State lawmakers, the medical community and other stakeholders devoted much time and energy to crafting legislation involving the handling of concussions suffered by young people in school sports. The new law took effect a month ago. Yet already chiropractors are seeking to make a change, and they have been aided by a provision added to the House version of the state budget.
A key element of the new law defines the procedure for allowing an athlete recovering from a concussion to return to play. It permits non-physician licensed health-care providers to give approval — if they have been working closely in consultation with or under the supervision of a physician.
Do chiropractors belong in the category of supervising physician, essentially with the authority to give the go-ahead to a young athlete? In a recent letter to Scott Oelslager, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, six leading health-care organizations answered with an emphatic no. They are the Ohio State Medical Association, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association and the Ohio Osteopathic Association.
They stressed that all of this had been discussed at length and resolved, chiropractors without the authority of physicians because they don’t have the same rigorous training and depth of expertise. That careful decision-making shouldn’t be mischievously overturned. The Senate should remove the House provision from the budget.