IMPACT OF CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES AT AN ON-SITE HEALTH CENTER
 
   

Impact of Chiropractic Services
at an On-Site Health Center

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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   Frankp@chiro.org
 
   

FROM:   J Occup Environ Med. 2014 (Sep);   56 (9):   990992

Sylvia L. Kindermann MPH; Qingjiang Hou MS; Ross M. Miller MD, MPH

Cerner Corporation,
Culver City, Calif


OBJECTIVE:   To compare the influence of employer-sponsored, on-site chiropractic care against community-obtained care on health care utilization.

METHODS:   This was a retrospective claims analysis of members of a single employee health plan receiving chiropractic care on-site or off-site from 2010 to 2012. Utilization differences were evaluated by having 1 health care event or more, including radiology or clinical visits.

RESULTS:   There were 876 on-site and 759 off-site participants. The off-site group received more radiology services overall (55.5% vs 38.2%; P < 0.001) including magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and radiograph (all P < 0.0001); had higher outpatient (P < 0.0001) and emergency department (P = 0.022) utilization; and demonstrated greater use of chiropractic care and physical therapy (both P < 0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS:   Compared with off-site care, on-site chiropractic services are associated with lower health care utilization. These results support the value of chiropractic services offered at on-site health centers.


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