NYS WCB Proposing Changes to the Chiropractic Conversion Factor

Through the hard work of the NYSCA, the New York State Workers Compensation Board (WCB) is proposing to change the chiropractic conversion factor, creating parity for the first time since our inclusion in workers' compensation for doctors of chiropractic. The disparity in the conversion factor has been a priority of the joint efforts from NYSCA and the Council. Working together, and working with the WCB, positive change is coming.

The WCB has published changes to the Fee Schedules based on a new law was passed expanding the types of medical providers that can be authorized to treat injured workers in the New York State workers' compensation system. Starting January 1, 2020, licensed clinical social workers, nurse practitioners and acupuncturists, as well as current ancillary providers, including physician assistants, occupational therapists, and physical therapists may apply to become a Board-authorized provider.

While the changes primarily address the addition of new professions to the WC system, it appears that the chiropractic profession's concerns have been heard and we have taken a step towards parity. As you may recall we have been trumpeting the disparity in the chiropractic conversion factor during the recent updates to the fee schedule. We had continued productive dialogue with the WCB during this time. In the proposal published on July 3rd the chiropractic conversion factor has been increased to match other similar professions, such as PT and OT. While we continue to review other details of the recent release we wanted to share the good news with you.

As always, thanks to the NYSCA WC Committee members and all who worked diligently on this important issue.

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