Arlington, Va. – The U.S. Senate today introduced a bill, S. 4042, to modernize Medicare coverage and better meet the needs of today’s seniors by increasing access to services provided by doctors of chiropractic. An identical bipartisan-supported bill in the House currently has 130 cosponsors.
Sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) with Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) as original cosponsors, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act—which is identical in text to the House version, H.R. 2654—would give Medicare beneficiaries access to all covered Medicare benefits available from their chiropractors, provided the services are allowed under the doctor’s state license.
Medicare beneficiaries are currently covered for only one chiropractic service—manual manipulation of the spine—and forced to pay for additional services out of pocket or to seek those services from a different type of provider, requiring more time, travel and expense.
“Medicare beneficiaries want to lead active lives, but as we age musculoskeletal problems become more common. Access to chiropractic’s safe, patient-centered and evidence-based nondrug approach to back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal conditions provides options to those who wish to reduce or avoid pain medications and surgery,” said American Chiropractic Association (ACA) President Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD.
“ACA thanks Sens. Blumenthal, Cramer, Baldwin, and Wicker for their support of this important legislation, which augments ongoing efforts to stem the opioid crisis in America by giving seniors access to effective nondrug therapies readily available in chiropractic clinics,” noted Keith Overland, DC, chair of the ACA Legislative Committee.
Both S. 4042 and H.R.2654 add no new services to Medicare. They simply allow patients to access current Medicare benefits that their chiropractors are licensed to provide. The statute that governs patient access to chiropractic in Medicare has been unchanged since 1972, limiting patient choice in a manner that does not align with most modern healthcare plans or the chiropractic profession’s role today in mainstream health care. Projections indicate the number of people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medicare–currently over 60 million–will increase by one-third over the next decade.
To learn more and find out what you can do to support passage of S. 4042/H.R. 2654, visit www.acatoday.org/Medicare.
Our office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (December 22-24th) in celebration of the Christmas holiday. We will reopen on Monday, December 27th and follow our usual schedule.
Have a peaceful and Merry Christmas!
We’re celebrating a huge milestone at Carraway Chiropractic & Laser Center! Over the past 35 years, Dr. Christopher Carraway has been proud to serve New Bern and the surrounding communities. We are honored to have earned the trust of thousands of patients, providing safe, gentle and effective relief for a wide variety of conditions. Guiding his patients toward a healthier, happier life is the most rewarding aspect of his long chiropractic career.
Back in 1986, Dr. Carraway achieved his professional goal of opening Carraway Chiropractic Center in his home town of New Bern, North Carolina. The practice grew rapidly and in 1995 he moved into his current location at 2507 Neuse Boulevard.
Dr. Carraway has many years of experience, having achieved his doctorate in chiropractic in 1985, his diplomate in chiropractic neurology in 1997, certification as a laser specialist in 2010, and certification in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners in 2011.
As his patients know, Dr. Carraway is an enthusiastic advocate of low lever laser therapy. He currently serves as a senior medical advisor for one of the largest therapeutic laser companies worldwide, and senior clinical advisor for Laser Therapy University online. He has been instrumental in testing new laser devices and has developed multiple laser protocols which have become the standard of care internationally. In 2015, using his in-depth background in neurology, he developed a laser protocol that had never been done before and has proven to be very effective for treating migraines, trigeminal neuralgia, as well as PTSD. His work has been published on numerous occasions in the Journal of Practical Pain Management. Throughout his years of practice, he has been asked to lecture for multiple chiropractic colleges and state associations, sharing his knowlege and experience for the benefit of doctors of chiropractic nationwide.
Dr. Carraway is grateful for the privilege of serving his patients and the community, and he looks forward to providing more years of chiropractic care and to continue with treatment, research and educational instruction in laser therapy. Cheers to 35 years!
Dr. Carraway is featured in the prestigious The Practical Journal of Pain Management. The article, “Using Photobiomodulation to Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia”, is a protocol that he invented and developed in 2015 and is being taught worldwide now.
Dr. Timothy Demchak, full professor and PhD at Indiana State University co-wrote the article.
North Carolina chiropractors are getting educated about laser therapy!
Dr. Christopher Carraway of New Bern, North Carolina, has spent much of November 2015 traveling to Wilmington, Charlotte and Fayetteville teaching continuing education classes to help doctors learn about the benefits of laser therapy for their patients. Each class was 12 hours in length, and included information such as the science behind laser therapy, the latest breaking research, and proper treatment protocols. The doctors were able to get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art Multi Radiance Medical laser equipment, and Dr. Carraway was able to share some of his case studies with the classes. All in all, the doctors left with a deeper understanding of how low level laser therapy works and how to use it effectively to treat their own patients. For Dr. Carraway, teaching these classes is very rewarding. “I sincerely hope that more doctors will begin using laser therapy in their practices, because that means more and more patients can reap the benefits.”