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Clarifying the Confusion on Massage
By Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel   
Friday, 05 September 2014

Do you need a massage establishment license, fingerprinting, or a criminal background check if you do massage in your office?

      The Department of Health has sent letters to each massage establishment licensee advising that each person with an ownership interest in a massage establishment must be finger printed and have a criminal background check by January 31, 2015 based upon a bill that passed the 2014 Legislature. The letter  does not mention that physicians may be exempt from that requirement or massage establishment licensure altogether. However, the Department assures me that a memorandum is being mailed explaining the exemption. Following is a discussion of the bill and exemptions from it.

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The truth about Florida DCs using lumbar braces
By James Antos, D.C., DABCO   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014

There is a lot of confusion and misinformation these days about Florida Chiropractors being able to use lumbar braces (and other orthotics for that matter).  Many manufacturers and distributors are asking me why many Florida Chiropractors think they must get an additional certification from ACHA (Agency for Health Care Administration).  It appears that many DCs think that the requirement for being certified by AHCA for utilizing TENS units (which is true) also applies to orthotics like lumbar braces.

Here is the truth and here is the documentation to back up the truth.

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Infographic Comparing Cervical Manipulation to Other Treatments
By The FCA   
Thursday, 07 August 2014
A helpful infographic has been compiled by the American Chiropratic Association (ACA) which clearly illustrates to your patients the safety of cervical manipulation when compared to other treatments.  The FCA shares this infographic for use in your office:  It's a great way to start a positive conversation that opens the door to factually informing your patients about risks.
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ACA Responds to Statement on CMT
By the American Chiropractic Association   
Thursday, 07 August 2014

ACA Responds to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Scientific Statement on Cervical Manipulative Treatment

 

Stroke and Informed Consent Resources Available to the Profession

 

(From a News Release of August 7, 2014)  The American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) is preparing today to release a scientific statement on cervical manipulative treatment (CMT) and its association with cervical arterial dissection (CD). A link to the AHA statement will be available on the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) website at www.acatoday.org/resources once it becomes available. A link to ACA's response is posted on that page as well as the ACA homepage.

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Laboratory Payments to Physicians OIG Special Fraud Alert
By FCA   
Friday, 01 August 2014

By Kim Driggers, Esq., FCA Assistant General Counsel

On June 25, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (the OIG), issued a Special Fraud Alert regarding two types of compensations arrangements paid by laboratories to referring physicians and physician group practices for blood specimen collection, processing, and packaging, and for submitting patient data to a registry or database.  The OIG cautions the potential misuse of the anti-kickback statute stating, “Arrangements providing free or below-market goods or services to actual or potential referral sources are suspect and may violate the anti-kickback statute, depending on the circumstances.”  As a result, Physicians should be leery of any arrangement in which a clinical laboratory is making payments to the physician.

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