Chiropractic Medicare Articles & Resources

Medicare is a complex topic. For detailed information on this government program, as it relates to chiropractic services, see Chapter 2 in the ChiroCode DeskBook. The following concepts are covered in the DeskBook:

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COVID-19 Chiropractic Resources

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COVID-19 Chiropractic Resources contains current, updated information regarding COVID-19. Included are lists of webinars, articles, websites and links pertaining to the ongoing changes.

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Medicare Begins Covering Acupuncture Services

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Medicare is changing their policy regarding coverage of acupuncture, but in order to provide these services, you must follow their rules.

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Changes to Portable X-Ray Requirements

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On September 30, 2019, CMS published a final rule which made changes to portable x-ray services requirements as found in the law.

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The OIG Work Plan: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) founded its Office of Inspector General (OIG) in 1976 and tasked it with the responsibility to combat waste, fraud, and abuse within Medicare, Medicaid, and the other HHS programs. With approximately 1,600 employees, HHS OIG is the largest inspector general's office within ...

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Q/A: What do I Need to Document for Periodic Adjustments on a Medicare Patient?

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Question: What type of documentation is required for a Medicare patient with degenerative joint disease who get adjusted once or twice a month for occasional flare-ups of the D. J. D. region? The noted adjustments give good relief of the patient's symptoms. Answer: There is no question that these adjustments would be considered ...

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Act Now on CMS Proposal to Cover Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain

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Now is the time to comment on a proposal to cover acupuncture for chronic low back pain. This comment period is the part of the HHS response to the opioid crisis. You only have until August 14th to officially comment.

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Medicare Supplemental Policies (MediGap) and Extremity Adjustments

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The nice thing about MediGap policies is that they pay for some of the healthcare costs that an original Medicare plan (Part B) does not cover. So when a patient has Medicare and a Medicare supplement (MediGap) and their condition is related to an extremity (a noncovered service), Medicare must ...

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Proving Medical Necessity and Functional Improvement

Medicare is required by law to pay for care that is medically necessary. Medicare considers functional improvement to be the primary indicator of medical necessity for chiropractic care. It is up to you, the doctor, to prove functional improvement and medical necessity with your documentation. Dr. Short will show you how to use common practice tools to document functional improvement, medical necessity and maximum medical improvement.

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Inappropriate Payments Made to Chiropractors – An OIG Review

In this webinar, Dr. Gwilliam will take you on a fun filled journey through all of the reports created by the Office of the Inspector General based on their reviews of chiropractors. If you can understand what they see, and what advice they give Medicare when dealing with chiropractors, then you will be better prepared to not become their next target. This webinar may feel a little frightening with hundreds of thousands of dollars paid back to CMS, but, by the end, you will know exactly what to do and what not to do.

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Expanding Chiropractic Coverage in Medicare

Currently Medicare only pays for the adjustment and then only when it is used to correct a subluxation. This injustice within the Social Security Act needs corrected. Dr. Ron Short will discuss the Medicare laws as they relate to chiropractic and what changes need to be made and why. ...

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Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment and Medicare - Part 2

In this CE webinar, Dr. Gwilliam will continue his discussion from the webinar delivered Dec. 18 about chiropractic manipulative treatment. But this time, it is all about Medicare. If you don't treat Medicare beneficiaries, you should probably listen anyway. Usually whatever Medicare wants is the same thing as all the other payers. Find out the difference between acute, chronic, and maintenance, as well as when to use certain modifiers.

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Medicare Reviews

Medicare continues to increase their efforts to review doctors and recover “overpayments”. This increases the likelihood that your notes will be reviewed and that you will be required to pay money back to Medicare. In this webinar Dr. Short will show you:  Why you should appeal every adverse decision.  How to appeal adverse decisions.  What information you need in your documentation for an effective appeal.  How to structure your appeals to be most effective.

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How to Create a Medicare Compliance Plan

In this webinar, Dr. Marty Kotlar (certified coding and compliance expert) will discuss how to create an OIG/Medicare compliance plan. He will explain how to create policies, how to perform a "self-test" on your SOAP notes, search the Medicare exclusions list, Stark, anti-kickback and how to handle compliance concerns.

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Medicare Reviews

Medicare reviews claims for a variety of reasons. Some are routine and are not a problem for the doctor or the practice. Some are investigatory in nature and indicate a serious potential threat for both the doctor and the practice. Dr. Ron Short will go over the types of reviews and which are routine and which should cause you to lose sleep. In this webinar you will learn: -What routine reviews are and why they are conducted -What reviews are a potential risk -What triggers reviews -When to get help and what kind of help to get

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