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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
By Ramon G. McLeod, Editor-in-Chief
Will Green, the owner and founder of the International Massage Association (IMA), a business that was once a major insurer for the massage therapy community, said in an interview that depression was behind his failure to pay for more than $600,000 in insurance premium payments, an action that has effectively destroy the business.
During the wide-ranging interview, Green reiterated a number of statements he had made in an e-mail he sent to the association's members that followed the original Massage Today story ("What Became of IMA", August 2010) that went online on July 19. In the e-mail, sent to members on July 21, he told members that he "began to sabotage" the association last year. IMA will go out of business formally at the end of this year, he said.
In the interview and the e-mail, Green said he became deeply depressed last year after he learned from federal agents that insurance brokers he worked with in the early part of this decade were under investigation for insurance fraud.
Green, in the interview, was asked directly why he stopped paying Markel Insurance the premiums owed them for at least six months, he said, "I don't know why, was it right or was it wrong? It was wrong," he said.
"I wasn't acting like me for six or eight months.
"Do I have answers why? No...Am I embarrassed, absolutely," he said.
Green also said he has paid the insurer two months of owed premiums for 2009-2010. And that he plans to pay three more months with the proceeds of the sale of his $2 million building in Warrenton, Va., IMA's headquarters. He said he hoped the sale would be finalized in a few weeks.
He said, in his original e-mail, that when he began to repay the insurance company, "My only option was to terminate our staff of 18 people and do the best I could to sell off assets and pay off my debt. I owe the money!"
He said he sold off vehicles, investments, business equipment and buildings to get the cash and make payments. He said that Markel continued to cover IMA members through the no-payment period and remain covered by their existing policies. "Everyone is covered at this point."
Asked what happened to the $600,000 he did not pay, and is now attempting to repay, Green said, "I spent some on payroll, it was used in the businesses...it got eaten up in costs."
Green has said several times that the fraud case was the trigger for depression and failure to pay premiums. That case involved Rodney R. Ayer, former president of Phoenix Underwriting Managers Inc. of New Jersey, who pleaded guilty to insurance fraud on July 2.
Ayer, and an unnamed company, only referred to as "Insurance Broker A-1" worked with two massage associations, IMA and Hands-On Trade Association, according to federal documents.
Bret VanLeeuven, owner of Green's former long-time insurance brokerage firm, Utah-based Stratus Insurance, Inc. insisted in an interview that his company, which works with massage associations, was not the "Insurance Broker A-1" named in the federal records.
VanLeeuven stated that was in partnership with Ayer at that time, "But there are other individuals involved in this case," he said. "They (the federal authorities) are talking to me, Green, and a lot of others. Everyone down the line."
The fraud case stems from a scheme uncovered in 2006. Federal records say that Ayer and the unnamed second broker pretended to have acquired coverage from Hannover Re, a multinational insurance carrier. Instead, according to court records, they took in premiums from the associations, paid out claims and expenses, while retaining underwriting profits that normally go to the insurance carrier.
Ayer faces a $500,000 fine, two years in jail, and has agreed to setup a $500,000 escrow account for any claims left over from the period when this all occurred.
Green says he first learned about this scheme last year from the FBI.
VanLeeuven, who ended his business relationship with Green in April 2010 over Green's failure to pay him the premiums for the Markel policy, scoffed at Green's explanation that depression caused him to get so deeply in arrears.
"For Green to say that depression caused him not to pay his bills ignores that this was all self-induced," VanLeeuven said. "The fact is that what Ayer did had no financial impact on Green. He can say it hurt him that his company's name was involved with this," he said. "But this (current situation) involves $800,000 of his members money."
"Maybe I should say I'm depressed and stop paying my bills," he said.
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