Episode 14: Disc herniation claims are very common. The good news: They're also highly defensible – if you follow some basic steps.
Posted in Risk Management on Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The bad news: Disc herniation claims are very common. The good news: They’re also highly defensible — if you follow some basic steps. In this episode, we'll explore what you can do to mitigate risk on a daily basis. We bring in Dr. James Demetrious and Mike Whitmer to dive into the details of what went wrong — and where it could have gone right.
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Dr. James Demetrious, DC, FACO
Dr. Demetrious achieved his chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. He completed his postgraduate training through National University of Health Sciences. He is a board certified chiropractic orthopedist and has worked continuously in clinical practice since 1986. He has been recognized and honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Dr. Demetrious has authored many articles that have been published in the journals Chiropractic and Manual Therapy (formerly C&O), JMPT, JNMS and JACO. He has served as an editor of the Journal of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. He has performed independent peer reviews for the medical journals: Spine, Annals of Internal Medicine and Clinical Anatomy. Dr. Demetrious teaches sound clinical acumen, advanced diagnostic assessment and therapeutic decision making to improve patient outcomes and wellness.
Mike Whitmer, Vice President of NCMIC's Chiropractic Insurance Programs, has more than 25 years' experience in the business world to share with D.C.s who are starting their chiropractic careers. By day, Mike leads the corporate relations team at NCMIC Group, Inc., teaching at chiropractic colleges about business practices and risk management, and attending trade shows and homecoming events. Mike is also the cofounder of a property management company and a restoration firm that have provided his "real world" experience on writing business plans and dealing with small business finance and operations. He is the board president of Children’s Cancer Connection, and on the board and executive committee of the National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter.
Chick is Sr. Vice President of Enterprise Organizational Development. Chick has nearly 30 years of experience as an executive business leader, independent consultant, speaker and executive coach. He is the co-author of “It Begs the Question – Learn How the Best Managers Drive Performance Through Question-Centric Coaching.” Chick is a past board chair for Special Olympics Iowa and was recognized as the 2013 statewide volunteer of the year. He recently accepted a leadership role with Iowa Women Lead Change. Chick and his wife have three adult sons.
Melissa is Sr. Vice President – Insurance Operations. She’s been with NCMIC since January 2004. As an active part of the Greater Des Moines community, Melisa volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, United Way’s Grad Walk, and Meals from the Heartland, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for EveryStep. She is the founder of Give Grace Give Hope, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to addressing period poverty in Central Iowa by providing menstrual products to local schools and nonprofits. Melissa and her husband have three daughters.