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Scammers are purporting to be from the Bureau of Occupational Affairs board and working with the FBI or the DEA.  
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The board office would appreciate any assistance in getting this link out to the licensees.

PCA statement about providing information to PA DCs

PCA continues to take no position on vaccinations (vaccinations remain the choice of each DC and patient).

All DCs should want to know what the PA Dept of Health announces and their patients might be reading in the national, state and local news, so they are aware of questions about COVID-related issues like expansion of vaccinations and can professionally respond to patients' inquiries.

Pennsylvania Accelerating Vaccine Strategy

March 31, 2021

Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Health (DOH) in conjunction with the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force today announced the start of the special initiative to vaccinate targeted industry workers and to accelerate the vaccination timetable for those in Phases 1B, 1C and 2. All Pennsylvanians will be eligible to schedule vaccination appointments beginning April 19.

“The vaccine landscape continues to evolve as the federal government is increasing allocations to more retail pharmacy chains across the country,” ​Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said. “To ensure that vaccine continues to get to people efficiently and equitably, Pennsylvania is adapting its plan to allow workers in targeted industries to access any of the three vaccines available at providers throughout the state, and to accelerate our eligibility for remaining phases of the state’s vaccination plan.

“Pennsylvania’s vaccine providers have dramatically stepped up the pace of vaccinations to an average of 83,000 per day, moving the keystone state higher and higher in the rankings with other states. As we complete Phase 1A vaccinations, it’s time to open eligibility to more Pennsylvanians so providers can continue to fill appointments and efficiently, effectively and equitably vaccinate more people every day.”

Pennsylvania will begin the following accelerated phased rollout:

·         March 31 workers in the four targeted industries that Gov. Wolf and the Task Force announced on March 12:

o    Law enforcement, which includes police, sheriffs and deputies, constables, corrections officers and staff, as well as probation and parole staff.

o    Firefighters, including career and volunteer firefighters.

o    Grocery Store workers, including all workers in supermarkets and grocery stores.

o    Food and Agriculture workers, including all food processing company employees, including meat, poultry, and dairy processing, fresh fruit and vegetable packing operations, food manufacturing, all farmworkers, farm operators, and farm managers, including at urban agriculture operations.

·         April 5 all residents in Phase 1B will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.

·         April 12 all residents in Phase 1C will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.

·         April 19, all residents will be eligible to start scheduling vaccination appointments.

“It is important to remember that eligibility does not guarantee an immediate vaccination appointment,” Beam said. “Vaccine providers are ready and eager to get a shot in the arm of every person who wants one while we continue to aggressively advocate for more vaccine.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force members discussed the benefits of the accelerated plan.

“President Biden has asked us to make every adult eligible for vaccination with the vaccine he is providing,” said Sen. Art Haywood. “We can do it, we can make the change.  We can get more vaccine to Southeast PA and across the commonwealth and target vaccine, so no one is left out.”

“Due to the successful implementation of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force’s revised strategic plan, along with an increasing supply of vaccine doses from the federal government and the tremendous work of our provider network, Pennsylvania is now in a position to pursue an aggressive timeline to ensure any Pennsylvanians who wants to be vaccinated is eligible to do so by April 19,” said Sen. Ryan Aument. “As we expand eligibility, we must not forget about our seniors and our commitment to prioritize them and others in Phase 1A, as well as our frontline workers such as law enforcement and first responders in Phase 1B.”

“We can meet President Biden ‘s request with the amount of vaccines he is providing,” Rep. Bridget Malloy Kosierowski said. “Pennsylvania has done the work to make this a reality. I have said time and time again that this will get better, and it is. Our dedicated providers, who are on the ground every day, Governor Wolf’s administration, and our task force have collaboratively worked together in prioritizing the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians.”

“Today is a day of hope and optimism,” said Rep. Tim O’Neal. “Earlier this month, we announced plans to prioritize our essential workers and first responders by offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to them in the coming weeks. We have now done that today. In addition, we have set a timeline so that anyone who wants the vaccine will get able to begin scheduling their appointment at the latest by April 19. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter every day.”

Residents should continue to use the Department of Health’s Vaccine Provider Map to find a vaccine provider nearest them. The department will continue to update the map as the federal government increases the number of pharmacy chains receiving vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership.

People without internet access can contact the Health Hotline by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

MEDIA CONTACT: Barry Ciccocioppo - ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov

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U.S. Senate Passes Substitute Version of H.R. 1868

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 Substitute
Version of H.R. 1868

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, by a 90-2 vote, the United States Senate passed a substitute version of H.R. 1868 which was passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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.

Senate passage of the bill could prompt the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow providers to hold claims until the bill is enacted, similar to how the agency handled the ongoing sustainable growth rate (SGR) bills that Congress passed each year on physician payments before implementing a reform measure in 2015.
Unfortunately, the Senate-passed version of the bill omits the portion dealing with PAYGO sequestration cuts. This will require H.R. 1868 to be taken up once again in the House for concurrence. The House is scheduled for an in-district work period until Tuesday, April 13, 2021 which means the bill will not be taken up again until their return.

