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Doing Right at the Sunset Commission
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 09:36 AM
By: Chris Dalrymple
 

At the Sunset Commission hearing on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, the commission voted seven-to-five to recommend to the legislature that doctors of chiropractic be removed from the list of providers eligible to perform University Interscholastic League pre-participation physical examinations.

Representative Four Price raised the motion to exclude doctors of chiropractic, and it generated a number of objections from other members of the Commission.  What is clear from the following exchanges at this meeting are that:

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It’s Not “Anti-chiropractic”, it’s Just Anti-chiropractic
Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Thursday, September 04, 2014 12:00 AM
By:  Chris Dalrymple
 

At the Wednesday, August 13, 2014, hearing of the Sunset Commission Representative Four Price, asserted that he is not “anti-chiropractic.”  His words were "There is a common misconception that there is an effort to be anti-chiropractic and I want to make it real clear that that is not the purpose or the intent of this modification.”  

Yet Representative Price’s statement is "What that does is it eliminates chiropractors, a group that is conducting those physicals right now, and while I am absolutely not anti-chiropractor, that is the effect of this modification. 

Rep. Four Price, Sen. Jane Nelson lead the Sunset Commission
 
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Using Research to Defend Chiropractic: Medicare Edition
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 02:47 PM

The best way for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) to respond is with facts, context and research.  When responding to attacks on the value of chiropractic care for Medicare patients and older adults specifically, DCs should be particularly conversant on two recent randomized trials: one on chronic low-back pain by Maria Hondras, DC, PhD, and colleagues and the other on chronic neck pain by a team led by Michele Maiers, DC, MPH. These were the first, and remain the only, randomized clinical trials on chiropractic care for older people. In light of the demographic bulge of the baby boomer generation now entering the Medicare rolls, these studies should be seen as an essential part of our outreach toolkit.

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Hospital-Employed Physicians Drive Up Costs
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 01:36 PM

The attorneys general (AGs) of 16 states warn that hospital employment of physicians, which is considered in many quarters to be the inevitable fate of medical practice, is driving up healthcare costs without necessarily improving the quality of care.

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Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 01:22 PM

The quality of Americans' diets has improved somewhat but remains poor overall, and dietary disparity between the rich and poor is growing, a new study shows.  "The study provides the most direct evidence to date that the extensive efforts by many groups and individuals to improve U.S. dietary quality are having some payoff, but it also indicates that these efforts need to be expanded.

The new information came from data on more than 29,000 adults -- aged 20 to 85 -- who took part in the 1999 to 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. The quality of their diets was rated from 0 to 110, with a higher score indicating a healthier diet.

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