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What’s New At The Site:

Take a look at the latest blog entry relating to proposed legislation permitting chiropractors to advise on the use of “over the counter” medications.  See the latest blog post HERE.

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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:

WCA Seeks Budget Amendment Allowing Chiropractors to Treat with OTC Medications … The  WCA is attempting to use  the budget negotiating process of the Joint Finance Committee to introduce an amendment allowing chiropractors to treat patients with over the counter medications.  The CSW is aggressively opposing the change and it has not been approved by the Finance Committee.  This is a unique legislative process in which no formal public hearing is required on legislative initiatives.

New Legislation Proposed by both  State Organizations...  Both of the state’s professional organizations have proposed new legislative initiatives.  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.  The CSW legislation is filed as SB78 and AB126.  Meanwhile, the WCA  announced legislation which was the subject of a public hearing (HERE) before the Assembly Health Committee.  There are aspects of this legislation  (HERE) which the CSW is likely to question; if not outright oppose. A review of this legislation is available at this website’s blog page.  The WCA legislation is filed as AB 260.  Neither legislative initiative has moved forward for  a vote in either of the State houses.

New Legislation on Self Reporting and Registration ... A new bill has been introduced in the Assembly which would allow professionals regulated through the Department of Safety and Professional Services to self report compliance with continuing education and proceed to self register for license or certification.  See Bill HERE.  This legislation is likely to impact the chiropractic profession.

New Guidelines on new medicare cards …   Medicare patients will soon not be using their social security numbers for Medicare identification purposes.  As such, the CMS has issued its first set of guidelines on how providers can utilize these new cards containing the “MBI” or medicare beneficiary identifiers.  See the Guidelines HERE.

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.  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.  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 next meeting of the Chiropractic Examining Board will be held on   Since minutes are only released days before the hearing, it is uncertain what major topics will be reised at that meeting.  Upon release, the agenda can be found HERE. During its last meeting, the Board reviewed comments from a  public hearing on it’s proposed draft of  Chapter 4  of the Administrative Code dealing with the course of study for CT’s and CRT’s; and the nature of delegation to these individuals.    This has been a continuing discussion item of the Board for nearly a year.    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

Jeffrey Mackey, 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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