Chiropractor Dr. Scott Zack addresses this year’s chiropractic Medicare updates and how they’re affecting both patients and practitioners.
Effective since the beginning of the year, the latest chiropractic Medicare updates include relaxed documentation requirements and an amendment to the Medicare participation status change period. Experienced Michigan-based chiropractor Dr. Scott Zackprovides a closer look at the most significant updates.
“Firstly, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed that the deductible was to increase slightly for Medicare beneficiaries,” reveals Dr. Zack, who’s based in the Charter Township of West Bloomfield in Oakland County, Michigan, “which covers any services offered or provided by chiropractors to their patients.”
The new, 2019 Medicare deductible, chiropractor Dr. Zack explains, is $185.
“The so-called participating status change period has also been modified,” he adds, pointing out that, while an important observation, this only affects practitioners, and not patients.
Each year, Medicare allows chiropractors to change their participation status during the final few weeks of the year. This period, according to Dr. Scott Zack, is now set to cover the last six weeks of the calendar year. Currently, chiropractors are not given the option to ‘opt out’ entirely of Medicare, as other practitioners can, but may change their status to or from either ‘participating’ or ‘non-participating’ as a Medicare provider.
“This year, Medicare documentation requirements have also been somewhat relaxed,” reveals Detroit metropolitan area chiropractor Dr. Zack.
Indeed, new for 2019, Medicare has revised and relaxed the documentation requirements for evaluation and management codes, much to the benefit of both patients and practitioners. The most significant effect of this change, however, according to Dr. Zack, will be a broad-ranging impact upon private payer documentation requirements, which themselves are heavily based upon Medicare guidelines.
Concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, chiropractic medicine is a form of alternative therapy centered predominantly around the spine. Founded in the 1890s, in more recent years, chiropractic medicine has experienced sustained demand for services, gaining widespread acceptance from conventional physicians and healthcare providers, particularly in the United States.
Lastly, Dr. Scott Zack touches on what’s known as Medicare Advantage. “Since the launch of Medicare Advantage and similar plans, additional benefits had been touted for Medicare beneficiaries,” he explains.
“The latest good news, at least in some areas, is that, as of 2019, Medicare Advantage plans are now offering benefits across the board which exceed those of standard Medicare plans,” says Dr. Zack.
“As such, there’s now a very real possibility that, in fact, so-called ‘Medicare Advantage’ plans could actually prove to be advantageous themselves for the chiropractic profession,” he adds, wrapping up.
Dr. Scott P. Zack explores the latest chiropractic industry trends and considers what’s in store moving forward.
Chiropractor Dr. Scott P. Zackreflects on Dynamic Chiropractic’s most recent Expanding Chiropractic Practice Survey as he addresses the latest industry trends, including reduced dependency on insurance and the growth of so-called multi-practitioner offices.
A magazine for U.S. chiropractors with a circulation of over 60,000, Dynamic Chiropractic is published by MPA Media and is indexed by CINAHL, a catalog of predominantly English-language journal articles relating to healthcare, allied health, nursing, and biomedicine.
“The Expanding Chiropractic Practice Survey offers an interesting snapshot and look into exactly what’s trending within chiropractic care in the United States today,” explains Dr. Zack, a successful and experienced chiropractor based in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan.
Looking to reveal a number of key takeaways from the latest Dynamic Chiropractic Expanding Chiropractic Practice Survey, the main finding, he says, centers around reduced dependency on insurance. “Around 40 percent of chiropractors in the United States now receive less than a quarter of their total annual revenue from so-called ‘third-party payers,'” reveals Dr. Scott Zack, “pointing at a growing trend toward reduced third-party dependency.”
Second among the trends highlighted by Dr. Scott P. Zack and Dynamic Chiropractic pertains to an extended range of revenue channels. “According to the latest Expanding Chiropractic Practice Survey, more than half of all U.S. chiropractors polled revealed that they planned to increase their revenue by offering a broader range of services during the coming year,” explains Dr. Zack.
This approach is further reflected, he also points out, in another trend highlighted by Dynamic Chiropractic which suggests that the majority of those polled are also looking to increase the range of physical products offered to patients. Highlighted products, according to the survey, include nutritional supplements, topical analgesics, orthotics, and pillows, all of which are currently provided by more than half of all chiropractors polled, a number which Dr. Zack suggests is set to climb.
