|[July 28, 2014]
Joint Commission Declares Medical Doctors Not the Only Providers Qualified to Lead Patient-Centered Medical Homes
CARMICHAEL, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care,
applauds the Joint
Commission, a national nonprofit organization that accredits
more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs, for its
restatement in favor of "non-physician" led patient-centered medical
home (PCMH) healthcare teams. The F4CP points to doctors of chiropractic
(D.C.s) as being trained to both serve and lead within the PCMH setting.
"Collaboration between providers is a central element to achieving the
high quality and cost-effective goals of the PCMH model," says Gerard
Clum, D.C., spokesperson, F4CP. "Possessing extensive training in
diagnosis and treatment, doctors of chiropractic (D.C.) can contribute
tremendous vlue to PCMHs. Particularly, for patients with conditions,
such as low back pain, neck pain and headaches, evidence supports
chiropractic as a suitable option that presents greater opportunity for
According to the F4CP report, "The
Role of Chiropractic Care in the Patient-Centered Medical Home,"
there are several roles a D.C. can assume within a PCMH to advance
As neuromuscular and musculoskeletal specialists with direct patient
As neuromuscular and musculoskeletal specialists, on referral from
primary care providers (PCP)
As PCPs who also deliver care to patients seeking help for
As providers of diagnostic and therapeutic prevention and health
promotion services, including, but is not limited to, evidence-based
diet and exercise counseling
National entities, including the National Committee for Quality
Assurance, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and
URAC, agree that an organization can provide the attributes of a PCMH
without physician leadership - with the exception of the American
Medical Association House of Delegates.
"I congratulate the Joint Commission for opening the doors to other
healthcare disciplines to support patient care through the PCMH model,"
says Dr. Clum. "This updated approach allows care to be determined based
on a patient's needs, rather than a profession's needs. It marks a
tremendous step forward for our nation's healthcare system and patient
population, and I am optimistic that this will soon become the generally
accepted method for care delivery."
About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
aims to inform and educate the general public about the many benefits
associated with chiropractic care. To learn more about the Foundation,
please visit us on the web at www.yes2chiropractic.com
or call 866-901-F4CP (3427).
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