Category Archives: Futures discussion

Insurance Companies’ Lessons Can Help Providers

As part of a new blog I started recently to help assemble resources for health care consumers, I came across a report in the Puget Sound Business Journal that offered some ‘lessons learned’ a couple of local insurance plan executives … Continue reading

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Conflicts Over Scope

There has been a recent flurry of communications within the Minnesota Chiropractic Association’s members about some of the implications of this state’s scope of practice law. In particular, a specific weakness in chiropractic regulatory language appears to prohibit a DC from employing a physical … Continue reading

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A Destructive Blast From The Past

A cheery letter on 12/1/14 by UnitedHealthcare’s Optum business unit noted that the company was ‘pleased to announce’ that its new Charter product group would impose a ‘new’ requirement on its members. In this new product, members will be required to choose a primary … Continue reading

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When leadership seems lost: it is.

Now that Northwestern Health Sciences University has appointed a new president, it seems important to reflect on the direction being taken. It’s probably important to look forward by first looking to the past. Rather than being ‘doomed to repeat history’ … Continue reading

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Three trends that will make or break chiropractic–and what you can do about them

In the new world order of health care reform, a profession that is unconnected to market trends is a profession that will either soon need or already require life support. Chiropractic is no exception; in fact, I’d argue that the … Continue reading

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General Practice MDs Providing Manipulation and Acupuncture

In a UK study recently reported on Medscape, UK physicians in general practice were permitted to provide osteopathic manipulation and acupuncture to patients with common complaints. It should surprise no one that statistically significant improvements in pain, satisfaction, lowered medication … Continue reading

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Shifting Economics of CAM Use

A post recently on Medscape highlighted the results of a study conducted through the University of Texas Pan-American and published by the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (online abstract is here).

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Alternative Futures

The title of this blog is ChiroFutures because there are optional–and different–futures that are available. One of the most important assessments of these futures and professional options was conducted by the Institute for Alternative Futures and published in 1998, commissioned … Continue reading

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What’s the future of chiropractic?

One of the main reasons I began this blog is to seek to develop a conversation that concerns itself with the future of chiropractic. The profession I’ve been in and around for more than thirty years is a real enigma … Continue reading

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