Assessment of chiropractic outcomes for low back pain and neck pain: a health plan quality incentive model

Journal Article

By: J.; Branson Woodburn, R.; Pavoloni, G.; Lin, C. C.; Matt Fritts; Goertz, C.
Publication Name: J Healthc Qual
Year: 2006

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota conducted a quality improvement project to quantify and improve the clinical and functional outcomes of low back pain and neck pain patients in a chiropractic network. Improved outcomes were encouraged through a financial incentive for implementation of standard clinical outcome measurement tools, quarterly feedback to individual practices, and a face-to-face meeting to share best practices. Although a large database on baseline neck pain and low back pain and functional disability was generated, and clinically and statistically significant improvements in outcomes were documented, progressive improvement in outcomes over the 4-year project period was not found.

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