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LIE # 8 -- "The ACA has achieved great things for chiropractic"

 

Really? Like what? Is your practice doing better now thanks to the ACA and WFC that it was 5, 10, 15 years ago?

 

Can you point to a single piece of legislation that the ACA has lobbied for in the past decade that has actually helped advance chiropractic in the right direction?

 

What about the Trigon lawsuit that cost millions of dollars? Has that helped your practice?

 

And where are the big public relations campaigns that the ACA always promises? Have you seen any press releases or ads touting the benefits of chiropractic?

 

The ACA's Annual Report for 2007, listed a month-by-month review of some of its notable efforts, including, for January, its vow to "to fight the discriminatory practices of managed care organizations and asks DCs nationwide to assist by documenting their complaints and providing the data to use as ammunition against the MCOs." We haven't witnessed great strides in this area, and the discrimination continues and even gets worse.

 

In February, the ACA announced its " ACA announces its 2007 legislative priorities: making chiropractic more readily available to veterans and military personnel and reviving the Patients Bill of Rights." Then why did the ACA representatives on the VA Committee actually vote IN FAVOR OF a medical gatekeeper system, while the WCA and ICA representatives fought against it?

 

May's big achievement was trying once more to force a merger with the International Chiropractors Association, which -- again -- failed.

 

In July, it boasts about working with reporters for the Washington Post on a "pro-chiropractic story." It doesn't mention that the article actually was lukewarm toward chiropractic, containing such quotes as:

 

"(Medical) referrals come despite the still-thin evidence for chiropractic's effectiveness. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) describes studies of chiropractic for back pain as of 'uneven quality and insufficient to allow firm conclusions.' A meta-analysis in the 2003 Annals of Internal Medicine found that spinal manipulative therapy relieved back pain better than sham therapy but no better than other standard treatments."

 

"Chiropractic treatment for short-term back pain -- 'three or four days, can't get out of bed, that sort of thing' -- Lauerman says, 'is one of the few things that has been demonstrated to significantly alter the natural history of acute back pain. . . . People get better quicker if they go to a chiropractor for a few visits.'"

 

Not exactly unqualified praise, was it?

 

In December, the big deal was a 15-second ad on the Times Square superscreen. No mention was made of how much money that cost the profession.

 

It is no wonder that membership in the ACA has plummeted in recent years. By the way, the annual report does not reveal how many members it actually has (something the WCA is often criticized for) nor does it include any information on its annual budget.

 

The sad fact is, NO chiropractic organization has accomplished much of lasting importance in the past few years. DCs still can't serve in the medical corps when they join the Armed Services. Veterans still have to go through a medical gatekeeper to see a chiropractor (the ACA representatives actually voted in favor of this protocol!). Magazines still try to convince readers that chiropractic causes strokes. Doctors still have no way to opt out of Medicare. Insurance companies still discriminate against chiropractic and use the Mercy Guidelines (which the ACA funded and supported) as the rationale behind cutting claims.

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Innate Defender wrote:

LIE # 8 -- "The ACA has achieved great things for chiropractic"

Really? Like what? Is your practice doing better now thanks to the ACA and WFC that it was 5, 10, 15 years ago?


Yes! Apparently TR is so self-absorbed, he fails to see the gains we've made in federal insurances that now cover our care, the VA now covers our care, and the military health services have expanded our care throughout the military. After Wilk, many more hospitals now use DCs altho it's far from max, that's for sure. On the other hand, the HMO's like ASHN and ACN have limited our services despite the efforts of the ACA.

So, TR, what has the WCA done to help? Nothing, you phony.

Can you point to a single piece of legislation that the ACA has lobbied for in the past decade that has actually helped advance chiropractic in the right direction?


I just mentioned the many improvements that have come from federal legislation. 

What about the Trigon lawsuit that cost millions of dollars? Has that helped your practice?


It was a good attempt to correct an injustice, so while it didn't help, it didn't hurt either. Again, what did the WCA do to help? Okay, stop laughing!

And where are the big public relations campaigns that the ACA always promises? Have you seen any press releases or ads touting the benefits of chiropractic?