State associations may consider making the recommendation to their members to hold Medicare claims for dates of services April 1 and after for processing until more information is available.

Starting Today: Learn ACA HIPAA Series

A free, four-part overview of the implications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

TODAY

HIPAA Series Part 1: The HIPAA Privacy Rule – Overview and Individual Rights

Rachel Lips, JD | Hyla Schreurs, JD

The first session in this series will provide an overview of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and who is covered by HIPAA. The speakers will discuss the key provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, with an in-depth discussion of an individual’s right to access their medical record.

COMING UP IN THE HIPAA SERIES

HIPAA Series Part 2: Overview of the HIPAA Security Rule 

This session will provide an overview of the HIPAA Security Rule. The speakers will discuss the type of information that is covered by the rule; the standards and implementation specifications outlined in the rule; and necessary administrative, physical and technical safeguards. Participants will also receive links to helpful Security Rule resources.

HIPAA Series Part 3: Overview of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule 

The third session in the HIPPA Series will provide an overview of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule. The speakers will discuss the definition of a breach; when a breach needs to be reported; and what happens when the HHS Office for Civil Rights receives a breach report.

 

HIPAA Part 4: Overview of HIPAA Enforcement

This session will provide an overview of HIPAA enforcement by the HHS Office for Civil Rights. The speakers will discuss current compliance trends as well as recent enforcement actions.

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PA State Board Chair Halloran Emphatically Reminds DCs About Their CV19 Responsibilities
Imperative that DCs Maintain Adequate Patient, Doctor and Staff Safety Measures

The PA State Board of Chiropractic Examiners convened in a "virtual meeting" on Thursday, March 11, 2021 to address a variety of issues.

In his report to the Board, Chair J. Gerald Halloran, DC (Philadelphia) took a moment to emphatically remind ALL PA-licensed DCs of the importance of masking, social distancing and disinfecting. The state licensing board doesn’t “interpret or come up with its own regulations." It only follows the mandate.

Dr. Halloran stated a clear and urgent warning to licensees to wear masks, enforce social distancing and disinfect offices at all times and until Governor Wolf eases the current COVID-19 rules and restrictions.

Dr. Halloran further noted that DCs in violation of the Governor's orders are being reported to the PA Department of Health. In those cases, the PA State Board of Chiropractic is then made aware of such violations and mandated to investigate and where appropriate, impose punishment on offending doctors. And, he noted, they are getting too many complaints about DCs who are being investigated for board action.

PCA reminds all DCs to be patient-centered and safe by masking, distancing and disinfecting, for their patients, their staffs, their families and themselves.

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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 

Cures Act – April 5 Deadline

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | April 12, 2021

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.

U.S. Senate Passes Substitute Version Of H.R. 1868

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | April 12, 2021

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,…

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

ACA and PCA Applaud Signing of Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | March 25, 2021

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…

ACA Encouraged by Expansion of Chiropractic Services to Military Exchanges

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | February 12, 2021

Media Contact:Annette Bernat abernat@acatoday.org(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.…

State of the State – December 1, 2020

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | January 14, 2021

We Are Pleased To Provide The Recording From The December 1, 2020 PCA State Of The State Meeting With The PA Department Of Health’s Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM, Who Serves As The COVID-19 Response Director At The PA Department Of Health. Dr. Braund Made Herself Available To PCA Members With A Briefing…

Gov. Wolf: COVID-19 Vaccine Gives Us Hope as We Update Plans and Keep Fighting to Stop the Virus

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | January 14, 2021

The commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan was designed to be fluid and flexible to meet guidance and recommendations from the federal government. Today, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced the fourth version of the plan, detailing the updates and how the state is working to ensure safe, swift implementation. Click…

​Pennsylvania Authorizes Chiropractors, Dentists, Optometrists, Pharmacists And Podiatrists Who Hold Clinical Lab Permits To Order And Administer COVID-19 Tests

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | December 30, 2020

December 21, 2020 The Pennsylvania Department of Health, through its Bureau of Laboratories, regulates clinical labs throughout the Commonwealth. The Bureau’s regulations establish various requirements and quality assurance standards which clinical labs must meet. No one may operate a clinical lab in Pennsylvania without first obtaining a permit from the Department of Health. In addition…

ATTENTION ALL UPMCHP DCs

By Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association | November 3, 2020

PCA is aware that there are significant issues with denied E/M codes. PCA has requested a fax number from UPMCHP that participating DCs can use for appeals. While we await the fax numbers, YOU CAN SCAN your documentation and appeal denied E/M codes. Email: HPtempproviderappeal@upmc.edu IMPORTANT: Follow the instructions and be sure to include the…

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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