Advocate uses similar approach to win over legislators and health plan administrators.
After success in getting all Missouri’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to cosponsor Medicare and TRICARE modernization bills, ACA Missouri Alternate Delegate Quinn James, DC, is continuing his efforts on the local level. He recently began looking at self-funded plans in the St. Louis, Mo., area and finding flaws in their benefit designs. Using a similar approach he takes with legislators, he was sucessful in convincing a local union to expand its chiropractic coverage.
In her open letter to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Healthcare, ACA Senior Scientific Advisor Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, offers suggestions to NCCIH on how to meet some of today's pressing healthcare challenges and, in particular, how complementary and integrative health care can play a role. She writes, "We desperately need a healthcare delivery system 1) that is able to consistently provide evidence-based, patient-centered care to the right individual at the right time, 2) for which the patient care trajectory for chronic conditions begins with the safest, most conservative, effective option available and, 3) that empowers patients and providers with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions that are deeply rooted in disease prevention and health promotion. Much work lies ahead in identifying how CIH practices can best contribute to this effort."