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Legislation Introduced to Increase Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services
Friday, 12 July 2019
ACA reported on Thursday afternoon that legislation to increase Medicare coverage of chiropractic services has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Championed by ACA and introduced by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019 defines doctors of chiropractic as physicians under the Medicare program and allows DCs to bill Medicare for the full scope of services allowed by their state license. More information from ACA’s webposts:

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Florida Blue Clarifies Lines of Business Managed by ASH
Tuesday, 02 July 2019
FCA members (some non-network DCs) have reported calls from ASH representatives or recruiters, indicating, in some instances, that ASH is taking over all lines of business from Florida Blue.  
 
Florida Blue clarified for the FCA, the lines of business ASH maintains for the following Florida Blue health plans and networks: 
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The Opioid Crisis: New Law Educates on Chiropractic Alternative
Wednesday, 26 June 2019

(Tallahassee, Wednesday, June 26, 2019)  Yesterday, Florida’s new Governor signed into law a bill that is a first step in informing patients about chiropractic care as an alternative to opioid use in controlling pain. CS/HB 451 by Rep. Scott Plakon (R-Longwood) and Sen. Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) requires the Department of Health to develop and publish on its website an educational pamphlet regarding the use of non-opioid alternative treatments. 

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Governor Approves New Law on Hemp/CBD Use and Sale
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
(Tallahassee, Wednesday, June 26, 2019) Florida will now have more clarity in the laws surrounding CBD and Hemp and providers can now sell and use CBD that contains up to .03% THC, comparable to Federal law.  Yesterday, along with 15 other bills, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 1020 by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park) and Rep. Ralph Massulo, Jr. (R-Beverly Hills), removing hemp from the definition of cannabis and authorizing the sale of CBD oil and other products made from hemp containing up to .03% THC. 
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Florida Blue ASH Federal FAQs
Thursday, 06 June 2019
The recent Florida Blue announcement expanding their chiropractic network management business to the Federal BCBS Plans with American Specialty Health (ASH), has raised many questions and calls have abounded.  We reached out to Florida Blue for answers to the most frequently asked questions.  Here is what they said:
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