ACS SCORES GREAT VICTORY AS SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE CHAIR AGREES TO SPONSOR ACS INSURANCE EQUALITY AND COPAY BILLS
ACS has secured the best possible sponsor for its bills ever in 2014, Senator Nancy Barto, Chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Other Senators look to the Senate Health Committee Chair for leadership on all health and insurance issues and so will be far more likely to vote for the ACS bills with Sen. Barto as prime sponsor. There will be multiple other leading legislators including past prime sponsor Sen. Rick Murphy who will be cosponsors, but having Sen. Barto as prime sponsor is a huge victory for the profession. This is the first time in history that the Chair of the Senate Health Committee has agreed to sponsor chiropractic insurance equality legislation and is the outcome of literally years of lobbying work. Sen. Barto is extremely well respected as a principled, honest, hardworking legislator at the Capitol.
The Arizona Legislature will begin its new session January 13, 2014 and ACS will be ready with two new bills for chiropractic. The first will move the existing chiropractic insurance equality law to another section of the insurance laws so that any policyholder can take private legal action if the law is violated. It will then not be necessary to depend on the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI) to take enforcement action when there are violations. This is necessary since ADOI has shown time and again that it is unwilling to act even when there are clear and obvious violations of the law, and the courts have refused to force ADOI to act after lengthy litigation funded by ACS.
The second bill will require that copayments for chiropractic care be set at the same level as they are for primary care physicians. The difference this year is that the bill will cover not only chiropractors but also physical therapist, occupational therapists and respiratory therapists. This will eliminate the argument that DCs are trying to use the bill to expand the scope of practice to equal that of a PCP. The feedback we have received is that this change will greatly increase our chances for success.
ACS has released its 2014 Legislative Information Proposal and Documentation Part One and Two. We request that all legislators read this vital document in anticipation of meeting with our lobbyists, doctors and patients. Active links to these documents can also be found on the ACS home page at http://www.azchiropractors.org/pages/Home-Page.php under the 11/19/13 Breaking News report.
Your involvement, as always, will be essential to ensure passage of these bills. You will be called upon to email and call legislators at critical times when the bills are scheduled for votes in committees and by the full Senate and House. Stay tuned to your emails and be prepared to act swiftly and aggressively. The insurers have the edge over us in terms of numbers of high priced lobbyists, but we have the edge in terms of numbers of grassroots supporters who can generate tons of emails and calls from around the state. We have only won in the past because of such grassroots efforts. ACS will keep you informed every step of the way throughout the Legislative process.
What can you do now? Click on this link: How Do I Find My Legislators and enter your home address to find your Legislative, not Congressional, district. Then find the link for the Arizona Legislature at www.azleg.gov. Go to the House then to Members and search for your District number and find your two House members. Do the same for the Senate and Members and find your Senator. Send them both parts of the ACS 2014 Legislative Information Proposal and Documentation package with a simple cover letter along the lines of the following:
"Dear Representative (or Senator) X (fill in the name): I respectfully request that you take the time to read the attached information regarding upcoming chiropractic legislation for 2014. All that we are asking is to be treated the same as MDs and DOs when it comes to treatment of common back and neck conditions. If an insurance company covers all medically necessary treatment performed by MDs and DOs for these conditions, then this legislation would require coverage of all medically necessary treatment performed by chiropractors for these conditions. Patients want and deserve medical freedom of choice so that they can choose the type of treatment they want to use their health insurance to cover. These bills would accomplish this purpose. The prime sponsor is Senate Health Committee Chair Nancy Barto. I would respectfully ask you to consider being a cosponsor of the bills. In the meantime, I would greatly appreciate it if you would read these materials to learn the facts about how chiropractic truly is clinically effective and cost effective for treatment of common spinal conditions, and how we have been suppressed by our economic competitors in the medical profession. I thank you for your attention to this very important issue. Yours truly, Dr. Y (fill in your name)."
If you do your part as we do our part, we will achieve success in the Legislature in 2014 and restore insurance equality for chiropractic. Your practice will experience a total turn-around. Are you ready? Is this what you want? We know the answer is yes. Then get busy now!
