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COCSA Rejects CCGPP Draft
In a stunning and bold move the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) has unanimously rejected the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP), Low Back Draft. This rejection comes in spite of the fact that COCSA was the group that commissioned the committee (CCGPP) in the first place.
Members of the CCGPP made a detailed presentation to the delegates of COCSA this past week resulting in many questions and some pointed concerns. Many of the delegates were concerned that the draft document, called the Low Back Draft, but referred to on the CCGPP website as "Chiropractic Best Practices" was far from a representation of the practice of chiropractic and made much of subluxation and wellness care being outside the idea of a "best practice". The concern was that this document as presented would be the catalyst for malpractice suits, Board actions, and severe claims reductions for a large segment of the practicing population.
In order to act on their concerns, the members of COCSA created the statement below and voted unanimously to adopt this as their current stand.
Among the many areas of concern was the section of the CCGPP document that dealt with x-ray. This section basically made the taking of x-rays for any other purpose but the search for pathology, a non acceptable practice. This would mean that chiropractors who took x-rays for structure, or the determination of subluxations would be outside these guidelines. (see article below)
This vote does not mean the CCGPP efforts are dead. Since its inception this group has obtained outside funding and now works autonomously of COCSA, the association who first formed the CCGPP.
ICA Calls for DC Review of Chiropractic X-ray Guidelines for Subluxation Assessment
Below is a letter by Dr, Deed Harrison, with a follow up by ICA president Dr John Maltby. The intent of this letter is to summon chiropractors who care about the correction of subluxations to take action and participate. Please read the letter below and participate.
"Chiropractic Best Practices" My Two Cents.
Having just returned from the recent Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) meeting in Baltimore, I can tell you that the topic of concern was the "Low Back Draft" submitted by the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP). This document, which is called "Best Practices" and can be found and reviewed from the CCGPP site at www.ccgpp.org has been the hot topic in chiropractic and has drawn much condemnation from a growing list of organizations and experts in chiropractic.
I will leave the review of this document in the capable hands of those who have studied it in more detail than I, as I had my fill of that sort of work in the first go around with the Mercy Document. But, what I'd like to vent about is the concept itself of guidelines or best practices.
First, let me start out by saying that I'm curious if the term best practices means the best practice, as in a doctor's practice, or the best procedures in a practice. In reading over the CCGPP document, I started to doze off long before I was able to answer that question. However, I believe the term refers to the overall practice. If this is the case, I do not understand the need for a 163 page document to determine the best practices.
It seems to me, that if you want to determine the best practices, just look at the busiest ones! Hey, aren't the best restaurants the busiest ones. Ok, so you say you want it to be evidence based, well then just go and taste the food. Patients are the ultimate determination of what is best. So if we want to see what constitutes a best practice in chiropractic, just look at the busiest ones! If you do you will find that they are almost all exclusively subluxation based. Additionally, you will find that these real best practices are largely or entirely cash practices. This means that the people who really count, the patients, pay for their chiropractic care at these real best practices.
The second thing that gets me in the whole CCGPP document thing is who died and made these so called experts supreme fat cats over what was a best practice? Has anyone been to their practices? Do they see a volume of people, or are they too busy telling the rest of the profession what they should be doing to have a best practice?
Why are some people of the mind set that the public is so stupid that they could not determine what a best practice looks like. Here's a hint. If I go to a restaurant, and the food and/or service is unacceptable, I don't go back, and neither will anyone else. If I like the food, I return and send others. The best restaurants are usually busy!
This may sound overly simple, but sometimes we seem to get so caught up trying to impress scientists that we forget that it is the patients who really count. If we apply the same scientific criteria to the logic of having a document, can anyone show proof that the creation of guidelines has made patient care better? (I mean for the patient, not the insurance carrier who wants guidelines to cut claims.) Is there evidence that those who use the Mercy Guidelines help more people? I would think just the opposite.
These exercises in academic masturbation have never gotten one patient better. In fact I know they have prevented thousands from receiving the chiropractic care they needed by denying benefits and creating a situation where care was stopped because some reviewer, with a document told the patient the care wasn't medically necessary.
So, for me there is a simple solution. Let's form a commission of mathematicians to create a real chiropractic "Best Practices". All these experts would have to do is COUNT! When they found the ten busiest chiropractic practices, we know what really constitutes a "Best Practice."
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