THE ACA HAS COST OUR PROFESSION BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN POTENTIAL INCOME
The ACA was invited by the Joint Commission to discuss Dr. Fred Becks proposal to make Chiropractic services mandatory in all accredited U.S. hospitals. The ACA's failure to meet with the Joint Commission and iron out the details has cost the our profession billions of potential dollars.!!!
THE CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSIONS 2009
WHITE PAPER ON NATIONAL HEALTH
CARE IS POORLY THOUGHT OUT AND
POTENTIALLY DEVASTATINGTO THE
The president of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
has voiced concern over the White Paper drafted by the
American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the ICA
and other Chiropractic organizations in regards to National
Health Care.This paper is wordy and fails to clearly state
exactly what we are asking for.Obviously the writers of this
paper failed to properly decide on the purpose of this
document before writing it.Although well written, the paper
has no inherent strategy behind it and is therefore doomed to
fail.The paper may actually be effective in eliminating
Chiropractic care in its entirety from future National Health
Care coverage. Policy makers are not likely to read the entire
report.Even if they do read the report, it is unclear what the
Chiropractic profession is asking for in regards to how we
would fit into a national health care plan.We need to tell the
legislators exactly what we are seeking.
On top of the list, at the beginning of this report, we
should be diplomatically demanding thatall services under
a chiropractors scope of practice be reimbursed.There
must be parity between theservices that chiropractors and
medical doctors are allowed to offer and parity in
reimbursement.A patient’s co-payments for chiropractic
services must not be any higher than those for primary
medical providers.The co-pay must be substantially
less than the allowed amount for the chiropractic adjustment.
Insurers and managed care companies must be required to
apply cost containment measures to chiropractic and
medical services in an equal manner.
Believe it or not, most people are not familiar with the
education and training of a chiropractor. When making a
claim that we can fill the void for primary care physicians,
we must educate the politicians as to our scopes of practice.
They do not know that we can order laboratory tests and
other diagnostic testing necessary to arrive at an accurate
differential diagnosis. We need to train them that although
the “adjustment” for correcting “subluxations” is our claim
to fame, we have been educated as doctors to examine, test,
and arrive at an accurate medical diagnosis on a patient, as
well as a chiropractic diagnosis.
The White paper as written gives the impression, that the
chiropractic profession needs to refer patients to medical
doctors to arrive at a medical diagnosis. There is no savings
to insurance by utilizing the chiropractic profession, if a
medical referral is always required to examine, test, and
arrive at a medical diagnosis on a patient.
A copy of the White Paper can be found at under the file sharing section
of this website. (CHIROPRACTIC__WHITE_PAPER_-_NATIONAL
A copy of strategy by the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association can be
found by the file sharingsection of this website. (Chiropractic_
MAY - 2009 ORGANIZED MEDICINE ATTEMPTS TO PUT THE LAST NAIL IN OUR COFFIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL "INAPPROPRIATE MEDICARE PAYMENTS FOR CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES" ORGANIZED MEDICINES CHEAP SHOT AT TRYING TO KNOCK OUT THE COMPETITION The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General as issued a report, “Inappropriate Medicare Payments For Chiropractic Services” dated May 2009 (OEI-07-07-00390).
You walk into the hospital to have a baby and you are
more than likely to have major surgery that is unnecessary
to deliver the baby.You walk into a pediatrician’s office
with your child and more than likely the child will be given
an antibiotic that is not necessary.You experience heart
attack like symptoms and have cardiac surgery although
the symptoms that brought you to the hospital were actually
caused by an inflamed gallbladder that was not ruled out by
the cardiac surgeon.You walk into a pain clinic because
you have pain and you leave a drug addict.All of these
scenario’s, plus a ton of additional ones, occur each and
every day, thousands upon thousands of times.Medical
specialists are not screening their patients properly and
are performing unnecessary and very dangerous
procedures.This is well known, documented by medical
researchers and honest medical professionals.
Rarely do you see a neurologist refer a migraine
sufferer to a Chiropractor. One or two adjustments
and the migraine sufferer may very likely never
experience another such headache in their lifetime.
The financial savings over the lifetime of the patient
is astronomical. The quality of life that the patient
has achieved under suchcare is irreplaceable.
This holds true for the asthma patient,
the idiopathic scoliosis patient, the patient
with the infertility problem that may respond to
conservative Chiropractic care, the hypertensive
patient whole hypertension is spinally related etc.
There are many conditions in which a substantial
percentage of patients will respond to Chiropractic
manipulative care with a permanent relief of symptoms.
You go to the neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon for
back pain and he operates on you, resulting in bills adding
up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. And worse yet,
the outcome of the procedure may be quite poor. The
Chiropractor down the street could have provided a good
to excellent outcome, without harm to the patient.
But only 5% of the general population goes to a
Chiropractor.The neurosurgeon could have referred
the vast majority of his patients to a competent
Chiropractor and there would have been no
need or desire by the patient to have back surgery.
