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Josephine LaBarbara, mother of Dr. Frank LaBarbara of NYSCA District 7

The NYSCA Executive Officers are saddened to notify you of the passing of Ms. Josephine LaBarbara, mother to Dr. Frank LaBarbara of NYSCA District 7. Visitation for the family is this evening and the funeral mass and internment will be held tomorrow.

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2015 Board of Directors Election Results

The New York State Chiropractic Association is proud to announce the results of our May 2015 elections. We would like to take a moment to thank our previous incumbents for their hard work and fine efforts in supporting the NYSCA and the interests of Chiropractic in New York.

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NYS Pain Society 2015 Annual Meeting And Scientific Sessions

The New York State Pain Society will be hosting their 2015 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC June 5-7.  We are pleased to inform you that NYSCA members Dr. Bruce Silber, Dr. David BenEliyahu, and Dr. William Venditelli will be presenting at this event during the Saturday afternoon session "Complementary Options to Manage Pain."

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NYSCA Announces Redesigned Website!


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NYSCA & Council Present Testimony Regarding the Proposed WC Fee Schedule


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NYSCA District 15 Holds Coat Drive


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NYSCA & Council to Present Testimony Regarding the Proposed WC Fee Schedule

The New York State Assembly Insurance and Labor Committees will be holding a joint hearing in late December to examine the proposed Worker’s Compensation fee schedule. As you are aware, we have been working diligently on the changes that the Worker’s Compensation Board has been promulgating since 2007, and we have met several times with the Workers’ Compensation Board specifically on the fee schedule issue. We will be presenting testimony at the hearing. We are in the process of preparing testimony for submission. In addition, we will be testifying in person, in conjunction with the New York Chiropractic Council, at this hearing.


ACA, NYSCA and National Government Services, Inc., Work Together to Improve Chiropractic Documentation

Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA), and National Government Services, Inc., the Jurisdiction K Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), jointly presented a special Medicare documentation seminar in Queens, N.Y. The event provided in-depth instruction on how to properly bill and document chiropractic services under the Medicare program.

Recent government reports show a need for the chiropractic profession to improve its documentation skills. A bill introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for HHS to develop a training program for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) whose claim error rates are higher than the profession’s national average. DCs who avail themselves to ACA-sponsored programs will avoid pre-authorization requirements that non-compliant providers could eventually face.

The program presented in New York featured ACA Medicare Committee representatives Michael Jacklitch, DC, Steven Conway, DC, as well as National Government Services representatives Kathy Dunphy, Laurence Clark, MD, and Greg McKinney, MD. Organizers viewed it as a possible template for the future national education program that HHS seeks to establish.

Of particular focus during the training is how DCs should document ongoing treatments and maintenance therapy. Government reports show that a high percentage of chiropractic Medicare documentation does not meet regulatory requirements. “ACA is on record supporting quality documentation tenets, ensuring a much lower error rate with Medicare claims,” said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. “Proper documentation will ensure that our claims data is accurate and complete.”

“The format of this presentation allowed for an open dialogue between attendees, National Government Services leaders, and the ACA Medicare Committee to determine how processes may be improved for all concerned. NYSCA looks forward to working with the ACA and National Government Services not only to provide additional meetings but in implementing improvements,” said NYSCA past president and New York Carrier Advisory Committee representative, Mariangela Penna, DC.

Dunphy, National Government Services director of congressional affairs, added, “We appreciate the ACA’s willingness to work proactively toward improving billing practices and look forward to continuing to work with the organization and its members to reduce error rates on chiropractic claims billed to Medicare.”

ACA plans to conduct additional seminars with National Government Services in the Northeast, and is open to working with other MACs that wish to hold similar programs in other jurisdictions.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, VA, is the largest professional association in the United States advocating for more than 130,000 doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic students. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit us at


Matthew F Margraf DC, NYSCA District 7 Member

Long time friend,colleague and NYSCA member Dr. Matthew Margraf has passed away. Services are today only at St. James Funeral Home St. James NY 2-4 and 7-9pm. Dr. Margaf was a longtime NYSCA member with an office on Francis Lewis Blvd, Flushing, Queens and in 7 Greenwood Ln, St. James NY. He was 74.

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Medicare Coding and Documentation for Chiropractic Services


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There Has Never Been A Better Time to Become a NYSCA Member!


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NYSCA Student Member Fundraiser

We have recently learned that on Tuesday July 8, 2014, when a tornado struck Goff Road in the town of Smithfield NY, NYSCA student member Stephanie DeGroat lost her parents' home, as well as 3 of her family members (Her sister Kimberly who was in their house at the time it was destroyed with her 4 month old daughter Paris, and also a relative Virginia whose home was also destroyed).

Extended family members have set up a GoFundMe account to help Stephanie's during this tragic time to raise money and help get them their necessities and back on their feet! The money will be donated to Stephanie's parents directly, who will also be caring for Kim's surviving 11 year old daughter Ariana.

