WHY PCA?

The Commonwealth’s trusted resource for all things Chiropractic is the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association (PCA).  PCA exists to inform, educate, and advocate on behalf of ALL Doctors of Chiropractic and their patients.  As one of the Keystone State’s leading health care associations, the PCA is outspoken about embracing Conservative Care First as a verified public policy strategy for safe and cost-effective health care for all Pennsylvanians.  Through the delivery of diverse educational programs and member services, the PCA enables and empowers Doctors of Chiropractic to successfully and ethically practice for the benefit of patients, communities and the profession.


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Having a Tough Time Deciding About MACRA 2017 and Your Practice?




Click here for a simplified MACRA decision-making chart,       courtesy of Dr. Keith Miller, PCA Vice President and                  District 9 Director.

Do You Participate in United Healthcare's Optum? PCA Wants to Hear From You!

PCA is aware that many states’ Chiropractors have been dealing with various issues with United Healthcare’s Optum. To date, PCA has received very few comments, concerns and/or kudos from Pennsylvania’s DCs regarding their experiences with Optum.

PCA is concerned about potential violations by United/ Optum of Section 2706 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the anti-provider discrimination clause of the PPACA. In order to identify real or developing problems with Optum in this regard, we need to hear from you!

By no later than Friday, December 16, please respond with a brief description of your experiences with Optum and email your responses directly to the PCA’s Insurance Committee liaison to the PCA Board of Directors, Dr. David Novatnak (pca@pennchiro.org, ATTN: Dr. Novatnak).

Thank you for your quick responses to PCA’s request!

Trump’s “Art” of the Health Care “Deal” Facing Spending Pressures

US annual health care spending rises to nearly $10,000 per person

December 7, 2016

2017 will be an interesting and challenging year that should reveal what the neophyte Trump administration plans to do with ObamaCare (PPACA), Medicare and Medicaid. Of special interest to DCs nationwide, Chiropractors are wondering what role they will play in the incoming administration’s government health care delivery, especially in the face of steadily growing health care spending.

National Stroke Association:  No Increased Risk of Stroke Following Chiropractic Manipulation

November 29, 2016

According to the NSA, a recently completed study noted, yet again, that associations between chiropractic and PCP visits and stroke were similar, and likely due to patients with early dissection-related symptoms seeking care prior to developing their strokes.

PA Dept of Human Services (DHS) Posts Updates

Includes MA Bulletins, Desk Reference Guide, Medicaid Managed Care Directory

November 28, 2016

Pennsylvania DHS Office of Medical Assistance (OMA) human services program specialist David Fitzkee recently posted updates to the DHS web site. Those DCs who participate in the Commonwealth’s MA program should regularly visit the “What’s New” section of the DHS web site to stay current on issues related to medical assistance.

ABCA Announces 2017 National Convention in Denver

December 7, 2016

The newly elected Executive Board of the American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA) announced that its 36th National Convention will be held in the Mile High City, June 22- 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The ABCA will celebrate the Chiropractic profession and the American Black Chiropractic's 36th year of service!

F4CP Responds to Libelous Sweeps Week Promotion of Dr. Oz Show

November 29, 2016

This week the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), which PCA supports, responded directly to Dr. Oz on the content of his November 16 show and especially the defamatory promotion of the show during “sweeps week:” Can Your Chiropractor Kill You? Check this brief summary to better understand the significance of sweeps week:

Sweeps Week was the brainchild of the A.C. Nielsen Company, which popularized TV ratings in the 1950s and whose TV audience numbers are still the industry standard. In 1954, Nielsen sent "TV diaries" to households across America, asking them to record their precise TV viewing habits for a week. Then, in a geographic "sweep" starting in the Northeast and moving to the West, Nielsen collected the booklets, compiled the data and published the first accurate reports on the viewing habits of American families.

Chiropractic Care Helps Pro Golfer Overcome Vertigo

Jason Day’s Debilitating Vertigo Resolved by Tucson DC

December 1, 2016 

Jason Day is one of the best golfers in the world and he's reached the top of his game despite battling vertigo.

Vertigo is very common and causes dizziness, a loss of balance, and nausea. And it nearly cost Jason Day hundreds of thousands of dollars. Day was on the 9th hole during Round 2 of last year's US Open at Chambers Bay, Arizona. Suffering from vertigo, Day became dizzy and stumbled to the ground.

Unique Collaboration Comes to Nation’s Capital, March 15-18: DC2017 

 Advocacy, science, research & education provide global view, challenges for profession

November 23, 2016

For the first time, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), and the Association for Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) are joining forces to present a world-class chiropractic program that features compelling scientific research, global perspectives on the future of the profession, and inspirational sessions delivered by the profession's thought leaders and content experts.

DC2017 is the 14th WFC Biennial Congress, the 24th ACC Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC), and the 2017 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (ACA-NCLC), hosted by the American Chiropractic Association at the Washington Hilton in the nation's capital, Washington D.C.

Governor Wolf Signs Act 146, PCA- initiated Retro-Review “Reform” Bill

December 1, 2016

ITS OFFICIAL!!!!

Act 146 of 2016 will go into effect on January 3rd, 2017. Click here for your very own copy. Excellent job PCA! Thank you to all of the PCA's members for your support in helping make this happen. Are you a PCA member? If not, Click here to join. We need YOU to help win these legislative battles. Help us... help you!

November 8, 2016

PCA’s Successful Two-Year Legislative Cycle Topped by Limiting Multiple Co-pays, Retro-reviews

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 146 of 2016 (formerly House Bill 1178) into law on Friday, November 3, 2016. The legislation places two year limits on health insur-ers’ ability to conduct retro-active re-views and make recoupment demands of providers. So what, you may ask?

Left to Right: Angie Armbrust (The Winter Group); Eric Osterberg, DC (Executive Team); Ray Benedetto, DC (President); Governor Tom Wolf; Keith Miller, DC (Vice President); Edward Nielsen, MHS (EVP), Mark Singel (The Winter Group)



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DISTRICT 10 MEETING RESCHEDULED 

December 8th 

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with MITCH GREEN, DC, DACRB

January 28-29, 2017

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