Joint Commission Favors Non-Physician
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Thursday, August 07, 2014 03:19 PM

Just recently, the Joint Commission issued a restatement in favor of “non-physician” led patient-centered medical home (PCMH) healthcare teams.  Doctors of chiropractic (D.C.) fall into the category of non-physician, but have been documented as qualified professionals able to assume various roles within a PCMH to advance patient care: 


  • As neuromuscular and musculoskeletal specialists with direct patient access
  • As neuromuscular and musculoskeletal specialists, on referral from primary care providers (PCP)
  • As PCPs who also deliver care to patients seeking help for non-musculoskeletal conditions
  • As providers of diagnostic and therapeutic prevention and health promotion services, including, but not limited to, evidence-based diet and exercise counseling

D.C.s are extensively trained in diagnosis and treatment techniques, and can specifically support care for patients with conditions such as low back pain, neck pain and headaches.

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, applauds the Joint Commission for its restatement in favor of “non-physician” led patient-centered medical home (PCMH) healthcare teams. The F4CP points to doctors of chiropractic (D.C.s) as being trained to both serve and lead within the PCMH setting. 
“Collaboration between providers is a central element to achieving the high quality and cost-effective goals of the PCMH model,” says Gerard Clum, D.C., spokesperson, F4CP. “Possessing extensive training in diagnosis and treatment, doctors of chiropractic (D.C.) can contribute tremendous value to PCMHs. Particularly, for patients with conditions, such as low back pain, neck pain and headaches, evidence supports chiropractic as a suitable option that presents greater opportunity for superior outcomes.”

“I congratulate the Joint Commission for opening the doors to other healthcare disciplines to support patient care through the PCMH model,” says Dr. Clum. “This updated approach allows care to be determined based on a patient’s needs, rather than a profession’s needs. It marks a tremendous step forward for our nation’s healthcare system and patient population, and I am optimistic that this will soon become the generally accepted method for care delivery.”