Quoting from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook: Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal manipulation and other techniques to treat patients’ ailments, such as back or neck pain. Most chiropractors work in a solo or group chiropractic practice. A large number are self-employed. Becoming a chiropractor typically requires 7 to 8 years of post–high school study: 3 to 4 years of undergraduate education, followed by a 4-year Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree program.
Chiropractors also must be licensed by their state. The median annual wage of chiropractors was $67,200 in May 2010. Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. People across all age groups are increasingly becoming interested in chiropractic care because it consists of nonsurgical methods of treatment.
According to statistics from the National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”) for the period from September 1, 1990 through January 29, 2012, there were a total of 5,796 medical malpractice reports involving chiropractors filed with the NPDB; 7,535 licensure, clinical privileges, professional society membership, and peer review organization reports filed with the NPDB involving chiropractors; and, 4,147 Medicare/Medicaid Exclusions Reports filed with the NPDB with regard to chiropractors throughout the United States.
California chiropractors had the most reports filed against them, with 990 medical malpractice reports, 904 licensure (etc.) reports, and 978 Medicare/Medicaid exclusions reports filed with the NPDB. The next closest U.S. states to California were Florida, with 425, 550, and 318 reports, respectively, and Texas, with 245, 653, and 313 reports, respectively.
The states with the lowest number of reports regarding chiropractors filed with the NPDA (excluding U.S. territories and other non-states) were Delaware (7, 5, 0 reports, respectively), Wyoming (13, 4, 2 reports, respectively), South Dakota (22, 7, 5 reports, respectively), and Vermont (16, 11, 9 reports, respectively).
What Is The NPDB?
The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) was established by the Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA) of 1986, as amended (42 U.S.C. 11101 et seq.). The NPDB contains reports of adverse licensure actions against physicians and dentists (including revocations, suspensions, reprimands, censures, probations, and surrenders for quality of care purposes only); adverse clinical privilege actions against physicians and dentists; adverse professional society membership actions against physicians and dentists; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) adverse actions; Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Medicare and Medicaid exclusions; and medical malpractice payments made for the benefit of any health care practitioner. Groups that have access to this information include hospitals, other health care entities that conduct peer review and provide health care services, State Medical or Dental Boards and other health care practitioner State boards. Individual practitioners can self-query. The reporting of information under the NPDB is limited to medical malpractice payers, State Medical and Dental Boards, DEA, HHS OIG, professional societies with formal peer review, and hospitals and other health care entities (such as health maintenance organizations).
If you suffered injuries or other harms due to possible chiropractor malpractice (chiropractic malpractice), you should promptly consult with a local medical malpractice attorney to discuss your chiropractor claim.
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