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ID 17042
  Title Development of basic workers' comp guidelines for chiropractic care in response to needs of third party payers in Alabama
Journal J Chiropr Med. 2004 Summer;3(3):104-107
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Objective: To describe a novel program in the area of workers’ compensation-based chiropractic care in Alabama developed at the request of third-party administrators handling workers’ compensation claims.

Discussion: The system of workers’ compensation in Alabama is unique in that the employer and the insurance carrier or third party administrator can determine where the injured worker is seen, by what doctor and what type of doctor. A medical panel of doctors must be available to the injured but it does not, by law, have to include a doctor of chiropractic. Many injuries on the job are related to the spine and musculoskeletal system, which are commonly treated in the chiropractor’s office. This article describes a program that led to doctors of chiropractic having an expanded role in the management of work-related injuries in Alabama, prior to which access to care had been significantly restricted.

Conclusion: A needs-based system of communication and self-discipline within a group of clinicians can overcome barriers to patient access through improved relationships with third-party administrators in the workers’ compensation system.

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