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Health Spending Up 5.6% in 2014
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 09:38 AM

In 2014, overall health spending will grow by 5.6%, with spending on physician and clinical services increasing by 5.9%, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is estimating.  In terms of dollar amounts, overall healthcare spending was expected to increase from an estimated $2.9 trillion in 2013 to $5.2 trillion in 2023.

That trend will continue from 2015-2023, when health spending will grow at an average of about 6% annually. Spending on physician and clinical services is expected to rise by 3.8% in 2015, and then increase by an average of 6.0% from 2016-2023, CMS projected.

Intellectual Laziness
Written by Editor   
Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:07 AM

Doctors of Chiropractic are fully aware of the regularly relentless attics of the Texas Medical Association and their willing allies, but now others outside of the chiropractic community are taking note of it as well.  The website Healthcare Access for Texas in a report found at the following link reports and publicly shares their opinions regarding the TMA.  

Court Grants Class Standing to Out-of-Network Providers in UHC/Optum Lawsuit
Saturday, September 13, 2014 09:48 AM

The American Chiropractic Association reports that the federal court presiding over pending action against UnitedHealthcare (UHC)/Optum for inappropriate repayment demands will now allow providers, including doctors of chiropractic, who are outside of United's network to seek relief on a class-wide basis.

Doing Right at the Sunset Commission
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 09:36 AM
By: Chris Dalrymple

At the Sunset Commission hearing on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, the commission voted seven-to-five to recommend to the legislature that doctors of chiropractic be removed from the list of providers eligible to perform University Interscholastic League pre-participation physical examinations.

Representative Four Price raised the motion to exclude doctors of chiropractic, and it generated a number of objections from other members of the Commission.  What is clear from the following exchanges at this meeting are that:

It’s Not “Anti-chiropractic”, it’s Just Anti-chiropractic
Written by Chris Dalrymple, DC   
Thursday, September 04, 2014 12:00 AM
By:  Chris Dalrymple

At the Wednesday, August 13, 2014, hearing of the Sunset Commission Representative Four Price, asserted that he is not “anti-chiropractic.”  His words were "There is a common misconception that there is an effort to be anti-chiropractic and I want to make it real clear that that is not the purpose or the intent of this modification.”  

Yet Representative Price’s statement is "What that does is it eliminates chiropractors, a group that is conducting those physicals right now, and while I am absolutely not anti-chiropractor, that is the effect of this modification. 

Rep. Four Price, Sen. Jane Nelson lead the Sunset Commission
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