Further industry trends revealed by the survey include a reduction in so-called solo practitioner offices, and the growth of multi-practitioner sites, as well as an increase in the number of new patient sources. “More than a third of the chiropractors polled reported that they now regularly acquire new patients via social media,” Dr. Zack reveals, “a trend which only looks set to grow further moving forward.”
“Patient referrals, however,” he adds, wrapping up, “remained the standout leader, as expected, with practice website inquiries also proving to be a common and growing source of new patients among chiropractors located across the United States.”
According to a recent study carried out by the Yale School of Medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, chiropractic care is today contributing toward an almost 50 percent reduction in opioid prescriptions issued in the United States. A highly experienced chiropractor based in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, Dr. Scott P. Zack takes a closer look at the news.
“Recent news reports have revealed that, based on research from the Yale School of Medicine, patients who have visited a chiropractor for musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions are currently 49 percent less likely to be issued and to receive an opioid prescription,” explains Dr. Zack, “when compared to their counterparts who sought help from other healthcare providers.”
Clinical guidelines in the U.S. now recommend many non-pharmacological options, including chiropractic care, to be considered as so-called ‘front line’ treatments ahead of any medication, including opioids, according to Michigan-based chiropractor Dr. Zack. “What’s more,” he continues, “chiropractors, specifically, provide many of the treatments currently advised by clinical guidelines for the initial care of lower back and neck pain, as well as osteoarthritis of the hips, knees, and hands, which may otherwise be treated with opioid medication.”
The findings of the Yale School of Medicine study were presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting. “Researchers selected a series of studies with a total of more than 60,000 patients to include in their analysis,” explains Dr. Zack, “which was supported by the NCMIC Foundation, among several other organizations.”
“Furthermore,” he continues, “late last year, U.S. Congress also passed new opioid legislation directing the Department of Health and Human Services to review its payment policies.”
“This was done so that doctors are no longer encouraged to prescribe opioids over more conservative options, such as chiropractic care,” Dr. Zack adds, wrapping up, “which it’s hoped will further drive down the prescription of opioid medications throughout the United States over coming months and years.”
Primary care provider Dr. Scott P. Zack is an experienced chiropractor based in the Oakland County charter township of West Bloomfield, located within the Detroit metropolitan area of Michigan. Concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors such as Dr. Zack and his colleagues focus on alternative therapy centered predominantly around the spine. Chiropractic manipulation is today widely utilized in the treatment of lower back and sciatic nerve pain, headaches, extremity conditions, whiplash, and other neck pain, among various other common health complaints.
Chiropractor and primary care physician Dr. Scott P. Zack addresses the often overlooked, little-known benefits of chiropractic medicine.
With demand for chiropractic care growing both in the United States and globally, significant aspects of the process—and the benefits which come with them—are still commonly overlooked, according to experts. A primary care provider and highly experienced chiropractor, Dr. Scott P. Zack reveals a number of key, little-known benefits of the treatment which is largely centered around spinal, soft tissue, and joint manipulation, traction, and exercise.
“First of all, chiropractic care is for more than just back and neck pain,” reveals Dr. Zack, an established chiropractor based in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. In fact, he says, chiropractic medicine has been developed to address numerous health complaints and conditions, including recurrent headaches, injury damage, chronic pain, stress, general fatigue, and more.
“The process affords many of these benefits,” Dr. Scott Zack adds, “via a reduction in tissue, joint, and other bodily inflammation, and regulation of blood pressure, both of which promote improved organ function, and, in turn, an improved ability to sleep soundly, and a renewed sense of overall well-being.”
Next among Dr. Zack’s highlighted benefits of chiropractic treatment is improved nerve health. “Because the process involves manipulation of the spine, chiropractic care actively relieves pressure on the body’s countless nerve endings,” he explains, “allowing our incredibly complex nervous systems to do their jobs much, much more efficiently and effectively.”
By repairing or otherwise helping to prevent against nerve damage, chiropractic medicine can, says Dr. Scott Zack, directly combat pain, both in the back and neck, and elsewhere in the body.
“Another often overlooked aspect of chiropractics is how long the process has existed,” further reveals the physician.
