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Posted on 11-18-2016

Time Is An Illusion

So, next week is Thanksgiving?  How did we get here so soon?  How did time go by so quickly?   I know the election “season” for most seems to have lasted an interminable amount of time.  I know many, many are relieved the “season” has ended, but are also uncertain about the future.  Some are uncertain and hopeful; while others are uncertain and fearful.

In the end, as Pope John Paul II said, “the future starts today,” and time is what me make of it, even if it doesn’t make a lot of sense.  How do we explain time when we can’t see it, touch it, or feel it, but an attorney can charge you $400 for an hour of it without necessarily fixing your problem?

If Benjamin Franklin is right that “lost time is never found again,” and William Penn is also correct that “time is what we want most, but use worst,” what should your GA team be doing as the end of the year rushes toward us like a runaway speeding train?

2017 Legislative Package

To paraphrase another famous, if fictional American icon Kramer from the Seinfeld show, we’re doing what we do, like we’ve always done.  This week we started the future in the now.  Our Legislative Action Committee, chaired by the inimitable Dr. David Paris, sorted through and assessed a plethora of legislative proposals to design CCA’s 2017 legislative package. 

This was a tremendous undertaking.  Our amazing Associate Director of GA, Michelle Bancroft, designed a new legislative proposal form for members and non-members to share their thoughts on issues CCA should address legislatively on behalf of chiropractic. The response was fabulous. Unfortunately, as Governor Brown is fond of saying in his veto messages on bills passed by legislature, “Not every problem requires a legislative solution.”  Ok, understood, but we all know sometimes you must “require” government to do the right thing and that’s seldom more true than when it comes to chiropractic.

Here's the list of legislative proposals your GA team is going to be seeking legislators to introduce for us in 2017

  • Eliminate the 24-visit cap in workers’ compensation.
  • Reintroduce AB 2407, chiropractic care not opioids in Work Comp. See our AB 2407 ad.
  • Reintroduce AB 1992, pre-sports physicals. See our AB 1992 ad.
  • Co-Sponsor with coalition of health care providers to redress activities of Third Party Administrators. We’re looking at 3-6 legislative proposals on TPAs.

In addition to Dr. Paris and the Legislative Action Committee members, I’d like to thank Dr. Moses Jacob, Chair of our Workers’ Compensation Committee, and all our Work Comp committee members for all their hard work on the Work Comp proposals. 

Communications With Workers' Compensation Director Christine Baker and DWC Medical Director Dr. Ray Meister

Our Workers’ Compensation Committee has also been engaging with the Division of Workers’ Compensation regarding inclusion in their guidelines to alternatives to opioids. We’ve been in conversation with Director Christine Baker and the DWC Medical Director, Dr. Ray Meister. Dr. Meister recently requested our feedback on the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines (ACOEM) relative to this matter.  Check out the letter we crafted and sent to the Director. Conversations with Dr. Meister and Director Baker are continuing.

Full inclusion in all government health care programs, including Workers’ Compensation is a necessity if chiropractic is to flourish in California; even if you do not now or intend to practice in these arenas.  We cannot afford to allow our profession to be marginalized in government programs because it marginalizes us exponentially in the minds of the public.

Update on Katie May & Stroke Risk In The Media

Speaking of the minds of the public.  I’m sure everyone is aware of the recent media frenzy around the tragic passing of Katie May.  Earlier this week this matter was discussed on two television shows: The Doctors TV (click here to watch the episode) and the Dr. Oz show (click here to watch the episode). 

We are pleased to see that both shows were fair and in fact put chiropractic in a positive light. 

You should be aware of CCA’s activities to address this volatile issue. CCA and KFB Public Affairs have been working in concert with the Foundation For Chiropractic Progress and the American Chiropractic Association to provide resources for chiropractors in California to knowledgeably engage with their patients and communities. We strongly suggest media inquiries be sent to me at cforsyth@calchiro.org.  We have established a team to address the needs of the media. You can find the resources we’ve provided here

Special thanks go to Dr. Gerry Clum, who produced, presented, and provided an amazing webinar on this subject matter.  He was also instrumental in helping prepare the chiropractor from New York, who was heavily featured on the Dr. Oz show.  In addition, Dr. Clum volunteered to be CCA’s official spokesperson.  We are immensely grateful for Dr. Clum’s expertise, generosity of spirit, and commitment to CCA and chiropractic.

Issue Update: Insurers Demanding Reimbursement For Overpayments

For those of you, and I know there are a multitude, still dealing with Blue Shield’s letters demanding refunds, we continue working with Department Of Managed Health Care (DMHC) to remedy the situation.  They have requested we provide examples of Blue Shield’s requests and have done so.  In addition, please file a formal complaint with DMHC. They are a very complaint driven organization and the more complaints filed, the more it helps.  You can access the DMHC complaint process by clicking here.

Any complaints you have as a provider needs to be filed with DMHC.  This includes issues with third party administrators.  To the extent you can draw a nexus between your specific issue and the resulting harm to your patients, please do so.  DMHC’s mission is to ensure a viable market place and protect consumers.  Keeping insurers and TPAs from screwing providers is not part of their mission, so connecting the dots to demonstrate harm to patients is critical.

Albert Einstein may have said, “Time is an illusion,” but every look in the mirror is a reminder that it leaves evidence of its existence.  Perhaps the 19th century English poet, Philip James Bailey provided us a construct to help us cope with time when he said, “We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial.”

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

2016 California Chiropractic Association. All rights reserved. Please do not disseminate in part or whole without prior permission. Questions or permission to disseminate? Contact Cris Forsyth at cforsyth@calchiro.org.

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