American Chiropractic Association to Promote Alternative Medicine, Inc.'s Model of Wellness, Agrees to Joint Venture

First-Time-Ever Arrangement Will Position

Integrative Health Care as Key to the Managed Care Industry's Future



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Chiropractic Association

    ARLINGTON, Va. and HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive
 News Release/ -- The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and Alternative
 Medicine, Inc. (AMI) have teamed up to advance AMI's innovative, patient-
 oriented wellness care model for managed care plans as a solution for insurers
 and self-funded employers striving to improve quality of care while cutting
 costs.  The announcement of the joint venture comes on the heels of a report
 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) pointing to the importance of
 patient choice and preventive health care measures as integral components of
 managed care plans of the future.  AMI's model, which features highly
 credentialed doctors of chiropractic as primary care physicians in managed
 care plans, has proven effective at dramatically reducing the rate of
 hospitalizations, surgeries, outpatient procedures and prescription drug use
 among health plan beneficiaries.
     AMI's model could well be the solution to the problem outlined in the
 April 5 NEJM article on future trends in the managed care industry, according
 to ACA Chairman of the Board J. Michael Flynn, DC.  In the article,
 researchers from the University of California-San Francisco point out that, in
 light of recent complaints that the managed care industry has put profits
 ahead of patients, many insurers have reacted by "eliminating administrative
 practices that restrict patients' choices" and by focusing on preventive
 treatment and "other measures that increase the coordination of care."  AMI's
 wellness model allows patient choice and focuses on preventive treatment --
 while at the same time bringing down health care costs.
     Chicago-based AMI is the nation's leading company in providing managed
 care companies and large self-funded employer groups with fully integrated
 traditional and alternative health care.  Its managed care model integrates
 alternative and complementary care with traditional medicine to deliver
 services that focus on a person's total health, while including any treatments
 required by patients who are in need of emergency or critical care.  All AMI
 doctors of chiropractic are credentialed through a rigorous process that
 ensures the highest quality of patient care possible.  The ACA Board of
 Governors' support of AMI's wellness model marks the first time in the
 association's history that it has formally recognized a managed care
 provider's approach to health care.
     "We're very excited about ACA's formal support of our model and we look
 forward to expanding upon our success throughout the United States.  We have
 successfully demonstrated that an integrated medical model featuring doctors
 of chiropractic as primary care physicians working in conjunction with MDs/DOs
 and RNs can provide better quality care than any of the specialties working
 independently," stated James Zechman, chairman and CEO of AMI.
     AMI's model features open access patient choice, chiropractic care as a
 fully covered benefit and unlimited coverage for full scope chiropractic
 services, including supportive/maintenance care.  The ACA has fought to have
 each of these components implemented in health plans throughout the country.
     "We have watched the science of medicine go through an unbelievable
 metamorphosis in the 20th century," said ACA President James A. Mertz, DC.
 "As we begin the 21st century, Alternative Medicine, Inc. has created an
 integrated delivery system that gives patients the best health care of both
 worlds.  The ACA is proud to have established this new relationship.  But most
 importantly, we are happy to support and promote a lifestyle that millions of
 Americans have already chosen -- wellness and prevention, rather than disease
 management.  We look forward to helping AMI expand its integrative wellness
 model across the United States and elsewhere."
     Since launching its wellness-based model in 1997 with Blue Cross/Blue
 Shield of Illinois, AMI's integration of alternative and complementary care
 and traditional medicine has resulted in a 66 percent decrease in total
 medical service expenses when compared to independent provider associations
 (IPAs) with MDs as primary care providers.  More specifically, when compared
 to this same group of traditional medicine IPAs, AMI's 66 percent decrease is
 driven by a 69 percent reduction of hospitalization utilization, an 85 percent
 drop in outpatient procedures and a 56 percent decrease in pharmaceutical use.
     "For the first time, the quality of care patients receive is not
 compromised by a lack of access to chiropractic care.  Our formal recognition
 of AMI's model is our way of stating that we firmly stand behind AMI's efforts
 to improve the way patients in this country are cared for," explained Dr.
 Flynn.
     The ACA and AMI will explore avenues such as joint presentations,
 seminars, news releases, videos and numerous other activities to educate as
 many individuals and organizations as possible about the benefits of AMI's
 integrated wellness-based approach.
 
     Alternative Medicine, Inc., based in Highland Park, IL, is one of the
 nation's most innovative companies in providing fully integrated traditional
 and alternative health care through a network of uniquely credentialed
 physicians.  The company offers PPO, HMO, workers' compensation and Executive
 Health products.
 
     The American Chiropractic Association, based in Arlington, VA, provides
 lobbying, public relations, professional and educational opportunities for
 doctors of chiropractic, funds research regarding chiropractic and health
 issues, and offers leadership for the advancement of the profession.  With
 nearly 20,000 members, the ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and
 patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of
 chiropractic patients.
 