While modern chiropractic care has its roots in the 1890s and early 20th century, the core philosophy behind the practice dates back thousands of years. Indeed, records of therapeutic spinal manipulation date as far back as prehistoric times. “As early as 5,000 B.C. in fact, according to recently unearthed historical discoveries,” Dr. Zack adds.
Lastly, the expert touches on cost. “Chiropractic care is incredibly cost-effective,” suggests Dr. Scott Zack.
It’s a misconception, he says, that chiropractic treatment is unduly expensive. “Chiropractic medicine can, in many cases, offer a viable, highly effective alternative to costly surgery,” he adds, wrapping up, “and can reduce or even eliminate reliance upon expensive medications, saving considerable amounts of money, particularly in the long term.”
Michigan-based Dr. Scott Zack explains how qualified chiropractors are able to ease joint pain and stiffness in those suffering from arthritis.
Offering a holistic way to ease the pain of arthritis, those suffering from the condition are increasingly seeking out chiropractic care, proven to relieve joint pain and stiffness in those afflicted with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Utilizing more than 150 techniques to manually adjust the spine, joints, and muscles, chiropractor Dr. Scott Zack looks at the ways in which he and his colleagues are able to treat arthritis-related pain and discomfort.
“Further to the spinal manipulations tailored toward treating neck and back pain for which we’re perhaps best known, qualified chiropractors are also experts in manually adjusting joints and muscles, something which has been shown to be highly effective in treating the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis,” explains Dr. Zack, an experienced chiropractor located in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan.
While traditional chiropractic medicine may involve high-velocity spinal adjustment, those suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other associated conditions will receive more gentle, relaxed care, tailored specifically to their requirements, according to Dr. Zack. “From gently manipulating soft tissue to relieve tenderness and halt muscle spasms to using traction or active exercise to slowly and gently stretch the joints,” he explains, “chiropractic care for those with arthritis is predominantly focused on easing pain and increasing an individual’s range of motion.”
Chiropractors, by definition, focus on the ties between structures within the body and their functions, whereas an osteopath, for example, would use some of the same techniques as a chiropractor, but to treat the whole body, often also relying on medication or surgery. “From a chiropractor’s point of view, if a joint is not sitting or structured correctly, then it’ll be unable to function as intended,” adds Dr. Zack.
Accordingly, chiropractic care really shines, he says, in maximizing the function of arthritic joints, restoring purpose, reducing pain, and allowing patients’ to move more freely and without much of the discomfort traditionally associated with arthritis.
While chiropractic care is now considered one of the safest therapies for osteoarthritis, in cases of inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, as well as ankylosing spondylitis, additional caution should be exercised in treatment.
“If you’re suffering from the pain associated with any form of arthritis, you should consult with a qualified and experienced chiropractor to discuss whether treatment is appropriate for you, as, like any form of therapy, it can vary on a patient-by-patient basis,” adds Dr. Scott Zack, wrapping up.
Michigan-based chiropractor Dr. Scott Zack takes a closer look at the $17.93 billion mid-2020s valuation placed on America’s chiropractic care market following a new study.
Forecast for explosive growth based on a new study carried out by a well-known California-based action-ready market research and analysis firm, plus further figures from the American Chiropractic Association, experienced chiropractor Dr. Scott Zack examines the future of the chiropractic care market in the United States.
“The chiropractic care market in the U.S. is set to reach almost $18 billion annually over the course of the next five years according to a new study,” reveals Dr. Zack.
Indeed, the recent study referred to by Dr. Zack and carried out by Grand View Research, Inc. estimates that the chiropractic care market in the U.S. will reach an annual value of $17.93 billion by 2025. Based in San Francisco, Californian business consulting firm Grand View Research offers custom market analysis and action-ready market research reports, according to the company’s website.
“The market is anticipated to enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 4.3% between now and 2025,” adds Dr. Zack of the report’s findings.
An experienced and well-respected chiropractor based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Dr. Zack proposes that rising cases of back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as associated headaches and other discomfort tied to the body’s musculoskeletal system, are all driving the chiropractic care market in the United States.
“Moreso than ever before, the vast majority of people complaining from lower back pain, in particular, are seeking immediate help directly from chiropractors,” explains Dr. Zack, “rather than hesitating, and without otherwise looking for a referral from a family doctor or mainstream healthcare provider.”
