Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

Quickie Consult 329

From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time.

"The DC as the Primary Care Provider"

Over the next few months, I am going to be raising the national agenda to create a consciousness for the "Chiropractor as the Primary Care Provider for Everything SPINE." This includes the awareness of lawyers. We need to get the entire legal profession to understand that everything starts with the DC as the PCP (primary care provider) for their cases as long as that DC is credentialed in trauma care.


The doctors in the Lawyers PI Program are credentialed and trained. Therefore, you are poised to slide right into that role. You need to start having those conversations with the lawyers you are currently working with, are friendly with and see regularly. Should you have the honor of presenting to a group of lawyers, be sure to include the concept of the DC as the PCP.


In future consultations, you will get more specific details, language, handouts and letters to share with the legal community to change the referral culture of the legal profession.  If you do not have your CV in perfect format with the requisite knowledge base and resultant credentials along with the desire to represent your patients in court for little or no fee, then becoming the PCP will be more challenging. If you do not have your paperwork in admissible format, inclusive of your narrative, SOAP notes, evaluations and re-evaluations, along with YOUR team of medical specialists working UNDER you, that, too, will make it almost impossible to become the PCPs for the legal community.  If you do not know how to handle improper IMEs and peer reviews, that, too, will add to the difficulties.


All of the above is what your training in this program gives you. Once you sit with lawyers and present who you are and what you bring to the table, the paradigm shift will occur rapidly. Perhaps it will not be as quick as us New Yorkers expect every time, but in the end, you will win OVER TIME.


To the next generation of primary care providers for everything spine, welcome aboard and be careful...The next step will become a sign in your reception room...



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