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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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Take a look at the latest blog entry reviewing the methods by which a chiropractor can obtain patient x-rays.   See the latest blog post HERE.

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Useful  News:

Passage of Federal Farm Bill Effects Chiropractors in Offering CBD Oil…Although the federal government recently passed a federal farm bill containing langage relating to the production of Hemp, questions still remain over the chiropractor’s ability to recommend and/or sell CBD oil to patients.  Many doctors in this state are still waiting for a “green light” from either of the state organizations on recomending this product to their patients.  An article from Dynamic Chiropractic discussing this uncertainty  is found HERE.

Bipartisan Bills Introduced to Expand Availability of Chiropractic to Military Members …  Bills have been introduced in both Houses of the federal legislature to expand access to chiropractic for military retirees, National Gaurd members, and Reservists.   Of particular interest, Wisconsin’s Senator Tammy Baldwin was the Democrat author of the bill in the Senate.  This legislation can be identified as Senate bill 30 and House of Representative bill 344.

New Inquiries at Patient “IME’s”  Should be Considered…  It is being reported by chiropractors around the state that during Independent Medical Examinations (“IME’s”), the reviewing doctor is now often asking the patient about the treating chiropractor’s billing practices and how the patient is paying for care.  The examiners are apparently interested in determining whether the patient is subject to lower than usual charges under a “wellness care” or non-acute treatment care plan.  This information is then  often reported back to the insurance defense attorney.  If a doctor learns that this type of questioning is occurring in the  IME, it is prudent to insure that the patient’s attorney is notified of this since this type of information on billing can be used adversely against the patient in litigation proceedings.

Looking Ahead to the New Year…  Dynamic Chiropractic has an interesting article on “What is Hot and What is Not” for trends in chiropractic in the New Year.  To examine what is projected for the prfession, look HERE.

Legislative Council  Study Committee on Direct Primary Care … A study committee of the State legislature has met twice this summer to review the emergence of “direct primary care” as a new healthcare delivery option.  The Committee is focusing on options for incorporation of direct primary care arrangements into the fee-for-service and managed care parts of the Medical Assistance (MA) program.  Although this approach to providing care has not yet been evaluated by the committee specifically for chiropractors, many healthcare experts are following developments with this committee since any legislation which may be proposed  in the future may have any impact upon this profession and others.

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 January 31st starting at 8:30 in the new State Office Building on the west side of Madison.   The Examining Board will hold an open meeting for public comment on proposed changes to Chir chapter 1,4, 10, and 11 addressing a broad spectrum of matters, including issues primarily relating to delegation to CT’s and CRT’s; as well as, those in Chir Chapter 9 dealing with rules on preceptorships.  The founding contributor of this website has already raised concerns with the Board about proposed changes with the definition of chiropractic found in Chir chapter 4.  Those concerns can be found in the blog article from October 2, 2018, found HERE.  This site continues to monitor activities of the Examining Board and the notices on the matters open for public hearing can be found HERE  (Chapter 1,4,10, and 11) and HERE. (Chapter 9) 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:

  •  Take a look at a new website, managed by a chiropractor, which focuses on providing scientific research literature directly relevant for chiropractors.   HERE
  • 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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