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CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT AGAINST BCBS AND
ASHN STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT
ACS announced last month that the Phoenix class action law firm, Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, PC, is very busy evaluating potential class action claims against BCBS and ASHN by doctors and patients affected by the insurance companies' abusive practices relating to chiropractic care. On the firm's webpage at http://www.bffb.com/, you can read at length about the cases this firm has successfully prosecuted against the largest corporations in the U.S. over the past decades. The lead attorney for our case is Andrew S. Friedman, known nationally as one of the foremost class action attorneys in the country. He heads the firm's class action, securities fraud, and consumer fraud practice groups.
Another month has passed and ACS remains extremely optimistic that Mr. Friedman's law firm will file a class action lawsuit against BCBS and ASHN in Arizona. It is taking time for the plaintiff chiropractor and BCBS policyholder to assemble all required documents needed to draft the lawsuit documents. The list of documents is quite long. Be assured, however, that the work is being done and eventually will be completed. Stay tuned since this will be one of the most powerful actions ever taken by ACS to achieve insurance equality.
ACS has a long history of only retaining the best of the best when it comes to legal counsel. Attorney David Abney who handled the lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI) is considered the best appellate attorney in Arizona. The ACS health care lawyer, Jerry Gaffaney, is considered one of the five best in the state. ACS has now continued its tradition of working only with the best in selecting Attorney Andrew Friedman. He and his team of attorneys are evaluating potential claims against BCBS and ASHN. We expect that a decision will be reached very soon concerning the most effective course of action to protect the interests of doctors and their patients through judicial recourse.
DR. IMMERMAN AND CHIROCODE INSTITUTE PUBLISH BOOK "STRATEGIES TO DEFEAT LOW SPEED IMPACT DEFENSE EXPERTS"
ChiroCode Institute has published a book written by Dr. Immerman entitled "Strategies to Defeat Low Speed Impact Defense Experts." The book is based on experienced gleaned in Dr. Immerman's 93 arbitrations and trials over the past 15 years, along with review of over 700 defense engineer reports. You can buy the book at http://www.chirocode.com/immerman_v1?category_id=22.
Dr. Immerman's introduction to the book states: "In this book you will learn how to rebut the automobile insurance company's low speed impact biomechanical expert witnesses. I will show you how to be as successful as I have become after fifteen years of fine tuning my arguments in Arizona to the point where we win almost every case. The arguments presented by State Farm and the other insurers in Arizona are identical to those presented in every other state so everything in this book will be relevant for you wherever you live. Let's get going so that your patients are not shortchanged by junk science in the courtroom."
|THE HEALING CORNER: A DIET PROVEN TO EFFECTIVELY TREAT ASTHMA
ACS has been disclosing medical treatments from long ago that were generally accepted by the medical profession before the drug companies became all-powerful. These treatments are as scientifically sound today as they were when first published. They are just no longer in favor because it is easier to take a pill. Consider the following dietary treatment for asthma which will work for your patients today. The source is Rochester DeLancey, MD: "The Treatment of Asthma," JAMA, Volume XLVII, Number 24, p. 1983-6, 12/15/06. Any ACS member who wants a copy of the study should send an email request. Dr. DeLancey was an Associate Professor of the Principles and Practice of Medicine at the University of Buffalo Medical College. Key quotes:
"The cases related are selected from a large number observed during a period of twenty-three years." "With asthma cases, an imperfect metabolism is the cause. ". . . the causes of this imperfect metabolism are to be found in the mode of life of individual; that among the most common causes are overloading of the gastrointestinal tract with other factors are a sedentary life and insufficient use of the lungs in a properly oxygenated atmosphere. In brief, my conviction, based on clinical observation, is the underlying cause of asthma is "autointoxication" due to deficient oxygenation and imperfect elimination; and I believe the results of treatment justify my position. Most cases of asthma begin early in life and by the time they come under the observation of the physician there is already more or less emphysema pulmonum present."
"Two of the chief evidences of the autointoxication are the degree of acidity of the urine and the degree of indicanuria present. I have never yet had a case of asthma come under observation in which there was not when first seen a strongly acid urine which deposited on centrifugalization urates and uric acid or calcium oxalate, and showed a pronounced reaction for indoxyl sulphate."
