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Prevention and Health Promotion by DCs
Written by Editor   
Friday, August 18, 2017 08:06 AM

Chiropractic care includes a variety of minimally invasive approaches, with both treatment and prevention as essential elements of clinical practice. Although chiropractic adjustment is the signature therapy and best-known identifier of the profession, the practice of chiropractic involves more than manual therapeutics. In general, chiropractors seek to bring a holistic worldview to the doctor–patient encounter, seeking not only to relieve pain and restore neuromusculoskeletal function but also to support the inherent self-healing and self-regulating powers of the body. 

Aside from applying their diagnostic training to the evaluation of a variety of physical disorders and delivering manual adjustments and related therapeutic interventions, many chiropractors encourage patients to take an active role in restoring and maintaining health, with particular emphasis on doctor-guided self-care through exercise and nutrition. 

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The Role of Chiropractic Care in Older Adults
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 06:17 PM

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, the most common reason for an older adult to see a DC is musculoskeletal pain, most often lower back pain.  

Although this is the most common reason for older adults seeking chiropractic care DCs may also provide a diverse range of services to these patients. Chiropractic care involves many different types of interventions, including preventive strategies. It is imperative that providers be familiar with the evidence for and the prudent use of different management strategies for older adults.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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