Chiropractic care is a natural treatment that addresses joint pain, backaches, headaches, and other symptoms that affect quality of life.
Chiropractors focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system, as well as the musculoskeletal effects on the nervous system and general health.
Offer Chiropractic Care as a Benefit
Reduce out-of-pocket spend – Chiropractic care is less costly for the member than most of the highly invasive treatments. Members will appreciate the opportunity to reduce their out-of-pocket spend.1
Managing spend – Utilization Management oversight helps control overspend on unnecessary chiropractic visits. An Office of the Inspector General audit revealed that 75% of Medicare claims submitted did not meet medical necessity.2
Pain management – Chiropractic care supports health plan pain management strategy by reducing barriers and encouraging members to utilize chiropractic benefits as a first-line of treatment before drugs, ER visits, imaging, and surgery.3
Reduces medical spend – Research shows that chiropractic benefits can mitigate musculoskeletal pain. A study published by the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine reported that for Medicare patients with back and/or neck pain, the availability of chiropractic care reduced the number of primary care physician visits, resulting in an annual savings of $85.5 million.4
- McGowan, J. R., & Suiter, L. (2019). Cost-Efficiency and Effectiveness of Including Doctors of Chiropractic to Offer Treatment Under Medicaid: A Critical Appraisal of Missouri Inclusion of Chiropractic Under Missouri Medicaid. Journal of chiropractic humanities, 26, 31–52.
- “Medicare Needs Better Controls To Prevent Fraud, Waste, And Abuse Related To Chiropractic Services” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, February 2018: https://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region9/91602042.pdf
- Paige NM, Miake-Lye IM, Booth MS, et al. Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis [published correction appears in JAMA. 2017 Jun 6;317(21):2239] [published correction appears in JAMA. 2017 Nov 28;318(20):2048]. JAMA. 2017;317(14):1451-1460. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3086
- Davis, M. A., Yakusheva, O., Gottlieb, D. J., & Bynum, J. P. (2015). Regional Supply of Chiropractic Care and Visits to Primary Care Physicians for Back and Neck Pain. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM, 28(4), 481–490. doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2015.04.150005
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A chiropractic benefit may support health plan pain management strategy by reducing barriers to receive care.1
- “Perceptions Of Complementary & Alternative Medicine Among The SilverSneakers Population” Tivity Health Consumer Research, September 2019 which surveyed two separate populations: SilverSneakers members and the general population.