Senate Bill 762, which creates the Primary Spine Care Practitioner practice act and education program as anoptionfor Wisconsin chiropractors, was introduced in the Wisconsin legislature recently by two influential state lawmakers – State Senator Frank Lasee (Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee) and State Representative Joe Sanfelippo (Chair of the Assembly Health Committee). This legislation is a serious piece of forward-looking health care policy that has earned the support of two of the Wisconsin legislature’s most respected lawmakers. The WCA is one of the longest standing chiropractic associations in the country and a significant player in Wisconsin health care policy circles. Finally, three chiropractic schools have publicly come out in favor of the PSCP legislation –University of Western States,National University of Health SciencesandD’Youville College.
The WCA leadership has put considerable thought into how best to move the PSCP legislation forward in a manner that allows for open, thoughtful and inclusive dialogue on such an important topic. This is how mature health care organizations approach important policy issues.
Some additional facts related to the PSCP legislation:
SB 762 was deliberately introduced late in the legislative session so that all interested parties would have plenty of time to understand what the bill does and does not do.
No one “killed” the PSCP legislation as there was NEVER an intention to “fast track” the bill during the waning days of the current legislative session.
It has ALWAYS been the intention of the authors of the PSCP bill and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association to take the time necessary to educate lawmakers, health care providers and the public about the PSCP practice act and education requirements.
It takes time to provide lawmakers with the facts they need to properly consider the merits of the PSCP legislation. It also takes time to refute the mischaracterizations and outright lies of PSCP opponents, particularly when they rely on emotion and tired old dogmatic platitudes. Lawmakers will ultimately separate the facts from the fiction on PSCP but it takes time.
WCA members continue to have an open and respectful discussion on this important topic in a way that will lead to a better piece of legislation and a more sustainable PSCP practice act.
The WCA has allotted plenty of time for additional membership discussion on this important topic. Case in point---during the recent WCA Spring convention, a number of WCA members met in an open format to respectfully discuss the PSCP legislation. Several excellent ideas were brought forward and will be incorporated into the PSCP legislation.
The WCA and the authors of SB 762 are also taking the time to engage other serious health care stakeholders in discussing the PSCP legislation. These stakeholders include the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Medical College of Wisconsin, colleges of chiropractic, the Wisconsin State Medical Society, insurance payors and the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.The WCA will be incorporating the suggestions of these important partners into the PSCP legislation to improve the practice act and better serve the people of Wisconsin.
The plan has ALWAYS been to work with stakeholders throughout this summer and fall to refine the PSCP legislation and introduce it next legislative session with even stronger support. This is the correct way to approach such an important issue.
For additional information on the Primary Spine Care Practitioner legislation, please go towww.wichiro.orgor contact WCA Executive Director John Murray at 608-256-7023.