Tag: opioids

Non pharmacological pain management such as chiropractic is better and safer, so why do insurer’s want to make it cost more?

Non pharmacological pain management such as chiropractic is better and safer, so why do insurer’s want to make it cost more? The HHS (Health and Human Services) task force found that insurers were not covering Non pharmacological pain management methods such as chiropractic or acupuncture.  These methods are often more expensive than opioids and insurers have used this as a reason behind them favoring one type of treatment against the use of medication such as opioids.   The HHS collected years of data which helped them arrive to the conclusion that insurers may have inadvertently caused the Opioid crisis with their Read More »

Opioids and the NFL, According to the NY Times, the pain and the pills continue long after retirement.

Opioids and the NFL, According to the NY Times, the pain and the pills continue long after retirement. Pain and physical punishment have long been part of professional football. Injuries to the neck and back, as well as the shoulders and the knees are common and have long lasting consequences. Players know that they have to tough it out and endure surgeries and other treatment to stay in the game. They also know that if they can no longer play, there is always another player waiting to replace them.  Part of the methods used to treat their injuries included opioid Read More »

Experts agree; insurance companies must change their patient incentives to eliminate another Opioid crisis.

Experts agree; insurance companies must change their patient incentives to eliminate another Opioid crisis. There is growing evidence that insurance companies and doctors are responsible for the current opioid crisis.   60 minutes covered this in their three part investigation showing that drug companies willfully supplied new businesses with opioids that addicted thousands of people in Florida.   Some doctors profited handsomely from their prescriptive practices, while others just wanted to help.  Some of those doctors lost their licenses and others were jailed for their role in this fiasco. More evidence is showing that in order to resolve chronic problems such as neck Read More »

Considering surgery and Opioids for pain control afterwards? The latest research suggests you should see a chiropractor first.

Considering surgery and Opioids for pain control afterwards?  The latest research suggests you should see a chiropractor first. Having been told to you need surgery is traumatic, since it requires you to adjust your life around a surgical procedure that can leave you in pain for weeks to come.   Surgery can affect your job, your life and your relationships as well, since you will need someone to take you there, watch over you and most likely, give you opioid pain medication while you recover.  It is also expensive, once you factor in the facility fee, anesthesia and of course the post and Read More »

The Opioid epidemic was caused by health insurer’s and the medical system. Chiropractors are part of the solution so why aren’t large insurers making it easier to visit one?

The Opioid epidemic was caused by health insurer’s and the medical system.  Chiropractors are part of the solution so why aren’t large insurers making it easier to visit one? The Opioid problem is especially bad in New Jersey, but is a national crisis.   Those who caused it are not owning up to it, but the short list includes major health insurers such as Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield among others by raising co-payments, deductible’s and premiums while confusing the public with tiered networks that offer fewer affordable choices of provider. The healthcare industry economically forced primary doctors into using 10 minutes or Read More »