Serving Chiropractors and Their Patients

Home Page Supplement

New informational papers added to this site’s resources page, include the following articles:

  1. How to distinguish and create a “doctor’s lien” from a letter of protection.  (See outline G3.)
  2. Legal basis for recovering treatment charges in worker’s compensation proceedings. (See outline at I 2.)
  3. Legal concerns when providing nutritional counseling  (See Outline at H 1.)
  4. New Informed Consent law in Wisconsin  (See outline at F 6.)
  5. Use of Informed Consent with “Experimental” Therapies and Protocols  (See outline at F 7.)
  6. Distinguishing employees from independent contractors  (See outline at E 5.)
  7. Establishing PrePaid Treatment Plans  (See outline at F 1.)
  8. Applying late charges and finance charges  (See outline at F 10.)
  9. Examining Board’s new “matrix” for applying discipline in cases  (See outline at J 1.)
  10. Regular update to the list of unauthorized practices and procedures  (See outline at J 3.)

New forms added to the site’s http://chiropracticlaw.com/resources/forms/ ; include the following:

  1. Sample invoice for duplicating patient records  (See outline at C 8.)
  2. Sample language to be inserted in collection related letters  (See outline at D. 13)
  3. Authorization for assignment of patient’s  medical payments  benefits from insurer  (See outline at D 11.)
  4. Sample letter to adjuster to recover benefits owed to a patient under an insurance policy  (See outline at F 7.)
  5. Sample letter to adjuster to recover workers compensation payments owed a patient (See outline at G 1.)
  6. Cash payment plan with a patient (See outline at D 6.)

As always, all former articles and forms have been updated to reflect current legal and regulatory developments.  Users of the site are always welcome to submit ideas on other resource items which may be of value to the profession.  Just contact us athttp://chiropracticlaw.com/contact-us-2/

(Governor’s Proposed Budget’s Impact on Chiropractors)

The proposed executive budget bill is under consideration as Assembly Bill 64 and Senate Bill 30.  There are presently two notable aspects of the proposed budget which may affects the profession:

  • The various regulatory agencies would be permitted to assess an administrative forfeiture of up to $1,000  against members of the regulated profession who have been found to engage in regulatory violations which pose a serious risk to public health or safety. This amount can be assessed for each day of continued violation.  Presently, the regulatory boards can only impose disciplinary action and seek reimbursement for actual costs of enforcement.
  • There is proposed re-assignment and elimination of various regulatory boards within the State’s Department of Safety and Professional Services. One such change most likely to effect many offices involves the elimination of the current massage therapy credentialing board and placement of its responsibilities under a new “Medical Therapy Examining Board”.  This new Board would also take on the  responsibilities of the current credentialing boards which separately  regulate physical therapist, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.

Considerable time in involved in the entire state budget process and any concerns regarding these changes should be brought to the attention of your state legislators or professional organizations.