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- Michael Jordan

 

Work search requires all Unemployment Compensation (UC), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants to apply for two jobs and complete one work search activity every week. 

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Over the past couple of days, the US Department of Health & Human Services posted four updates that are worth your attention.

Because of the volume of following information, PCA provides this to you as a resource and does not attempt to interpret these updates.

1.     Cares Act Provider Relief Fund (for providers)https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/for-providers/index.html

2.     Cares Act Provider Relief Fund (general info)https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/general-information/index.html

3.     Cares Act Provider Reporting- Auditinghttps://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/reporting-auditing/index.html

4.     Cares Act Provider FAQs: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/faqs/index.html

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MASKING GUIDANCE INFORMATION

The PCA has consistently relied upon Federal and Pennsylvania mandates, guidance and recommendations for COVID-related matters.  As of June 28, 2021, Pennsylvania will remove the masking requirements.  The PCA sought clarification directly from the Pennsylvania Department of Health as to whether this lifting of the mask mandate applies to chiropractors and other health care providers.  Following is the response to PCA’s “mask guidance” question from Dr. Wendy E. Braund, COVID-19 Response Director for the PA DOH:

 “Even though the statewide mask mandate will be lifted on June 28, DOH will continue to strongly recommend that healthcare providers follow CDC guidance, which includes the use of PPE by healthcare personnel in healthcare settings.”
Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM
COVID-19 Response Director
Pennsylvania Department of Health

 As of today, the CDC guidance for use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, has remained unchanged.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-after-vaccination.html#anchor_1619116662704

To access the CDC recommendations, please click on this link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-recommendations.html

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Get a POSTER for your office to promote HR2654 for Medicare

There is QR code to have patients click the link and then send a message to their Reps in seconds. WANT FULL MEDICARE ACCESS to exams x-rays therapies and to be able to help your Medicare fixed income patients to not have the out of pocket expenses or have to get their x-ray elsewhere? Well this is how you do it! Sample of 1 of 6 versions of the poster is shown, pick the one that "speaks" to you.

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How the COVID-19 pandemic created a "perfect storm" for opioid addiction

sent by Keith Miller, PCA Vice-President

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CTCA Philadelphia Closed: Who to Contact for Assistance

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | June 28, 2021

As of June 28, 2021, Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Philadelphia has closed. CTCA® continues to care for and serve patients at our locations in Atlanta, Chicago and Phoenix. If this is a medical emergency, please call 911.If you are a patient and need to obtain medical records, please visit the www.myCTCA.com Patient Portal. You can…

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ABCA National Convention Registration!

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | April 12, 2021

National Convention Registration Now Open!!Register Here!Students – $50Organizations/Affiliaties – $50Established Lifetime* – $125Non-Members (DC) – $375 

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Doctors Of Chiropractic Often Think That DCs Are Unfairly Targeted By Insurers For Fraud And Abuse.

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | April 12, 2021

Following is an informative and brief advisory (click on the article’s links, for Highmark’s observations and their plan) that demonstrates Highmark is targeting many more health professionals than DCs. HIGHMARK TARGETS HEALTH CARE FRAUD, WASTE, AND ABUSE (highmarkprc.com) – Sent to PCA courtesy of David J. Cutich, DC PCA Insurance Committee

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Brent Shealer, DC - Pittsburgh, PA 
 
"I just wanted to chime in quickly and give a  Special shout out to the PCA in this group. Simply put, join! Because of my membership I was recently able to reach out to leadership and get a problem resolved very quickly from the state BPOA when I was getting nowhere with them prior. Also, I've been able to stay on top of a lot of the nonsense that is happening with UPMC/AMI right now among other important issues in changes over the years.  For example, there also working on problems with how terrible Aetna is, meeting with Congressman trying to get equal pay for Chiro's that MD's get paid for the same service (EM codes for example), and still working on the problem with doc's having to direct supervise therapy and rehab.
 