"From what has been said in regard to pathogenesis, the plan of treatment is simple. In the first place, all obstructions in the upper air passages should.be surgically removed, and, following the surgical procedure, there should be daily or twice daily cleansing of the nose and pharynx with a mildly alkaline cleansing douche. Powerful sprays are to be avoided. If the mucous membranes are especially sensitive, an oil application in the form of vapor is to be applied after the cleansing. The patient should be encouraged to use pulmonary gymnastics, especially forced expirations. The skin should be made active by baths and friction. The character of the baths has to be carefully considered in each case, and even when one form of bath has been prescribed, it sometimes has to be changed later. As a rule, a cold sponge bath, followed by a brisk rub, is useful in cases in which there is not present too great emphysema of the lungs; even when this is considerable, it is sometimes worthwhile to try the cold baths. A warm bath, followed by friction, may be given once or twice a week; and in all cases a hot-air sweat occasionally-once or twice a fortnight-is useful."
"The bowels should be kept active. At the beginning, and from time to time later, a full dose of calomel, followed by Epsom salts, should be administered. A bowel wash of saturated solution of warm boric-acid solution once or twice a week is to be recommended. The regular administration of laxatives is seldom necessary, but, when it is, a mild saline is the preferable form. The regulation of the diet is of importance only in so far as that the amount of food should be limited to the minimum compatible with maintenance of health and weight. Any article of food known to disagree should, of course, be prohibited. I generally exclude from the diet of these patients fried foods, pastry, excess of sweets, rich pudding, highly seasoned and made-up dishes, tea, coffee and all alcoholic, and effervescent drinks."
". . . by so regulating the intake of food and stimulating the elimination of waste products, that a proper metabolic balance may be maintained."
Other studies that support this method include: "Further Evidence in Support of the Toxic Pathogenesis of Bronchial Asthma, Based on Experimental Research," Allan Eustis, M.D., Assistant in Internal Medicine, Tulane University of Louisiana, Am. J. Med. Sci. 143:862-869, 1912, and "Intestinal Autointoxication As A Factor In The Causation Of Pathologic Conditions Of The Ear, Nose And Throat," J. A. Stucky, M.D., JAMA, v. LIII, n. 15, 10/09/09, p. 1184-6. For a comprehensive overview, read "Evidence for Intestinal Toxemia" by Alan M. Immerman, D.C., ACA Journal, April 1979, "Scientific Basis for the Concept of Toxemia" by Alan M. Immerman, D.C., ACA Journal, June, 1981 and Health Unlimited! by Dr. Immerman at http://soilandhealth.org/02/0201hyglibcat/HlthUltd.pdf.
The low protein, plant-based diet to be followed to control asthma is described in the three following resources:
- Nine Essential Cookbooks for the Plant Based Athlete
- My Plant Based Family Meal Plans
- Forks Over Knives Plant Based Diets
Considerable additional resources on this lifestyle program and healing method can be found on the ACS webpage at http://www.azchiropractors.org/pages/important-reports-and-articles.php#natural, 12. Natural Hygiene, Functional Medicine and Fasting Center: The Fundamentals of Health and Disease. ACS is your Functional Medicine headquarters.
You can do urine testing for acid and indican levels in your own practice to see if bowel putrefaction is contributing to your patient's asthma. No conventional labs do indican testing and so you will have to do your own. The best source we could find online is at http://www.bioassaysys.com/products.php?q=Indican%20Assay%20Kit where you can buy 100 test kits for $200. Another source is http://frnt.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=198 which sells individual test kits for $33.
Start treating asthma with diet today based on peer-reviewed, published medical literature and spare your patients from a lifetime of toxic drug treatments!
|PARTNERING WITH YOUR PATIENTS
Charles A. McDonald, D.C. / Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Our profession has been fighting for respect and acceptance in the main stream medical community for as long as I can remember. But one area that we can agree on is that all medical professionals want what is best for the patient's journey toward better health. Working for Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Goodyear, Arizona, I have been able to see medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors and many others work as team to meet the goal of putting our patients first.
