Integrative Care for Underserved Populations: A Comparative Discussion
Chiropractic care has become an integral part of the multidisciplinary team in hospitals all over the country--particularly when it comes to conservative, non-invasive, and non-pharmaceutical care. Many hospital based settings have leaned heavily on chiropractors to take on more active roles when it comes to musculoskeletal pain in all phases of care (acute and chronic), and due to the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic, it has positioned many DCs in hospitals to become a landing pad for affordable and accessible care for underserved populations. Through a comparative discussion between Dr. Ta and Dr. Price, attendees will look at how two different hospital systems, within the VA and within a non-profit teaching hospital, utilize chiropractic to help care for underserved populations and the importance of topics and issues the ACA legislative committee is targeting everyday to gain more access to healthcare, specifically veterans and Medicare patients.
1. Identify barriers and obstacles to healthcare for under-served populations in your community.
2. Differentiate the cost-effective benefits of chiropractic care vs. other invasive or pharmaceutical interventions.
3. Explain how chiropractic care fits within hospital-based settings.
4. State the importance of legislative efforts for better access to chiropractic care.
Maithy B. Ta
Dr. Maithy Ta is a practicing chiropractor at Myocore located in Truman Medical Center in downtown Kansas City where she helps serve patients of all ages meet their pain-free functional goals. She enjoys working within a multidiscplinary atmosphere and helping advocate for her patients throughout the hospital. She graduated with honors from Cleveland University-Kansas City and from the University of Kansas with a degree in Human Biology. She remains active within the profession by being a member of the Missouri Chiropractic Physicians Association, as a part of the leadership team at the Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance, as current vice-chair of NextGenACA, and as a member of the ACA’s Medicare Advisory Board.
She is a fierce advocate for the profession both locally and on Capitol Hill, and most enjoys helping to build communities and networks for progressive chiropractors who are evidence-based, collaborative, and person-centered. Over the course of her career, she has over 300 hours in functional rehab, adjunct therapies, and pain science to continue growing as a clinician.
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Dr. Morgan Price is a staff chiropractor at VA Puget Sound Health Care System located in Seattle, WA. She was the inaugural chiropractic resident at this facility from 2020-2021 and was subsequently the first chiropractor hired on at their main hospital in Seattle. She has enjoyed helping to trail-blaze the new department at her location and working alongside other providers in a true interdisciplinary fashion. She also enjoys her time spent working with the chiropractic resident.
She graduated from National University of Health Sciences in 2019, attending both the Illinois and Florida campuses, as well as completing an 8-month clerkship at Bay Pines VA. After graduating, she was hired on as a per diem provider prior to her residency.
She remains active within the profession as part of the leadership team at Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance and enjoys volunteering with NextGen ACA when she can. Internal with the VA, she participates in the Rehab Care Services Movement is Medicine program alongside the PM&R physicians. She also enjoys participating in scholarly work including publishing, peer-reviewing, and presenting research as well as presenting internally to other VA departments on evidence-based chiropractic care. She additionally works part-time as a Medical Legal Summarizer.
Professionally, she is interested in low-tech rehab, Whole Health, and patient/provider communication and Motivational Interviewing.
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