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Chiropractic Physician as Primary Care Provider (PCP's)
The premise of chiropractic medicine in accordance with the American Chiropractic Physician Association is that people are more than just the sum of their body parts. Therefore, doctors of Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.s) practice a whole-person approach. Rather than focusing on specific symptoms, chiropractic physicians concentrate on treating the patient as a whole.
Chiropractors believe that the nervous system controls the body and, therefore, focus on the nerves and musculoskeletal system, which collectively house the nervous system.
Chiropractic physicians help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that encourage prevention rather than treatment. The Chiropractor's primary goal is to allow the body to heal itself naturally. Millions of Americans prefer this form of concerned and compassionate care, and have made chiropractic physicians their doctor of choice.
Clinical Utilization and Cost Outcomes from an Integrative Medicine Independent Physician Association: An Additional 3-year Update. Journal Manipulative Physiologic Therapeutics 2007 (May); 30 (4): 263-269
Clinical and cost utilization based on 70,274 member-months over a 7-year period demonstrated decreases of 60.2% in-hospital admissions, 59.0% less hospital days, 62.0% less outpatient surgeries and procedures, and 85% less pharmaceutical costs when compared with conventional medicine IPA performance for the same health maintenance organization product in the same geography and time frame.
Members enrolled with chiropractic physicians as their primary care provider had a lower cost do to less hospital admissions, less specialist visits, and less pharmaceutical use.
ACPA proposed scope of practice: “Practice of chiropractic medicine” means the diagnosis, treatment, minor surgery, or prescription for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity, or other physical or mental condition, which practice is based in part upon educational standards and requirements as taught at C.C.E. accredited colleges, which emphasize the importance of the musculoskeletal structure and manipulative therapy in the maintenance and restoration of health.
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