CHIROPRACTIC LEGISLATION TEMPORARILY
ON HOLD AT ARIZONA LEGISLATURE
It has been a rocky road in the State Senate for chiropractic legislation and our bills are temporarily on hold which is not unusual or worrisome. The first step was a hearing and vote in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee where our copayment bill failed by a vote of 3-4. Then, the committee chair, Senator Nancy Barto, agreed to accept an amendment from one of the no votes, Sen. Ed Ableser, and he agreed to vote yes at the next meeting, thus assuring passage. However, when the date of the meeting came, Sen. Ableser was not present and so the bill was not voted on. Therefore, the copayment bill did not pass the Senate on this initial, very early attempt.
Now we are looking for a "vehicle" bill to carry our copay bill. This is a bill on another subject which we would use for our bill. We would strip the bill of its original language and insert our copay bill language. We have a number of bills under consideration but cannot reveal which ones we plan to use so as not to alert the opposition. There are some excellent candidates and so our hopes are still very high for ultimate passage of our bill.
With the overall insurance equality bill, the powers that be are leaning towards adding language to the Unfair Claim Settlement Practices law that would require the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI) to take enforcement action when there are violations. ACS filed a lawsuit against ADOI for failing to enforce the chiropractic insurance equality law but the courts ruled that ADOI has no duty to enforce the law even if there are violations. Passage of this new law would make it so that if we sue ADOI again, the lawsuit would be decided on the basis of whether or not there are violations of the law, not whether ADOI has the duty to enforce the law. This would solve our problem. Expect a bill with these provisions to arise in the next few weeks as well. Even the Chamber of Commerce is opposed to ADOI not enforcing the law when there are clear violations.
The interstate purchase of insurance bill which would have undermined our insurance equality law never received a hearing in the State Senate and this is a major victory for ACS and the profession. This bill would have negated our insurance equality law if even a single out of state insurance policy was sold in Arizona that did not require coverage for chiropractic. Apparently, the proponents realized the opposition was too strong to move forward with this legislation.
The AAC AHCCCS bill failed to pass the Senate and is dead. It passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee but then died in the Senate Appropriations Committee where it was only discussed and not voted on. This bill would only have allowed you to see AHCCCS patients if they were referred by a PCP, a highly unlikely event. ACS will only support an AHCCCS bill that allows direct access to patients without a referral by a PCP.
ACS is working extremely hard every day at the Legislature to protect your interests. If you are not a member, you should join immediately to safeguard your practice. The Legislature has the power to make or break an entire industry and those businesses which are not protected at the Legislature are in jeopardy. Make the smart choice and join ACS today by going online to www.AZChiropractors.org. We never stop fighting for you.
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BREAKING NEWS REGARDING CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST BCBS AND ASHN
ACS has been announcing that Andrew Friedman of the Phoenix class action law firm, Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, PC, is working on a potential class action claim against BCBS and ASHN by doctors and patients affected by the insurance companies' abusive practices relating to chiropractic care. Now the decision has been made to add refund demands to the lawsuit. If you have been hit with a refund demand by BCBS and paid money back in the past six years, contact ACS immediately to be included in the lawsuit.
On 02/25/14, attorney Brian Hufford who filed the lawsuit for the ACA against ASHN and CIGNA nationally was in Phoenix and met with Dr. Immerman and Mr. Friedman to discuss the Arizona lawsuit and other potential lawsuits. Mr. Hufford is charged with energy to take on the enemies of chiropractic in the courtroom and has been doing so across the country. He has worked with Andrew Friedman in the past and Dr. Immerman has brought the two together in Arizona to create an amazingly powerful team. Stand by for legal fireworks galore.
So the work on the Arizona lawsuit continues to progress. We cannot reveal more details other than to state the project is alive and well. Your hopes should remain high with the expectation that we will soon have good news to report. Stay tuned to the ACS publications for complete information. Once filed, this class action lawsuit will be one of the most powerful efforts ever undertaken by ACS.
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LIFE CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE WEST IS COMING TO PHOENIX!
Please join us Tuesday, March 24 at 7 PM and bring prospective students from your community to this special event. Life West President, Dr. Brian Kelly will be speaking at this event. If you would like to help promote the event, please go to the doctors resource page and download the poster for the event. We'd love to have your help in spreading the word about this outstanding event. Location will be the Phoenix Airport Marriot at 1101 N. 44th St.
If you know anyone else who might be interested in attending please invite them to join you. We'll see you there. Check out the website @ LifeWestCareerNight.com. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!