This, he suggests, has resulted in a healthy increase in the number of individuals seeking chiropractic training and qualifications. “With national demand for chiropractic care services growing year on year, it’s an area of healthcare specialization which myself and my colleagues are all keen to champion,” adds Dr. Scott Zack,“making chiropractic qualifications and training an especially valuable asset in today’s health and wellness climate.”
As of 2019, the American Chiropractic Association suggests that in excess of 2,500 new practitioners will graduate from the country’s 18 nationally accredited chiropractic colleges and education programs annually over the course of the coming five or more years.
“Other key findings from the Grand View Research study indicate that today’s chiropractic care market is being further driven by increasing numbers of patients looking for complementary medical treatment, rather than mainstream care,” reveals Dr. Zack. “What’s more, the introduction of a new set of laws for chiropractic treatment is also supporting market growth, while simultaneously encouraging more people to enter the field,” he adds.
“Lastly,” says Dr. Scott Zack, wrapping up, “the study also shows that, during 2017-2018, 95% of those who sought past-year chiropractic care cited their therapy as an effective method of treatment for their neck, back, or other musculoskeletal pain which is further basis for the rapid growth forecast for the U.S. chiropractic market between today and 2025.”
How to Make Money from Blogging with Scott Zack
So you’ve decided that you want to be a full-time blogger – that’s great! Blogging is a great way of making money and can be a very lucrative career if done correctly. However, many blogs crash before they even get off the ground, and many that do become consistent never see a cent.
Why? There are a variety of reasons. Maybe they didn’t monetize their blog properly, or perhaps their content doesn’t lend itself well to attracting sponsors. Maybe they missed the mark with their target audience – the list goes on. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make money.
With the help of Scott Zack, a blogging enthusiast, an expert, we’re going to take a look at some of the ways you can make money from blogging.
“Blogs are attention magnets.” Scott Zack of Michigan says. “They draw in readers based on the premise that they are going to offer valuable information that consumers can use.” Therefore one of the best ways of monetizing your blog is to promote a business or product within your content while you have your audience’s attention.
It’s for this exact reason that many businesses have their own blogs. If you have an offline method then this is a great way of promoting it, but you can also sell your blogging real estate, and by extension your audience, to other businesses looking to promote their website, product or service.
According to Scott Zack, this is a common starting point for many blogs. Much in the same way that traditional media such as magazines and even TV sell advertising space, blogs are an ideal place to let businesses advertise themselves.
Generally, you’re going to need a large amount of traffic for this to work, but once you start getting readers you’ll be able to charge more and more for banner ads on your blog. It’s important that you don’t saturate your blog, however.
Too many ads will give your blog kitsch feel and likely deter readers, while one or two well-placed and subtle ads will add value without taking away from the feel of your site.
Patreon is a way of crowdfunding that not only bloggers use, but creators of all forms of content. Scott Zack reckons it’s a great way of generating income and ensuring that you put out good content simultaneously.
Patreon allows fans of your blog to donate money, either on a once-off or monthly basis, essentially supporting you as you produce content. It’s a tiered system, allowing for different amounts to be donated which is determined by the owner of the account.
It’s a great way of letting your readers pay what they think your content is worth, or however much they can afford to pay.
Things to Keep in Mind When Starting a Blog with Scott Zack
It used to be that blogs were tools and a medium used only by full-time travelers, food bloggers, moms with too much time on their hands and fashionistas trying to get famous one look at a time. Nowadays, however, the purpose of blogging has evolved dramatically.
Everyone and their mother has a blog, and for good reason – they’re a fantastic marketing tool that allows you to draw in potential customers as well as increase your presence on search engines, increasing the likelihood that your website will show up in the search results.
Have a defined niche
When it comes to blogging, it’s important you write about things within a specific field of interest. Gone are the days when blogging was essentially a diary on which to pour every thought you had, no matter how unrelated.
Now, blogging is a very directional tool, which means that your blog should stick to a given theme or topic, and explore everything within that field.
Content is king
This has been a truism ever since blogging came to the fore, and it’s as true then as it is now. The type of content you write has to be high quality, valuable and full of digestible information which people can use.
