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Member Update: 2019 WC Fee Schedule Changes

As you may be aware, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board recently released an updated fee schedule.  This effective date of the fee schedule is April 1, 2019.

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[Practice Alert] NYS DFS Announces Plan for Adoption of the No-Fault Fee Schedule

As you know the WCB has updated the fee schedule and the changes will be implemented on April 1st, 2019.  We have been waiting for the release from the Department of Financial Services regarding No-Fault.  It has now arrived, you can view it using the link below:

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NYCC and NYSCA Announce Historic Collaborative Event

 JANUARY 2019, SENECA FALLS, NY – New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) and the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) announced today the first-ever joint NYCC homecoming and NYSCA Fall Convention to be held September 20-22, 2019 at NYCC’s Seneca Falls campus. The homecoming—known this year as the Centennial Celebration since NYCC is celebrating the 100th year of its founding—and the convention will feature continuing education opportunities for healthcare professionals, guest speakers, networking and social events, exhibitors, and more. Its innovative format will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, and breakout sessions with panelists, promising a rich and varied educational experience for attendees.

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Weight Loss Management and Diet Counseling Services

Chiropractors licensed in New York State may provide nutritional advice within their chiropractic scope of practice as part of an overall treatment plan for a chiropractic patient. Under Education Law §6551(1), chiropractors licensed in New York State may detect and correct by manual or mechanical means structural imbalance, distortion, or subluxations in the human body for the purpose of removing nerve interference and the effects thereof, where such interference is the result of or related to distortion, misalignment or subluxation of or in the vertebral column.

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Functional Medicine Courses are not acceptable for Continuing Education Purposes

There are various educational sources, both internet-based and non-internet based, offering continuing education courses in functional medicine for chiropractors. However, although segments of the functional medicine body of knowledge may be consistent with both a chiropractor’s training and portions of the chiropractic scope of practice, its overall patient treatment approach, as well as the term “medicine’ is not within the chiropractic scope of practice. Thus, functional medicine courses are not acceptable for satisfying your triennial registration requirement of 36 hours of continuing education.

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Using the Term functional medicine in chiropractic advertising

 There are various educational sources, both internet-based and non-internet-based, offering certificate and non-certificate programs in functional medicine for chiropractors. However, although segments of the functional medicine body of knowledge may be consistent with both a chiropractor’s training and portions of the chiropractic scope of practice, its overall patient treatment approach, as well as the term “medicine’ is not within the chiropractic scope of practice. Thus, chiropractors should refrain from using the term functional medicine in their advertising.

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NYS WCB to Adopt Proposed Fee Schedule Changes

 Pursuant to the provisions of the State Administrative procedure act, the Workers Compensation Board will be adopting the Proposed Medical Fee Schedule changes effective April 1, 2019. 

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The Value of Chiropractic Gains Recognition in Nationally Published Research

The release of four new studies highlighting a more patient-centered, comprehensive and collaborative care model, which includes chiropractic care, proves to be an impressive win-win for you, your practice and your patients.

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Premier Corporate Sponsor: The OUM Chiropractor Program

The New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) is very pleased to welcome the OUM Chiropractor Program as a Premier Corporate Sponsor!

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NYSCA Formal Comments on Revised Workers' Compensation Fee Schedule

The NYSCA heard your concerns and has responded to the revised Workers Compensation Fee Schedule. 

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ACA Year to Date Update

  • In January 2018, President Trump signed into law the ACA-supported "Jobs for Our Heroes Act." The law includes a provision allowing chiropractors working within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to perform physical exams on veterans needing a medical certificate to operate a commercial motor vehicle. 

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New Dry Needling Code Is the Culmination of a Successful ACA/APTA Collaboration

Following a successful nine-year collaboration between the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a new CPT® code for dry needling will soon be available to providers, paving the way potentially for proper reimbursement, national standards and a greater understanding of how this relatively new modality helps patients in pain.

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Now Available: F4CP Opioid 3.0 eBook

As a member of the NYSCA, you are eligible for complimentary membership with the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP). F4CP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about chiropractic care via POSITIVE PRESS. 

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Further Aetna Updates

The following information has been received from Aetna to assist in your transition to the new program.

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Workers' Comp Changes & Their Impact in No Fault

Please know NYSCA has heard the profession’s voice. We are as concerned as you are and are actively advocating for necessary changes.  Of particular concern are the chiropractic conversion factor, the 180-day wording, and impact on specialty practices.

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Special Savings for New NYSCA Members during October

National Chiropractic Health Month Kicks Off Oct. 1

For National Chiropractic Health Month 2018 this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and its members will encourage the public to move more – to “Move 4 Life” -- to improve and maintain their musculoskeletal and overall health. As part of the campaign, chiropractors will provide information about musculoskeletal health and tips to stay active and prevent injury.

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House-Senate Opioid Bill Contains Provisions Related to Chiropractic

The president is expected to sign the massive legislation.

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Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Government-Mandated Sexual Harassment Policies for Employers go into effect October 9, 2018.

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NYS WCB Announces Public Comment Period for Revised Medical Fee Schedule

Please be aware that after initial public comment period, the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) has produced a revised proposed fee schedule. There are comments available for review on the State Register and the fee schedule is available for review on the WCB website

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Clarification Regarding Proposed Medical Fee Schedule

Having reviewed public comments on the proposed medical fee schedule released in June (below), the New York State Workers' Compensation Board will be issuing a revised draft of the schedule on October 3, which will be followed by a 30-day public comment period. Following the public comment period, the Board will review all comments. When final regulations are adopted, the Board will announce an effective date for the new schedule. Please watch for more information.

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