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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Our experience with Maximized Living – from a student’s perspective

In the last post, I shared a Maximized Living experience from a friend and fellow healthcare practitioner.  (She’s not a DC herself.)  As her story unfolded, she described a franchise with extremist views and outlandish claims.  Apparently, things haven’t changed much…

Here’s our personal story of our own brush with this outfit from years ago:

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How do you get New Patients?

I was crunching numbers tonight, something that has been long-overdue, since we’ve been open over a year already.  I tallied the number of completed visits (i.e. no no-shows or cancellations), and new patients (again, counting only those who have completed at least one appointment).  I found the following FunFacts…

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Hindsight is 20/20: How I Survived Clinic (Internship)

I had a blast in clinic.  Make no mistake, it was not all rosy and smooth all the time.  In fact, like many of my classmates, I got kind of a rocky start.  At first, it seemed dismal and I was concerned that I’d never make it on time.

Indeed, a year seems like plenty of time.  But let’s face it, you also have a lot to do.  In my day, this consisted of: 200 adjustments, 24 exams, 35 physical rehab therapy treatments, 10 new patient recruits (not readily-available information; they wait to disclose this until you’ve already enrolled), 30-35 x-ray reports (during a 2-week rotation), and a gazillion QAs.  Indeed, you’re up against the clock and if you want to graduate on time, you better haul some butt.

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Chiro Cleanup – Part 3: School’s Out(dated)

I mentioned in my most recent post that much of the typical chiropractic education ranks somewhere between “a for-profit trade school…and a…religious cult”.  That might be/sound harsh, but I wasn’t lying.

Back it up, you say?  Fair enough.  Oh, let me count the ways…

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