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House Introduces Bill to Expand Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services
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Monday, November 19, 2018 05:39 PM

Legislation championed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) to expand Medicare coverage of services provided by chiropractors within the scope of their license has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

TCA proudly joins the ACA its support for H.R. 7157 that will allow chiropractors to practice to the full extent of their licensure in Medicare. Read the ACA Letter to Congress signed by state chiropractic associations. 

The bill, H.R. 7157, introduced on Nov. 16 by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), would allow Medicare beneficiaries to access the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, joint mobilization, soft-tissue massage techniques, physiological therapies, exercise instruction and activity advice. Access to non-drug approaches to pain management in Medicare as well as private health care plans has become increasingly important in the wake of the nationwide opioid crisis. The bill adds no new services; it only allows access to those current Medicare benefits that chiropractors are licensed to provide.

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New Guideline on Physical Activity from HHS – Just Move
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Saturday, November 17, 2018 12:06 PM

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG) for Americans, with recommendations on physical activity.  The new document for the first time includes recommendations for those 3 to 5 years of age.

Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS, said “Our overarching vision is to transform the present sick care system into a health promoting system.”  "The new guideline is a unique opportunity to implement this vision directly to affect every single person across the country."

Inactivity causes 10% of the premature mortality in the United States, Giroir said. “That means if we can just get 25% of inactive people to be active and meet the recommendations, almost 75,000 deaths would be prevented in the United States.”  Low levels of adherence to the guidelines currently in the United States mean that nearly $117 billion in annual healthcare costs are "directly attributable" to not meeting the guidelines, he said, and further, represent a "threat to our national security, because obesity disqualifies nearly one-third of American youth aged 17 to 24 years for military service."

Any physical activity will help, more is better, and it helps for a wider range of health outcomes than previously noted. The new recommendations first advocate simply “moving more and sitting less.”  The new guidelines removed the statement that only 10-minute bouts of physical activity counted toward meeting the guidelines.  They now say moving more frequently throughout the day helps toward meeting the recommendations.

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A Major Contributor to Global Disease Burden: Alcohol
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Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:59 AM

New research shows that alcohol and drug use disorders are rising and are significantly increasing the global burden of disease.

Investigators  found that alcohol use disorders are now the most prevalent of all substance use disorders, with 100.4 million estimated cases worldwide.  Globally, the most common drug use disorders are cannabis dependence, at 22.1 million cases, and opioid dependence, with 26.8 million cases.

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Acupuncture in the ED
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Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:50 AM

In August, we reported PTs in Emergency Departments, When DCs?  Now a new study promotes acupuncture in emergency departments.  

Acupuncture in the emergency department (ED) setting relieves pain, cuts stress and anxiety, and is acceptable to the majority of patients, new research shows.

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Introduced Legislation: HB 317
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Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:47 AM

Some legislative bills are already being filed for the upcoming legislative session.  We will begin to report here on bills that may touch upon the chiropractic profession.

HB 317 of the 86th regular session of the Texas Legislature is “an act relating to the use of clinical decision support software and laboratory benefits management programs by physicians and healthcare providers in connection with provision of clinical laboratory servicesto certain managed care enrollees.  This bill defines the meanings of the terms used and provides that managed care plans may not require its enrolles to make use of, or not make use of, laboratory providers making use of, or not making use of, clinical decision support software.

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