CTCA is a national company with five cancer treatment hospitals with a core treatment philosophy of a Whole Person Care model. When I first started working for CTCA I remember thinking how interesting it was that they were using one of our chiropractic principles of treating the whole person, not just their primary disease or symptom. I skeptically thought, "Medical facilities don't think like this." In this case, I was wrong.
I began to see for myself the workings of their whole person care and fully integrated model that includes naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, massage, mind-body therapy, and chiropractic care. My patients were even able to participate in Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes right at the hospital.
Another difference I saw was that I was not asked to recruit the patients that came to me for chiropractic care. It is so important for the chiropractic profession to know that we don't want your chiropractic patient. We are not a chiropractic clinic. What we are interested in is this; we want you to know that Cancer Treatment Centers of America® respects chiropractic care and the work we do and understands that it is an important piece of treating the whole person.
If one of your patients, friends, or family members receives a cancer diagnosis, we want you to feel confident referring them to a like-minded pro-chiropractic facility that will encourage them to continue to see you for care. You will never lose your chiropractic patient. If they need to treat with one of our chiropractors while here, be assured your patient will be educated why they need to continue to see you regularly. And we will expedite getting your patient's records including imaging to you so that you can continue to safely treat them with confidence.
I encourage you to visit our website, www.cancercenter.com, and take a look at our outcomes, where you will see to no surprise that whole person integrated care makes a difference.
SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH DR. IMMERMAN
His own experience with back and neck pain
By Susan Parker
How did you injure your neck and back?
At age 30, I began my career as a chiropractor. Within 12 months, I had my own chiropractor due to the torque and twisting required in this profession. The more force I put into a patients spine, the more reciprocal force went into my spine. I had repeated micro-trauma on my own back. The neck pain was a result of a car wreck. I had a ruptured disc and loss of my reflexes over time.
What did you do for conservative treatment?
As I mentioned, I got chiropractic care and got relief, but it flared up again. The MRI showed bilateral L5 spondylolysis and grade 2 spondylolythesis. There was no L5 disc space left; it was just sitting on the nerve root. I was in excruciating pain; it was hard to stand and even sit.
When did you decide to pursue surgical options?
I could barely walk. My pain level was 8/9 out of 10. A series of three epidural injections provided little or no relief. I was on my back in bed working on my laptop.
What has back and neck surgical done to relieve your pain?
After being in the car wreck, I waited 11 years to have surgery. I had a herniated disc and had no choice at that point. That surgery was a much easier recovery than my back surgery. If I knew how I would feel after surgery, I would have done it 5 to 10 years earlier.
Are you able to return to an active lifestyle?
One year after my back surgery, I hiked Fish Creek Canyon in the Superstitions, going up and down steep canyon walls. I am careful about lifting weights above 40 lbs, but don't have any doctor restrictions, just my choice to play it safe. I do enjoy walking, hiking, and climbing again.
How has your experience changed the way you look at things as a chiropractor?
I feel even more strongly that chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons should gel. In the 1980s, I was invited to debate Dr. Anthony Yeung and in the end, we mostly agreed with one another, much to the surprise of the radio host.
What recommendations do you have for other chiropractors with their own patients?
There is definitely a time and a place for neck and back surgery. I would say do not hesitate to get a spine consult by a good quality spine surgeon when disabling pain is interfering with a patient's quality of life and chiropractic care is no longer giving relief. For some people, it can really be a godsend. You owe it to yourself to develop a relationship with a good orthopedic spine surgeon.
ACS HAS IT ALL: A LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM, LITIGATION EFFORT AND THE BEST SET OF MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS OF ANY STATE ASSOCIATION
ACS has everything a practicing chiropractor could ever want from a state association. We have a powerful legislative presence, a potent litigation program, and the most extensive set of membership benefits found from any state association in the U.S. Make the commitment in 2014 to join ACS and make us even stronger while you benefit from our membership benefits which include unlimited consulting with Dr. Immerman, an Arizona veteran chiropractor first licensed in 1980. ACS is nearly a complete practice management organization when you consider the advice you get from Dr. Immerman but the cost is only a mere $100 per month. We are poised to regain full insurance equality from the Legislature in 2014 if we are fully funded and that decision is up to you. If you are not already a member, join now and assure our victory in 2014. You can either join online at www.AZChiropractors.org or by calling 602-368-9496. We look forward to welcoming you aboard! Happy New Year!
