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ACA to Release First Ever Chiropractic Documentation Manual
Arlington, Va. (Feb. 1, 2005) — This February the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will debut the first-ever manual developed by doctors of chiropractic for documenting chiropractic services. Designed to help DCs better describe their services, limit overhead costs associated with reimbursement and billing, and ultimately provide the best in patient care, ACA’s Clinical Documentation Manual covers topics ranging from patient health record set-up to patient discharge documentation.
According to Rick McMichael, DC, ACA’s Clinical Documentation Committee chairman, “The ACA Clinical Documentation Manual was written specifically to assist doctors of chiropractic in improving documentation of patient care. Improved documentation will help to reduce claim delays and denials, and DCs, patients and insurers will benefit from the improved communications that better documentation will foster.”
The easy-to-understand format provides users a clear idea of how specific services should be described to meet insurance requirements for documenting medical necessity. Furthermore, the manual presents each major component of chiropractic clinical documentation as a chapter, which allows users to quickly locate information of interest.
“Creating this new resource for the profession was a collaborative effort that brought together a wide range of authorities in the chiropractic profession committed to helping DCs avoid claim denials and appeals while ensuring patient quality of care,” explained Donald Krippendorf, DC, ACA president.
Approximately 150 outside groups and individuals – including chiropractic colleges, state associations, licensing boards, the Foundation for Chiropractic Education & Research, and insurance representatives – were asked to review and comment on drafts of the manual. Developers of the manual believe that because of this extensive input the manual will achieve a high level of acceptance by payers and the chiropractic profession.
The three-year effort to create ACA’s Clinical Documentation Manual was prompted by comments from representatives of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and national insurers regarding the need for better documentation of services by DCs. ACA learned that a high percentage of chiropractic claim denials resulted from a lack of documented medical necessity.
ACA’s Clinical Documentation Manual is available to all doctors of chiropractic. Members can purchase the manual at the discounted price of $79.95. The non-member price is $119. In addition, bulk-rate discounts are available to state associations.
To purchase this essential documentation resource, call 800-368-3083 or visit the ACA’s online store at www.acatoday.com/store. For more information, contact Kristi Fletcher at 800-986-4636, ext 230, or at email@example.com.
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