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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Medicare and Acupuncture Coverage
- And Finally, a Story about Vitamin D and Lumbar Disc Degeneration
For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!
Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #703 recorded February 28, 2020
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Medicare and Acupuncture Coverage
A recent ChiroCode email detailed Medicare’s updated policy related to Acupuncture coverage.
On January 20, 2020, Medicare announced that they would begin covering acupuncture for the treatment of chronic low back pain.
However, the way that it is currently worded, a chiropractor cannot ‘order’ acupuncture, BUT they may provide the services as an auxiliary provider as long as it is ordered by a physician meeting their requirements.
This all goes back to the original problem of Medicare’s definition of a physician and how they define a doctor of chiropractic.
Chiropractors who are ACAOM certified and licensed in their state to provide acupuncture may wish to take this opportunity to work with other physicians and provide these services under the ‘Auxiliary personnel’ provision of this National Coverage Determination (NCD).
It is recommended to touch base with your State organization for full details of what is and is not permitted.
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Vitamin D and Lumbar Disc Degeneration
A recent study was published in the journal Menopause, to investigate the relationship between serum vitamin D concentration and lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) in postmenopausal women and the epidemiologic factors affecting low back pain (LBP).
Between July 2017 and December 2018, 232 participants were retrospectively enrolled. Serum concentrations of bone turnover markers were measured using electrochemiluminescence assays. Disc degeneration was evaluated using the Pfirrmann grading system.
The study concluded that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with LDD and LBP in postmenopausal women. Specifically, a serum vitamin D concentration < 10 ng/mL is a marker of severe LDD and LBP.
Smoking, severe vitamin D deficiency, lack of vitamin D supplementation, high body mass index, and osteoporosis are associated with a higher prevalence of moderate-to-severe pain.
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
Dr. Todd Eglow.