Chiropractic
Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Ask US First
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Tuesday, May 17, 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 demands that "non-physician organizations should consult with relevant physician organization prior to the development of practice parameters.  They do not, however, offer the same courtesy to other organizations.

Organized medicine seeks monopolistic powers and denies that any other provider is on par with themselves.  

Excerpt:  Practice parameters should be developed and implemented in conjunction with relevant physician organizations.  Non-physician organizations should consult with relevant physician organizations prior to the development and implementation of practice parameters.

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Doctors Need to See the Forest, Not Just the Trees
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Saturday, May 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Doctors have an interesting problem. They have an ingrained professional obsessive-compulsive habit; they fixate on the care of individual patients and on the science of healing. However, when physicians need to change their attention from healer to leader, from medicine to the business of medicine, from healthcare to the healthcare system, they falter. Stuck in silos, they fail to adjust their focus. They resist systemic innovation. Because they cannot flip, they flop.

This habit -- resisting change, staying focused on the trees instead of the forest -- means that significant system evolution often occurs without doctor voices, simply because doctors refuse to be involved. This results in error, inefficiency, and lost opportunity. Paradoxically, when flawed change is forced on the medical system, it burns out doctors. Thus, instead of working as a team, involving themselves from the start in building and growing, physicians become victims of change, reduced to painful irrelevance. Therefore, the failure to build functional healthcare and the miserable state of many health systems is, to great extent, because of the self-imposed isolation of physicians.

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What Does the Medicare Doc Fix Act Mean for DCs?
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Friday, May 13, 2016 12:00 AM

CLICK HERE TO OPEN ARTICLE IN DIGITAL JOURNALHow does the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) affect you?  For providers, this quagmire of acronyms and percentages can be quite confusing, but your choices are: remain uninformed and watch your Medicare reimbursements dwindle or become educated and start reporting. 

An article in the upcoming issue of the Texas Journal of Chiropractic reviews the ramifications of the Medicare update act passed last year. It is the largest reform on the American health care system since the Affordable Care Act.  

Commonly referred to as the “Permanent Doc Fix” Act, it was designed to fix the way Medicare pays providers. It permanently assures providers about their reimbursements and puts an end to the annual congressional ritual of “fixing” a Medicare law from 1997 with a patch that expired the following year. 

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New York Chiropractic College Student Receives Scholarship
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:00 AM

Standard Process Inc. presented a $2,000 scholarship to New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) student Bryan Pankow. The scholarship was presented during the school’s Seventh Trimester Transition Ceremony. Standard Process awards three $2,000 scholarships annually to students studying chiropractic at the college.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank NYCC and Standard Process for the scholarship and for the chance to visit the company’s corporate headquarters in Palmyra, Wisconsin,” said Pankow, who is in his seventh trimester. “The opportunity to visit Standard Process is especially meaningful to me as I am very aware of the support Standard Process offers to NYCC and the chiropractic profession as a whole, and the company’s position as a leader in the industry.” 

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Imposed Monopoly
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Tuesday, May 10, 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 support improving diversity of representation on governmental quality improvement organizations, but they want to maintain a monopoly and "will forcefully advocate" against any guidelines having the governing bodies of these organizations "comprised of a majority of non-physicians."   

Equality is fine, but just not for us.  We MUST have superiority.  Our education is similar, will you continue to allow someone to claim superiority over you? How can you stand against it?

Excerpt:  AMA supports the concept of improving diversity of representation on the governing bodies of Quality Improvement Organizations via the inclusion of non-physician professionals and consumers, but  will forcefully advocate against any guidelines that would seek to link federal contracting with Quality Improvement Organizations with having the governing bodies of these organizations comprised of a majority of non-physicians.

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