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Frank Landseadel DC, NYSCA D17 member

Frank W. Landseadel, DC July 9, 2014 age 77 of Lancaster, NY. Beloved husband of 56 years to Ellen (nee Canton) Landseadel; dearest father of Frank (Susan) Landseadel, Kathleen (Daniel) Gauthier, Jean Nolan and the late Dr. David Landseadel (Karrie); also survived by loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; son of the late Frank and Gertrude (nee Gust) Landseadel; brother of Jane Swanson; dear brother-in-law of Mary (Veral) Smedley. Frank was a life long member of NY Chiropractic Assoc., The American Chiropractic Assoc. and the NYS Council of Chiropractic. No prior visitation. Family, friends, patients and all who knew Frank are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday July 14, 2014 at Annunciation Church 7580 Clinton St, Elma at 10 AM. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to a . Expressions of sympathy may be shared at Arrangements by MELVIN J. SLIWINSKI FUNERAL HOME

Published in the Buffalo News from July 12 to July 13, 2014

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Charles Krasner D.C., lifetime NYSCA member

Charles Krasner, D.C., 94, a lifetime NYSCA member, passed quietly in a Pennsylvania nursing home after a long illness A 1949 graduate of the Chiropractic Institute of New York, where he remained as an instructor/professor for years after. A member over the years of the NYSCA Brooklyn and Queens districts, the latter, where he practiced in Flushing for years, he last was a member of the Suffolk district till retiring to Florida. He was President at the time of licensing. He started and taught the Consultants' program for many years

He is survived by two sons, Davis S. Krasner, D.C, currently practicing in Queens. and Barry Krasner, retired president of the Air Traffic Controllers Union


President's Message: NYSCA 2014 Fall Convention

The NYSCA Fall Convention in September promises to have something for everyone. It will once again be on Long Island, September 19 through September 21.

Our convention committee has put together a diverse and timely program. We have a wide variety of topics with quality speakers. Continuing education credits will of course be available, and it is a great time to be on Long Island. Try to stay some extra time to enjoy some of the attractions. We even have availability for Yankee tickets on Thursday for a discount to NYSCA members.

On Friday we will have some solid basic practice update information for Workers’ Compensation and Auto No-Fault Insurance. Saturday morning features Dr. David Seaman, the nationally well-respected nutrition author and speaker. Dr. Seaman's presentation with give you a perspective from which to observe the affects of diet and nutrition on neurological processes with regards to acute-to-chronic pain.

Dr. Christina Acampora of Aligned Methods will be speaking on Saturday afternoon with the topic “Communication with Medical Doctors”. This will be followed by Dr. Steven Weiniger of BodyZone, presenting on the subject of Strengthening Posture, Balance, & Motion.

Sunday's session will feature Medicare documentation, which as you know is currently being reviewed in the downstate area by NGS. We have the honor of hosting Susan McClelland, the ACA Medicare advisor and one of the foremost experts in Medicare for chiropractic. This program alone will be a great asset to your practice.

I hope you can join us for a weekend of education and fun. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me.

Louis Lupinacci, DC
NYSCA President



NYSCA 2014 Spring Convention Highlights

The NYSCA at its annual convention at Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT) presented a robust educational forum that highlight changes in healthcare and the potential role for chiropractic.

Friday afternoon began with Dr. John Ventura (NYSCA District 15 member, former ACA alternate delegate, board member WHG) laying the groundwork for the chiropractor as primary spine care provider. He presented evidence for the qualifications of chiropractic, the interaction of the stakeholders and current platforms in which this is already occurring.

Saturday morning included newly elected ACA President Dr. Anthony Hamm leading an informative and well received introduction to ICD 10 coding, which takes effect on 10/01/2014. Dr. Hamm is the co-chair of the AMA’s RVS Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee Review Board (HCPAC) and has lectured extensively on coding and documentation.

Saturday’s annual luncheon featured a dynamic keynote address by ACA immediate past president and Connecticut native Dr. Keith Overland. In his address, Dr. Overland highlighted some of ACA’s activities including maintaining section 2706 of the health care reform law which prevents health plans from arbitrarily excluding the participation and coverage of entire categories of providers based solely on their licensure. The law enables patients to receive care from any provider who is licensed in a state to provide a specific benefit covered through an exchange health plan; working with the VA and DOD to expand chiropractic services and establish residency programs for chiropractors in the VA system; meeting with CMS to begin obtaining increased coverage for chiropractic services in the Medicare system, beginning with E&M codes. He enthusiastically supported the continued relationship between the NYSCA and the ACA and explained the need for these affiliations and how the interplay between the states and the national organization strength our small profession and allow us to pool our resources as we move forward in the healthcare arena

Following his address, Dr. Overland was awarded the NYSCA Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his contributions to the chiropractic profession. Dr. Overland is the immediate past president of the American Chiropractic Association. He has also served on ACA’s Health Care Reform Task Force as well as served as co- chair of the Connecticut Governors Committee on Physical Fitness, a member of Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s Health Care Task Force and a member of Rep. Christopher Shays’ Task Force on Human Services. He is the past president of both the Connecticut Chiropractic Association and the New England Chiropractic Council.

Mrs. Carol Beige was awarded an Outstanding Service Award for her many years of dedicated service with the NYSCA.

Also honored were the following doctors for 50 years in practice: Dr. John Pellegrino, Dr. Henry Keidel, Dr. Robert Gregory, Dr. Paul Muscolino, and Dr. Seymore Mac Goldstein.


NYSCA 2013 Fall Convention Summary


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Dr. Ivan Abelson, NYSCA Director and District 7 Past President

The NYSCA Executive Board and Board of Directors are profoundly saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Ivan Abelson on Friday, October 11, 2013.

Dr. Abelson served the chiropractic profession and NYSCA in many capacities, recently as a District 7 delegate. He was the immediate past president of District 7.  Additionally, Dr. Abelson served on the NYSCA Board of Directors and was co-chairman of the membership committee

Current District 7 President, George Rulli notes the the District Board "is in shock at the great loss."

Memorial services will be held Monday October 14, 2014 at 12:00pm at Gutterman's Chapel in Woodbury.

Gutterman's Memorial Chapel
8000 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797
Telephone: 516.921.5757

The NYSCA Executive Board and Board of Directors wish to express our deepest sympathy to Dr. Abelson's family.