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MUST READ KEY BREAKING NEWS STORIES
BREAKING NEWS 12/03/13: ACS releases all new December 2013 ACS eNewsletter with key stories about ACS' biggest push ever at the Arizona Legislature to get an enforceable insurance equality law and lower copayments, former Senator Linda Gray's plans to return to the Legislature, possible class action litigation against BCBS and ASHN, a diet proven to control rheumatoid arthritis, and much more. Click here to read the full newsletter.
BREAKING NEWS 11/19/13: ACS releases 2014 Legislative Information Proposal and Documentation Part One and Two. We request that all legislators read this vital document in anticipation of meeting with our lobbyists, doctors and patients. ACS lobbyist Timothy LaSota was recently profiled in Phoenix Business Journal article. Click here to see Dr. Immerman's testimony on insurance equality testimony from early in 2013 beginning at the one hour, ten minute mark.
BREAKING NEWS 11/04/13: ACS releases all new November 2013 ACS eNewsletter with key stories about ACS' plan to introduce insurance equality and copay bills in January, 2014, details about the class action law firm considering a lawsuit against BCBS and ASHN, news about Patrice Pritzl's resignation as Chiropractic Board's Executive Director, upcoming special PI seminar, and much more. Click here to read the entire newsletter.
BREAKING NEWS 10/03/13: National Health Reform Provider Non-Discrimination Provision's Impact on Health Insurance and ERISA Plans -- Click here to read comprehensive 13 page analysis. Governor chooses State Employee Benefit - United Healthcare EPO as Arizona's Essential Health Benefits benchmark package for state exchange. Chiropractic coverage includes 20 spinal manipulation and 60 rehabilitation services per year. This is the minimum plan almost all employers must offer beginning 01/01/14. Click here to read the Benefit Plan Booklet from the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI) website.
BREAKING NEWS 09/21/13: ACS releases full HIPAA compliance package for 09/23/13 deadline to comply with new rules. The package has been emailed to members and is now posted on the Member Benefits page under HIPAA Compliance.
BREAKING NEWS 09/20/13: AAC secretly petitions Arizona Legislature to grant chiropractors prescription drug rights, immediately rejected. Read their petition by clicking here. Read ACS analysis and position by clicking here.
BREAKING NEWS 08/23/13: Court of Appeals rules chiropractors can be paid $12 for depositions as fact, not expert, witnesses. Click here to read full Court decision, click here to read Amicus brief filed with Court by ACS, and click here to read full ACS report including guidelines to know when expert questions are being asked and you can demand to be paid expert, not fact, fees in a deposition. ACS and others are asking Court to reconsider its decision. NEW: Click here to read ACS Amicus motion for reconsideration 09/04/13 and click here to read Court's denial of motion dated 09/13/13.
BREAKING NEWS 05/16/13: How to Use the Health Care Appeals, Grievance and Timely Payment Laws to Get Paid. ACS has made key Member Benefit documents public so entire profession can use powerful key tools to get paid. Click here for complete information. Much more information like this available to members. Join today online!
BREAKING NEWS 10/20/12: ACS releases Low Speed Impact Defense Package including a letter to send to a claims adjuster who has raised low speed impact arguments, telling you to limit treatment because property damage was minor. The package is posted on the Member Benefits page, #35.1 to 35.6.
BREAKING NEWS 04/28/12: ACS publishes Complete Directory to Personal Injury Resources, superior to many hours of seminars and hundreds of dollars of expense. Based on Dr. Immerman's 73 trials and 50 depositions in the past 15 years with overall 700 case reviews.
