexual, she testified during the trial.

Hildreth will be sentenced May 2.

Deseret Morning News


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Chiropractor’s License Revoked after Being Accused of Sexual Assault

MICHIGAN: A chiropractor accused of sexually assaulting his patients has had his license immediately suspended. Dr. Fernando Ponce has been arraigned and charged on criminal sexual conduct charges on allegations of assaulting three of his patients. The Michigan Department of Community Health ordered the suspension on Feb. 12, and says an administrative hearing regarding Ponce’s license will be scheduled at a later time.


Chiropractor Convicted for Failure to File Tax Returns

NEW YORK: A federal jury, in late February, returned a verdict of guilty against John Weisberg on three counts of willfully failing to file individual tax returns.

Weisberg, a chiropractor owning his own business in East Aurora, New York, was charged with four counts of willfully failing to file tax returns for the tax years 2000 through 2003. The jury was unable to reach a verdict concerning his failure to file for the 2002 tax year. Each count of conviction is punishable by a maximum term of one year imprisonment, one year of supervised release, a $25,000 fine, and the costs of prosecution.

Evidence introduced during trial showed that Weisberg, in 1997, became a member-client of a Florida-based organization known as American Rights Litigators. ARL supposedly promoted multiple tax fraud schemes. Weisberg purchased an ARL service by which ARL-affiliated lawyers and accountants, on Weisberg’s behalf, responded to IRS notices seeking his returns. The letters to the IRS allegedly advanced false and frivolous claims and requests purporting to set forth legal reasons why the defendant was not required to file.

At trial, Weisberg claimed that he had relied upon the legal and accounting advice of ARL in not filing returns, as well as the IRS’s failure to respond to ARL’s claims and requests over the course of seven years. However, the evidence at trial showed, among other things, that Weisberg knew he had a duty to file tax returns, and that he used ARL as a means to obstruct and impede the IRS, and that he was advised of his legal duty to file returns not only by the IRS, but also by Buffalo-area accountants and attorneys.


Chiropractor convicted, but no fraud verdict

KENTUCKY: Dr. Paul Hollern, who once ran a chiropractor-training empire from Louisville, was convicted on February 8 of illegal eavesdropping for videotaping patients without their knowledge.

But the jury could not reach a verdict on a charge of health-care fraud, the main offense alleged against Hollern. Prosecutors maintained he taught young chiropractors to sell patients on unnecessary services by lying about X-rays.

Jurors in U.S. District Court also deadlocked on whether Hollern retaliated against a whistle-blowing witness by telling his neighbors he was involved in child pornography.

They acquitted him on a fourth charge, violating a patient-privacy law.

The charges stemmed from the operation of Uncle Paul Chiropractic Business Training, a business Hollern operated in southern Louisville that was attended by young chiropractors from around the country.

Doctors videotaped their meetings with patients and reviewed the tapes later to critique their performance—or, as the prosecution termed it, their sales techniques.

Hollern, who no longer practices, faces up to five years in prison on the electronic eavesdropping charge.

He said the jury’s failure to convict him of the fraud charge "shows that there’s nothing there." He has said the charges stem from a vendetta by a disgruntled former employee who lied to investigators about his training program.

Hollern remained free on bond after the verdict. Judge Charles R. Simpson III said he would not sentence him until prosecutors decide whether to retry the two counts that deadlocked the jury.

Following a three-week trial, the jury deliberated for three days before telling Simpson they could not decide the two counts.

Standard Process Pays $500,000 to Name Logan College Student Center

MISSOURI: Logan College of Chiropractic announced in early February its new student center will be named the Standard Process Student Center after Wisconsin-based Standard Process Inc., which donated $500,000 to Logan for the naming rights.

The $3.5 million student center is being built within the space previously occupied by the school’s gymnasium.

