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New legislation brings challenges, opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
By Ronald Short, DC, MCS-P
On April 14, 2015, the Senate passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 – legislation that, once and for all, eliminates the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and the annual threat of 20 percent-plus cuts in our Medicare fees. President Obama signed the bill into law three days later.
 
 
 
Legislation makes nondiscrimination language state law.
By Editorial Staff
Dr. Vern Saboe, lobbyist for the Oregon Chiropractic Association, reports that the Oregon state Senate has unanimously passed House Bill 2468, legislation that inserts the federal provider non-discrimination Section 2706(a) from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") into Oregon law. As of press time, the bill was pending Governor Kate Brown's signature and Dr. Saboe had requested a signing ceremony.
  
ACA, COCSA comment on new legislation.
By Editorial Staff
The American Chiropractic Association and Congress of Chiropractic State Associations were quick to offer comment once President Obama put his signature on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Both organizations issued releases focusing on provisions in the new legislation that impact doctors of chiropractic as outlined in Section 514: Oversight of Medicare Coverage of Manual Manipulation of the Spine to Correct Subluxation.
 
 
 
By Perry Nickelston, DC, FMS, SFMA
The brilliant dancer Martha Graham once said, "Movement never lies." And oh, how right she was in making that profound statement. During initial evaluations and examinations, it is standard procedure to do diagnostic testing (X-rays, etc.), range of motion, palpation and orthopedic testing. Adding simple movement assessments will give you much information about the patient's individual compensations and adaptations.
  
By Samuel A. Collins
Q: I was confused when reviewing the strain-sprain coding in ICD-10 – what is the proper use of the A, D and S extensions? Do I use the A extension for the first visit, and the D extension for the second and subsequent visits? A: The coding for strains and sprains is more specific in ICD-10, as there are separate codes for strains and sprains, whereas ICD-9 uses one code to designate strain or sprain.
 
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The Connection With Metabolic Syndrome.
By Donald Hayes, DC
If you've read my first two articles in this series [May 1 and May 15 issues], you know I'm not a big fan of the medical movement to dominate the wellness care marketplace by teaching medical students and practicing physicians how to provide services in the new medical field called "lifestyle medicine."
  
By Anthony Rosner, PhD, LLD [Hon.], LLC
Baseball aficionados will instantly recognize the meaning of this headline: Big Pharma is indeed big – Major League stuff, having vaulted into a position of dominance that may keep at least some clinical researchers up at night. Basically, a cornucopia of evidence suggests that, at best, the pharmaceutical industry has tweaked the research agenda and dissemination protocol in its favor, regardless of the science.
 
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