KEY DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR PRACTICE: 11.3 - Letter to fight refund demands. If you receive a refund demand, contact ACS. 34.1 -- Who Can an ARS 33-931 Lien Be Enforced Against, by PI attorney Steve Pincus. Also: New PI/health insurance lien forms for health insurers that refuse to honor assignments of benefits. New liens grant more rights than county liens plus work in UM/UIM cases. Also, all newASH Claims Denial Center with key analysis at 11.5.
MOST READ: Watch live testimony from the Legislature as Dr. Immerman arguesthat chiropractic should be included in health insurance. Click here to see 2013 video. Begin at the one hour, ten minute mark. Click here to see earler video. Begin at the 50:30 minute mark.
Read all BREAKING NEWS stories at www.AZChiropractors.org where they are constantly updated. Check back frequently for updates.
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GROUP MEDICAL INSURANCE, LIFE, DENTAL AND VISION PROGRAMS FOR MEMBERS
ACS is affiliated with an organization that offers health insurance for businesses with one or more employee. This insurance is guaranteed issue with no medical questions asked. PPO, HMO and HAS plans available.
INSURANCE CLAIMS AND DENIALS SOLUTIONS
ACS offers all of the documents you need to appeal insurance claims denials including health insurance, ASH and workers' compensation. New: Sample financial hardship agreements, eleven sample template letters to appeal claims denials, how to use chiropractic guidelines to defend the care you have given.
ERISA AND SELF-INSURED HEALTH PLAN TOOLS TO GET CLAIMS PAID
ACS documents thoroughly explain ERISA in terms easy to understand, and tell you exactly how to appeal a denied claim using ERISA rules.
MD-DC PRACTICE AND REFERRALS
This section provides the referral to the best book and website ever created to teach you how to get referrals from MDs and DOs.
RECORD KEEPING AND DOCUMENTATION COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE
ACS provides extensive information about how to be compliant with the Arizona Chiropractic Board with your record keeping and documentation. Also supplied are many of the forms you will need for record keeping. Learn what is needed to get a claim approved by BCBS and ASH. New: Dr. Gregg Friedman's webinar on record keeping, Informed Consent Form, Examination Form for Multiple Body Regions, Comprehensive HIPAA Compliance Forms, Outcome Assessment Tools for Neuromusculoskeletal Conditions.
This section includes the Medical Records Protocol which you are required to have on file according the laws and rules of the Arizona Chiropractic Board. It also includes a limited power of attorney to use when insurers refuse to honor assignments of benefits.
PERSONAL INJURY TOOLS
This section addresses balance billing and LaBombard issues in auto accident cases, how to get an attorney to pay your bills, attorneys' obligations when there is a lien, PI office forms, and the UCC lien which you should use in every PI case.
New: Medical PI Lien and Lien Acceptance Policy form for patients, Letter to Get Attorney to Release Settlement Monies He Has in Hand, and Who Can a County Health Care Lien Be Enforced Against.
HOW TO QUALIFY AS A COURTROOM EXPERT IN CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS
This section teaches you how to become a courtroom expert in the Clinical Biomechanics of Whiplash Injuries.
All of the materials you need to comply with the September 23, 2013 deadline.
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MISSION TRIPS WITH THE FLYING SAMARITANS: We are looking for chiropractors for weekend mission trips to Mexico. Grateful patients, safe area, fun and wonderful fellow Samaritans. Email email@example.com for more info. This mission of mercy has been enthusiastically endorsed for many years by ACS!
PHYSICIAN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Valley Wide Health Centers is continually seeking professional, motivated and ethical Chiropractic Physicians that are interested in practicing in the greater Phoenix area. The perfect candidate for our group is a Doctor that will place the patient's interest first. We look for Doctors that want to own their own practice and are self-motivated and most importantly willing to represent our group in the most professional and ethical standard. Are you someone that wants to own his or her practice with no out of pocket costs to you while you are making a very competitive base salary with Bonus? Our organization provides all the training, marketing, billing and collections, accounting and continued support so that you, the Doctor can concentrate on the most important aspect of your professional career...your patients. Please submit your information so that one of our representatives can contact you to set up a possible interview. Call (480) 459-5601, ext. #102 or email MikeS@ValleyWideHealth.com.
