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The True Face of Medicare Fraud

By |June 19, 2015|News|

Source The Atlantic
By David A Graham

A $712 million bust, the biggest in U.S. history, shows that the people most likely to bilk the system are doctors and medical providers, not “welfare queens.”

A specter is still haunting American politics—the mythological specter of the welfare queen. Even after Clinton-era welfare reforms, and despite an ever-growing list of state restrictions on how public benefits can be used, Americans remain convinced that there’s waste, fraud, and abuse in the system, and that stronger controls would keep undeserving citizens from bilking the taxpayer. There is fraud, it’s true. But it’s not nearly large enough to make a dent in the federal budget, and it’s not freeloading welfare queens who are taking advantage of the system.

Nearly lost Thursday in the response to the atrocity in Charleston was Attorney Loretta Lynch’s announcement of arrests in what she called “the largest criminal healthcare fraud takedown in the history of the Department of Justice.” A total of 243 people were arrested and charged with stealing $712 million from Medicare. The arrests included 46 doctors, nurses, pharmacy owners, and other medical professionals. Facilities billed the federal government for therapy sessions where patients were actually just moved, never treated. In a particularly disturbing case, a Michigan doctor allegedly “prescribed unnecessary narcotics in exchange for patients’ identification information, which was used to generate false billings. Patients then became deeply addicted to the prescription narcotics and were bound to the scheme as long as they wanted to keep their access to the drugs.”

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Dr Greg Stewart Elected WFC President

By |June 17, 2014|News|

Source The World Federation of Chiropractic

Greg Stewart

Dr Greg Stewart

June 10, 2014

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) is pleased to announce that Dr Gregory B Stewart of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada was elected President for a 2-year term at the WFC Executive Council Meeting held last month in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He succeeds Dr Dennis Richards of Australia, now Past President.
Dr Stewart, who received a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Manitoba (1982), graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic (cum laude) from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1986. He has been in fulltime private practice in Winnipeg, Manitoba since that time, and has served on many provincial and national chiropractic committees since 1990. These include committees on the identity of the profession, government relations, ethics, communications, interprofessional collaboration, chiropractic legislation, third party and government service negotiations, clinical practice guidelines and research.

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Chiropractic Summit Promotes Drug-Free Approach to Health Care

By |November 18, 2013|News|

Source The Chiropractic Summit

Arlington, Va.—The Chiropractic Summit, an umbrella leadership group of prominent chiropractic organizations, met on Nov. 7 in Seattle, Wash. and approved, by unanimous motion, the following historic statements of agreement:

Summit Promotes Drug-Free Approach:
The drug issue is a non-issue because no chiropractic organization in the Summit promotes the inclusion of prescription drug rights and all chiropractic organizations in the Summit support the drug-free approach to health care.

Summit Supports the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE):
The Summit fully supports the continued recognition of CCE. Even though there are some issues of concern remaining, such as CCE’s governance model, many good things have occurred the last couple of years. In addition, CCE has agreed to carefully review governance models for possible improvements beginning in 2014 in connection with the Summit Roundtable.

In addition, the Summit voted unanimously to reaffirm its support of CCE before the Department of Education’s (DOE) National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) this December.

Marketing Language:
After multiple focus groups, the following marketing language was passed: The Summit acknowledges the concepts of spinal health and well-being as credible marketing messages and we encourage further efforts to refine and test such efforts.

“I am proud to say today that after much time, effort and energy, the Summit partner organizations— representing the leadership of our profession—have come to an agreement on the long divisive issue on drugs,“ said Summit chair Lewis J. Bazakos, MS, DC. “This truly was an historic meeting.”

First convened in September 2007, the Chiropractic Summit represents leadership from some 40 organizations within the profession. The Summit meets regularly to collaborate, seek solutions and support collective action to address challenges with the common goal of advancing chiropractic. For more information about the Summit and its leadership, visit www.chirosummit.org.

World Spine Day – October 16th

By |October 15, 2013|News|

Source www.worldspineday.org

Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week.

Spinal disorders, such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name a few are common, and they can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, impacting a person’s ability to work, to enjoy everyday activities and even disrupting healthy sleep patterns.

Research has demonstrated that poor postures and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders.

The good news is that many of these common problems can be easily avoided!

That’s why this year’s theme for World Spine Day is “Straighten Up and Move,” focusing on the importance of proper posture and movement in maintaining good spinal health. To help mark World Spine Day, participating health care providers and organizations around the world will provide important information, tips and tools to help prevent many of these spinal disorders.

WSD received several nominations from across the globe, representing several organizations
and professions all with special interest in spinal health for the interim WSD International
Organizing Committee (IOC). The WSD IOC will be responsible for providing input regarding
themes, content, resource materials and formation of a permanent committee.
Committee members will include:
Dr. Ina Diener- South African Society of Physiotherapy (South Africa)
Dr. Veronika Fialka-Moser- Medizinische Universität Wien (Austria)
Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles, BJD ICC and World Federation of Chiropractic (Canada)
Dr. Jennifer Nash, World Spine Day (Canada)
Nick Pahl- British Acupuncture Council (United Kingdom)
Marilyn Pattison- World Federation of Occupational Therapists (Australia)

African Chiropractic Federation Publishes First Newsletter

By |October 15, 2013|News|

Source World Federation of Chiropractic

The African Chiropractic Federation (ACF), representing national associations of chiropractors in Africa and newly formed at the WFC Congress in Durban last April, has now published its first newsletter, which may be read here.

Items include biographies of African chiropractors in several countries, news stories, and notice of the first Annual Meeting and Seminar to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from April 3-5, 2014.  Keynote speakers are Drs Francis Murphy and Brian McAulay, generously sponsored by Parker University.

Congratulations to ACF News editors Drs Praveena Maharaj, South Africa, and Neera Sharma Maini of Kenya.

Comment glitch fixed

By |September 4, 2013|News|

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