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ACA Legislative Alert Bulletin 3 - Student Loan Repayment for DCs
Friday, 21 February 2014
In order to maximize the profession’s advocacy activities at the National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC 2014), the ACA is coordinating an advance online grassroots campaign in an effort to “soften the beachhead,” when the ground forces arrive in Washington for Capitol Hill visits on February 27th. This is the third in a series of three Legislative Alert Bulletins that requires your immediate grassroots response.  Please read carefully and take the specific action requested below. 
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ACA Legislative Alert Bulletin 2 - Further Integrate DCs in the VA Health System
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
BACKGROUND:  The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) health care system continues to discriminate against doctors of chiropractic and America’s veterans who need and deserve the essential services DCs provide.  We have long argued that the DVA needs to “fully integrate” doctors of chiropractic into their healthcare system, however, chiropractic services continue to remain unavailable in nearly half of the nation’s major DVA treatment facilities.  This lack of care is not only unfair to America’s veterans, but sends a very damaging signal to the consumer public, private employers, and other hospitals and healthcare systems, that the DVA does not consider the services provided by doctors of chiropractic to be important or valued enough to be made routinely available to all consumers and patients in need of our care.   Gaining “full inclusion” in the DVA would send a strong signal not only to our veterans, but to all insurers, employers, medical doctors and hospitals on a nationwide basis. 
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Washington Post story on stroke makes its way into Florida media
Friday, 14 February 2014

Washington Post story on neck manipulation , originally published on January 6 of this year, has made its way into the Florida media.  The Gainesville Sun published a feature entitled "Stroke of Bad Luck?" in its February 11 edition.   FCA President Michael Chance, D.C., who practices in Gainesville, immediately responded with a Letter to the Editor submission.  

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Federal Panel Recommends Full, 3-Year Recognition of CCE
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
(From ACA "Week in Review" of December 12, 2013)  A Department of Education (DOE) panel today recommended a full, three-year federal recognition for the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). The recommendation follows a hearing in Washington, D.C. and is expected to be approved in early 2014.
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CMS to Significantly Increase Value of Chiropractic CPT Codes in 2014
Tuesday, 03 December 2013

ACA's longtime advocacy efforts result in positive step forward for the chiropractic profession in Medicare.

 

(Arlington, Va.) The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has learned that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will increase the value of Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment (CMT) CPT® codes up to 10 percent in the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule beginning Jan. 1. The change comes after ACA provided CMS-appointed coding committees with key information about the physician-level work involved in the procedures.

 

The increase in CMT code values is an important step forward for the profession, resulting from ACA's long campaign to expand and increase the value of chiropractic services in Medicare. It was in late 2012 that ACA representatives presented data from a random profession-wide survey on the physician work inherent in CMT codes 98940, 98941 and 98942 to the American Medical Association's RVS Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee Review Board (HCPAC). The RUC-HCPAC subsequently recommended an increase in the Relative Value Units (RVUs) for each of the CMT codes in 2014, which CMS accepted.

 

 

The new values, outlined below, will be used to calculate the allowable payment for each CPT® code that doctors of chiropractic bill.

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