May 1, 2015

Memo

From the Director's Desk

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What's Hot

FEATURE

The “Short List” of ICD-10 Codes for Chiropractors

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Memo

From the Director's Desk

Is this it? Is this the year that the ICD 10 insurance coding requirements will begin to take effect? Last year the implementation was delayed, so that all the players were capable of handling the new reporting style. Fortunately, if they do begin to be required, there are experts that have already identified some of the more likely codes that will be applicable to chiropractors.

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What's Hot

What's Hot

Medical weight loss method Ideal Protein has announced a powerful new approach to help dieters maintain the long-term weight loss critical to addressing obesity and associated risk factors like metabolic syndrome. The Ideal Lifestyle Approach to Maintenance is an evidence-based, two-tiered approach with a structured 12 month stabilization period for dieters, followed by maintenance that incorporates a meal replacement plan for long-term use, individualized coaching and customized lifestyle guidance tools, without which dieters often struggle to maintain weight loss.

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FEATURE

The “Short List” of ICD-10 Codes for Chiropractors

No one will know which ICD-10 codes will be used commonly by chiropractors until the code set has been in place for a while and ICD-9 codes are in the rearview mirror once and for all. In the meantime, though, educated guesses can be made using the same resource that payers have in front of them: the Tabular List in the ICD-10-CM code set.

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DOCUMENTATION

How Not to Get Some Zs

ZPIC audits, that is. Recently, a client came to us because they were hit by a Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) audit. The practice is a large, multidisciplinary business with multiple practitioners. Since it is located in an area popular with retirees, about 75% of the practice’s patients are on Medicare.

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TECHNIQUE

Treating Traumatic Injuries with Precision and Caution

Despite all of the warnings, regulations, and safety precautions, traffic collisions are still a leading cause of pain, injury, and suffering across the country. In fact, The National Safety Council estimates that, in 2013, motor vehicle accidents resulted in the deaths of more than 32,000 Americans and another 3.8 million injuries.

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TECHNOLOGY

Patient Expectations and the Modern Practice

Tom wakes up early in the morning to music streaming from his favorite music app on his iPad. The coffeemaker downstairs, which is connected to his iPad, knows Tom didn’t hit snooze and begins brewing his cup. Tom gets dressed and dons his Apple Watch, which will send that same music to his Bluetooth wireless headphones.

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FEATURE

The Chiropractor as the 1st Referral Option

TO DIRECTLY ADDRESS THE QUESTION, “Is BEING THE FIRST REFERRAL OPTION FOR SPINE PUSHING THE CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION TO BEING SOLELY BACK PAIN DOCTORS?”, THE ANSWER IS BOTH A RESOUNDING “YES” AND A “HECK NO.” IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2015, WE AUTHORED ARTICLES TITLED, “CHIROPRACTIC IS THE PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER FOR SPINE” AND “CHIROPRACTIC VS. PRIMARY MEDICAL CARE: WHO IS BEST AND SAFER FOR PRIMARY SPINE CARE?”

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FEATURE

People Need a Signal to Get Care

It’s easy to get people to understand the importance of chiropractic care when they have obvious cues or problems, such as pain or other pressing symptomatic issues that could include headaches, radicular pain, joint pain, ear infections, asthmatic problems, etc.

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Rehabilitation

Proper Treatment of Shin Splints Can Be a Game Changer

Running, soccer, football, field hockey, lacrosse. These are all high-impact sports that involve running and often result in “shin splints.”

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TECHNIQUE

Sacro Occipital Technique Research Updates Fifth Edition

This is the fifth in a series of articles that will share various concepts of research with doctors in clinical practice. This one relates to chiropractic and dental interdisciplinary care as it relates to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).

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