Chiropractic
Study: Use of Chiropractic in the VA Rises Steeply
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016 12:00 AM

The use of chiropractic services in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system has seen a steep rise over more than a decade, according to research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

The study’s authors, who analyzed VA national data collected between 2004 and 2015, discovered an increase of more than 800 percent in the number of patients receiving the services of doctors of chiropractic. While authors attribute the increase to a natural growth of the chiropractic service, which was only implemented on-site at the VA in 2004, they also suggest it may be attributed to the successful performance of VA chiropractors and the perceived value of their care, among other factors.

“The fact that these services have expanded consistently and substantially beyond the minimum mandated level may suggest that some VA decision-makers perceive value in providing chiropractic care,” the study notes.

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Under Scrutiny, Acupuncture Board Member Resigns
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Tuesday, July 05, 2016 12:00 AM

After questions about his own medical practice came to public attention, a member of one of Texas’ medical licensing boards has resigned from the position.  Daniel Brudnak, a family medicine and acupuncture physician from Gorman, last week resigned from the Texas Board of Acupuncture Examiners, one day after The Texas Tribune requested records about his appointment.  Among other issues, Brudnak “inappropriately” prescribed stimulants and anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines without adequate evaluations, according to a 2011 order by the Texas Medical Board.

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Separate AND Unequal
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Think about this:  AMA opposes CPT modifiers "to identify services rendered by non-physicians", but does support "appropriate coding systems for non-physician services."  

"We don't what you even thinking about using the same codes we use.  But you may have your own codes."  "Separate but equal" is alive and well in the strategies of organized medicine.  It was not appropriate in the 1960s and it is not appropriate now.  

What can you do to change it?

Excerpt:  AMA opposes the development of modifiers to physicians’ CPT to identify services rendered by non-physicians, but supports efforts to develop appropriate coding systems for non-physician services.

 AMA continues to identify areas where services performed by non-MD/DOs may be separately coded so work relative values which are reflective of the differential level of work between MD/DO and non-MD/DO services [may be developed].

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Diagnosis
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  The AMA states that the diagnosis of disease and diagnostic interpretation is the practice of medicine. 

Who will defend chiropractic when they claim that you can neither diagnose nor interpret diagnostic tests as they already have done in TMA v. TBCE No. 1, TMA v. TBCE No 2, and TAAOM v. TBCE since 2005.  What makes you think that they will cease suing the chiropractic profession when they have regularly been doing so since 1906 and have made it their policy to sue to maintain their monopoly?

Excerpt:  It is AMA policy that the diagnosis of disease and diagnostic interpretation of a study or studies for a specific patient constitutes the practice of medicine.

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Selectivity
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Organized medicine opposes "other non-physician health care professionals" from performing needle Electromyography, yet they DO support "interaoperative neuorphysiologic monitoring...which can be delegated to non-physician personnel."  

When organized medicine says it's ok for one set of "non-physician providers" but not for another, who will oppose them?

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