New Landmark Study Confirms Integrative Medicine IPA Reduces Clinical Utilization and Costs for Large Midwest Managed Care Plan May 27, 2007Posted by Dreamhealer in Research.
Results of a follow-up study released today from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (May 2007;00:1-7) reinforce and amplify the effectiveness of an integrative IPA management model vs. conventional strategies to decrease clinical utilization and costs over an extended period of time and in a safe and highly regulated large Chicago HMO environment. The unique feature of the care model was that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) represented two-thirds of the primary care providers involved.
In the report, “Clinical utilization and cost outcomes from an integrative medicine independent physician association: an additional 3-year update,” authors Richard L. Sarnat, MD, James Winterstein, DC and Jerrilyn A. Cambron, DC, PhD analyze utilization data from the IPA and include first-time comparisons in data points among primary care physicians (PCPs) whose training backgrounds were in chiropractic, osteopathic and allopathic medicine. Read more on this topic….