ADOI RESPONDS TO COMPLAINT THAT INSURERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO PAY DCs DIFFERENTLY FROM MDs BASED ON QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE MEASURES, NOT LICENSURE OR MARKET CONSIDERATIONS
Last month we reported that based on Section 2706 of the federal Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, insurers may only pay DCs differently from MDs based on "qualify and performance measures." Right now, ASHN will pay only $18 even if four separate physical medicine procedures are performed while paying MDs 3-4 times more for the same services. Also, insurers are paying MDs far more than DCs for performing the same exams even though there is no difference in quality or performance measures. This is illegal based on Section 2706. We have brought this issue to the attention of our attorneys and have filed a complaint with the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI). We believe such differences in payment are a clear violation of Section 2706, the provider non-discrimination clause of Obamacare, and will pursue justice in this area vigorously.
ADOI has responded stating it needs more evidence. This means we need EOBs from MDs, DOs and PTs showing the amount they were paid for the same CPT codes billed by chiropractors. We need you to supply ACS with such EOBs together with EOBs from your office showing what you have been paid. Once we receive this information, we will supply it to ADOI to prove our case. Then, ADOI should take enforcement action. Please supply this information as soon as possible.
SHOULD YOU BILL HEALTH INSURANCE WITH A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?
Should you bill health insurance with a PI case? In most, but not all cases, the answer surprisingly is yes. ACS has developed a new position paper available under Member Benefits at www.azchiropractors.org/pages/membership-and-member-benefits.php as number 31.2 that we recommend you read immediately since we get questions on this issue all of the time. There is a lot of confusion surrounding this important issue. Non-members will have access as soon as they join. If you need consulting with this or any other similar question, all you have to do is join ACS by going to www.AZChiropractors.org or calling 602-368-9496.
DR. IMMERMAN AND CHIROCODE INSTITUTE PUBLISH TWO NEW BOOKS "STRATEGIES TO DEFEAT LOW SPEED IMPACT DEFENSE EXPERTS" AND "HOW TO DEFEAT IME DOCTORS WHO DENY YOUR CLAIMS"
ChiroCode Institute has published two books written by Dr. Immerman entitled "Strategies to Defeat Low Speed Impact Defense Experts" and "How to Defeat IME Doctors Who Deny Your Claims." These books are 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 books at http://www.chirocode.com/practice_management_and_marketing.
Dr. Immerman's introduction to the low speed impact book states: "Learn the essential secrets for how to win low speed impact cases from one of your most experienced colleagues. ChiroCode Institute presents Dr. Alan Immerman, DC, veteran of 60 actual trials and 40 depositions in which he has qualified as an expert in clinical biomechanics and accident reconstruction. Dr. Immerman is a post-graduate instructor in the clinical biomechanics of whiplash injuries at Parker College of Chiropractic. He will show you how any DC can qualify as a biomechanical expert in court today. He will provide you with the practical information and actual reports which have won recent cases against leading insurance companies. This has never been presented in such a turn-key and user-friendly format before, complete with every scientific argument and reference you need to win."
Dr. Immerman's introduction to the IME book states: "Have you heard the argument that all soft tissue injuries resolve on their own in just a few weeks after the accident and so no treatment is justified after that point in time? Have you heard the argument that no more than six weeks of care is ever justified? How about the argument that no one develops chronic pain from whiplash injuries? Oftentimes when you are treating a personal injury patient, you are sent a report to review authored by an independent medical examiner (IME), usually either a defense chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon. These doctors are experts at writing such reports and usually do so nearly full time. They make arguments and cite references that are very convincing and for which you usually have no counter arguments at hand. This new book from Dr. Immerman will give you the ammunition you need to counter reports from IME chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. You will have the arguments and the key references from the modern peer-reviewed literature to support the care you have rendered. Most importantly, you will be able to counter biased IME reports on your own without having to spend hours in the medical library doing research. Arm yourself with How to Defeat IME Doctors Who Deny Your Claims so that you will be ready to defend your cases when assaulted by unfair IME reports. There is no other book available that provides this level of support for your personal injury practice."
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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!
EPIDURAL STEROID SPINE INJECTIONS:
ARE THEY SAFE AND EFFECTIVE?
By Dr. Craig W. Brue, D.C.
Are your patients experiencing chronic back or neck pain and considering a steroid shot for pain relief? Here are the important facts that you need to know about these controversial injections.