"I’ve been impressed with the major improvements on the Logan campus over the past several years," Charles DuBois, president of Standard Process, said in a statement. "I’m excited about this opportunity to attach the Standard Process name to Logan’s new student center, which will be a fun, lively and energetic place for students to gather. I also see this gift as a way for Standard Process to thank today’s students as they study chiropractic and whole food nutrition."

Construction on the 6,500-square-foot building at the school’s campus in Chesterfield is scheduled for completion in May 2008.

St. Louis Business Journal

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Sherman College Receives Warning
from Accrediting Body

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic is in jeopardy of losing accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

College officials were told in December at a SACS conference that the school had been denied reaffirmation of accreditation and was placed on warning for six months, but they are still waiting for official notification of how to correct the problem. Sherman is currently the only public higher education institution in the Palmetto State with a "warning" status.

A "warning" is a public sanction imposed by SACS’ Commission on Colleges for failure to comply on time with a particular component of accreditation.

In Sherman’s case, the college has yet to comply with the Quality Enhancement Plan, according to Belle Wheelan, president of the Commission on Colleges.

The Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, must be created to show how student learning will be increased or enhanced, Wheelan said.

In June, the commission will conduct an on-site evaluation to reconsider the accreditation status of the school. It will determine one of four options: reaffirm accreditation and remove the warning status, continue a warning, be placed on probation, or remove the institution from membership with the Commission on Colleges.


Law to Practice Chiropractic Enacted in Italy

ITALY: The Associazione Italiana Chiropratici (AIC) has announced that, 17 years after the presentation of the first law proposal for professional recognition, on December 21, 2007, chiropractic was recognized by the Italian Parliament as a primary health care profession. For more than three decades, the AIC has led a determined struggle to secure this vitally important legal recognition for chiropractic, in the face of equally determined medical opposition.

After years of unsuccessful attempts at professional recognition, an amendment concerning chiropractic, inserted into the annual budget law, finally opened the door of Italy’s nationalized healthcare system to Doctors of Chiropractic.

"The entire world of chiropractic salutes the Associazione Italiana Chiropratici on this historic milestone for chiropractic," said ICA President Dr. John Maltby. "We at the ICA deeply respect and appreciate the efforts of all involved and offer our most sincere congratulations.

"Our colleagues in Italy can now move forward to build chiropractic to even greater levels in Italy with official recognition having been secured. Their efforts have added significantly to making chiropractic a truly global profession," said Dr. Maltby.

ICA News


Chiropractor Loses License

MICHIGAN: The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has immediately suspended the chiropractic license of Rosemary A. Pushies, D.C., based on her felony conviction in the United States District Court, Western District of Michigan.

On July 12, 2007, Pushies was convicted of one count of health care fraud, a felony. As a result, Pushies was sentenced to imprisonment for a period of six months, followed by two years of supervised release with terms, and ordered, to pay fines, costs and restitution in the amount of $148,284.18.

On Dec. 10, 2007, MDCH issued an order summarily suspending Pushies’ license pursuant to the Public Health Code which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional upon the conviction of a felony. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Pushies’ chiropractic license.


 Patients File Complaints about Flat-fee Contracts

KANSAS: Do a doctor and his patients have a different relationship than a gym and its customers?

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts’ legal staff says yes.

Wichita chiropractor Bradley Eck and his lawyer say no.

The difference of opinion has led to a 10-count petition against Eck, alleging unprofessional conduct that violates the state’s healing arts act.

The petition stems from the experiences of 13 of Eck’s chiropractic patients and the investigations that followed their complaints to the board. It asks the board to agree with the allegations and discipline Eck. Punishment could range from fines to license revocation.

The case likely won’t be resolved until early 2009.

The dispute centers on Eck’s use of flat-fee contracts, his refusal to cancel them and whether they’re appropriate in a doctor-patient relationship. The contracts set an up-front charge for a series of treatments. The charge is the same whether a patient ultimately gets no treatments or many.

Both sides say that, to their knowledge, this is the first time such a case has been considered in Kansas.

The Wichita Eagle


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