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What’s New At The Site:

Take a look at the latest blog entry relating to developing written  patient billing procedures so as to expedite payments to your office with certain types of patient cases.  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 in chiropractic issues.

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

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

Useful  News:

Third Annual ChiroKids Day… The Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin (“CSW”) is again promoting this event which will be held on October 26, 2017.  The CSW is encouraging all state chiropractors to “come together” to offer education on the values of pediatric chiropractic.   To obtain more information, contact www.healthywisconsin2020.com

Pending Legislation Proposed by both  State Organizations...  Both of the state’s professional organizations have pending legislative initiatives which did not become law during the budgetary approval process and remain open for consideration during the current biannual legislative session.  The CSW has legislation( HERE)  would allow it to provide continuing education (“CE”) without needing to have a separate program sponsor.  This legislation was the subject of a hearing before a Senate Committee on April, 25, 2017.  The WCA filed a written objection to the legislation, without speaking at the hearing, since current law only allows the WCA and certain accredited colleges the right to exclusively sponsor CE.  Having CE sponsorship has a financial impact upon both organizations.  Opposition is expected since the WCA has been losing substantial income since the CSW was formed five years ago.    Meanwhile, the WCA  announced legislation which was the subject of a public hearing (HERE) before the Assembly Health Committee and has an ongoing initiative relating to chiropractors ability to prescribe over the counter medication.  A review of this legislation is available at this website’s blog page.   Viewers of this website will continue to receive updates on developments with legislative initiatives by both organizations.

New Member of  the Chiropractic Examining Board …  The Board’s website indicates that Dr. Bryan Gerondale has been appointed by the Governor to fill a seat on the Board for a term lasting through July 1, 2021.  He is an experienced chiropractor from the Milwaukee area with an office in Glendale (Phone number 414/332-0859).  The Governor has recently indicated that he will accept a recommendation from the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin, given its growing influence,  to fill  another vacant seat on that Board for a licensed chiropractor.

Attorneys May be Exempt from Fees for Patient Records…  In a case decided in early May, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that attorneys requesting patient records on behalf of clients are exempt from certification and retrieval fees imposed by WI statutes s. 146.81(5).    As such, doctor’s offices should be prepared for denials from attorneys to these types of fees. Duplication charges can still be presented under this statute except in those situations involving electronic requests for records.

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. 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 November 29, 2017 starting at 8:30 in room 121A of the State Office Building on East Washington Avenue in Madison.   Since minutes are only released days before the hearing, it is uncertain what major topics will be presented at that meeting.  Upon release, the agenda can be found HERE.  During its last meeting on August 3, 2017, 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:

  • 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    

John Church, D.C. – Vice Chair

Bryan Gerondale, D.C.

Jacob Curtis

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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