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Why A _ _ _ a May Be Dangerous to Your Chiropractic Practice

As many of you loyal blog readers over the years have come to realize, I have an unusual pastime of watching the activities of insurance payers and reporting on their shenanigans to the chiropractic community.  In performing some of my recent watchdog rounds, I stumbled upon a video blurb (3 minutes) from the CEO of Aetna who was seriously slopping on some …

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Medicare Auditor’s Reveal 2 Biggest EHR Weaknesses That May Lead to “Fraud”

Buried amidst a flurry of OIG recommendations, targets and auditing hoopla are two gems that can help us as chiropractors reduce the possibility of EHR-induced documentation problems.  The news is riddled with stories about the cost of health care “fraud” (current guestimates put this between $75 billion and $250 billion) and are starting to spook even the most jaded of …

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Chiropractic Targeted in OIG’s 2014 Audit Plan

Each year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) publishes their yearly “work plan” which summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that OIG plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and operations during the current fiscal year (FY) and beyond.  In plain English, the OIG Work Plan shows the latest targets that auditors will focus on with respect to …

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Eliminating the Auditor’s “Ace in the Hole” & Improving Chiropractic Compliance

Truthfully, most chiropractic billing experts would agree it’s a bit sneaky. But it is technically “by the books” so you can’t fault payers like Medicare or other commercial payers for going to their auditing “ace in the hole” when necessary. When I first read of payers using this audit trap, I admit that I thought that it was a blatant …

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Chiropractic Documentation: What Exactly are Objective Measures?

[leadplayer_vid id=”5357E2B0C7A96″] The denial is plain in black and white, but you still don’t understand it.  The payer states that the service is denied (or that you must pay it back) because your documentation lacks “objectively measurable” goals. You are befuddled.  To you, the patient’s progress can easily be seen. And you documented that. So what exactly are these “objective measures” …

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Simple Strategies to Avoid Trouble with Chiropractic Tx Goals, PRN & Maintenance Care

Many chiropractors dangerously dance right into the grey area with respect to treatment goals between medically necessary care, maintenance care and PRN care. Unfortunately, every payer requires a treatment plan and without one, your claims could be deemed maintenance. Worse, depending on your office procedures, your fee policies on “cash” or “time of service” patients who may be receiving maintenance or PRN …

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Good News About Aetna’s Policy on Chiropractic & Manual Therapy (Maybe)

[leadplayer_vid id=”5357E43A6B39A”] Over the past several months, I’ve written about Aetna’s medical policy decision to deny payment for Manual Therapy (97140) and your chiropractic adjustments (98940-42) when performed on the same day – (see Aetna Denials for Manual Therapy, Part 1 and Part 2) This policy, which began rolling out late in 2012 and went into full effect nationally on …

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What Chiropractic EHR System Do I Recommend and Why?

One of the most common questions that I get in my billing, coding & documentation seminars, via my blog, and from my consulting clients is this: what EHR do you recommend? Let’s first establish a few very important points: Consider These Things FIRST in Your Decision Making Process 1) WHEN, Not If.  In my opinion, moving to EMR is a decision …

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Small Chiropractic Documentation Errors That Lead to Big Problems

With auditors examining our every move, many chiropractors are growing increasingly concerned about the state of their documentation.  Here’s the really bad news: as a Certified Professional Auditor and Professional Coder myself, I have reviewed countless chiropractic records and many DCs have good reason to worry. Here’s the good news: this article will teach you how to avoid surprisingly common …

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Avoiding Chiropractic Documentation Slop & the Slap That Follows (Part 8 of 13 Things Series)

Despite all the warnings, ranting, raving and rumors about audits, there is still a lot of — for lack of a better term — chiropractic  documentation “slop” out there. I use the term “slop” as opposed to “sloppiness” because I am not simply referring to messy or illegible handwriting on chiropractor’s notes, although there is definitely plenty of that to …

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