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Kaiser Suspends Policy Change Following ACA Action

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Kaiser Suspends Policy Change Following ACA Action

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Kaiser Permanente Mid Atlantic States and Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser) has suspended its decision to exclude cervical Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment (CMT) from coverage. The change came after the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) outlined in a letter to Kaiser the scientific evidence that documents that cervical spinal manipulation is both clinically effective and safe.

ACA took swift action in August when it learned that Kaiser had revised its Chiropractic Manipulation Medical Coverage Policy. Along with the letter outlining the large body of clinical research supporting the effectiveness and safety of cervical manipulation, ACA President Rick McMichael, DC, noted at the time in a public statement that, if allowed to stand, the restriction would be harmful to chiropractic patients and doctors.

Kaiser responded to ACA’s actions with a letter acknowledging that further consideration was needed and stating that the policy would be suspended. The insurer also recognized (in the letter) the value of keeping its Mid-Atlantic policies consistent with the other Kaiser regions, which do not have such a restriction on CMT services provided by chiropractic physicians.

“This is a positive development,” said Dr. McMichael. “Clearly, after ACA’s presentation of the related facts, Kaiser decided not to keep the changed policy in place. ACA will remain in touch with Kaiser to ensure that their future policies are based on the best available evidence. There is just no scientific evidence suggesting that a visit to a chiropractic physician for CMT causes any higher incidence of stroke than a typical visit to a primary care medical physician. ”

By |November 15, 2010|News|4 Comments

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  2. seattle chiropractic November 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Just another reason we all need to support our state and national organizations that work hard to advance chiropractic. By lobbying for pro -chiropractic legislation and policies and promoting chiropractic in a positive way, the ACA is fighting for the rights of all of us to practice this profession that has given us so much.

  3. karl November 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    i have a question that rarely/never gets answered with a rational response. why is the provider of cervical manipulation of consequence when other practitioners perform cervical manipulation. when a medication is under scrutiny/suspect it’s not the practitioner that’s mentioned but the medication. some physical therapists/osteopathes and medical doctors perform cervical manipulation. yes, they perform high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) manipulation. chiropractors again are on the defense and spend valuable resources while other practitioners sit back. this may only be opportunistic capitalism but it seems to be a type of turf war strategy also.

  4. chiropractor pittsfield November 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    It’s always rewarding when we win as a profession against the insurance companies. It’s like David beating Goliath.

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