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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 by David Michel discussing how a doctor can address situations where a patient or their attorney requests that other insurance coverage be used instead of medical payments coverage.    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 addressing the issue of how to properly discontinue patient care; both when it is mandatory or required by law and when it is voluntary or needs to be done in the best interests of the doctor’s practice.    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 Prepare for Annual Fall Conventions …   The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (“WCA”) will hold its convention in Wisconsin Dells on September 27-30 and the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin (“CSW”) will hold its”Wellness Summit” in the same city on October 5-7 .  As with previous years, both organizations will hold their respective events at the Kalahari Resort.  The CSW plans to announce a major event speaker for its main luncheon.  Further details on these events can be found at the respective websites of both organizations.

Important Upcoming Events …  The ICA will hold its International Vertebral Subluxation Summit on July 27-28 in Overland Park, Kansas.  Locally, the WCA will hold a webinar on the new Centers for Medicare – Medicaid (CMS) guidelines on July 25.  Information on both events can be obtained from these organizations’ websites.

Examining Board Regulatory Changes Effective this Summer … Examining Board changes to chapters 1, 3, 10, and 11 of the Administrative Code will be effective in August and September of this year. The most significant changes are found in Chapter 10 dealing with delegation to CT’s and CRT’s.  See those changes HERE.

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.  The court decision will impact the amount which a doctor can charge for the paper duplication of patient records.   Several RESOURCE items at this website addresses the duplication fees; particularly this article, found HERE.

A Recent Issue of Dynamic Chiropractic Addresses Key Issues …   The July issues of the e-newsletter discusses several issues relevant to the profession, including ways to terminate insurance payment, new opportunities for D.C.’s, the FDA’s position on regenerative therapies, and workplace wellness programs.

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

New Supreme Court Nominee …  An attorney commented on the potential implications upon health care law by President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.  See HERE

Examining Board Activities:

The next meeting of the Chiropractic Examining Board will be held on August 30, 2018 starting at 8:30 in room 121A of the State Office Building on East Washington Avenue in Madison.   The last meeting was held on June 28 during which the Board continued its ongoing review of proposed updates to the Administrative Code.  It is interesting to note that a number of significant changes are proposed with regard to Chapter 4 of the Code  dealing with both the definition of “chiropractic science” and the “practice” of chiropractic.  As it relates to the “science” definition, the Board intends to shorten the current definition and completely delete the reference to the “practice” provisions.  The Board also considered establishing a new system within the regulatory department (“DPCP”) requiring employers to verify a doctor’s employment through a form provided by the Department.  At the present time, the Department does not have the ability to verify a doctor’s employment for licensure purposes.   The Examining Board is now composed of two new members whose names are listed in the middle of this page.  The Board also reviewed possible disciplinary matters during its closed session.   The latest minutes from meetings and agenda for the upcoming meeting can be found HERE.  Those connected with this site will receive advanced notice and insightful commentary of the Board’s agenda and pending actions.      

“Tips” For Now:

  • Sign up for Medline Plus through the National Institutes of Health to obtain the latest research articles. HERE
  • 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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