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Chiropractic Saves 2.3 Million Dollars!

Posted: March 1, 2016
By: Dr. Heather Freedlund

Chiropractic Saves 2.3 Million Dollars! 

As a patient here you know chiropractic is for more than just back pain, but this one study shows that in one state, in one year, using chiropractic for low back pain would have saved Blue Cross Blue Shield 2.3 million dollars.   

 A new study finds that care for low back pain initiated with a doctor of chiropractic (DC) saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor (MD), the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) announced today. The study, featuring data from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield beneficiaries, concludes that insurance companies that restrict access to chiropractic care for low back pain treatment may inadvertently pay more for care than they would if they removed such restrictions. 
     Low back pain is a significant public health problem. Up to 85 percent of Americans have back pain at some point in their lives. In addition to its negative effects on employee productivity, back pain treatment accounts for about $50 billion annually in health care costs making it one of the top 10 most costly conditions treated in the United States. 
                                                       

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Published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the new study, “Cost of Care for Common Back Pain Conditions Initiated With Chiropractic Doctor vs. Medical Doctor/Doctor of Osteopathy as First Physician: Experience of One Tennessee-Based General Health Insurer,” looked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee’s intermediate and large group fully insured population over a two-year span. The insured study population had open access to MDs and DCs through self-referral, and there were no limits applied to the number of MD/DC visits allowed and no differences in co-pays. 
     Results show that paid costs for episodes of care initiated by a DC were almost 40 percent less than care initiated through an MD. After risk-adjusting each patient’s costs, researchers still found significant savings in the chiropractic group. They estimated that allowing DC-initiated episodes of care would have led to an annual cost savings of $2.3 million for BCBS of Tennessee. 
     “As doctors of chiropractic, we know firsthand that our care often helps patients avoid or reduce more costly interventions such as drugs and surgery. This study supports what we see in our practices every day,” said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. “It also demonstrates the value of chiropractic care at a critical time, when our nation is attempting to reform its health care system and contain runaway costs.” 
Many people are discovering the benefits of chiropractic, in more than just pain relief. They are finding it in their wallets. Chiropractic care costs less than conventional care for lower back pain. We encourage you to look into chiropractic care if you are suffering with pain. 

This is a reprint of an ACA Weekly article 

 


2 examples of people saving money right now!

Posted: March 1, 2016
By: Dr. Heather Freedlund

 As many of you know, there have been many changes in healthcare costs. Premiums are going up and benefits are going down (higher deductibles, higher copays, and more uncovered services.) In the last 15 years we have seen this as a trend. At Freedlund Family Chiropractic, we have worked to keep our costs low and provide a great service. Our goal is to keep your family healthier and ultimately save you time and money.

We had 2 great examples of this yesterday. we had a new patient in the morning with extreme neck pain. He had spent the weekend debating going to the ER or coming to see us. He was nervous, but willing to see how we could help him. We did a history, through exam, and x-rays. We discovered that he had a pinched nerve in his neck. We will be able to help him. His first visit cost less than $150. A trip to the ER with and MRI could have cost him upwards of $3000. Financially, chiropractic makes sense.

In the afternoon, we saw a baby. He is the 5th child in a great family we adjust. The doctor found a "click" in his hip. They recommended the baby go to Chicago and have a ultrasound. We did an exam and found an issue with his pelvis. We adjusted him and the click was gone. What is the cost of a trip to Chicago for an ultrasound? I have no idea! But I know it is more than the cost of an adjustment. 

Ultimately, we want you and your family to be healthy. And we love to save you money along the way.

God Bless,

Freedlund Family Chiropractic

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