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Posted on 07-22-2016

PAC, Crack & the One Eyed Man

As regular consumers of the Corner, you know your GA team is always looking for ways to increase our political footprint through all means available (within the confines of our highly attuned ethical standards of course).  This crack team of agents for chiropractic are taking it up another notch as this week marks the start of building our cutting edge on-line PAC fundraising platform.

We’re Going High End

Massive kudos go out to our Associate Director of Governmental Affairs, Michelle Bancroft, for working endlessly with our vendor to enable all the techie stuff to get built and work correctly. Honestly, it’s all magic to most of us and without Michelle speaking in tech tongues to alien visitors/vendors this would never get done.

Of course we also need to give a huge shout out to our new PAC Chair, Dr. Tim Gooing and our PAC Trustees for having the vision and foresight to approve moving forward with a 21st century, year-round PAC fundraising platform! 

Our goal is to have the site operational in early September.  We’ve been wanting to expand our base of support for a long time and this platform will make it easy and affordable to do so. 

If you can’t wait until September to see what we have in store, you can click here to check out a similar platform being used by the United States Air Force Academy.

Why PAC PRIDE Is Important

Our PAC funds will be used to elect pro-chiropractic candidates.  We believe there are some unique branding opportunities to not only increase awareness of chiropractic, but to also play a significant role in helping to elect candidates who we can work with for hopefully the next 12 years.One of the key issues in California is health care—both the cost and availability—yet few, if any, candidates are talking about it in their campaigns, which gives us a unique opportunity.

By making sure that our independent expenditure mailers are about health care, we are assured of unique mail that will be remembered by our candidate of choice and will be impactful for their election.

While our main purpose is to elect our candidates, the secondary value will be an opportunity to talk about the value of chiropractic in California health care present and future.

New CCA Legislative Advocacy Handout

One of the many joys of the job is hearing from our doctors all across our great state.  One recently requested a list of our legislative accomplishments to hand out at a district meeting. I was a bit chagrined that after 16 months on the job, I hadn’t put such a list together yet.  Yikes!  I want to thank Dr. Karo Isajan for providing me the opportunity to create this. Click here for the document. Please feel free to distribute and disseminate at all opportunities.

All Things Workers’ Compensation

We continue to work on the interim hearing on AB 2407 (Chavez) regarding requiring primary treating physicians (PTP) in the work comp system to follow the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) guidelines, that call for conservative care prior to opioids and surgery. In the Division of Worker’s Compensation (DWC) latest assessment of the SB 863 work comp reforms, DWC speaks of implementing a program to train PTPs in following the MTUS. 

It’s a good sign that they see the same need we see, but their training program will be used as an argument that our legislation won’t be necessary.  It is our intention to have the committee request DWC’s presence at the hearing to explain the new program.  This will provide us the opportunity to weigh in on the issue in a format that includes immediate feedback from legislators and stakeholders.

I’ve mentioned previously that when we testify at DWC hearings it’s a one-way conversation.  We speak until we’re done and they say “NEXT.”  I half expect someone to shout “NO SOUP FOR YOU!” The legislative hearing will be a much more interactive experience.

Staying with Work Comp for a moment longer, the letter Senator Beall sent to the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation to study the need for keeping the 24 visit cap, was not well received.  The response from the Commission was that they are already studying the impacts of SB 863 reforms, so this study isn’t necessary. Read the letter in its entirety here.

Senator Beall was less than pleased.  I reached out to the Chair of the commission, whom I’ve known for many years, and have been advised that the Senator’s request is still being discussed.  Perhaps staff jumped the gun with their response?  We’ll continue to pursue this effort and keep you apprised.

You may also recall that back in August we submitted our formal response to DWC’s list of alternatives for chronic pain which included massage and yoga, but not chiropractic (Thank you Drs. Jacob Moses and Wayne Whalen for testifying with Monica Miller and me at the public hearing on this subject).  In the latest assessment of the SB 863 reforms, the report mentions that they are in the final stages of rulemaking. 

That’s unfortunate since they’ve still not responded to our letter itemizing our concerns as required. Every letter submitted for public comment must receive a response.  We’ve notified the Director of our concern and I’m in the process of getting a lunch scheduled with the Secretary of the Department of Industrial Relations David Lanier (an old friend from my days under the dome).

Why staff appears to be blind to the benefits of chiropractic is a mystery we’re trying to solve.  But remember, in the world of the blind, the one eyed man is King.  We’ll keep pushing on this and keep you apprised.

Third Party Administrator Update

Lest you think we’re neglecting that most onerous of thorns in the side of health care providers everywhere, third party administrators (TPAs), we have some news.  Our non-allopathic coalition member, physical therapists, have committed to finding a legislator to introduce a bill to address the egregious behaviors of TPAs.  And they’ve requested to have CCA on board to assist its passage.  A lot of details to be worked out of course, but it’s a testament to our efforts at coalition building that a health care provider we’ve been at odds with over the years, now feels comfortable enough with us to want to partner on legislation.

We’ve got more irons in the fire and we’ll bring you up to date on those next week.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print, and some that probably isn’t…for now.

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