Show Notes for June 13, 2014

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –

  • NIH Task Force on Chronic LBP
  • And Finally, a Story about Medicare to Eliminate 2% Reduction for Chiro CPT Codes

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #463 recorded June 13, 2014.

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RSS Info – In this edition of HealthBeat, we discuss NIH Task Force on Chronic LBP, And Finally, a Story about Medicare to Eliminate 2% Reduction for Chiro CPT Codes.

 

NIH Task Force on Chronic LBP

Despite rapidly increasing intervention, functional disability due to chronic low back pain (cLBP) has increased in recent decades.

The authors of a recent Journal of Pain study often cannot identify mechanisms to explain the major negative impact cLBP has on patients’ lives.

Such cLBP is often termed non-specific and may be due to multiple biologic and behavioral etiologies.

Therefore, NIH Pain Consortium charged a Research Task Force (RTF) to draft standards for research on cLBP. The resulting multidisciplinary panel recommended using 2 questions to define cLBP; classifying cLBP by its impact (defined by pain intensity, pain interference, and physical function); use of a minimum dataset to describe research participants (drawing heavily on the PROMIS methodology); reporting “responder analyses” in addition to mean outcome scores; and suggestions for future research and dissemination.

The Pain Consortium has approved the recommendations, which investigators should incorporate into NIH grant proposals. The Research Task Force believes that these recommendations will advance the field, help to resolve controversies, and facilitate future research addressing the genomic, neurologic, and other mechanistic substrates of chronic low back pain.

The authors expect that the RTF recommendations will become a dynamic document and undergo continual improvement.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.jpain.org/article/S1526-5900(14)00680-4/abstract

 

Medicare to Eliminate 2% Reduction for Chiro CPT Codes

The New York State Chiropractic Association recently reported that effective July 1, 2014 the 2% reduction for CPT codes 98940, 98941 and 98942 will be eliminated.

This 2% reduction was put in place as a result of the demonstration project that was determined not to be cost neutral.

Based on an analysis of Medicare expenditures for chiropractic codes, the CMS Office of the Actuary (OACT) has determined that the remaining $5.6 million has been recouped in the first half of 2014.

Therefore, the July update eliminates the 2 percent reduction for CPT codes 98940, 98941, and 98942 that was utilized for the first half of CY 2014, effective July 1, 2014.

Stay in touch with your local and state Associations for further updates.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.nysca.com/?id=971

See Page 2 on the following CMS Notification – http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/Downloads/R2974CP.pdf

 

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been Dr. Todd Eglow.

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