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Medicare
Medicare Mastery: Minimize Risk and Maximize Confidence When asked what’s the biggest thorn in the side of DCs, without question the most popular answer is Medicare…from every angle. They report that they don’t feel confident about what exactly needs to be done to stay on the right side of Medicare rules. It’s Medicare-Palooza to the rescue!
Compliance Basics
Scammers are at it again, and they’re using the OIG Hotline number to freak you out. The scamming callers represent themselves as employees of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and their caller ID is made to appear as if the call is coming from the OIG Hotline (1-800-HHS-TIPS).
Specialty Topics
Guidelines for the treatment of patients with low back pain The second largest physician group in the United States, the American College of Physicians (ACP), recently published guidelines for the treatment of patients with low back pain. ACP's guidelines, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, make a progression of recommendations, detailing an array of treatments that doctors should consider during a patient's particuar phase of treatment.
Specialty Topics
The risks to both patients and health care providers when internal body tissue is exposed to the powder include severe airway inflammation and hypersensitivity reactions.
Medicare
Chiropractors continue to make the same mistakes after a decade. For a decade, the government has been creating reports on how poorly chiropractor do when it comes to properly treating and documenting care for federally insured patients. A big part of the problem is the disconnect between the chiropractic way of managing healthcare and the allopathic way to manage healthcare. This disconnect includes misunderstandings about definitions of care, medical necessity, and most often a mistake about...
Medicare
Daily, 10,000 baby boomers enter the Medicare program. So, Medicare is increasing its focus on patient outcomes and reducing the obstacles that make it harder for physicians to practice good care.
Coding
Can you believe it has nearly been a year since our whole world shifted with the implementation of ICD-10 last October 1st? That means we are nearly through with our 1-year of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) being willing to ‘grade our use of ICD-10 codes on a curve.’
Compliance Basics
HIPAA compliance can help decrease your risk of ransomware attacks to your chiropractic practice. The FBI has reported an increase in ransomware attacks in healthcare facilities, and that means chiropractic practices, too. In response to this dramatically increased practice risk, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued new guidance for covered entities regarding ransomware attacks.
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In our effort to continuously improve our KMC University member services we have expanded our CEU offerings through a strategic partnership with ChiroCredit.com – the premier website to obtain Chiropractic Continuing Education for re-licensure.
Specialty Topics
Spurred by ACA president Anthony Hamm, the Chiropractic Summit Group has taken bold steps for DCs to receive full physician status by proposing the replacement of "subluxation language" in Medicare with different language in a new proposed law.
Coding
Some chiropractors still use 17 X 36 (Gonstead) films, which allow the doctor to view the full spine in a single X-ray. It’s important to know that the code for this kind of X-ray has been changed, affecting the deleted codes 72010, 72069, and 72090. In addition, there was a revision to code 72080. These changes became effective January 1, 2016.
Medicare
Video: Improving the Documentation of Chiropractic Services Is Published by CMS January 1, 2016 begins the first phase of the educational and training programs to be released by CMS, as required training was a part of the MACRA legislation. The Provider Compliance Group (PCG) at the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) developed an educational tool in the form of a public video, titled "Improving the Documentation of Chiropractic Services." 
Specialty Topics
This year kicked off with a big win for chiropractic in Ohio, where the state's Opiate Task Force worked toward and succeeded in listing chiropractic manipulation among recommended non-drug treatments for low back pain. The task force built upon a recently published study by the CCGPP that included a review of articles published between 2009 and 2014, panelists who had served on previous projects, and a team of DCs representing a broad sampling of jurisdictions and practice experience. Public...
Specialty Topics
Parker Seminars honored KMC University CEO and founder Kathy Mills Chang as its Person of the Year during Parker Las Vegas. The annual Las Vegas event is where Parker Seminars presents its prestigious Chiropractor, Chiropractic Assistant, and Student of the Year Awards. The chiropractic professionals are honored for the contributions to the advancement of the chiropractic profession and for having a tremendous positive impact on chiropractic wellness and patients worldwide.
Therapy and Active Care
You already know chiropractic manages pain and costs less than traditional medical treatments. Now, a new study from Switzerland has come along to prove it. The study, which took a look at people who supported spinal, shoulder, or hip pain, focused almost evenly on medical and chiropractic treatment. 403 participating patients saw a medical doctor for relief; 316 people saw a chiropractor. Four months after treatment, the patients were asked to fill out a survey reporting on their recovery:
Medicare
If you want to change from par to non-par (of vice versa), you only have until 12/31/15 to do so!
During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will work with thousands of doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to the overuse of prescription painkillers, with this year's theme #PainFreeNation.
Coding
Just because CMS has instituted an "advance payment" option should Medicare Part B contractors be unable to process ICD-10-coded claims on a timely basis doesn't mean other payers will follow suit! Call your payers now and get your reserve funds in place in preparation for delayed reimbursement!
Starting in 2016, Oregon Health Plan (OHP) will cover chiropractic treatment for patients with back pain for up to 30 visits. Will the state lead the way for others to add chiropractic care to covered treatment options?
Coding
While ICD-10 is almost here, you still have time to get ready. But you must get ready now.   
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