In late November, your Academy reached out to UnitedHealthcare (UHC) in response to a new low back pain program rolling out nationwide. The program offers patients 3 physical therapy or chiropractic visits for $0 out of pocket as a means to encourage patients to choose non-invasive options for their low back pain treatment. AAPM&R had the opportunity to hear about this program from UHC on a call. The lack of physician involvement in the program, which encourages patients to directly access physical therapy and chiropractic providers, raised significant concerns. We have highlighted these concerns in our letter to UHC and hope to continue dialogue on this issue in the coming months.
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