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Your professional & ethical obligation to address the crisis.
By James Lehman, DC, MBA, FACO
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country. When I ask an audience of chiropractors if they have treated a patient with chronic pain within the previous week, many hands are raised; yet when I ask if they listed chronic pain as the diagnosis when submitting to the third-party reimbursement organization, the overwhelming answer is no.
 
 
 
By Editorial Staff
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
  
By K. Jeffrey Miller, DC, MBA
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
 
 
 
By Marc Heller, DC
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
  
By Vern Saboe Jr., DC, DACAN, FICC, DABFP
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
 
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By Editorial Staff
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016. The nonprofit Spine IQ's registry and other QCDRs "provide the data needed to increase the quality and consistency of spine care delivery in ways that really matter to patients," according to Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, chief executive officer.
  
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By Editorial Staff
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Dynamic Chiropractic and its sister publication, DC Practice Insights, are proud to introduce digital editions of the publications beginning with the July 2016 issues.
 
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In the past 12 months, how often have you, a doctor of chiropractic, taken an OTC medication for any reason?
 
 
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