You have continued to adapt to new challenges facing your practice following drastic changes to the healthcare market in recent years. And now it is finally paying off. If you’ve talked to anyone in the chiropractic space over the last few years, it is manifest that many DCs have struggled to adapt to the changes in the healthcare field. With the introduction of a new coding regime (namely, ICD-10), and the overall shift in healthcare to a value- based approach, going into practice may seem daunting.
Practice Central Often, a patient steps into a chiropractic center feeling at their worst, and wondering how a care plan can benefit their specific health issue. They’ve exhausted all options and have yet to find relief in allopathic medicine. They’re downtrodden and defeated, and they have little faith that their issue can or will ever be resolved. For chiropractors and their staff, watching patients make gradual strides to better overall health through chiropractic care is highly gratifying, and perhaps the most rewarding aspect of a career.
Tech Talk Used by celebrities and athletes for generations, cryotherapy is gaining popularity as a post-workout necessity. What is cryotherapy? By definition, it involves single or repeated exposures to extremely cold dry air below minus 148 degrees F (-100 C) in a specialized chamber for two to four minutes per exposure. It was developed in Japan in 1978 as a treatment for arthritis, but more recently has been embraced by professional sports teams, celebrities, and the overall health-conscious market.
Practice Central Does this sound familiar? A new patient pulls up to your clinic in a late model, high end European sedan. It’s the middle of winter, but the gentleman is sporting a tan and tells you that he hurt his back sleeping on a hotel bed during a Caribbean vacation, from which he’s just returned. You perform a stellar examination, order some X-rays, and deliver a reasonable care plan that should get your patient back to boot camp with his personal trainer in short order. Now the time comes to conduct the financial side of the conversation.
Technique Speak Since the days of Ponce De León, people have been searching for the Fountain of Youth, as well as the cure to back pain. The cost of this pain was made clearer with Newsweek magazine’s article, “The Price of Back Pain,” which stated: “Despite a growing array of sophisticated drugs, diagnostics, physical therapies, and surgical techniques, the millions of Americans battling back pain may not be any closer to getting that quick relief than they were 20 years ago.”
Clinical Concerns Over the course of my chiropractic practice, I've seen patients present with skin problems such as rashes, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. For many years, I didn’t have any answers or treatments for them. However, once I started focusing on nutrition with my patients, many of their skin conditions cleared up as their bodies healed of other ailments.
Personal Growth Patient care. ICD-10 coding. Insurance billing. Marketing. Repaying student loans. Staff management. Equipment maintenance. Meetings. Electronic health record documentation. HIPAA compliance. Paying taxes. Continuing education. With all these tasks plus the demands of a household, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and isolated. It can sometimes seems like you’re expending every ounce of energy just to keep your head above water. If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
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