March 1, 2017

CLINICAL

Anatomy of Joint Pain

Practice Management

What’s in Your Circle of Concern?

RISK

Risks You Take Every Day That Will Cost You

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CLINICAL

Anatomy of Joint Pain

Joint pain is one of the most common symptoms people experience. Remedies and treatments are as varied as the sources that promote them. These treatments merely address the symptom of pain without addressing the cause. Pain is seen as something to avoid rather than something to be valued.

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Practice Management

What’s in Your Circle of Concern?

One of my favorite books is Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. To me, it isn’t just another business book; its principles are also useful in managing aspects of our practices. For example, when it comes to concerns about risk management, Covey’s explanation of things that are in our “circle of concern” but perhaps outside our “circle of influence” serves as a perfect model of how we can and should focus our efforts on things we can directly control, and look for ways to insure against things we can’t control.

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RISK

Risks You Take Every Day That Will Cost You

Have you ever thought about the types and value of patient information your practice creates, maintains, and uses to communicate with third parties when seeking reimbursement? For example, consider that practices have personal contact information, social security numbers, payer ID and group numbers, medical history, treatment information, etc.

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GUIDELINES

What is the Clinical Compass© and How is it Valuable to Your Practice?

The Clinical Compass was formed in 1995 and initially named the “Chiropractic Clinical Guidelines and Practice Parameters” (CCGPP) at the behest of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) and with assistance from the American Chiropractic Association, Association of Chiropractic Colleges, Council on Chiropractic Education, Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Sciences, Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, International Chiropractors Association, National Association of Chiropractic Attorneys and the National Institute for Chiropractic Research.

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Practice Management

Fail Forward

Start a Practice and Grow in Spite of the Obstacles

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NUTRITION

Old Nutrient, New Application

As far back as the late nineteenth century, the health science establishment began looking into GABA as a metabolic product derived from plants and microbes. Not too many applications for people, but “nice to know” in the world of botany. Fast forward a few decades to the 1950s and GABA breaks onto the health science stage, identified as an integral part of nervous system activity, mainly acting as the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter.

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FEATURE

Three Keys to Building a Profitable Practice

If you’re like most chiropractors, you probably didn’t enter the profession for the money. You most likely got started because you were passionate about helping people and knew you wanted to make a difference in patients’ lives. So, when you first began your studies, you might not have been thinking much about how you would make this career path profitable.

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CLINICAL

Anatomy of Joint Pain

1. Gabriel SE, Febring RA: Trends in the utilization of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the United States, 1986-1990. J Clin Epidemiol45: 1041-1044, 1992 2. Anti-arthritic medication usage: 1991. Stat Bull 73:2534, 1992 3. Frost and Sullivan Market Intelligence:

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MARKETING

So You Built a Website... Now What?

Building a website isn’t usually at the top of the to-do list when opening a new practice. That comes after tackling more important issues, such as funding and staffing. Once those have been addressed, though, building a high-quality website for your practice should be one of your top priorities.

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CHIROPRACTIC AROUND THE WORLD

Texas Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty to $1M Insurance Fraud January 3, 2017A Gainesville, Texas, clinic owner has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and was ordered to repay $1 million after an investigation by the Texas Department of Insurance found that he billed for chiropractic services without having a licensed chiropractor on staff.

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