This happens thousands upon thousands of times each
day. The surgeons can make tens if not hundreds of
thousands of dollars or more on each case, regardless
of whether the surgery provided a positive outcome or not.
Many peoples lives are destroyed because of the outcomes
of these surgeries.All of these doctors get paid for tens
of thousands of different procedures codes.Chiropractors
have the same training in providing an accurate
differential diagnosis (both medical and chiropractic)
yet we get paid for only one procedure code (spinal
manipulation).A patient is not covered for imaging,
diagnostic testing, therapy, examinations etc. under
Medicare.This is obviously unfair to the Doctor of
Chiropractic and his patient.For that one procedure
that Medicare will pay for (they won’t pay for
manipulation that is extra-spinal) we get about
$30.00, give or take.It is obvious the entire health
care crisis is caused by the Chiropractic profession
(sarcasm).Obviously, organized medicine sees an
opportunity to destroy the Chiropractic profession
(a competitive health care profession).They know
that we are defenseless since we do not have even
one trade association looking out for our interests.
Organized medicine is aware that they can be found
guilty in the future of violating the original Wilk
Anti-Trust settlement.But they know that now is
the time for them to strike and provide the biggest
blow ever to the Chiropractic profession.They are
not looking to leave any survivors.Organized
medicine was not able to contain the nurse
practitioners because a strong trade association
represented them.Organized medicine was not able
to contain the Osteopathic association because they
too had a strong association.Chiropractors do not
have a trade association looking out for our interests.
We are a profession that is stagnant.A profession
under control by a few fringe fanatics.A profession
with no clue as to where our future lies.Chiropractic,
a profession represented by people that lack any
vision or insight into the future of the profession.
A profession that has been seeing only 5% of the
population for the last 100 years.A population of
patients that is actually in the decline in recent years.
A profession that has let practice builders, and fringe
fanatics determine the direction of the profession.
While the nurse practitioners have effectively
established an ever expanding, large patient base
in relatively a short time, the Chiropractic profession
has effectively seen our miniscule patient base decline.
The difference is that the other health care professions
have leaders with goals and strategies.Our profession
has national leaders that would better serve the
plumbing industry, since they have been quite effective
in flushing our profession down the toilet.
Fred Beck, D.C.
A copy of the Department Of Health and Human Services paper can
be found in the file sharing section of this website.
We Endorse Wisconsin Chiropractic Associations Intellectual Initiative "Reinventing The ACA" !!!
The U.S. Chiropractic Association and Fred Beck, D.C. applauds the efforts of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association in regards to their 24-page document, “Reinventing The ACA”. The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association’s initiative is well thought out and intellectually sound. Our future survival requires goals and strategic planning. Survival requires an upgrading of the image that the Chiropractic profession presents to the public. Improving the image of how the public perceives us is not accomplished by magazine advertising. It comes by upgrading the science of the profession, the proficiency of its members, and the professionalism of members when interacting with the public and other health care professionals.
I honestly do not believe that the ACA leadership would willingly reorganize or follow through on any of the strategies presented by the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association. We hope that their document achieves changes within the ACA. Although, personal experience has already taught me that the ACA is not interested in the future survival of the profession. The ACA has ignored opportunities handed over to them on a silver platter by me. I believe that the ACA’s leadership has a very low opinion in regards to the competence, qualifications and professionalism of our profession. Possibly a lower opinion than even the public and other health care provider groups. The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association document is a call for change. It demonstrates that members within our profession can get together and professionally agree on a strategy to achieve future greatness for the profession and the long-term survival of Chiropractic. If the ACA is not up for the task at hand, the profession will need to stick together and and choose a new national association for leadership. Whether that leadership comes from the U.S. Chiropractic Association, or some other organization, is not important. What is important is having a national united voice for the profession. The U.S. Chiropractic Association is prepared to fully support any organization up to the tasks outlined by the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association. The U.S. Chiropractic Association endorses the concepts presented in the Wisconsin document. Wisconsin Chiropractors should be proud to have an association that truly is looking out for their welfare and the survival of the profession. The public served by Doctors of Chiropractic in the State of Wisconsin is the beneficiaries of an association that promotes the highest standards of Chiropractic health care.
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Thank you for stopping by the website for THE UNITED STATES CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION. The information at this website is here to inform Chiropractors about policies of our major chiropractic trade associations that may surprise you. We try to offer solutions to problems encountered within the Chiropractic profession. If you have additional information for this site that includes documentation that can be verified, we would be happy to publish and/or respond to such information at this site. If you feel as strongly as we do that our profession has become our own worst enemy, try to get our major Chiropractic associations to do the the job they are supposed to do of representing our profession as a professional trade association. If that does not work consider donating time and financial assistance to Dr. Fred Beck and the U.S. Chiropractic Association. At this point, The U.S. Chiropractic Association is more of a philosophy than a true trade organization. This organization would need to be developed from scratch. We would need to obtain more members than the American Chiropractic Association so that we can honestly state that we truly represent the profession of Chiropractic. Financial backers will be needed soon if we are to get this organization off the ground in 2009, at which time we will begin a membership drive.