OSCA BWC & Legislative update:
Thanks to our new consultants, Executive Director Bharon Hoag and I have had two recent meetings to advocate on behalf of our profession. In one of these recent meetings, we were able to meet with the Governor’s Chief of Policy where we presented materials reflecting the clinical and cost effectiveness of treatment provided and directed by Chiropractic Physicians. We discussed the fact that we can help the state manage cost not only in the insurance arena such as; Medicaid and insurance exchanges, but with the management of injured workers as well.
We discussed the challenges we face in treating injured worker chronic conditions as well as a lack of being referred acute injuries. We discussed the inappropriate use of ODG and the need to adopt CCGPP guidelines. This meeting resulted in a referral to meet with the Administrator. Tuesday, Bharon and I presented our information to the Administrator. We again discussed our challenges when treating chronic cases and our willingness to help the bureau. We discussed our cost effectiveness and presented data that supported our position. This was a good meeting and our consultant will follow up within two weeks.
We are also working on getting a chiropractic representative to sit in on discussions regarding Medicaid and insurance exchanges so that we can also provide our data to these groups as they make decisions on treatment coverage. We look to continue pushing with our new lobbying team to educate both the executive office and leaders in the House and Senate. We look to capitalize on the relationships executive committee member Dr. Kreg Huffer has built with leadership in the House and Senate.
In addition, I attended the BWC quality assurance committee meeting on Wednesday. There was a lot of discussion on the new Medco 14, which will be required beginning with new work restriction
cases effective Aug. 17th, 2012. Some confusion remains on certain details of use for Chiropractors. We continue to look for further clarification and will submit an update as soon as we have the additional information.
With the assistance of our new lobbying team, the OSCA is actively working on educating key decision makers in the executive office and legislative body. Please watch for information on our fundraisers for Senator Faber and Speaker of the house, Rep Batchelder as these efforts will give us a chance to present our data and further educate leadership. Please support these efforts.
Dr. Otto Schmidt