BCBSM Settlement Information
This is a special communication to all MAC member doctors regarding the implementation of the Blue Cross and Blue Care Network Settlement Agreements recently signed by MAC President, Dr. Damian Palmer. We want to be sure you are all aware of the specific terms of the settlements.
First and foremost, these settlements are the result of many years of unbelievably hard work and dedication on the part of your MAC leadership. The agreements are truly historic for the chiropractic profession in Michigan, and the most successful Blue Cross settlements ever reached by a chiropractic state association! If we hadn’t reached these settlements, the suits would have languished in the courts for several more years, cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and we would not have won anything near what we were able to gain through negotiations.
For more information about the Blue Cross Settlement, click here [MEMBERS ONLY].
Pain Awareness Month | September 1-30
Pain Awareness Month is a time when various organizations work to raise public awareness of issues in the area of pain and pain management. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s new analysis of data from 2012 found that chiropractic services remain one of the most popular non-drug approaches, with more than 19 million patients having received spinal manipulation in the previous year for pain management. The theme of October’s National Chiropractic Health Month is #PainFreeNation, bringing attention to the public health crisis caused by pain, and in particular the overuse of prescription painkillers and educating the public about the value of exhausting conservative forms of care for both acute and chronic pain before resorting to higher risk options, such as prescription painkillers and surgery.
National School Backpack Awareness Day | September 16
Back pain is common among American adults, but a new and disturbing trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor. In schools across Michigan, students can be seen trudging down hallways carrying backpacks (usually slung across one shoulder) full of heavy textbooks, three-ring binders, and a multitude of other heavy supplies. Overweight backpacks can result in a number of short-term and even chronic health concerns. Excessive weight and certain bag styles can cause nerve pressure around the neck that could lead to muscle spasms and neck or shoulder pain.
September 25-27, 2015
Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo, MI
November 21-22, 2015
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI