Insurance Industry

ASH Dealt Another Blow

By Editorial Staff

American Specialty Health, which recently agreed to an $11.75 million settlement, along with Cigna, in a chiropractor-initiated class-action suit filed against the two, has been dealt another blow. The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance has disapproved a proposed partnership between ASH and Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, as revealed in an Oct. 16, 2019 letter from N.J. DOBI Office of the Commissioner to Amy Boright, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors:

Billing & Reimbursement

Code Changes for 2020

By Samuel A. Collins

You are indeed correct that ICD-10 coding makes its updates on Oct. 1 for the following year. This means the codes actually update on that date and any date of service on or after Oct. 1 must use the new or updated code to be valid. CPT codes or procedure codes actually do not update or become effective until Jan. 1. It is important to understand this distinction, the dates of enactment, and adjust your billing protocols accordingly each year as applicable.

Award Season

Our 2019 Person of the Year: Dr. Sherry McAllister – Chiropractic's PR Machine

By Editorial Staff

After almost 125 years, the chiropractic profession in the U.S. enjoys a sustained advertising and public-relations effort that is changing the way consumers, other health care providers and decision-makers think about chiropractic. Our PR machine is led by Dr. Sherry McAllister, a doctor of chiropractic who, while maintaining a full-time practice, is crisscrossing the country to share the truth about the effectiveness of chiropractic at every open venue.

Clinical Pearls

The "Chiropractic Stroke": It Does Exist and We Must Do More to Prevent It

By Steven Brown, DC, Lac

In the September 2019 issue, my colleague and fellow chiropractic expert witness, Dr. Richard Cole, wrote a well-referenced and provocative article concerning cervical manipulation, vertebral artery dissection, and vertebrobasilar stroke. I found the article so interesting I felt compelled to hitchhike on Dr. Cole's topic. Everyone reading this article should, without question, read Dr. Cole's article.

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