Small Businesses: Health Law Offers Alternatives
Thursday, January 15, 2015 04:30 PM

For many small business Health-law subsidies for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of rising costs in the company health plan made dropping those plans an obvious -- though not easy -- choice.

Companies with fewer than 50 workers provide medical coverage to roughly 20 million people. Unlike larger employers, they have no obligation under the health law to offer a plan. Now they often have good reason not to.  If employees qualify for government subsidies, like the managers who switched from corporate insurance to individual Obamacare coverage, everybody can win.

Owners don't have to pay premiums, meaning they can give workers raises, invest in equipment, or add to profits instead. And employee take-home pay can rise if subsidies -- available even to families with middle-class incomes -- are worth more than what a company was contributing.

Emerson Ecologics Launches Practitioner Resource Center for Integrative Healthcare Providers
Thursday, January 15, 2015 04:20 PM

Emerson Ecologics recently unveiled its newly designed Practitioner Resource Center, a full suite of clinical and business tools, resources and education designed to help integrative healthcare providers find success as healers and business owners.

The Practitioner Resource Center includes a rich variety of materials that can help healthcare providers stay up to date on clinical knowledge and treatment plans, improve patient compliance, learn new strategies for growing their practice and more.

“We’ve always been committed to helping our customers succeed as integrative healthcare practitioners, and our newly designed Practitioner Resource Center is an extension of that commitment,” said Jaclyn Chasse, ND, Medical Director for Emerson Ecologics. “We recognize how busy our customers are, so our educational resources and materials are available in many different formats. And the majority of what we offer is available free of charge.”

Chiropractic-Led Corporate Wellness
Thursday, January 15, 2015 04:06 PM

Employers are concerned about rising health care costs and looming federal mandates that penalize companies for unhealthy workers. But corporate executives are unsure how to tie corporate wellness programs to business performance. Chiropractors are perfect intermediaries for businesses seeking cost reduction and productivity gains from healthier employees. 

Different from most corporate wellness offers, an on-site, chiropractic-led approach positions you as the central resource deriving its success from the chiropractor's ability to provide key elements of an effective wellness program by "monitoring" the employee population. These elements include chiropractic care, fitness consulting, nutritional guidance, and ongoing health education programs.  In addition chiropractic-led corporate wellness partners with key corporate functions, such as HR, finance and operations. Together, this successfully delivers sustained improvement to employee health factors, drives down injury rates, and quickly returns workers to their jobs .

Proof of concept is demonstrated in a recent academic review of ten years of employee data.  The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Medical College of Wisconsin found on-site, chiropractic-led corporate wellness demonstrated statistically and clinically significant differences in employee health factors and the reduction on long-term health risks.

Understanding the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP)
Thursday, January 15, 2015 03:57 PM

It has been eleven years since all major, national chiropractic associations signed two separate proclamations under the title, "Pledge of National Public Relations Unity."

The first document proclaimed that all associations put a stop to individual and unsuccessful public relations campaigns and support one comprehensive campaign. The second document indicated that the F4CP would retain a reputable public relations agency and provide them the authority to implement an effective program without interference.

Included within the signed proclamations was the following:

"THEREFORE, we solemnly declare and resolve that: We have one unified message: to get the general public to 'go see a chiropractor.' We agree to not start any public relations effort on our own."

Representatives of the following groups: ICA, ACA, COCSA, ACC, FCER, NBCE, FCLB and a number of colleges, signed the proclamations.

The public relations program acting under the F4CP, established by Kent Greenawalt, received the endorsement of the united group to pursue the established collective goal. 

F4CP Commends The Joint Commission
Thursday, January 15, 2015 03:34 PM

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, applauded The Joint Commission, a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S., for revising its pain management standard, “Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services Standard PC.01.02.07

Effective January 1, 2015, the new guideline states that pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic methods, including chiropractic care, both have a role in pain management.

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