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My Co-Insurance? What’s That?

By |August 13, 2013|Health Care Reform|

My Co-Insurance? What’s That?

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SOURCE:   J Health Econ. 2013; 32 (5): 850-862 [Epub ahead of print]


Forbes Magazine interviews George Loewenstein, a Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, about a study he just published in the September Journal of Health Economics.

Researchers looked at two surveys of Americans, between the ages of 25 and 64, who had private health insurance coverage. Among their findings, they uncovered that only 14% of those interviewed had an understanding of the most basic insurance concepts of “deductible, copay, co-insurance and out-of-pocket maximum.”

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There Will Never Be Enough Research To Satisfy Our Critics

By |January 24, 2013|Chiropractic Care, Evidence-based Medicine, Health Care Reform, Patient Satisfaction, Spinal Manipulation|

There Will Never Be Enough Research
To Satisfy Our Critics

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A Chiro.Org Editorial


For some, there will never be enough research to support the use of chiropractic. These people will forever hide behind the claim that they wish to protect patients from quackish practices.

For those who may have forgotten, or for those who never knew, organized medicine spent decades and tens of millions of dollars trying to discredit and destroy chiropractic. Today, the vestiges of that oppression is still found on fringe web sites that ignore the body of peer-reviewed research supporting chiropractic care.

The Wilk anti-trust case against the AMA and 20 other named medical groups revealed that the AMA Plan was to:

  • Undermine Chiropractic schools

  • Undercut insurance programs for Chiropractic patients

  • Conceal evidence of the effectiveness of Chiropractic care

  • Subvert government inquires into the effectiveness of Chiropractic, and

  • Promote other activities that would control the monopoly that the AMA had on health care

  • They even threatened their own ranks: any MD who taught in our schools, performed research with chiropractors, or accepted a referral from, or made a referral to a chiropractor, would lose their hospital privileges, leaving them unable to treat patients.

while, all along, they knew that:<

There also was some evidence before the Committee that chiropractic was effective - more effective than the medical profession in treating certain kinds of problems such as workmen's back injuries.

The Committee on Quackery was also aware that some medical physicians believed chiropractic to be effective and that chiropractors were better trained to deal with musculoskeletal problems than most medical physicians.


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When Research Challenges Our Assumptions

By |September 8, 2012|Chiropractic Care, Evidence-based Medicine, Guidelines, Health Care Reform, Health Promotion|

When Research Challenges Our Assumptions

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SOURCE:   ACA News ~ Sept 2012

By Daniel Redwood


When new research, research reviews or practice guidelines support our current beliefs and practices, enthusiasm comes easily. When the 2007 medical practice guidelines on low back pain (LBP) jointly prepared by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recognized spinal manipulation as the only non-pharmacologic method providing “proven benefits” for acute LBP and as one of several methods (including exercise, rehabilitation, acupuncture and yoga) proven effective for chronic LBP, the American Chiropractic Association and doctors of chiropractic (DCs) everywhere welcomed this as a long-overdue recognition of the value of our primary treatment methods.

But when research challenges our assumptions, our responses are understandably mixed. Such findings, if confirmed in multiple studies, may create pressure to change our practice patterns or threaten reimbursement from insurance companies. Like members of other health professions, DCs do not find such developments pleasant. How we and members of other health professions respond to such research says a great deal about who we are, how fully we practice what we preach, and the depth of our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients. (more…)

The First Domino: Chiropractic Before Spinal Surgery for Chronic Low Back Pain

By |May 17, 2012|Chiropractic Care, Evidence-based Medicine, Guidelines, Health Care Reform, Low Back Pain, Rehabilitation|

The First Domino:
Chiropractic Before Spinal Surgery for Chronic Low Back Pain

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SOURCE:   Dynamic Chiropractic

By Peter W. Crownfield

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan mandates conservative care before even considering surgery for chronic Low Back Pain cases.


The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan, a health maintenance organization affiliated with the university’s School of Medicine, has adopted landmark guidelines for the management of chronic low back pain.

As of Jan. 1, 2012, candidates for spine surgery must receive “prior authorization to determine medical necessity,” which includes verification that the patient has “tried and failed a 3-month course of conservative management that included physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, and medication.

