Hey, can you make a change in the healthcare system?
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has started a new push for Medicare Equality. This will impact all Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) across the country that treat Medicare patients. It may also affect your friends and family that are currently Medicare recipients or will be in the future. At some point this may include you!
In today’s Medicare system, patients are forced to pay out of pocket or choose to not receive services beyond the chiropractic adjustment. This means their initial examination, X-rays, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise and manual therapy all have to be paid by the Medicare beneficiary. This is an unjust denial to full access to chiropractic care. The ACA is working to make all services provided by a DC covered under the Medicare system. This will allow Medicare recipients to have access to high quality, cost effective chiropractic care. The research shows that when patients receive chiropractic treatment, they are healthier. They use less pharmacology, they have fewer surgeries and they visit healthcare providers less often. But the current system does not allow them coverage for this type of health care.
Why does this problem exist today? The federal government relies on antiquated statutes that unfairly discriminate against DC’s. It does not allow Medicare beneficiaries’ access to the care they deserve and care that will improve their health safely and effectively. Washington has allowed this discrimination to go on for too long. Our patients are not achieving optimal health care and the cost burden is being shifted to them. It’s time we stand up and tell Washington it’s time to change. Our seniors deserve better, our country deserves better and its time we make the change we want to see in the healthcare system.
Don’t forget that what Medicare does affects many other health plans. Have you noticed how chiropractic is continually being reduced? Any time a plan is exempt from state law it uses Medicare guidelines. It reimburses for the adjustment only. We have an opportunity to change the Medicare guidelines, but we have to all make an effort.
You can help end this discrimination. The ACA has a petition that it has started and needs as much support as we can garner. You as a provider can sign the petition. There are patient hand outs that you can use to have your patients sign the petition. Even if your patients are not currently on Medicare they have family and friends that are. How many times have patients moved to Medicare and complained to you about having to pay for things that were covered under their prior insurance? This is an opportunity to make a major change in the healthcare system of this country. You need to have your patients sign the National Medicare Equality Petition Today!
As a healthcare provider, you can sign the National Medicare Equality Petition as well! Print off the patient petition and have your patients sign it today. Create the change in healthcare that our country needs!