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YOUR PCA is working for you in Harrisburg and on Capitol Hill!
The PCA working group for UPMC HP recently met with top representatives of UPMC HP and had a very productive call addressing the following important topics:
- E/M denials- You may send appeals to HPtempproviderappeal@upmc.edu.
- Pre-auths for children under 13
- TMJ/ Fibromyalgia coverage
- 98940-98942 billing on the same day as 98943
- Routine Care definition
- Appeal times-FYI UPMC has 60 BUSINESS days to respond to appeals.
UPMC HP relayed some encouraging information to the working group, but final decisions have not been reached at this time. PCA continues to address these matters with UPMC HP and expects developments soon.
Dr. Justin Miller, a member of PCA’s UPMC HP Working Group summarized the discussion nicely: "This is a great example of your PCA dues making a positive difference. Thank you to all involved with your countless hours researching and organizing to make a difference for our profession!"
If PCA members have questions or want more information, email PCA's UPMC HP working group chair, Dr. Darcie Anselment: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through December
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act suspended the sequestration payment adjustment percentage of 2% applied to all Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims from May 1 through December 31, 2020. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, extended the suspension period to March 31, 2021. An Act to Prevent Across-the-Board Direct Spending Cuts, and for Other Purposes, signed into law on April 14, 2021, extends the suspension period to December 31, 2021.
Medicare Administrative Contractors will:
· Release any previously held claims with dates of service on or after April 1
· Reprocess any claims paid with the reduction applied
You don’t need to take any action
– Sent to PCA courtesy of Dr. Victor Rizzo
The Bureau of Occupational Affairs has learned of an increase in scams targeting health related licensees.
The below PowerPoint from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) is for YOUR exclusive use as a PCA member and brought to you as a direct benefit of YOUR PCA membership. https://growthzonesitesprod.azureedge.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/242/2021/05/printMTIwNg-2021-May-Monthly-PPT.pptxRead More
What Associations AND DoctorsNeed to KNOW NOW! https://chirocongress.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1a92dec74cb06bebb6540f461&id=04fc46f7f7&e=c33dbb2da1 Watch the video to hear why this information is important for associations and your members! Marc Abla, Executive Director for the Illinois Chiropractic Society + Dr. Nick Payne, Executive Director for the Kentucky Association of Chiropractors update ChiroCongress members in easy to understand bites.Read More
The House-passed version postponed the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts scheduled for April 1 – December 31, 2021. It also included protection from the 4% Medicare PAYGO sequestration cuts associated with the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. U.S. Senate Passes SubstituteVersion Of H.R. 1868 On Thursday, March 25, 2021, by a 90-2 vote,…Read More
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 CommitteeRead More
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association (PCA) applaud Congress for passing legislation that will promote fair competition in health insurance markets with the removal of a 75-year-old exemption that allowed these companies to avoid federal antitrust laws. Daniel Schatzberg, DC, PCA President and Pennsylvania Delegate to the ACA’s House of Delegates, commented…Read More
Media Contact:Annette Bernat email@example.com(703) 812-0226 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 12, 2021 Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), a longtime advocate for increasing availability and coverage of chiropractic services in the military community, is encouraged by news that the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) will offer chiropractic services at six U.S. locations beginning this year.…Read More
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PCA 2021- 2022 PRIORITY LEGISLATION:
House Bill 171 of 2021: An Act limiting restrictive covenants in health care practitioner employment agreements.
House Bill 173 of 2021: An Act amending Title 40 (Insurance) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in special provisions relating to particular classes of insurers, providing for nondiscrimination by payers in health care benefit plans.
House Bill 225 of 2021: An Act amending the act of May 17, 1921 (P.L.682, No.284), known as The Insurance Company Law of 1921, in quality health care accountability and protection, further providing for definitions, for responsibilities of managed care plans, providing for preauthorization standards and for preauthorization costs, and providing for preauthorization and adverse determinations, for appeals, for uniform preauthorization form, for preauthorization exemptions.
House Bill 325 of 2021: Advisory Opinions from Licensing Boards
House Bill 916 of 2021: An Act amending the act of May 17, 1921 (P.L.682, No.284), known as The Insurance Company Law of 1921, in casualty insurance, providing for coverage for nonopioid pain management care.
Delegation of Therapeutic Exercise to Unlicensed Personnel (no bill # yet)
Parity in Insurer Reimbursements (no bill # yet)
PID Direct Oversight and Enforcement Authority of Health Insurers’ Contracted Third Party Administrators (no bill # yet)
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Good job, you all are doing things so very much better, keep it up!!!"
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!"
“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
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