Yes, the F4CP has done an admirable job, and the ACA has had more articles than ever before. Again, so what has the WCA done? Nothing!

The ACA's Annual Report for 2007, listed a month-by-month review of some of its notable efforts, including, for January, its vow to "to fight the discriminatory practices of managed care organizations and asks DCs nationwide to assist by documenting their complaints and providing the data to use as ammunition against the MCOs." We haven't witnessed great strides in this area, and the discrimination continues and even gets worse.


Where is it worse, TR? Again, what has the WCA done to help?

In February, the ACA announced its " ACA announces its 2007 legislative priorities: making chiropractic more readily available to veterans and military personnel and reviving the Patients Bill of Rights." Then why did the ACA representatives on the VA Committee actually vote IN FAVOR OF a medical gatekeeper system, while the WCA and ICA representatives fought against it?


Because that's how the MHS works with DCs as specialists, not PCPs. If TR weren't so self-absorbed, he'd know that DCs are second-tier docs, not primary care. Rational DCs and MDs know that DCs are not trained to diagnose properly (except for a few chiro colleges like National), so the best slot for DCs is exactly where they're at. The fact that the ICA and WCA fought against it only show how naive they were to reality.

May's big achievement was trying once more to force a merger with the International Chiropractors Association, which -- again -- failed.


The ACA isn't interested in merger, but if the ICA were open, then talks would proceded. But the ICA, like the WCA, is unrealistic about its role nowadays after Big $id drove away thousands of loyal ICA members during his reign of terror. In fact, the WFC is the international chiro org, not the ICA or the WCA.

In July, it boasts about working with reporters for the Washington Post on a "pro-chiropractic story." It doesn't mention that the article actually was lukewarm toward chiropractic, containing such quotes as:

"(Medical) referrals come despite the still-thin evidence for chiropractic's effectiveness. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) describes studies of chiropractic for back pain as of 'uneven quality and insufficient to allow firm conclusions.' A meta-analysis in the 2003 Annals of Internal Medicine found that spinal manipulative therapy relieved back pain better than sham therapy but no better than other standard treatments."

"Chiropractic treatment for short-term back pain -- 'three or four days, can't get out of bed, that sort of thing' -- Lauerman says, 'is one of the few things that has been demonstrated to significantly alter the natural history of acute back pain. . . . People get better quicker if they go to a chiropractor for a few visits.'"

Not exactly unqualified praise, was it?


The fact that the media suffers from the Fundamental Flaw--bias toward DCs due to the quackery--only reflects the discrimination we still face and a problem that TR contributes to every time he writes.


In December, the big deal was a 15-second ad on the Times Square superscreen. No mention was made of how much money that cost the profession.


Again, what has the WCA spent on promoting our profession? Nothing--it all goes to TR's personal use.

It is no wonder that membership in the ACA has plummeted in recent years. By the way, the annual report does not reveal how many members it actually has (something the WCA is often criticized for) nor does it include any information on its annual budget.


The ACA remains the largest single chiro org in the world with real members, unlike the WCA that is a figment of TR's imagination.

The sad fact is, NO chiropractic organization has accomplished much of lasting importance in the past few years. [Untrue.] DCs still can't serve in the medical corps when they join the Armed Services. [Why are there DCs in the MHS?] Veterans still have to go through a medical gatekeeper to see a chiropractor (the ACA representatives actually voted in favor of this protocol!). [So what? I see more VA patients now than ever before!] Magazines still try to convince readers that chiropractic causes strokes. Doctors still have no way to opt out of Medicare. Insurance companies still discriminate against chiropractic and use the Mercy Guidelines (which the ACA funded and supported) as the rationale behind cutting claims. [Where's the proof of this? I've never had one claim cut that used the Mercy Guidelines as justification.]

As you can read, TR can't justify his WCA as a productive chiro "alliance" of evil vendors that has done anything to help our profession, so he throws stones at those who do. This is a shameless attack by an impotent phony who uses yellow journalism to stir emotions, but has nothing to add to help. He's pathetic.





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