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What’s New At The Site:

Take a look at the latest blog entry relating to major implications of the workers compensation law for the profession.  See blog posts at: http://chiropracticlaw.com/blog-2/

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New and updated items to our resources .  The focus of these new resources is on techniques to generate more practice income and collect from those patients who may be behind on payments.  To see our complete list of new or updated resources …read more

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Useful  News:

Regulatory Alert … the Examining Board has adopted new regulations on the education and delegation to CT’s and CRT’s.  The proposed rule changes to Chapters 4 and 10 of the administrative code are referenced as CR17-010 and the text of the proposed regulation can be found HERE.  A public hearing is scheduled on March 30, 2017 at the State Office Building located at 1400 E. Washington Avenue, Room 121A in Madison.  Information on submitting comments and appearances at the hearing is found HERE.

The “Good” and “Bad” News from around the country … There has been conflicting  news from two states highlighting both positive and negative developments for the profession. Arguably, the good news comes from New Mexico where that state’s Senate Public Affairs Committee voted to table a bill introduced in late January to establish a new category of “Advanced Practice Chiropractor” authorized to “…prescribe, administer, inject, and dispense certain drugs”.  For more details, Read Here.  From the “bad” perspective of the news, there is legislation circulating in Texas which seeks to limit the scope of chiropractic services.  For more details on that state’s affairs, Read Here.

Significant Decision on PHI … In a recent court decision, the Wisconsin courts addressed a complaint of a patient that employees of the Gundersen Health System had released PHI  and not cooperated in his requests for access to the PHI.  The Court found that there was not breach of the statute dealing with PHI (Wis. stats. s 146.82) when the information is not disclosed to anyone outside of the organization and that employees of the same facility can share PHI within the same facility.  More information on the decision can be obtained by contacting the site’s administrator.

Impact of the Governor’s Proposed Budget …On February 8, 2017, Governor Walker unveiled the 2017-19 biannual budget proposal.  At this time, there appears to be only a minor impact on the profession.  Read more HERE.

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.  At it’s annual convention in the Wisconsin Dells on October 21st, the CSW had a keynote speaker from the Attorney General’s office speak about the scope of the problem and steps to address the situation.  On November 10th, 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 opiod 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

Proposed “PSCP” …   The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (“WCA”) intends to try again this legislative period to obtain a law which will dramatically expand the scope of chiropractic to include a new professional designation known as a “Primary Spine Care Practitioner”  (PSCS) who would have the authority to prescribe medication and administer anesthesia under medical supervision.  The Board of Directors of the WCA  again recently approved a resolution to move ahead with this agenda during the 2017-18 legislative biennial period. It is widely anticipated that the WCA may seek to have the legislation approved by connecting it to the budget bill rather than as “stand alone” legislation.  If the proposed legislation is not approved, it is contemplated that the WCA may opt for some regulations or law which permits chiropractors to “prescribe” over the counter medication.

During the last legislative period, the WCA advocated for legislative bills which saw very little progress in the State.  In fact, the only public hearing held on the legislation provided an opportunity for both sides of the issue to firmly “square off” over the new concept. (See our blog on the hearing at: The “real” implications of that initial  testimony is summarized in a new blog entry.)  The Senate informational hearing was held  on May 24,2016 and speakers were invited to provide general information on the bill.  The hearing was recorded and the video of the hearing which lasted about two hours is available here.  Members of this site will receive updates on developments and a list of the critical legislators making decisions on this important matter. 

Examining Board Activities:

The most recent meeting of the Board was held on January 26, 2017. The complete agenda can be found HERE.  There were two major regulatory matters which will be addressed at the meeting.  First, the Board will continue to discuss changes to CHIR Chapters 4 and 10 of the Administrative Code dealing with the course of study for CT’s and CRT’s; and the nature of delegation to these individuals.  Second, the Board will approve action to review other sections of the code which they believe need to be updated  to avoid confusion or conform to current practices.  Interestingly, these sections involve prohibited conduct (Chapter 4), continuing education (chapter 5), advertising (chapter 6), and  nutritional advocacy (chapter 12).  Progress on this second issue will take time and more details will follow.

During its last meeting on December 1, 2016, the Chiropractic Examining Board again spent a good deal of time discussing a proposed rule dealing with the: (1) basic credit hours of training required for CT’s and CRT’s. and (2) the ability and nature of patient care delegation by doctors.  This has been a continuing discussion of the Board for nearly a year to revise two chapters of the Administrative code, CHIR 4 and 10.  To understand the current state of discussions, Read More Here.    Here you can see the last draft of the:  Proposed Order 12/1/16 meeting.  Those connected with this site will receive advanced notice and insightful commentary of the Board’s agenda and pending actions. The next meeting of the Board will be held on     

“Tips” For Now:

  • 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.
  • 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    

John Church, D.C. – Vice Chair

Jeffrey Mackey, D.C.

Kelly Brown

Juli McNeely

Jeffrey King, D.C.

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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