Practice Central Many providers view the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as an irritant they wish would disappear. Given the sheer volume of requirements placed on doctors, this sentiment is hard to deny. However, the HIPAA rules won’t vanish, so you may as well elevate your understanding of these standards. In the process you may discover that the rules for the workforce security standard (found at §164.308(a)(3)) are sensible and easy to implement.
Research Results Adolescence refers to the years between ages 13 and 19 and is considered the transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. The telltale transformations that occur can start during the preteen or “tween” years (ages 9 through 12), and last through the end of puberty (typically around age 15 for girls and 17 for boys); the physical, emotional and hormonal shifts can have parents scratching their heads, remarking that their child has “become someone else.”
Clinical Concerns There are two things that connect all health care professionals. First, they are in their respective professions to help improve patients’ quality of life through the alleviation and mitigation of pain. The second is that the skin is the entry point for doing so; this is how the story comes together. Pain is a billion-dollar market, and it’s snowballing into an even bigger problem. A quick Google search of the word “pain” yields over 900 million results.
Clinical Concerns Given the new information on the benefits of transcranial photobiostimulation, doctors of chiropractic have an opportunity to deliver cutting edge treatment for post-concussion syndromes, mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) treatment, and potentially many other brain disorders. However, there are several questions that must be answered regarding the knowledge base, steps, and preparation doctors should undertake to become competent in transcranial photobiostimulation therapy.
In Focus In early 2015, Chiropractic Economics reported on the merger of ChiroTouch and Future Health, two of the largest vendors of EHR systems for doctors of chiropractic. This merger was notable in that two major competitors in the software industry had chosen to combine forces. And in so doing, they were able to merge their technologies and offer a more robust EHR system, under the flagship ChiroTouch brand.