Adams Chiropractic, "Go Where The Pros Go"

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Research Continues to Show that Chiropractic Saves Money and Improves Patient’s Health.

 

In the last two newsletters, I have spent more time condemning medications and not showing evidence that chiropractic is superior in many ways.  This month I want to focus on 2 separate studies released in 2009 that show how beneficial chiropractic can be when patients use a chiropractors services regularly.

 

Remember, the information presented is not my opinion, but the results of research conducted by the insurance industry.  The full text of the studies can be reviewed at www.chiropractic-info.com.  There are also other interesting studies posted on that website.

 

Cost-Effective Care:  The Evidence Mounts

Tell your legislators: chiropractic reduces health care costs, and a growing body of evidence is proving it

“Only weeks after the release of a Wellmark pilot study that suggests chiropractic reduces both costs and need for surgery, Milliman USA has released findings from "An Actuarial Analysis of the Impact of Chiropractic Care on the Costs of Medical Care for Patients With Common Spinal Diagnoses," a previously confidential report that adds to the evidence linking use of chiropractic services with significant cost savings.”

Milliman USA was retained by Triad Healthcare, Inc.  The analysis was intended to address the following question: 'Does inclusion of chiropractic benefits in a health plan change the total costs of health care for individuals with certain diagnoses, and if so, in what direction and by how much?'"

The first data set came from the MEDSTAT MarketScan Research Database, representing inpatient and outpatient health care utilization by patients nationwide who are covered by the benefit plans of large employers; the second comprised claims data from 14 managed care plans throughout the U.S. provided by a physician-profiling vendor.

According to the executive summary of the report, "The two analyses indicate that spinal patients who seek chiropractic coverage have materially lower health care costs than those who do not. The difference is consistent in all years and between the two data sets. The difference range from 10% to 23% lower costs for those patients who sought chiropractic care."

Wow!!  Powerful stuff.  If your insurance carrier wants to cut chiropractic benefits, that would be a BIG mistake!!….

 

 

Here is the second one…

 

How Chiropractic Helps the Insurance Industry

Report suggests covering chiropractic care of neck and low back pain increases value-for-dollar of health benefit plans.

Insurance companies and others hesitant to expand coverage of chiropractic care should review a copy of a report prepared by Mercer Health and Benefits, a San Francisco-based human resources and financial advisor. The report, "Do Chiropractic Physician Services for Treatment of Low Back and Neck Pain Improve the Value of Health Benefit Plans?" concludes that chiropractic care "is likely to achieve equal or better health outcomes at a cost that compares very favorably to most therapies that are routinely covered in U.S. health benefit plans" and that covering chiropractic services for neck and low back pain "will likely increase value-for-dollar by improving clinical outcomes and either reducing total spending (neck pain) or increasing total spending (low back pain) by a smaller percentage as clinical outcomes improve."

Take-Home Points

·       Chiropractic care is widely used, with almost half of all patients with persistent back pain seeking this form of treatment.

·       "Chiropractic care is more effective than other modalities for treating low back and neck pain.

·       Chiropractic care for the treatment of low back and neck pain "is highly cost-effective, represents a good value in comparison to medical physician care and to widely accepted cost-effectiveness thresholds."

·        "Insurance coverage for chiropractic physician care ... is likely to drive improved cost-effectiveness of U.S. care.                   

·       These findings "support the value of health insurance coverage of chiropractic care for low back and neck pain at average fees currently payable by U.S. commercial insurers."

…This study provides more evidence why chiropractic care should be included in all health care plans…

 

Again, the full text of these studies can be reviewed at www.chiropractic-info.com.  A group of chiropractors in Frankfort have made this site possible.  Many other research studies are posted on the site.  Please visit the site and pass the information along to your friends and legislators!!

 

….watching your back!!!! 

D. Kurt Adams, D.C.