Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

Quickie Consult 83

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.

"Treating Doctor Status"

I have gotten numerous calls from the profession over the years asking how to handle a request from a lawyer to obtain treating doctor records when you never adjusted the patient and only did a P-IME or simply an evaluation. The good news is that most of you think like chiropractors; the bad news is that most of you think like chiropractors!

As an example, if a patient visits a neurosurgeon and the neurosurgeon deems surgery is not necessary, is the neurosurgeon a treating doctor? The answer is yes. In the eyes of the courts, any doctor that had an encounter with a patient is a treating doctor and we are no different. Regardless of whether or not you adjusted the patient, you are a treating doctor, as the encounter is the trigger for treating, not the adjustment. P-IME’s do give you treating doctor status in the eyes of the courts and you should be treated accordingly by the lawyers.

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