 I see it said on here often, "does PCA know about this and" or "what is the PCA doing about this" regarding issues. Well, yeah, they do, and frankly for the cost of one adjustment a month ($50)  You can be a member and see your answer to those questions yourself, amongst many other discussion points while being informed. They can't solve every problem, but they do try and work hard on your behalf, member or not. So why not support them? A stronger State association, with more members, carries a lot more weight in matters. Thanks!"
Jeff Snyder, DC - Phoenixville, PA
 
"The PCA is an absolute for any doctor of chiropractic in the Commonwealth of PA. We know membership is essential in order to have strength in numbers when dealing with issues pertaining to practice and public health issues where we can make a huge impact. The PCA has our back and the backs of the consumer (no pun intended). As a practicing chiropractor, the membership fee is a NO BRAINER! Why would you, as a chiropractor, practice without the largest state association in your back pocket, on speed-dial, so you can manage the issues that come up day to day in practice.
The staff at the home office has never been better. Our executive vice president is cordial, respectful, and a true leader who has years of experience which has helped the association greatly over the past number of years.
I'm thankful for the PCA and what we as an association have accomplished to protect the rights of chiropractors to practice as well as protecting the health of individuals throughout our state."

Ed Kropf, DC - Pittsburgh, PA 

"As a PCA member over 31 years I have been a distant observer of Chiropractic in our state as well as the several factions of philosophy practiced here. As so far as the PCA is viewed, I feel the current system in place is providing the best communication with it's members. PCA has put into place several terrific members and administration that take on the problems from many fronts, report and attempt to correct/improve the position for the future of Chiropractic in our state.

Good job, you all are doing things so very much better, keep it up!!!"

Jeffrey Sklar, DC - Philadelphia, PA 
 
"In full disclosure, I have been a district director for the PCA for the last 2-3 years. However, I have been a member my entire career. The current leadership of the PCA has more passion and commitment toward protecting all PA chiropractors right to practice and patient accessibility than I have ever experienced. Whether you are a member or not, you have been benefiting from all the efforts of volunteer board members and PCA associates from lobbying to legal.
The level of responsiveness from any direct inquires to the Execs or affiliates(legal, political) has always been unparalleled with Ed Nielson as Executive Director. Whether you are a member or not, you have benefited from battles won by the PCA that may have never crossed your front steps.
The PCA has been a major contributor to my success in practicing in Pennsylvania. I am grateful to serve and more grateful to have such selfless colleagues that freely donate hours and hours of their time for our benefit as Pennsylvania DCs!"
Ladeluca Chiropractic
 
"The PCA helps chiropractors and I have found they are professional and very reliable. I can call them with specific questions and if they cannot answer then they refer me to the right person."

“I am a retired doctor, who was hit with a $17,000 recoupment request from a Pennsylvania health insurer, TWO years after I retired. As a retired-status member, I immediately contacted the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association.  PCA’s  staff were responsive and very helpful, including referring me to Mr. Jason Martin, PCA’s General Counsel, for a free legal consultation.

After talking at some length with Mr. Martin, he assisted me with the audit and provided very solid advice. I followed his advice and I was able to resolve the audit with the health insurer without any payment on my part.   I am thrilled with the supportI was given by PCA staff and General Counsel Martin’s legal advice.

Thanks to my membership in PCA, I received very responsive and immediate support for my problem.  Most importantly, my membership in PCA saved me $17,000of my hard-earned money!  Thank you, PCA!”

Lori Kalie, DC - Lancaster, PA 

"I actually sold my practice. About two hours after you posted the ad, I got a call from a doctor who was interested. He officially took over today. I received quite a number of calls about the practice since the ad was up. The service you provide is valuable, and I just wanted to thank you and the PCA for offering this service."

Brian Meenan, DC - Pittsburgh, PA 

"I just started my own practice a couple of months ago. $600 is a bit steep but it is worth it! Charge me monthly, that’d be great."

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