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URAC Announces Special Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot Project in Partnership with Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

Friday, October 5th, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC; CARMICHAEL, CA– October 5, 2012 — URAC, a leading health care accreditation organization, has announced a special pilot project in conjunction with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, to determine  how chiropractic care models can best achieve the principles of the patient centered medical home.

URAC defines a patient centered medical home (PCMH) as a quality driven, interdisciplinary clinician-led team approach to delivering and coordinating care that puts patients, family members, and personal caregivers at the center of all decisions concerning the patient’s health and wellness. A PCMH provides comprehensive and individualized access to physical health, behavioral health, and supportive community and social services, ensuring patients receive the right care in the right setting at the right time.

Select URAC PCMH program standards consistent with State-specific chiropractic scope of practice will be evaluated to determine how chiropractic care models can best achieve the principles of patient centered health care.

“As a widely used evidence-based, valued health care discipline, chiropractic should be included within the emerging patient centered medical home model,” shares Gerard Clum, D.C., spokesperson, F4CP.  “This pilot project will provide an opportunity for the chiropractic profession to articulate its role and validate its significance in advancing major model principles — such as improved costs, clinical efficiency and overall patient outcomes.”

Chiropractic health care focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. It is used most often to address neuro-musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, and pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

“Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling,” said Alan P. Spielman, URAC President and CEO. “The ultimate goal of URAC’s PCMH program is to coordinate all aspects of a patient’s care, so it is important to evaluate how chiropractic health care can best support that goal.”

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For 25 years, URAC has been the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, education, and measurement. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs that reflect the latest changes in health care and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability. URAC’s evidence-based measures and standards are developed through inclusive engagement with a broad range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of health care. For more information about URAC, contact us.

A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress aims to inform and educate the general public about the many benefits associated with chiropractic care. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit us on the web at www.f4cp.com or call 866-901-F4CP (3427).

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