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Five Things Clinicians and Patients Should Question
Written by Edito   
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 05:33 PM

The ACA has released a list of “Five Things Clinicians and Patients Should Question” in chiropractic as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, led by the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports®. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support doctors of chiropractic and patients in making wise choices about their care.

Does Health Insurance Save Lives?
Written by Editor   
Monday, August 14, 2017 07:27 AM

Is health insurance really a "life-saver" as the political debate seems to claim? Is there an alternative to consider besides relying upon the "life-saver"?

Multiple groups are synthesizing decades worth of data to answer that question.  A report appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded, “arguing that health insurance doesn’t improve health is simply inconsistent with the evidence.”  Some are claiming that plans to change the current nationalized insurance system will have catastrophic effects, claiming “there will be deaths.”  

But this is a more difficult question than it may appear at first glance. First – who do you compare the uninsured to? What's the control group? If you compare uninsured people to those who get insurance due to disability or through Medicare, you might be stacking the deck against being insured – since that comparison group is a bit sicker than average. In contrast, if you compare uninsured people to people with employer-sponsored insurance, you might make being uninsured look worse than it really is due to the so-called "healthy worker effect." Accounting for these imperfect comparisons requires statistical adjustment, which can often be quite difficult.

SSNRI is Coming? What's That?
Written by Editor   
Sunday, August 13, 2017 12:59 PM

SSNRI is the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI). The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires CMS to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status. 

Opioids: a National Epidemic; it's Worse Than We Thought
Written by Editor   
Friday, August 11, 2017 12:17 PM

Earlier in August, the president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis urged President Trump to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency in order to expedite emergency funding and resources to places hardest hit by the crisis. 

On August 8, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, stated “We believe that, at this point, that the resources that we need, or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis at this point can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency.”  Such emergencies are used in response to “specific area” and a “time-limited problem,” Price reported.

On August 10, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency. It's a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. …We're going to draw it up and we're going to make it a national emergency. It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had."

Executive Director’s Message: Don’t Miss TCA’s Education Events in September
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 03:18 PM

Summer is almost over and it’s back to school for students. That also applies to doctors of chiropractic in search of coveted continuing education hours to maintain their Texas license or simply wanting to enhance their knowledge. 

Next month, TCA is putting on two events you don’t want to miss!

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