Credit card conundrum – to accept or not to accept?

A colleague of mine posed the question, “what are some alternative options in regards to processing credit card payments?  Most of my patients pay with credit cards and I’m trying to minimize costs.”

I can absolutely empathize.  In fact, I was asking the same question a little over a year ago.  As a former Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) with a private practice based out of a home studio, my clients didn’t expect me to be set up to accept credit cards and they were happy to pay by cash or check.

And I enjoyed the the simplicity and reduced overhead of not having to deal with Visa or Mastercard.  No contracts, no reports, no percentages, no hidden fees, no terminals, no chargebacks, no nothing.  It was lovely.  But…

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Does Groupon have a place in chiropractic?

I should’ve written about this long before now, but the need to write this post reached a pinnacle a few days ago.

I learned from a colleague that the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners (OBCE) recently considered adding an exception to its anti-fee-splitting rule to allow DCs to enter into promotional arrangements arrangements such as Groupon and LivingSocial that normally split the cost, to the tune of roughly 50%.

Apparently, they’re receptive to the idea of chiropractic doctors using Groupon and are willing to write such an exception into the laws and codes that govern Oregon chiropractors.

Oh my.

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