Tech Talk | Used correctly, a good EHR system will significantly increase office efficiency and reduce the use of paper. A decent system will eliminate the time wasted by staff looking for lost files or records stored incorrectly.
Practice Central | While bringing on an additional medical doctor or expanding current physician practice hours may seem like the logical choice, nonphysician practitioners, also called physician extenders (PEs), can provide a sound alternative.
Feature | Chiropractic care focuses on natural healing. Prescribing “medication” isn’t any different. Patients look to you to recommend the best products and formulations for their health—so stay up-to-date with current research on supplements.
Clinical Concerns | Laser therapy is a wonderful tool for people seeing a drug-free, noninvasive treatment option for musculoskeletal pain. But it is only as effective as the clinician using it. Pointing it at the wrong spot won’t get you far and having the correct diagnosis is crucial.
Coding Keys | For doctors of chiropractic, three common therapeutic procedure codes are identified by the edits when billed with chiropractic manipulative treatment (CMT) codes: 98940, 98941, and 98942. These procedure codes are 97112 neuromuscular re-education, 97124 massage therapy, and 97140 manual therapy.
Editor's Note | Researchers reported that of 6,068 chronic pain patients surveyed, an astonishing 47 percent reported using chiropractic care. In an era of dizzyingly high healthcare costs, it’s easy to see why patients grappling with chronic pain gravitate toward less-expensive and more conservative care first. If you have marketing savvy, you should clearly see the opportunity this presents.
Research Results | When a patient presents with a soft tissue-injury, you have several commonly used courses of action, namely, rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE) and electrodermal therapy. But too often, suffering patients are tempted to resort to conventional pain medications, which carry significant risks of side effects such as organ damage and addiction.