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Practice Characteristics Between Swiss Male and Female Chiropractors
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 09:58 AM

Because of the start of a new chiropractic program in the faculty of medicine at the University of Zürich in 2008, a job analysis survey of chiropractic practice in Switzerland was performed in 2009 to identify specific characteristics of Swiss chiropractic practice to ensure a comprehensive education of future chiropractors in Switzerland. Additionally, the authors wanted to compare and contrast differences between chiropractic practice in Switzerland and other countries. 

Now, as the first 3 cohorts of students have finished their studies at the University of Zürich, and with the majority of students currently studying chiropractic medicine at the University of Zürich being women, overall, 75% of the chiropractic medicine students are women and 25% men. This is the exact opposite proportion of the percent sex distribution identified for practicing chiropractors in Switzerland in the 2009 job analysis. Although the size of the chiropractor student cohorts at the University of Zürich are small (20 students per year maximum intake) and with the Swiss government increasing restrictions on foreign graduates practicing in the country, over time the proportion of women chiropractors in Switzerland will significantly increase as the older practitioners retire. This change makes it important to analyze the specific differences between the 2 sexes in terms of the way they practice.

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Recurrences of Low Back Pain During the First 12 Months After Chiropractic Treatment
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 09:53 AM

The purpose of this study was to investigate recurrence rate and prognostic factors in a large population of patients with low back pain (LBP) up to 1 year after chiropractic care using standardized definitions.

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Providers Slow to Adopt Value-based Pay
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 09:45 AM

About one-quarter of 700 health executives polled in a new survey said they had no value-based reimbursement initiatives planned for 2017.

Health systems are transitioning from a model that emphasizes volume to value, albeit slowly. Smaller organizations were far more reticent to pursue value-based reimbursement initiatives, some of which include the Medicare shared savings program and variations of accountable care organizations, than larger organizations. Around two-thirds of the organizations that reported between $100 million and $1 billion in annual revenue were not pursuing value-based initiatives in 2017, while the vast majority of larger firms that have the resources needed to integrate these models into clinical operations had some form of value-based models in place.

The industry is beginning to grasp the concept that quality is a driver to reducing costs and that the cost-cutting measures of yesterday were short-term band-aid approaches that did not achieve a sustainable balance of cost and quality.  Providers are pursuing measures to help reduce medical errors and increase reliability. 

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HHS Secretary Asks for Assistance in Going from Volume to Value
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 09:32 AM

The Trump administration won't impose a one-size-fits-all strategy on doctors in their transition from volume to value, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD has said. Many challenges remain in standardizing measures of value “when every patient is unique," and doctors practice in widely varying settings and circumstances, he said.

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Palmer and University of Kentucky to Study SMT
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Scientists at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) and the University of Kentucky have been awarded a $451,522 grant by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The grant will fund a three-year research project to learn more about spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), a treatment commonly used by doctors of chiropractic to relieve pain.  “We still know very little about how SMT alleviates pain," said principal investigator Stephen Onifer, Ph.D., associate professor at the PCCR. "This study addresses that knowledge gap by investigating the underlying factors of pain relief following SMT."

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