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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Risk of Traumatic Injury after Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation
- And Finally, a Story about Medicare’s 2015 Physician Fee Schedule
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #493 recorded January 16, 2015.
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Risk of Traumatic Injury after Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation
A recent study was published in the journal Spine to evaluate risk of injury to the head, neck or trunk, in older adults with a neuromusculoskeletal complaint, following an office visit for chiropractic spinal manipulation, as compared to office visit for evaluation by primary care physician.
The risk of physical injury due to spinal manipulation has not been rigorously evaluated for older adults, a population particularly vulnerable to traumatic injury in general.
The authors analyzed Medicare administrative data on Medicare B beneficiaries aged 66-99 with an office visit in 2007 for a neuromusculoskeletal complaint.
Among subjects who saw a chiropractic physician, the likelihood of injury was increased in those with a chronic coagulation defect, inflammatory spondylopathy, osteoporosis, aortic aneurysm and dissection, or long-term use of anticoagulant therapy.
The study concluded that among Medicare beneficiaries aged 66-99 with an office visit risk for a neuromusculoskeletal problem, risk of injury to the head, neck or trunk within 7 days was 76% lower among subjects with a chiropractic office visit as compared to those who saw a primary care physician.
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Medicare’s 2015 Physician Fee Schedule
According to a recent ChiroCode email, on November 13, 2014, the CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule was published in the Federal Register.
In order to implement corrections to technical errors discovered after publication of the MPFS rule and process claims correctly, Medicare Administrative Contractors will hold claims containing 2015 services paid under the MPFS for the first 14 calendar days of January 2015 (i.e., Thursday January 1 through Wednesday January 14).
The hold should have minimal impact on provider cash flow as, under current law, clean electronic claims are not paid sooner than 14 calendar days (29 days for paper claims) after the date of receipt.
MPFS claims for services rendered on or before Wednesday Dec 31, 2014 are unaffected by the 2015 claims hold and will be processed and paid under normal procedures and time frames.
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been Dr. Todd Eglow.