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A Health Care System in Transformation: Making the Case for Chiropractic

Chiro.Org Blog: This commentary explores the present day healthcare crisis and looks at the opportunities for chiropractors as pressure intensifies on politicians and leaders in healthcare to seek innovative solutions to a failing model. Amidst these opportunities, it questions whether the chiropractic profession is ready to accept the challenges that integration into mainstream healthcare will bring and identifies both pathways and potential obstacles to acceptance. […]

Improving Our Nation’s Health Care System

Chiro.Org Blog: This report summarizes the closing plenary session of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Educational Conference—Research Agenda Conference 2014. The purpose of this session was to examine patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations from various speakers’ viewpoints and to discuss how chiropractic could possibly work within, and successfully contribute to, the changing health care environment. […]

Chiropractors as Primary Spine Care Providers:Precedents and Essential Measures

Chiro.Org Blog: Chiropractors have the potential to address a substantial portion of spinal disorders; however the utilization rate of chiropractic services has remained low and largely unchanged for decades. Other health care professions such as podiatry/chiropody, physiotherapy and naturopathy have successfully gained public and professional trust, increases in scope of practice and distinct niche positions within mainstream health care. […]

The Coming Changes in Health Care:What DCs Need to Know

Chiro.Org Blog: The major components of the Affordable Care Act, which will change things on a broad scale in the United States, go into effect on January 1, 2014. So we’re in this ramp up, with several months to go, and it’s going to be fast and furious because there are many brand new structures that have never existed before. There’s no template for them so everything is being created out of whole cloth. It’s going to be bumpy and chaotic. […]

Healthcare Reform: Implications for Chiropractic

Chiro.Org Blog: What follows is information regarding healthcare reform and suggestions for those chiropractic physicians interested in joining the healthcare delivery systems of the 21st century as valuable members of healthcare teams within coordinated care organizations. […]

The Establishment of a Primary Spine Care Practitioner And Its Benefits To Health Care Reform in the United States

Chiro.Org Blog: One of the most talked about issues in the United States (US) is health care reform. In other countries as well, discussion commonly revolves around the issue of how health care services can be improved while containing costs. Many in the US have described the current health care situation as a “crisis” [1-4]. In March 2010, the US Congress passed and the President signed into law the Affordable Care Act, which puts in place comprehensive health care reform measures [5]. […]

My Co-Insurance? What’s That?

Chiro.Org Blog: New study reveals 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. […]

There Will Never Be Enough Research To Satisfy Our Critics

Chiro.Org Blog: For some, there will never be enough research to support the use of chiropractic. These people mask themselves behind a 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 this suppression are still found on fringe web sites that ignore the body of peer-reviewed research supporting chiropractic care. […]

When Research Challenges Our Assumptions

Chiro.Org Blog: 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. […]

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

Chiro.Org Blog: 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.” […]

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

Chiro.Org Blog: 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. […]

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Older Adults

Chiro.Org Blog: 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. […]

Chiropractic Research & Practice: State of the Art

Chiro.Org Blog: Since chiropractic’s breakthrough decade in the 1970s — when the U.S. federal government included chiropractic services in Medicare and federal workers’ compensation coverage, approved the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) as the accrediting body for chiropractic colleges, and sponsored a National Institutes of Health (NIH) conference on the research status of spinal manipulation — the profession has grown and matured into an essential part of the nation’s healthcare system. […]

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Individual Mandate Requirement

Chiro.Org Blog: A federal appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio, today placed its constitutional stamp of approval on the linchpin of the embattled Affordable Care Act (ACA): the requirement that individuals either obtain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty […]

Primary Care MDs Decline Training In Pain Management

Primary Care MDs Decline Training In Pain Management

The Chiro.Org Blog

The following survey reveals a depressing new trend in medicine. Although primary care physicians (PCPs) see the largest percentage of chronic pain patients (52%), they are also the least likely to feel confident in their ability to manage musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain conditions, […]