Chiropractic Care Cost effective

Posted by:  Kevin G. Parker, D.C.

1. Chiropractic vs. Medicine for Acute Low Back Pain- Spine Journal 2010:

2. Chiropractic cost effective-Blue Cross Blue Shield claims analysis-JMPT 2010:

A Study Pilot on Quality Shows Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Musculoskeletal Disorders-2008

A new pilot program shows that conservative heath care, including chiropractic, may reduce overall health care costs in patients with musculoskeletal disorders, such as back and neck pain.

The pilot, conducted by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield to measure quality of patient care for its members in Iowa and South Dakota, also shows promising outcomes for the patients choosing chiropractic and other conservative care.

“The cost-effectiveness and safety of chiropractic has been documented in several studies. ACA is pleased that insurance companies are starting to recognize the value that doctors of chiropractic and other conservative providers can offer to their members,” said ACA President Glenn Manceaux, DC.

“Especially during the health care reform debate, it’s important that chiropractic and other conservative care methods are taken into serious consideration as a cost-effective alternative to the utilization of expensive surgery and hospital-based care,” he added.

Wellmark conducted the Physical Medicine Pilot on Quality in 2008 for Iowa and South Dakota physical medicine providers. A total of 238 chiropractors, physical therapists and occupational therapists provided care to 5,500 members with musculoskeletal disorders. According to Wellmark, data from participating clinicians show that 89 percent of the patients treated in the pilot reported a greater than 30-percent improvement in 30 days.

The pilot compared data for Wellmark members who received care from doctors of chiropractic or physical therapists with a member population with similar demographics who did not receive such services. The comparison showed that those who received chiropractic care or physical therapy were less likely to have surgery and experienced lower total health care costs, according to Wellmark.

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, headaches and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints.

A significant amount of evidence shows that chiropractic care for certain conditions can be more effective and less costly than traditional medical care. Recent research includes:

A study published in the October 2005 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that chiropractic and medical care have comparable costs for treating chronic low-back pain, with chiropractic care producing significantly better outcomes.

A March 2004 study in JMPT found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in patients’ first year of symptoms.

A study published in a 2003 edition of the Medical Journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than do a variety of medications.

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October 12, 2009Mercer Health and Benefits, San Francisco

Niteesh Choudhry, MD, PhD -Harvard Medical School

Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH-Mercer Health and Benefits, San Francisco

The Mercer Report is significant in that we have two highly respected medical researchers concluding that seeing a Chiropractor for back pain is not only the most effective treatment, but probably less costly than other forms of treatment.

Do Chiropractic Physician Services for Treatment of Low Back and Neck Pain Improve the Value of Health Benefit Plans?

An Evidence-Based Assessment of Incremental Impact on Population Health and Total Health Care Spending A report prepared for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

Conclusion

Using data from high-quality randomized controlled EU trials and contemporary US based average unit prices payable by commercial insurers, we project that insurance coverage for chiropractic physician care for low back and neck pain for conditions other than fracture and malignancy is likely to drive improved cost-effectiveness of US care.

For neck pain it is also likely to reduce total US health care spending.

These favorable results would likely occur within a 12-month time frame.

The validity of our estimates depends on the equivalence between the US and EU of relative differences in the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic and medical physician services.

In combination with the existing US-based literature, our findings support the value of health insurance coverage of chiropractic care for low back and neck pain at average fees currently payable by US commercial insurers.

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