Medicare is different. The rules are different for chiropractors. It does not allow us to opt out of Medicare. What that means is, if I don't accept Medicare patients I can not see anyone that has Medicare. It will not allow me to charge cash for my services and see you. It means I can not treat you at all.
Medical doctors can opt out of Medicare and charge cash for their services but not chiropractors.
No seeing anyone over the age of 65 would be such a disservice. That is why I chose to accept Medicare. I get paid less but I could not let people over the age of 65 not have access to the only Atlas Orthogonal practice in Houston.
I also accept assignment. This mean you do not have to pay up front for care. You are only responsible for deductibles, co pays and what Medicare does not cover.
Here is another weird twist with Medicare. They require chiropractors to do an exam and take x-rays but they will not pay for them. Go figure. They do pay for the adjustment.
I would like to welcome any one over the age of 65 to my office. Atlas Orthogonal is such a gentle treatment.
Please tell your friends and family I accept Medicare patients.
Kathryn Larson, registered nurse and chiropractor.