American Specialty Health Network Excludes
Many"Complementary" Methods

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

American Specialty Health, Inc. (ASH) has published detailed clinical practice guidelines for 74 "complementary" techniques and procedures, most of which are used mainly by chiropractors. The documents indicate:

In 2013, ASH administered benefit programs for 31 million members and affinity discount programs for over 88 million members. Its practitioner network includes more than 28,000 acupuncturists, chiropractors, dietitians, massage therapists, and naturopaths. A few of the reports are not sufficiently critical. However, the rest are remarkable because (a) many of the implausible practices—most notably applied kinesiology—are widely used, (b) chiropractic organizations almost never criticize them, and (c) managed care companies almost never use implausible practices as a criterion for excluding providers.

 Method

Experimental
or Unsupported

Scientifically
Implausible

Unsafe

Unacceptable
for Network

Acutonics / Sonotonics

x
x
indirect
x
Activator Instrument Manipulation
x

Addictionology

x
indirect
x

Advanced Biostructural Correction (ABC)

x
x
indirect
x

Applied Kinesiology (AK)

x
x
indirect
x

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy

x
x
x
x

Axial Decompression Therapy

x
?
Ayurvedic Medicine
x

Bach Flower Remedies

x
x
indirect
x

Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST)

x
x
indirect
x

Bio-Cranial Therapy

x
x
indirect
x

Bioenergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy (BioSet)

x
x
indirect
x

Bio-Geometric Integration (BGI)

x
x
indirect
x

Biological Terrain Assessment (BTA)

x
x
indirect
x

BioMeridian (MSA Machine)

x
x
indirect
x

Clinical Kinesiology (CK)

x
x
indirect
x

Colonic Irrigation

x
x
x

Colorpuncture

x
x
indirect
x

 Method

Experimental or Unsupported

Scientifically
Implausible

Unsafe

Unacceptable
for Network

Concept Therapy

x
x
indirect
x

Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA)

x
x
indirect
x

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

x
x
indirect
x

Current Perception Threshold (CPT)-Sensory Nerve Conduction Threshold (sNCT)

x
indirect

Diagnostic Ultrasound - Spinal/Paraspinal

x
indirect

Directional Non-Force Technique (DNFT)

x
x
indirect
x
Ear Candling
x
x
x
x

ElectroAcupuncture by Voll (EAV)

x
x
indirect
x

Electrodermal Screening Test (EDST)

x
x
indirect
x

Force/Functional Recording and Analysis System (FRAS)

x
indirect

Functional Leg Length Inequality

x
indirect

Gemstone and Crystal Therapy

x
x
indirect
x

Holistic Kinesiology

x
x
indirect
x

Homeopathy

x
indirect

Infratonic/Infrasonic or Qi Gong Machine (QGGM)

x
x
indirect
x

Intradermal Needles (Needle Implants/Ear Tacks)

x
x
Inversion therapy
x
indirect
x

Iridology

x
x
indirect
x

Jaffe-Mellor Technique

x
x
indirect
x

 Method

Experimental or Unsupported

Scientifically
Implausible

Unsafe

Unacceptable
for Network

Live Blood Cell Analysis

x
x
indirect
x

Logan Basic Technique

x
indirect

Magnet Therapy - Static

x
indirect

Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) - Spinal

x
direct

Manual Muscle Testing - Internal/Visceral Functional Disorders

x
x
indirect
x

Manual Muscle Testing - Psychological Disorders

x
x
indirect
x
Matrix Repatterning
x
x
x
Moxibustion - Direct
x
direct
x

Moxibustion - Indirect

direct
x

Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET)

x
x
indirect
x

Nasium Vertex X-Ray Views

x
indirect
x

Network Spinal Analysis

x
x
x

Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)

x
x
inditect
x

Neuro Organizational Technique (NOT)

x
x
indirect
x

Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)

x
x
indirect
x

Neurolink

x
x
indirect
x

Neurovascular Dynamics (NVD)

x
x
indirect
x

New-Stim Bio-Kinetics

x
x
indirect
x

Organ/Visceral Manipulation

x
x
direct
x

 Method

Experimental or Unsupported

Scientifically
Implausible

Unsafe

Unacceptable
for Network

Ortho-Bionomy

x
x
indirect
x
Polarity (Energetic) Healing
x
x
indirect
x
Prolonged fasting programs
x

Radionics

x
x
indirect
x

Reflexology

x
x
indirect
x

Reiki

x
x
indirect
x

Ryodoraku and Electro Meridian Imaging (EMI)

x
x
indirect
x

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) - Diagnostic

x
indirect
x

Surface Electromyography (SEMG)

x
indirect

Surrogate Testing

x
x
indirect
x
Therapeutic Touch
x
x
x

Thermography

x
indirect

Toftness Radiation Detector

x
x
indirect
x

Total Body Modification

x
x
indirect
x

Upper Cervical Adjusting Techinques

x
x
direct

Vector Point Cranial Therapy

x
x
indirect
x

Vegatesting

x
x
direct
x

Videonystagmography (VNG)

x
indirect
x

Webster Technique

x
indirect
x

 Totals

71

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This article was posted on March 11, 2013.

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