As many of you have likely noticed, 2016 has been a political season like no other. And although most of the attention has been focused on campaigns for U.S. president, it’s important to remember that as chiropractors, we have very important political business here at home: Elections this fall for Washington State Senate and House seats.
Our hope for success during the 2017 legislative session is directly tied to an abundant continuous flow of resources to effectively contribute to State Senate and House campaigns and House and Senate soft money PACs. We have to maintain our current legislative relationships and build new ones on both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. We must have bipartisan support for our issues!
Your state representatives and senators are making public policy decisions that affect you every day, including access to health care services. We need to ensure that we set the stage now for the 2017 legislative session, by working hard raising money and helping re-elect our chiropractic friends and developing new ones in the November 2016 election.
As I mentioned in my last letter, with the mounting pressure of SICK CARE costs and resulting insurance premium increases. the legislative battles over reimbursement are intense. This creates challenge and opportunity for us. Co-pays often exceed the allowable charge for our services, osteopaths are reimbursed up to 100 percent more for spinal manipulation than we are under a different set of codes that describe the same services, prior authorization requirements that waste time, disrupt care, prevent best practice and best outcomes and ridiculous visit benefit limits. The evidence that we provide best practice, best outcomes, lowest cost and highest patient satisfaction is indisputable (but ignored).
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— David Butters, DC