Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

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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.

“Are you the CAUSE of getting retrospectively audited by the carriers?”

The answer is usually, “YES!” Today, I critiqued an initial evaluation report by a doctor. In the report, he included an x-ray analysis. Many of you include the same, but there is a huge problem. This is an INITIAL EVALUATION!!!! Isn’t the initial evaluation the place to take a complete history and perform an examination and THEN order tests??? That includes x-rays!

What this doctor did was to perform the test without an order or an evaluation and then include the x-ray findings as part of the initial evaluation.  If I was an auditor, I would have a field day with this doctor. An initial evaluation is just that...the beginning of everything you do with a blueprint of the future care, including tests. If you have no orders, you have no right to have any tests done, including your own x-rays!

It is this type of doctor that will blame the world when an insurance retrospective audit costs him over $100,000 between paybacks and legal fees. He will blame everyone but himself! It is this reason that I urge everyone to get an independent audit. Call Dr. Schonfeld at 516-695-7732 today.

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