Chiropractic's Quest for Full Physician Status in Medicare: A Brief History

October is National Chiropractic Health Month, a fitting designation as on Oct. 30, 1972, President Nixon signed into law H.R. 1, the Social Security Amendments of 1972, ending three years of deliberations on what would improve the program. What the president called "landmark legislation" included the significant and far-reaching provision of defining chiropractors as “physicians” in the Medicare program under Sec. 18619(r)(5) of the Social Security Act. Unfortunately, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulators interpreted the law to define the physician status granted to chiropractors in a way that restricted their ability to participate meaningfully, on a level of basic parity.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017/Author: Jack Dusik/Number of views (1283)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: 5.0

Who Defines Us?

By Rick Bruns, DC

Whether you call yourself chiropractic physician, doctor of chiropractic or chiropractor, the definition of who you are and what you do is largely determined by the services that you are trained and tested competent to provide. Although the 50 states and the territories have different enabling acts created at varied times, the thread that binds us is that we are physicians/doctors of chiropractic. We are trained to take a history, perform an examination, render a diagnosis and treat, co-treat, manage, comanage or refer our patients. The standardization is largely due to upgrading our education over the years and the creation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE).
Thursday, January 07, 2016/Author: Richard Bruns, DC/Number of views (1044)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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