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President signs "doc fix" bill, delay of ICD-10, into law
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

(From ACA "Week in Review" of 04/03/2014)  On April 1, President Obama signed into law H.R. 4302, the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014," which averted a 24 percent reduction in Medicare physician payments. The temporary "doc fix" to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) allows for continuation of the 0.5 percent update, previously implemented on Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014, and a zero percent update from Jan. 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015. Also included in the law is a provision that delays conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure coding until at least Oct. 1, 2015. ACA is awaiting further clarification on how this delay will affect providers and insurance companies going forward.


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March 31 Is Here: Be sure to renew your license
Saturday, 29 March 2014
After a long series of reminders, it's D-Day for your Florida license renewal.  Renew by midnight on Monday, March 31, to avoid substantial penalties.   The cost for renewal for a DC is $379 until midnight on March 31st.  When April 1 dawns, the DC renewal fee increases to $729. Please renew today!  
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National Grassroots Campaign in Advance of NCLC 2014
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
BACKGROUND: In order to maximize the profession’s advocacy activities at the National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC 2014), please participate in the 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
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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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