Complementary and Alternative Medicine Expand Under ACA
Posted on September 24, 2012 by admin
Those old AT&T commercials were brilliant in their simplicity — a grown man sits at a children’s table and he asks kids the most basic questions imaginable: Do you prefer big or small, more or less? To which the children would respond without hesitation, with confidence in each and every syllable they uttered: BIG! MORE! Thus, AT&T communicated the plain truth behind their campaign: You want more service, more coverage – choose AT&T, the country’s largest 4G network.
The TV spot resonated with viewers. It’s true. They wanted more; they wanted better. More improvements, more coverage; these adjustments would result in their happiness. And people want this in every aspect of life, not the least of which is healthcare.
Well, they’re getting it.
With all of the intrigue, controversy and just overall commotion swirling around the Affordable Care Act, little has been explained to the public about one of its lesser known sections, Section 2706(a), aka the Harkin Amendment. And based on a piece published in the Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter, that is going to change. Section 2706(a), a non-discrimination provision of Obamacare, essentially opens the door for growth in both complementary and alternative medicine. With it, licensed and certified non-physician healthcare providers can expand in the medical industry into an array of plans. One such branch is chiropractic medicine.
Though not widely accepted as a primary treatment method for most medical ailments, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress indicates that chiropractic medicine is not just beneficial for its affordability. It is also a proven care method for many wellness issues. In fact, back in 2007, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy published a seven-year study that followed patients whose primary care physician was a chiropractor, and its results stunned. It revealed that these patients, who had a chiropractor as their primary physician, experienced 60 percent less hospital admissions, 59 percent less days in the hospital, and paid 85 percent less in pharmaceutical costs.
After processing the above numbers, there is no questioning the appropriateness of this measure. The Affordable Care Act’s Harkin Amendment ensures that insurers do not reject health providers – like these chiropractors – from doing their jobs if they are within the limits of their certification. There is no reason to prevent the overwhelmingly positive effect that they have on their patients, doubts or not. In the end, healthcare is a complex system, made up of various, different-shaped cogs. Coming to grips with the proof and accepting the benefits of all of these differing kinds of medical services is the only way to provide the nation’s citizens with the best and most well-rounded care available.