Fact 1: Steroid spinal injections are NOT approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Epidural steroid injections (ESI) are given by various pain management doctors; radiologists, physiatrists and anesthesiologists with great frequency. M.D.'s are frequently referring their patients to pain management for these spinal injections. But, here's what most patients are never told. ESI's are not FDA approved. The Dr. Oz show recently did an in-depth investigation of these spinal injection procedures given at pain clinics. Posing as patients, the investigative journalists were told, at 19 out of 20 pain clinics, that the injections were FDA approved. That's simply a misstatement of the facts. The steroids that are used in pain management are FDA approved for your muscles and joints, but the FDA has never approved the injections for spinal use. Doctors are allowed to use the steroid injections into the spine as an "off-label use", but that means that the use of steroids has never undergone an official study to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Fact 2: There are serious risks associated with spinal steroid injections. In October 2013 a prestigious medical journal, Surgical Neurology International, reported the following facts after doing a comprehensive review of the literature related to the risks of ESI's. "Multiple recent reports cite contaminated epidural steroid injections. Patients develop complications that often go unreported or underreported. Life-threatening conditions from ESI's include spinal fluid leaks (0.4-6%), positional headaches (28%), spinal cord infection (6-16%), hydrocephalus, embolism, allergic reactions, stroke, blindness, paralysis, hematomas, seizures and death."
Fact 3: ESI's are typically short-acting and ineffective over the long term. The Surgical Neurology International journal also reports that the benefits from ESI's are typically short term and states the following: "Although not approved by the FDA, injections are being performed with an increased frequency (160%), and are typically short-acting and ineffective over the longer-term, while exposing patients to major risks and complications." Dr. Nancy E. Epstein, a neurosurgeon, makes the following conclusion related to the effectiveness of ESI's: "Although the benefits for ESI's may include transient relief, the multitude of risks attributed to these injections outweighs the benefits."
Several studies over the decades have concluded that ESI's work no better than injecting saline, a placebo. Another recent study published in the June 2013 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery reports that steroid injections to ease lower back and leg pain may result with increased odds of spinal fractures because steroids can reduce bone density.
Are your patients currently experiencing spine pain? First, try gentle chiropractic treatment to correct spinal misalignment along with specific strengthening exercises. You can always sign up for the more dangerous treatments if conservative care doesn't work.
(Dr. Craig Brue is an ACS member, author, lecturer and chiropractic provider located in SaddleBrooke, AZ)
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MUST READ KEY BREAKING NEWS STORIES
BREAKING NEWS 02/03/14:
ACS releases all new February 2014 ACS eNewsletter with breaking news stories about chiropractic bills at the Legislature, pending class action litigation, posssible violations of Obamacare by Arizona insurers, a diet proven to help multiple sclerosis, and much more. Click here to read the entire newsletter.
BREAKING NEWS 01/03/14:
ACS releases all new January 2014 ACS eNewsletter with key stories about legislative effort with great news that Senate Health Committee Chair Nancy Barto has agreed to sponsor ACS insurance equality and copay legislation, news about impending class action lawsuit against BCBS and ASHN, Dr. Immerman's new book about low speed impact automobile accidents, and much more. Click here to read the entire newsletter.
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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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. Also: 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. Also: 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. Also: 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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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. CJ
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE (West Valley): Salary. Must have Arizona license with physiotherapy also. Experienced preferred. Call (602) 989-6789.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE WITH TECHNIQUES THAT GET RESULTS? Are you looking to learn how to work in an integrated medicine clinic? Are you willing to work the hours to achieve clinical mastery and financial success? If you communicate well and truly listen and love your patients this may be the opportunity for you. We are a teamwork based multi-specialty clinic with MD/DC/NP. Applicants must have a good sense of humor and the art of the chiropractic adjustment and trigger point therapy. Physiotherapy license in AZ in a plus.
Fax your resume to 623-815-0500. MF
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 email@example.com Monday thru Wednesday 8 AM to 4:30 PM. MH
GLENDALE, AZ (ARROWHEAD AREA) PRACTICE FOR SALE. Super low overhead (Rent $850/mo.) in high traffic/visibility area. Beautiful, fully equipped office including X-ray and processor. Practice established 14 years.
Dr. works 21 hours a week M-Th. In 2012, office collected 164K. Asking 29K.
Call Dr. Wayne 602-885-3358. WH
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
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.
FAMILY PRACTICE LOOKING FOR DC TO SHARE HER OFFICE SPACE with you at 83rd Ave/Cactus Rd. Flat rent for full use of our office space on MWF.
Just bring your computer, phone line, staff and patients! Call/email Dr Jen at 623.878.1133 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
DRX 9000: 6 years old, very little use. Perfect condition. Ready to move. $12K. Call Dr. Shaun Malone 602-421-6111.
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