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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Reid Healthcare Reform Bill Helps Chiropractors

By ALAN FRAM (AP) – 3 days ago

WASHINGTON — Chiropractors get a lift in the Senate health care bill, thanks to a senator from the state practitioners consider the birthplace of their profession — Iowa.

Search the fine print of the bill unveiled this week by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and you'll find scores of provisions making winners out of some interest groups and losers of others, from makers of costly biological drugs to insurance company executives.

It's not surprising considering the $1 trillion, 10-year price tag of the 2,074-page legislation.
Chiropractors, sometimes criticized as unscientific by medical doctors, could join health teams designed to help primary care physicians coordinate the treatment of patients. Though the precise financial impact is unclear, the language would help steer more patients to a profession whose participation in many federal programs is limited, including Medicare, Medicaid and the medical systems for veterans, the military and civil servants.

"It's important because it just further legitimizes the services that are delivered by a chiropractor, and recognizes they are well received by the patient public," said John Falardeau, lobbyist for the American Chiropractic Association.

The language was approved earlier this year by the Senate health committee. Falardeau said that panel's chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, was largely responsible for getting it included by Reid, who wrote the final Senate bill behind closed doors. The lobbyist said numerous chiropractors and their patients contacted Harkin and other senators to push for the language.

"I like to call Iowa the Cooperstown of chiropractic," said Falardeau, alluding to the site of Baseball's Hall of Fame. He noted that Iowa is where the discipline began and is home to the Palmer College of Chiropractic, where many practitioners are trained.

Less fortunate were well-paid officials of health insurance companies. Reid included language Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., got into the Senate Finance Committee version of the bill. The wording eliminates companies' tax deductions for the portion of insurance executives' pay that exceeds $500,000.

Lincoln faces a difficult re-election campaign next year, and is among a handful of moderate Democratic senators who have not said whether they will support Reid's bill. Health insurance companies have been repeatedly vilified by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, and axing an industry tax break could have populist appeal.

Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's trade group, said his group has done no lobbying on the provision.

In the latest round of a bitter struggle over the country's $46 billion market for biological drugs, the Senate bill extends the protection some brand-name manufacturers would get from generic competitors.

The drugs, made from living cells, are a growing part of the pharmaceutical market. Benefiting from a well-financed lobbying campaign and influential supporters, the manufacturers won language in the Senate health committee bill — and in the House-passed health overhaul legislation — giving them 12 years of protection from generic competitors.

Reid's bill would add another six months of protection for drugmakers who also test those products for use by children. Generic companies want to be able to compete immediately.

Kathleen Jaeger, president of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, said Reid's decision represents "a total hijack" by drug manufacturers that she said will keep consumers' costs higher for a longer time. Ken Johnson, a senior vice president for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said drugmakers pursued the issue with senators and that the extra six months of protection gives companies an incentive to make products for children.

The bill also has language prohibiting the government from discriminating against health care providers that refuse to provide services for assisted suicides.

Similar provisions were included in earlier versions by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. The legal status of the practice is murky in much of the country, with Oregon and Washington the only states with voter-approved assisted suicide laws and a court case pending in Montana.

Reid's bill also allows Medicaid coverage for babies delivered in the roughly 300 birth centers that operate outside hospitals around the country, mostly for low-income women or those in remote areas.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Study validates role of chiropractic to employers, payers

November 17, 2009 — A study commissioned by The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (www.f4cp.com), validating chiropractic physician services for lower back and neck pain to improve the value of health benefit plans, is generating widespread coverage in the healthcare media and significant attention in government circles.

The study was conducted by two esteemed medical researchers, Niteesh Choudhry, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Arnold Milstein, MD, Mercer Health and Benefits,

The relevant nature of the report has direct impact upon current healthcare discussions in our nation’s capital, prompting the Foundation to distribute this report to every member of Congress.

Additionally, the study and its authoritative results have been featured in the following high-profile media and e-newsletters reaching key decision makers in private and public sectors:

• Health Leaders – Target audience includes executives in areas of long-term care, accreditation, medical staff affairs, regulatory compliance, quality patient/safety, and workplace safety.

• Employee Benefit News – Provides up to the minute news and information for human resource and benefits decision-makers as well as brokers, advisers, and consultants.

• America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) – Smart Brief – Aimed at high level business-to-business readers in the medical insurance and healthcare industries with the goal of keeping them well informed on the news and issues related to their field.

• Fierce Markets – Distributed to healthcare executives, healthcare administrators, hospital administrators, and marketers at healthcare facilities.

• Modern Healthcare – Industry's leading source of healthcare business news delivering in-depth analysis and a look into what's happening next.

• Bio-Medical News – Sent directly to key medical company executives, doctors, surgeons, physicians, hospital staff, medical editors, and medical association staffs.

• Atlantic Information Services – Promotional release sent to E-Savings Club members who are buyers and readers of AIS products.

The electronic advertisements reached more than 357,000 opt-in subscribers comprised of physicians, human resource representatives, healthcare executives, and medical leaders. The results of the report were held in such high regard that editors from Employee Benefit News, AHIP – Smartbrief, and Health Leaders ran follow-up stories covering the study at length.

The Foundation plans to further leverage this report in its lobbying efforts to ensure chiropractic care is included in the ongoing healthcare reform discussion. To view the entire study, please visit, http://www.foundation4cp.com/.

Source: Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, http://www.foundation4cp.com/
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