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    ARLINGTON, Va. and HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive
 News Release/ -- The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and Alternative
 Medicine, Inc. (AMI) have teamed up to advance AMI's innovative, patient-
 oriented wellness care model for managed care plans as a solution for insurers
 and self-funded employers striving to improve quality of care while cutting
 costs.  The announcement of the joint venture comes on the heels of a report
 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) pointing to the importance of
 patient choice and preventive health care measures as integral components of
 managed care plans of the future.  AMI's model, which features highly
 credentialed doctors of chiropractic as primary care physicians in managed
 care plans, has proven effective at dramatically reducing the rate of
 hospitalizations, surgeries, outpatient procedures and prescription drug use
 among health plan beneficiaries.
     AMI's model could well be the solution to the problem outlined in the
 April 5 NEJM article on future trends in the managed care industry, according
 to ACA Chairman of the Board J. Michael Flynn, DC.  In the article,
 researchers from the University of California-San Francisco point out that, in
 light of recent complaints that the managed care industry has put profits
 ahead of patients, many insurers have reacted by "eliminating administrative
 practices that restrict patients' choices" and by focusing on preventive
 treatment and "other measures that increase the coordination of care."  AMI's
 wellness model allows patient choice and focuses on preventive treatment --
 while at the same time bringing down health care costs.
     Chicago-based AMI is the nation's leading company in providing managed
 care companies and large self-funded employer groups with fully integrated
 traditional and alternative health care.  Its managed care model integrates
 alternative and complementary care with traditional medicine to deliver
 services that focus on a person's total health, while including any treatments
 required by patients who are in need of emergency or critical care.  All AMI
 doctors of chiropractic are credentialed through a rigorous process that
 ensures the highest quality of patient care possible.  The ACA Board of
 Governors' support of AMI's wellness model marks the first time in the
 association's history that it has formally recognized a managed care
 provider's approach to health care.
     "We're very excited about ACA's formal support of our model and we look
 forward to expanding upon our success throughout the United States.  We have
 successfully demonstrated that an integrated medical model featuring doctors
 of chiropractic as primary care physicians working in conjunction with MDs/DOs
 and RNs can provide better quality care than any of the specialties working
 independently," stated James Zechman, chairman and CEO of AMI.
     AMI's model features open access patient choice, chiropractic care as a
 fully covered benefit and unlimited coverage for full scope chiropractic
 services, including supportive/maintenance care.  The ACA has fought to have
 each of these components implemented in health plans throughout the country.
     "We have watched the science of medicine go through an unbelievable
 metamorphosis in the 20th century," said ACA President James A. Mertz, DC.
 "As we begin the 21st century, Alternative Medicine, Inc. has created an
 integrated delivery system that gives patients the best health care of both
 worlds.  The ACA is proud to have established this new relationship.  But most
 importantly, we are happy to support and promote a lifestyle that millions of
 Americans have already chosen -- wellness and prevention, rather than disease
 management.  We look forward to helping AMI expand its integrative wellness
 model across the United States and elsewhere."
     Since launching its wellness-based model in 1997 with Blue Cross/Blue
 Shield of Illinois, AMI's integration of alternative and complementary care
 and traditional medicine has resulted in a 66 percent decrease in total
 medical service expenses when compared to independent provider associations
 (IPAs) with MDs as primary care providers.  More specifically, when compared
 to this same group of traditional medicine IPAs, AMI's 66 percent decrease is
 driven by a 69 percent reduction of hospitalization utilization, an 85 percent
 drop in outpatient procedures and a 56 percent decrease in pharmaceutical use.
     "For the first time, the quality of care patients receive is not
 compromised by a lack of access to chiropractic care.  Our formal recognition
 of AMI's model is our way of stating that we firmly stand behind AMI's efforts
 to improve the way patients in this country are cared for," explained Dr.
 Flynn.
     The ACA and AMI will explore avenues such as joint presentations,
 seminars, news releases, videos and numerous other activities to educate as
 many individuals and organizations as possible about the benefits of AMI's
 integrated wellness-based approach.
 
     Alternative Medicine, Inc., based in Highland Park, IL, is one of the
 nation's most innovative companies in providing fully integrated traditional
 and alternative health care through a network of uniquely credentialed
 physicians.  The company offers PPO, HMO, workers' compensation and Executive
 Health products.
 
     The American Chiropractic Association, based in Arlington, VA, provides
 lobbying, public relations, professional and educational opportunities for
 doctors of chiropractic, funds research regarding chiropractic and health
 issues, and offers leadership for the advancement of the profession.  With
 nearly 20,000 members, the ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and
 patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of
 chiropractic patients.
 
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