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Important Updates to ICD-10

It’s that time of year again. As you may be aware, every year since its inception, there have been updates to ICD-10 codes. Some years have more changes, others fewer. As of October 1, 2018 the following changes will go into effect:

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Providers Invited to Webinar for Updated Aetna Physical Medicine Program

Note from the NYSCA Insurance Committee:

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Update on Claims Processing for the Aetna/NIA Prior Authorization Program

Please note the following update relative to Aetna's new Prior Authorization Program which went into effect 9/1/18.

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New TPAs for Workers' Compensation, Volunteer Firefighter, and Volunteer Ambulance Claims

 

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WC Update: Special Funds Closes Down

 

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National Chiropractic Health Month 2018

 

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September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

Niskayuna, New York, August 28, 2018 – September 2018 is designated as National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month: an opportunity to raise public awareness about the dangers of prescription and over the counter (OTC) pain medications. It is also an opportunity to educate consumers about drug-free options, such as chiropractic care, to safely and effectively relieve chronic pain.

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Corporate Sponsor: NCMIC

The NYSCA is very pleased to welcome NCMIC as a Diamond Level Corporate Sponsor!

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Changes to Aetna Program Effective 09/01/18

 

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Chiropractic Care For Our Military: Making Progress In Defeating Chronic Pain

Those who serve in the U.S. military are heroes, dedicating their lives to ensure the safety of our country. Military life requires many physical challenges, and for the troops to be in optimal shape they must undergo rigorous training. Common tasks include carrying heavy loads, running with body armor, jumping out of planes and much more. These types of activities can have a long-term impact on a person’s body, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of our military suffer from chronic pain.

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Chiropractic Care For Veterans: Why Doctors Of Chiropractic Should Be On The Front Lines Of The Integrated Care Team

Military life requires many physical challenges. The physical stresses of carrying heavy loads, running with body armor and jumping out of planes can often have a long-term impact on a person’s body. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Veterans suffer from chronic pain from the lingering effects of active duty.

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The NYSCA and Council Submit Comments on the Proposed NYS Workers' Comp Fee Schedule

 

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The NYSCA Co-Signs ACA Response to UHC Headache Policy

 

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The NYS WCB Announces Public Comment Period for Proposed Medical Fee Schedule

 

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The NYSCA Announces the Results of the 2018 Election

 

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NYSCA 2018 Regional Directors Election

 

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Proposals to Improve Medical Care for Injured Workers

To increase provider participation in the workers' compensation system and improve injured workers' access to timely, quality medical care, the Workers' Compensation Board (Board) is proposing an increase to provider fees and adoption of the universal CMS-1500 form to reduce administrative burden, among other measures.

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Revised WC Medical Authorization Request Forms

Please note that the WCB has updated a few common forms including the MG-2 and MG-2.1. They have been revised to include a place for providers to include their National Provider Information (NPI) number.

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Low Back Pain: A Worldwide Call to Action

A call to action on the worldwide public health concern of increasing disability due to low back pain has been issued (March 21, 2018) through three papers in Lancet. According to these papers years lived with low back disability has increased 54% from 1990-2015 worldwide. All age groups and income levels were impacted. The greatest risk was seen in people that were obese, smokers with physical/mental comorbidities and physically demanding jobs.

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Congress Passes Legislation Expanding Veteran Access to Nondrug Chiropractic Services

 

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