The key to cost containment within health care is early detection and prevention. And, the key to early detection and prevention is honest, ethical, and convenient care.
Onsite access to health care maximizes your employees’ ability to get and stay healthy.
With an onsite provider you not only have someone there to provide preventative care and early detection to those that wish it but also if the unexpected arises, like an injury, you have a trained and qualified physician present to assess and treat, if necessary.
Our St. Paul chiropractic clinic’s programs have proven to reduce costs, injuries and improve the employee’s health, as well as the companies.
An analysis of 14.7 million complete episodes of musculoskeletal complaints ending in 2009-2011 by OptumHealth—involving all services, settings, and providers from commercial plan members across the country—provides additional support for the early role of chiropractic doctors in the evaluation and management of patients with back pain. Among a number of observations resulting from this analysis, episodes, where a chiropractor was the first provider seen, are characterized by treatment well aligned with clinical evidence; fewest number of different providers seen during the duration of the episode; low rates of imaging, injections and prescription medications; and low total episode cost (costs <50% of standard medical, if chiropractic care instituted within 10 days of the acute injury onset).
Chiropractic Treatment of Neck and Low Back Pain Improves the Value of Health Benefit Plans
- ….the addition of chiropractic coverage for the treatment of low back and neck pain at prices typically payable in US employer-sponsored health benefit plans will likely increase value-for-dollar by improving clinical outcomes and either reduce total spending (neck pain) or increasing total spending (low back pain) by a smaller percentage than clinical outcomes improve. 2009 Mercer Report
- A 2004 study by Legorreta et al. conclude that access to managed chiropractic care for back pain may reduce overall health costs because such care is more effective than traditional medicine and is less invasive.
- Patients with chiropractic insurance coverage, compared to those without coverage, had lower annual healthcare costs ($1,463 vs. $1,671) per member year.
- Sarnat, Winterstein, and Cambron (2007) found that admitting chiropractors into a healthcare plan as gatekeepers led to dramatic cost reductions, exemplified by 59% fewer hospital days, 62% fewer outpatient surgeries, and 83% lower pharmaceutical costs.
- An in-depth analysis of 4 years of claims data from a managed care health plan found that patients who had access to chiropractic care had fewer neuromusculoskeletal complaints than those without access; the chiropractic care was a direct substitution for medical care, not an additional cost (Metz, Nelson, LaBrot, & Pelletier, 2004). This group also had a significant reduction in the use of high-cost and invasive procedures for treatment of low back and neck pain (Nelson, Metz, & LaBrot, 2005).
To find out how chiropractic adjustments may benefit you or for a diagnosis of an injury or condition that requires chiropractic treatment, contact our St. Paul, Minnesota chiropractors at the McCarron Lake Chiropractic today or call us at (651) 489-6550.