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How often has this happened in your practice? You submit an insurance claim, only to receive a denial, labeling the treatment or diagnostic testing you conducted as “observational” or “investigational.” It’s a response familiar to many doctors of chiropractic.

“This is happening so frequently now,” says Charles Herring, DC, president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER). “Someone representing the insurance company does a literature search and writes up a policy position stating that X is not a covered benefit, because it’s been determined from the literature [to be] an observational or investigational service.”

These documents, usually called “clinical policy bulletins,” mean that even before your claim can be considered, you have to come up with scientific literature to effectively counter the insurance company’s ruling.

That’s what our Research Section is for. It’s a vast collection of articles supporting the documented benefits of chiropractic care.

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About the Author:

I was introduced to Chiro.Org in early 1996, where my friend Joe Garolis helped me learn HTML, the "mark-up language" for websites. We have been fortunate that journals like JMPT have given us permission to reproduce some early important articles in Full-Text format. Maintaining the Org website has been, and remains, my favorite hobby.


  1. stevev May 18, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Here’s a link that some my be unaware of but find helpful. It’s a GREAT resource I use for my class prep for all my classes. It’s a cross/multi database search engine that will auto-search a total of 35 literature databases. It usually takes about 1 -10 seconds depending on how busy the net is;

    Entrez cross-database search page

  2. Frank May 18, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Thanks Steve! That’s a bread spectrum of sources! I can usually be found on PubMed.

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