It doesn’t matter if you only post once a week, as long as the content within the blog post is extremely worthwhile, this will be enough.
Don’t forget about SEO
“SEO means Search Engine Optimisation.” Scott Zack says. “And the discipline of SEO is focused around making sure that the content you create is optimized to be found more easily by search engines.” How does one optimize their content?
There are many different strategies, but the most common ones include researching relevant keywords and inserting them into your content, getting your content linked to by other websites, and editing the metadata of images and media within your website to reflect the type of content you’re displaying.
It takes some tinkering, but it’s well worth your while and is one of the best ways to dramatically increase traffic to your blog.
The Problem With Backpacks and How They Affect the Spine with Scott Zack
Back pain, especially that of the lower back, can affect anyone at any given time – this includes children. In what is becoming an increasingly common problem, children are complaining of lower back pain and visiting chiropractors to seek relief more than ever before.
According to Scott Zack, a chiropractor with years’ of experience treating adults and children alike, the reason for this has to do with the improper use of ergonomic backpacks throughout schools.
Below we’ll take a look at some of the causes of this lower back pain and the various solutions available.
The Problem With Backpacks
While backpacks might look innocuous to most parents and children alike, they can pose a potentially hazardous health risk for the uninitiated. “Children have pretty weak backs compared to adults.” Scott Zack says. “And with that underdeveloped musculature comes a weak support system for dealing with heavy loads.”
The loads mentioned referring to numerous books and schooling paraphernalia, which, when packed into a backpack, can weigh upwards of 15kg.
The weight of backs is just the tip of the iceberg, however. The real problem has to do with weight distribution. Scott Zack says that backpacks are notoriously bad at distributing the weight evenly through the back.
In fact, most of the weight tends to gather at the bottom of the pack, creating a lower center of gravity and greatly increasing pressure on the spine and lower back.
Coupled with the fact that school children are wearing these packs for hours every day, this means that there is a persistent large weight bending the spine out of shape, dramatically increasing the chance of lower back injuries.
While backpacks do pose a health problem for young learners, there are steps that can be taken to stop the problem before any lasting damage occurs.
Being aware that these type of problems exist is the first step. Being conscious of the amount of weight in a backpack is also advised, meaning that parents should be aware of how much weight their children are carrying at any one time.
If a child complains of back pain, it’s important that they see a professional right away to ensure that lasting damage in the muscles or spine does not occur.
Professionals such as Scott Zack offer chiropractic assistance for a number of ailments, the most commonly sought after of which is lower back pain. If in any doubt, contact a chiropractor today.
How Chiropractic Can Maximize Your Workout According to Dr. Scott Zack
Taking time out to exercise every day is a time-consuming endeavor. This includes not only the time you spend at the gym but the commute to and from the gym, too. It makes sense then that many people want to maximize the effectiveness of the time that they spend at the gym, to ensure that they’re getting the most bang for their buck, so to speak. This is why people are always seeking exercises that claim to still be “burning” even after the actual workout is done.
According to Scott Zack, chiropractic care is an excellent method of alleviating pain, especially when it is focused around the lower back. Exercising – and in particular weight lifting – can be risky if it isn’t performed properly. Poor form in the gym is a fast track to injury, and if you find yourself in this predicament then chiropractic care might be your best option for getting you back on your feet. Through spinal manipulation as well as physical therapy, chiropractic will help minimize soreness and loosen tense muscles. This pain reduction is evident after even your chiropractic visit.
Increasing Range of Motion
With the lack of physical pain which chiropractic offers, you’ll be able to move more freely than before. Dr. Scott Zack also posits that by realigning the spine, joints and other muscles in the body will be able to move without restriction. On top of that, regular chiropractic visits serve to lengthen out the body, meaning that stiffness will be reduced and flexibility will be increased over time. You may not notice this after one appointment, but through consistent, progressive visits you’ll soon see the benefits.
“Keeping your spine aligned means your body is going to performed at its peak.” Scott Zack says. “This means taking stress off of surrounding muscles, joints and bones, and leaving them open to take on more loads.” Basically, this means that each muscle will be able to perform better by having less stress put on it. This, in turn, will lead to your muscles being strengthened through a regular combination of both working out and chiropractic visits.