The joint commission, the largest credentialing body for hospitals now recognizes chiropractors as physicians.


The joint commission, the largest credentialing body for hospitals now recognizes chiropractors as physicians.

My, how things are changing and moving in better and progressive directions for health care and providers. While some medical groups have protested this move by this well established credentialing body, 50 years ago, chiropractors were shunned, prosecuted and persecuted for their beliefs and practices, and now, they are considered physicians.

This is important especially as hospitals and large medical groups take a serious look at their costs for care, and need to help their patients for a lower cost in order to stay profitable. In the future, your insurer will no longer allow 6 months of care for a shoulder that can improve markedly in one or two, or ineffective rehab for a knee or body part, as many patients of ours have experienced in the past.

Unfortunately, this money has just been wasted on dogmatic ideas in rehabilitation that just fail to get the promised result for a reasonable cost. The past solutions used by insurers of cutting reimbursements and starving certain classes of doctors has resulted in higher costs, quarterbacking of patients by their primary doctor who is no longer paid enough to help the patient solve their problem and more referrals to specialists that simply pass the patient around the system without any regard to costs or effectiveness.

Chiropractic clearly offers a lower cost, better outcome approach probably due to their way of thinking about the mechanisms of pain and dysfunction, rather than just treating it and using protocols on a haphazard basis.

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The Joint Commission Now Recognizes Chiropractors as Physicians

By William Morgan, DC

The Joint Commission, the largest credentialing body for hospitals and health care organizations in North America, has recently changed its stance on the recognition of chiropractors. This organization now recognizes chiropractors as physicians.¹-² This is a major policy change from decades ago, when the commission published an article entitled “The Right and Duty of Hospitals to Exclude Doctors of Chiropractic.”³

The Joint Commission (JC) was one of the organizations named in the Wilk antitrust lawsuit for allegedly restricting the profession of chiropractic. It has grown in maturity since those days and is now a major force for good in the provision of health care in the United States and in Department of Defense (DOD) medical facilities worldwide. JC is no longer simply a private policeman for the health care industry; it now considers itself a partner in health care. This is evident in its new motto: Helping Health Care Organizations Help Patients.4

The current list of JC-recognized physicians includes medical doctors, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists and chiropractors. Chiropractors and optometrists are recent additions.

What Is the Joint Commission?
The Joint Commission, formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO, pronounced jay-co), is a non-profit private organization that accredits health care organizations. JC credentials 17,000 different health care entities. It provides a fee-based credentialing process, in which hospitals participate. Even though submitting an application to this private organization for credentialing is technically voluntary, from a practical perspective, failure to have JC accreditation would very likely lead to the closure of a hospital. Joint Commission credentialing is the standard that all successful hospitals, including government facilities, attain.

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