DC/ART PROVIDER WANTED- IMMEDIATE OPENING!! We are looking for a DC that is an ART certified provider (preferably full body certified) for coverage in our busy multidisciplinary practice in Arizona. We have 2 offices, Phoenix and Gilbert. We have a diverse practice with an ambulatory surgical suite onsite. You will be treating alongside our dedicated team
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Doctors and PAs. Familiarity with Electronic Medical Records is preferred. Salary will be dependent on experience. This is an excellent opportunity for a new doc to experience integration into interventional pain management. Coverage will be for 3 months. Please email or fax resume to 602.265.8151, feel free to visit our website at www.arizonapaintreatmentcenters.co or www.azptc.com.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 602-265-8800.
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY in high volume chiro/PT/MD clinic in SW Phoenix. Looking for energetic DC with strong subluxation philosophy and current AZ DC/PT license to join our team. Training/support from Palmer grad provided. First year 6 figure income potential through salary/bonus. Call 623-776-2225, fax resume to
623-776-2229, or email to email@example.com for more information.
LOOKING FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL CHIROPRACTOR TO WORK
IN THE GILBERT/TEMPE, AZ AREA. Must be enthusiastic, passionate, and willing to learn. Will earn better than average pay plus bonuses. Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. SM
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE: First Chiropractic of Tucson. Salary plus bonus. Must have Arizona license with physiotherapy also. Experienced preferred. Call Robin O'Neal, D.C. 1-520-403-0563.
ASSOCIATE CHIROPRACTOR FOR BUSY INTEGRATED MEDICAL
CLINIC: Arizona licensed DC, full-time, for a rapidly expanding clinic. If you are a great adjustor, be part of this growing, enthusiastic team by emailing your resume today! email@example.com
YUMA CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN NEEDED: Multidisciplinary clinic in Yuma seeking full or part time chiropractic physician for salaried, with bonuses, position. Primarily personal injury. Immediate placement desired. Physiotherapy license mandatory. Fresh graduates welcome. You can work
with medical specialists of various types. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Scott Stratmann, 602-510-4979.
ASSOCIATE NEEDED FOR DC OWNED MULTI-SPECIALTY
CLINIC IN FORT MOHAVE AZ. DC must be proficient in diversified and PT. Exciting place to learn and grow with in low stress environment. Competitive salary plus incentive bonus BOE. Feel free to stay 2 years and move on to your own practice or make a long term commitment for 200k income. More info call 928-768-2811. Send resume to: Fax 928-768-9787 email: email@example.com
UNIQUE AND EXPANDING WELLNESS CENTER IS LOOKING
TO HIRE THE RIGHT CHIROPRACTOR who is willing to explore broadening his/her services along with chiropractic care. Excellent base salary and bonus. This is an outstanding financial and career opportunity. We have the business systems, the sales and marketing, the program for total wellness. You bring the passion. South Scottsdale location.
INTEGRATED HOLISTIC OFFICE IS LOOKING FOR A HIGHLY
MOTIVATED EAST VALLEY CHIROPRACTOR. Great purpose, passion for helping people and room for growth. Base salary, 401k, health insurance and bonuses. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR CHIROPRACTIC DOCTOR: Generous Salary, Insurance Benefits, Profitable Bonuses, Paid Vacations & Holidays, Rewarding Retirement Plan in Mesa, AZ. AZ License & PT Certificate Necessary. Email CV: email@example.com. CJ
PART-TIME PERMANENT POSITION, Chiropractor needed every Friday 8am -6pm, 7400 West Indian School Road, Phoenix Arizona 85033, Contact Keith Kujawski, D.C. @623-694-6211.
FLAGSTAFF ASSOCIATE POSITION: Well-established, modern clinic with large patient base looking for a full/part time Associate. Diversified with a rehab emphasis. www.Flagchiro.com. Base plus % bonus.
