Money Management Doctors of chiropractic use the term subluxation to depict the altered position of a vertebra and subsequent functional loss that determines the location to perform a spinal adjustment. For most chiropractors, when it comes to the subject of taxes, financial subluxations are the lack of effective tax planning. This, in turn, creates financial loss and pain.
Practice Central In 2016, there were nearly 3,000 cases of injuries or illnesses in chiropractors’ and other health practitioners’ offices, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Work-related injuries or illnesses can be detrimental to a chiropractic practice. Not only can they reduce productivity and hurt employee morale but they can also lead to out-of-pocket expenses and potentially higher workers’ compensation insurance premiums.
Clinical Concerns Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is helping thousands of patients manage their pain every day. For chiropractors, this moment is simply too intriguing to pass unnoticed. CBD offers the promise of real, long-lasting and comprehensive relief. And it is remarkably safe. It has no side effects, is non-habit-forming, has no known drug interactions, is extremely well tolerated, and is non-invasive.
Practice Central There is a song by the rock band Queen titled, “You’re My Best Friend.” It was on the radio the other day, and it got me thinking about chiropractors and their No. 1 asset: chiropractic assistants. What you typically find is that among the issues of time, money, systems, processes and talent, the best resource for any chiropractic practice is the use of an assistant. The chiropractic assistant (CA) can aid in the establishment of processes and systems as well as help create the patterns necessary to grow a practice.
Legal Ease The great courtroom dramas in movies and on television are both captivating and inspiring. The most riveting scenes are filled with heart-stopping suspense and excitement, and usually involve cross-examination. It’s the lifeblood of a trial where no fact or assertion on direct examination is deemed settled until it has successfully weathered a cross-examination.
Money Management The formation of pass-through entities, such as partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), S corporations and sole proprietorships, have long been extremely popular with chiropractors and their practices. In fact, one form of pass-through entity, the S corporation, is currently the most-used business entity. Limited liability companies (LLCs), however, are coming on strong and are the pass-through most frequently chosen today.
Personal Growth Each day, you’re asked to make choices with your time. Every moment is a reflection of those choices. Do you choose to spend that 15-minute break between patients finishing your reports, or do you spend it on Facebook? Do you take the time to create an employee manual to clarify your expectations, or do you spend time correcting unwanted behaviors and grumbling at your staff?
Feature It’s an ordinary work day, and you’re walking into your practice ready to review the day’s schedule and start seeing patients. But something is different: Your front desk staff and your CA are huddled in front of a computer, talking quietly, tense and nervous. As you enter, they look at you with ashen faces. Your practice has been hacked. How likely is this to happen?
Practice Central The chiropractic profession has been undergoing a revolution of sorts over the past decade. Many have suffered the effects of managed health care and the Affordable Care Act, two developments that have been widely frustrating. That said, new opportunities have also presented themselves. One major opportunity that arose is related to Department of Transportation physical exams.
Marketing Matters Back in the day, maybe five years ago or even before, having a practice website meant that you were not only keeping up but you “got” the importance of having an online presence. Is that all it takes in 2018 when just about every chiropractor has a website? No, not any more.Having a website is merely the beginning—if you’re serious about getting new patients from the internet.
Research Results It was chiropractic’s progenitor D.D. Palmer who set the table for the profession by singling out the nervous system as the Holy Grail of what health care practitioners should be addressing in managing their patients. Palmer declared that: “Life is the expression of tone. In that sentence is the basic principle of chiropractic. Tone is the normal degree of nerve tension...."
Tech Talk While best-practices exist for the use of Wi-Fi connections, there are no guarantees of absolute security. Your duty, therefore, is not to achieve 100-percent security (this is impossible) but rather to assess and reduce risk to a level you consider acceptable. To begin, you must first understand the inherent vulnerabilities of Wi-Fi networks.
Student DC I remember not long after enrolling in chiropractic school, and well before graduation, realizing that chiropractors don’t have a safety net. I have come to see now, after 14 years in practice and coaching and speaking to hundreds of chiropractors, that this lack of a back-up plan is one of our biggest challenges. First of all, doctors have always been an entrepreneurial bunch. That includes MDs, DCs, DOs, and DPMs.
Personal Growth Back in the days when the land was ruled by tribes and hunters, there were no Dale Carnegie courses offered for improving one’s public-speaking strategies. There were no Toastmasters clubs. There were chiefs, and they inspired, motivated, led and presented to their tribes. Dale Carnegie methods help leaders do the same in modern-day settings and many people believe they are the preeminent brand of public speaking training.