Surgery candidates also must be graduates of the plan’s LBP health coaching program. The program features a Web-based decision-making tool designed to help plan members “understand the pros and cons of surgery and high-tech radiology.” It is the first reported implementation of such a policy by a health care plan.

Putting a Clamp on the Soaring Rates of Spine Surgery

According to the December 2011 issue of the UPMC Health Plan Physician Partner Update, which informed participating providers of the new guidelines and the rationale for their implementation, “We feel strongly that this clinical initiative will improve the quality of care for members who are considering low back surgery, and that it will facilitate their involvement in the decision-making process.”

The update also noted, “Surgical procedures for low back surgery performed without prior authorization will not be reimbursed at either the specialist or the hospital level.” (more…)

Chiropractic and Health Care Reform: An Uncertain Future or an Opportunity?

By |April 10, 2012|Health Care Reform|

Chiropractic and Health Care Reform:
An Uncertain Future or an Opportunity?

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SOURCE:   Dynamic Chiropractic

By Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd and
Lori Byrd, MS


The United States is currently experiencing a health care crisis. Much of the current health care system focuses limited resources on the treatment of disease, and very few resources are aimed at primary and secondary prevention.

Although 70 percent of factors influencing health are environmental and behavioral, and only 10 percent of the factors attributed to health are associated with access to health care, the actual reimbursement for health services accounts for 96 percent of the $2.3 trillion spent each year. [1] Thus, we need to take a closer look at health care reform and how doctors of chiropractic will approach this changing landscape.

In March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was law signed into law. The intention of the act is to put “in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will hold insurance companies more accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.” [2] However, it is not exactly clear how this will be done or if the promised goals will be met, especially during this time of reduced funding and economic crises.

Chiropractic is one of the largest complementary and alternative medicine professions, and one of the largest licensed health care professions in the United States. [3-4] It is considered to be a holistic and wellness-oriented profession, traditionally not using drugs or surgery to help patients maintain health. Care typically incorporates wellness, lifestyle and prevention approaches with patient management, and focuses on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Services provided by doctors of chiropractic have demonstrated high patient satisfaction, cost-effectiveness and parity compared to other types of care for similar conditions. (more…)

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Older Adults

By |February 26, 2012|Chiropractic Care, Health Care Reform, Research, Spinal Manipulation|

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Older Adults

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SOURCE:   Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2012 (Feb 21), 20: 3

Paul E Dougherty, Cheryl Hawk, Debra K Weiner,
Brian Gleberzon, Kari Andrew, Lisa Killinger


There are a rising number of older adults; in the US alone nearly 20% of the population will be 65 or older by 2030. Chiropractic is one of the most frequently utilized types of complementary and alternative care by older adults, used by an estimated 5% of older adults in the U.S. annually. Chiropractic care involves many different types of interventions, including preventive strategies. This commentary by experts in the field of geriatrics, discusses the evidence for the use of spinal manipulative therapy, acupuncture, nutritional counseling and fall prevention strategies as delivered by doctors of chiropractic. Given the utilization of chiropractic services by the older adult, it is imperative that providers be familiar with the evidence for and the prudent use of different management strategies for older adults.

Introduction:

By 2030, nearly one in five U.S. residents is expected to be age 65 or older [1]. An estimated 14% of patients treated by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are 65 and older [2]. The most common reason for an older adult to see a DC is musculoskeletal pain, most often lower back pain [3]. Although the most common reason for older adults seeking chiropractic care is for musculoskeletal symptoms, DCs may also provide a diverse range of services to these patients [4] .Given this fact, for the purpose of this manuscript chiropractic care will be defined as; “the provision by a doctor of chiropractic of services related to patient assessment, maintenance of health, prevention of illness, and treatment of illness or injury.” The focus of this manuscript is to describe the evidence for achievement of some of these goals in the older adult population. The purpose of this manuscript is to present an overview of information to the practicing chiropractor on utilization of specific management tools. This is not meant to be a systematic review of the literature or an evidence based guideline. The authors each have personal experience in evaluating and treating older adults as well as established expertise in research and publication in these areas. The authors recognize that there is a need for further research in the area of management of the older adult by DC’s and discuss in the conclusion future research considerations. (more…)