CAMELBACK MEDICAL CENTERS OF PHOENIX, ARIZONA is looking for honest and ethical Chiropractic physicians to join our team. We need someone who is highly motivated, willing to learn, is a self starter and looking to join a multi-discipline group practice. All training included. Compensation package includes: Base salary with performance bonuses, 401K with matching and health insurance paid at 50%. Opportunity to buy shares in our practice for the right Physician. Email cover letter and resume at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREENWAY COTTON CHIROPRACTIC IN SURPRISE, ARIZONA is looking for Associate Doctor who is honest, ethical and must be a team player. Compensation: Base salary with performance bonuses. Email cover letter and resume to email@example.com. WB
ASSOCIATE POSITION: Well established doctor looking for energetic, dedicated and motivated individual to join our Chiropractic office and Wellness center. Fully equipped office in northwest valley. Please email resume to Bronchiro@aol.com
PRACTICES FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE MESA: Same great location for 30 years. Diversified practice, 102K collections last year working 24 hours/week. Priced for quick sale $55,000. Dr. retiring but will help buyer transition. Text or voice mail to
2400 SQUARE FOOT OFFICE IN MESA (GILBERT &
UNIVERSITY) FOR SALE OR LEASE. Doctor retiring. Practice has been in business for 30 years with established patients. All equipment will stay with office. If interested please call 480-833-4655 or
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Monday thru Wednesday 8 AM to 4:30 PM. MH
CHANDLER, AZ PRACTICE FOR SALE. 229-year chiropractic/acupuncture practice collecting $224,688. Dr. take-home before taxes $121,555. 23 hrs. weekly. Financing available. Web pics at www.samreader.com. $45,000. 480-294-0441 KK
LIVE, WORK, PLAY IN COLORADO: Fully equipped office is waiting for you to serve patients. Use entire space for your own needs or as a home/office. For details or photos, call 303-506-4147 or 303-505-4013 or
email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICE SPACE RENTAL AND
CHIRO SPACE AVAILABLE IN BUSY GROCERY ANCHORED
RETAIL CENTERS: Owner will fund relocation costs. Increased traffic & convenience = Increased sales & client retention. Experienced retail developer with well-located, grocery anchored centers in MESA, PEORIA and GILBERT. Call or email for more information: Bryan Lamond
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR TO SHARE OFFICE IN
AHWATUKEE: Established 10 year old practice, great location off I-10 and Chandler Blvd. Paperless office, X-ray and full equipment provided. Looking to cut overhead. Please email Metthamdc@cox.net
NEW OR ESTABLISHED DC WANTED (IC): PAY LOW RENT,
1-2 equipped rooms available in beautiful clinic. Amazing loc. (approx. 101 Fwy/Warner - Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert). 1 DC (me); 2 LMTs P/T and 1 NMD P/T at location. Call Dr. Shapiro (602) 908-3815.
WANT A LOWER OVERHEAD? SHARE SPACE IN MY CLINIC in the NW Valley/Arrowhead area for a flat monthly fee. Office equipped with x-ray, therapy beds, muscle stim, infrared, traction, laser, etc. Reduce overhead by half! Call William Zeiler, D.C. at 602-375-2225 or 602-369-0787 or
SPACE AVAILABLE FOR OFFICE AND TREATMENT ROOMS in new Integrative Medical Clinic in Tempe; Baseline and Lakeshore Dr; 85282. Fair Price Negotiable. Friendly Office. Opening Sept 1st.
Contact Dr. Mona Morstein at 480-688-0283.
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE: LEANDER motorized table $2500 and 2 Leander lite tables $1700 ea, SUMMIT X-RAY MACHINE $4000, MINI-MED X-ray processor $800, HILL Anatamotor $1700, Diathermy unit $350, and much more. 602-577-2576
4 THOMAS HERITAGE 7 TABLES with all drop sections and tilting headrests. Excellent condition, brown leather-look, newly refurbished. Cost each is $1,400 new with tax and shipping. Asking $650 each or $2,100 for all. ALSO, ELITE ELECTRIC HI-LOW, Baltic Blue and white base. Rarely used in the last 8 years. $4,200 new price. Asking $2,200. 2 x-ray view boxes, Each side by side full spine for viewing A-P & Lat together, $200 each. TDP Lamp Model CDP CQ27- $130. Call (480) 443-2584 or
email email@example.com. AP
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