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Welcome To Chiropractic Law

Welcome to the premier website for chiropractors which provides vital information, unites creative minds, and empowers the profession.

We are very happy that you took the time to visit the leading website for chiropractors which:

  • Monitors significant court decisions, legislative developments, and regulatory actions
  • Answers your practice related concerns directly and through useful resources and other forms
  • Provides useful links, tips, and other information to connect with developments affecting the profession

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What’s New At The Site:

Take a look at the latest blog entry discussing how a doctor can respond in situations where a patient threatens to harm themselves or others.  See the latest blog post HERE.

Pose a question directly to our contributors at AskCL .  This is a first in the State where your own concerns can be addressed by one of our knowledgeable contributors, including attorneys who are experienced with chiropractic issues.

A  new and updated item has been added to  our resources  page.  The focus of our newest resource item is a  WHITE PAPER broadly addressing the issue of how to legally address the important issue of fee splitting.  Click here for a complete summary of our new or updated resources …read more

Make a referral of a patient and access information on injury cases at patient information

Useful  News:

Both state Organizations Achieve Legislative Victories in April…  During this most recent biennial legislative session, both the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) and the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin (CSW) supported legislation which was signed by the Governor in April.  With regard to the WCA’s sponsorship of Assembly Bill 260, which addressed a number of chiropractic requests, was favored by both state organizations.  The bill approved by the Governor allows (1.) doctors to perform truck driver physical examinations, (2) allows doctors to delegate specified services to certain licensed health care professionals, (3) clarifies the doctors use of cold laser for therapy, and (4) confirms that doctors who are also licensed at acupuncturists can practice out of the same office.  On this last point, contributors at this site and others have provided information for years confirming the legal right of chiropractors, who are also licensed acupuncturists, to practice in the same office despite contrary advise from the WCA.  The dry needling changes and provisions allowing WIAA physicals by chiropractors  was rejected by the Assembly in response to opposition from the CSW and other health care professionals.  With regard to the CSW, they successfully sponsored legislation which reduced the scores which must be achieved on the NBCE in order to obtain a passing grade for liscensure in this state.  The WCA was officially “neutral” on the bill; even though it has advocated for years for higher NBCE test scores.

Supreme Court Case Exempts Patients’ Attorneys from certain duplication Charges …  In May, the Wisconsin Supreme Court handed down a decision in Moya v. Aurora Healthcare Inc. that attorneys of injured patient’s with an appropriate authorization signed by the patient/client is exempt from duplication fees referenced in Wis. Stats. section 146.83(3f).  This would eliminate the ability to charge for the “certification cost” and “retrieval fee”.  The attorney can still apparently be charged for the per page duplication cost on medical records requests.

A Recent Issue of Dynamic Chiropractic Addresses Key Issues …   The April issues of the e-newsletter discusses several issues relevant to the profession, including stem cell services, corporate chiropractic, laser therapies, use of apps for patient services, and proposed changes to the ACA.

Opioid Abuse Issue... The Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin is taking an active role in the ongoing public discussion over  opioid prescription abuses and efforts of law enforcement to curb those abuses.  This year’s initiative is called “Chiropractic First” and is set to launch state-wide in late May.  Additional information can be found at the CSW website.  The CSW announced that it formally joined or became a sponsor of the A.G.’s Dose of Reality Project providing vital information to the public on this societal problem. The CSW also launched a dedicated website and appeal for action on the matter through a heartfelt video describing the devastating personal effects of the opioid epidemic.  To view this poignant video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9W8cpe6sVw&feature=youtu.be  The CSW’s new website on the matter is www.avoidopioids.com         

Examining Board Activities:

The next meeting of the Chiropractic Examining Board will be held on June 28 starting at 8:30 in room 121A of the State Office Building on East Washington Avenue in Madison.   The last meeting was held in early April and the Board, now composed of two new members, spent much of the meeting electing members to positions and establishing liaisons to various committees of the Board.  The Board also reviewed possible disciplinary matters.  During its last meeting, the Board continued its review of conflicting and outdated language in chapters 2 (Examinations), 4 (Practice), 6 (Standards of Conduct), and 9( (Preceptorships) of the Administrative Code.  Time was also spent discussing prospective changes to the continuing education approval process.  The Board is contemplating a system in which an outside entity will both approve and validate doctor attendance at continuing education courses.  The use of an outside agency, such as PACE, is intended to reduce administrative time of the Board and costs for the State.

The Board is also finalizing discussions on legislative changes to Chapter 10 dealing with delegation to CT’s and CRT’s which has been a continuing discussion item of the Board for nearly a year.   In recent meetings, the Board has now established a broad definition of ” physiotherapy treatment” and specifically described it as something which can be delegated only to a CT with properly verified training exclusively determined by the doctor.  The recent changes also note that the CT can perform preliminary patient histories with the chiropractor exercising “direct supervision” of the CT performing a delegated service.  All proposed changes are before the State’s clearinghouse under rule 17-010 for review as to legislative accuracy.  Those connected with this site will receive advanced notice and insightful commentary of the Board’s agenda and pending actions.      

“Tips” For Now:

  • Take a look at the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ new website launched in April 2018.  See HERE.   
  • Article from the Wisconsin state bar addressing factors to consider with the succession of estates and businesses.  See HERE
  • Chiropractic Business Academy offered a variety of useful resources at the beginning of this new year which may be of interest in expanding the scope of patient services.  Visit HERE. for more information.
  • Information on proper encryption techniques used in a variety of formats can be found HERE
  • Notices of  Wisconsin legislative events and activities can be found by subscribing tot http:Notify.legis.state.wi.us
  • A new tool from the CMS for use by practitioners on the application of MACRA can be found at  www.qpp.cms.gov     
  • The ICA is offering a new service for doctors known as the “Leadership Line”.  This is a free, internet forum where doctors can connect with leaders in the profession to listen in on a variety of topics of interest to the profession. Information available at www.chiropractic.org.  Information can also be obtained by calling 916/729-5432.
  • Patients can now access reputable sites which seek to compare medical and dental costs.  Such sites include:  HelathcareBlueBook.com, NewChoiceHealth.com, and FairHealthConsumer.org.  
  • Doctors may want to take a look at a new example of internet health streaming offered by an organization found at www.healthdialogue.com  This group offers a personal health portal for patients on health and wellness information.
  • Foundation For Chiropractic Progress is offering an “Opioid Toolkit” with research and information for chiropractors on this issue.  See: http://www.f4cp.com/resources/tool-kit/f4cp_opioids_toolkit.pdf
  • It may be worth making http://www.drugwatch.com a resource reference or “favorite” within your computer or lap top for quick access.  This site provides updates on the side effects of prescription and other over the counter medications; as well as, a list of medical device recalls.

 

Connections To …

Wisconsin State Legislature

Chiropractic Examining Board

Patricia Schumacher, D.C. – Chair    

Jeffrey  King, D.C. – Vice Chair

Bryan Gerondale, D.C.

Scott Bautch, D.C.

Juli McNeely

Wisconsin Chiropractic Association

521 E. Washington Avenue

Madison, WI 53703

Executive Director- John Murray

(P) 608/256-7023

Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin

2 E. Mifflin Street Suite 600

Madison, WI 53703

Executive Director – Steven Conway, D.C.

(P) 608/252-9338

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