Show Notes for June 22, 2018

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –

  • NYS Proposed New Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule
  • And Finally, a Story about the Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability

 For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #636 recorded June 22, 2018

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NYS Proposed New Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule

On June 6, 2018, the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board released the following statement:

“As announced on April 17, 2018, in Subject Number 046-1058 Proposals to Improve Medical Care for Injured Workers, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (Board) proposes to increase reimbursement fees paid to medical providers.

The proposed changes to the Medical Fee Schedule have been published in the June 6, 2018, State Register, and the Board will accept comments from the public for 60 days.

The proposal includes updated Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes, increased conversion factors and amended Ground Rules, which are available under the Medical Fee Schedules section on the Board’s website. Those who do not have access to CPT codes with descriptions can arrange to review them in person at Board offices by contacting regulations@wcb.ny.gov

The Board encourages the public, injured workers, employers, self-insured employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators, attorneys, medical providers, and labor and business organizations to provide comment.

Please submit your comments on or before August 6, 2018, to regulations@wcb.ny.gov

The Board will evaluate all comments received, and will consider necessary revisions as the process advances.”

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/SubjectNos/sn046_1071.jsp

 

 

Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability

A recent study published in JAMA, studied the effect of adding chiropractic care to usual medical care for patients with low back pain.

In this comparative effectiveness clinical trial among active-duty US military personnel, patients who received usual medical care plus chiropractic care reported a statistically significant moderate improvement in low back pain intensity and disability at 6 weeks compared with those who received usual care alone.

This trial supports the inclusion of chiropractic care as a component of multidisciplinary health care for low back pain, as currently recommended in existing guidelines.

The objective of the study was to determine whether the addition of chiropractic care to usual medical care results in better pain relief and pain-related function when compared with usual medical care alone.

The study concluded that Chiropractic care, when added to usual medical care, resulted in moderate short-term improvements in low back pain intensity and disability in active-duty military personnel.

This trial provides additional support for the inclusion of chiropractic care as a component of multidisciplinary health care for low back pain, as currently recommended in existing guidelines.

However, study limitations illustrate that further research is needed to understand longer-term outcomes as well as how patient heterogeneity and intervention variations affect patient responses to chiropractic care.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2680417

 

 

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
Dr. Todd Eglow.

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