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F4CP Webinar Focusing on Katie May Updates

 

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5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries.  

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Chiropractic Scope Modernization Bill Introduced to New York Legislature

 

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Young Investigators Seeking Research Funding Urged to Apply for USBJI Career Development and Grant Mentoring Program

Deadline For Application Submissions: July 15, 2017

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New York Chiropractic College Appoints New Senior Leaders

 

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The NYSCA Elects a New President

 

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Medicare Update: Revised ABN Effective Date 6/21/2017

 

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2017 Board of Directors Election Results

The New York State Chiropractic Association is proud to announce the results of our May 2017 elections.

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Life U's Running Eagles Advance to Club National Championship

The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) is set for June 3-4 in Philadelphia. 

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NYSCA and Council Hold Annual Leadership Lobby Day in Albany

 

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Dale Cohen, DC, MSHSA, MBA

The NYSCA is saddened to notify the Association's members, friends, and professional family of the passing of Dale Cohen, DC, MSHSA, MBA.

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Legislative Update - Budget Worker's Compensation Reform

The final NYS budget passed both houses late last Sunday night. Despite no significant workers’ compensation reforms being included in the original proposed budget bills, there were many last minute negotiations regarding worker’s compensation reform that we followed closely. 

Of specific concern  was PPO language that would create a 120 day opt-out and any general provisions that would have limited patient access to the provider of their choice. Working with the Council, our lobbyists shared our concerns with key legislators as to the negative impact this would have on worker’s compensation patients. We are happy to report that this language was not included in the final budget. 

As workers compensation reform was on the table, we made a concerted push to ensure that the reforms included IME reform. We have discussed this over the years as an item for the Joint Legislative Task Force with the Council.  The enacted legislation calls for the creation of an IME Advisory Committee to “conduct a thorough study of the utilization of independent medical examinations” with a goal of “regulatory and statutory proposals” that will consider a new method of assigning these independent medical examinations.

This advisory committee will be composed of representatives from organized labor, business, carriers, self-insured employers, medical providers and other stakeholders and experts as the chair deems fit to include.  We have already talked to the chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board about this advisory committee, and the chair assured us that he will seek our active engagement in this process.  We will keep you updated on the status of the advisory committee and our role in the process.

The final enacted workers’ compensation reforms also included adoption of impairment guidelines and as well as performance standards for insurance carriers.  In what we are viewing as a very positive development, the final reforms also included development of a drug formulary.  It is our hope that the adoption of a drug formulary will lead to less opioid abuse and over prescription and encourage a return to conservative proven care such as chiropractic.

We waited to send this update on workers’ compensation because on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, our Workers’ Compensation committee, in conjunction with the Council’s committee, met with the chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board.  The meeting was very productive.  

This was a follow up to our meeting in the fall where we discussed several issues facing our members that led to the creation of the Workers’ Compensation response form that both Associations asked our members to use in order for us to track concerns and issues.  We presented to the chair the information we gathered and the issues we are seeing, and he promised to review those issues and address training and carrier issues that he is empowered to address.  We will be following up with him and scheduling another meeting in the near future.  Also, as noted above, he indicated a strong desire to have chiropractic actively involved and engaged in the IME reform initiatives.

While issues remain with workers’ compensation, we hope that the just enacted reforms will help to alleviate some of the problems and that our ongoing dialogue and engagement with the chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board will lead to some relief for our members.













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2017 MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI) - JK Now Available!!

CMS is once again conducting their annual survey of Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) performance and requesting feedback from the provider community we serve through the MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI).
 
The MAC Satisfaction Indicator (MSI) is the best way to share your opinions of our service directly with the CMS. This survey should only take 10 minutes of your time and helps us understand how we can better serve you. To take the survey, click on the URL below:

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New York Chiropractic College Holds Commencement

Seneca Falls, NY:  At commencement exercises on April 1 in the Standard Process Health and Fitness Center, New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) conferred the Doctor of Chiropractic degree on 52 candidates.

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Public Health Campaign for DCs

 

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Join the Posture Movement!

The 2017 Posture Month campaign will help people “ACE” their posture to become Aware, take Control, and design an intelligent home and work Environment.

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FYI: When Will CMS Notify Clinicians about MIPS Eligibility

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has yet to release critical 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility information to allow providers to determine if they fall under the low-volume threshold exemption.

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Medicare: New ABN to be Used in 60 Days

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 28 that the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) Form and instructions were approved for renewal. The effective date for use of the updated ABN form is May 27.

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Reaching Out To Help Texas Could Ultimately Help New York

If you missed this past NYSCA convention at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort (March 10-12, 2017), you missed great speakers, a fun environment, and an opportunity to hear two dynamic presentations by Dr. Fabrizio Mancini.

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New York Chiropractic College to Hold Commencement April 1, 2017

Seneca Falls, NY: At commencement exercises on April 1, 2017, in the Standard Process Health and Fitness Center, New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) will confer the Doctor of Chiropractic degrees on 52 candidates.

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