ACA Legislative Alert Bulletin 1: Important Medicare Payment Issue

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 first in a series of three Legislative Alert Bulletins that requires your immediate grassroots response. Please read carefully and take the specific action requested below.

BACKGROUND: In the near future all Part B Medicare providers, including doctors of chiropractic, will face draconian reductions (over 27%) in their Medicare payment rates unless Congress takes legislative action to “fix” a flaw in the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment formula that exists under current law.

Specifically, Congress needs to enact new legislation to prevent the imposition of these prior to March 31 of this year. As a “solution” to this problem, the American Chiropractic Association favors the enactment of legislation, which would provide a long-term “fix” to the SGR problem. While the legislation currently under consideration does not address all problems and limitations that DCs have with the Medicare program, it does include a new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and DCs are specifically made eligible to qualify for this component.

ACTION NEEDED: Please CLICK HERE to go to the ACA’s Legislative Action Center. From this link, you will be able to send the appropriate pro-chiropractic message to your elected federal official on Capitol Hill on the issue described above.

Remember -- all of the information you need to effectively respond to this Alert Bulletin can be conveniently accessed with just a few mouse clicks -- so please respond to this important request ASAP. Also please note: You can greatly increase the effectiveness of this grassroots campaign by forwarding this message to your staff members, family and patients, anyone can access the ACA Legislative Action Center and we encourage them to do so.


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