FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 07, 2015
“Disparities in health are due to multiple and complex issues, including language barriers and cultural preferences,” said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. “This can also include the ability of a patient to choose the type of care and provider for a particular condition he or she may have. Services provided by doctors of chiropractic are a model of care commonly sought out by millions of patients each year and access to this care is preserved by Section 2706(a) of the PPACA.”
A key dimension to Section 2706(a) is patient access to covered services from licensed doctors of chiropractic, practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic physicians, massage therapists, and to home births via non-nurse, certified professional midwives. ACA works on an on-going basis to ensure the proper enforcement and aggressive implementation of that section of the health reform law aimed at curbing discriminatory abuses against the chiropractic profession and other non-MD/DO health care disciplines.
“The ability to choose the provider of choice is integral in the further implementation of PPACA. If improving the patient experience, value and positive outcomes are indeed the pillars of health reform, Section 2706(a) should be considered a linchpin to the Act’s success,” added Dr. Hamm.