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2023 End of Session Update

The last day of the legislative session was scheduled to be Thursday, June 8, however, both houses remained in session into the weekend. The Senate finished around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 10. The Assembly was planning to work through the day on Saturday and wrap up late in the evening/Sunday morning. However, in a change of plans, the Assembly ended up adjourning mid-afternoon after deciding that they would come back in two weeks to wrap up the remaining issues. It is unclear at this point if the return in two weeks will be just the Assembly or if the Senate will return as well. The hope is that an agreement may be reached on several outstanding issues that could not be resolved before the scheduled end of session.

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NYSCA Practice Spotlight - Pinnacle Hill Chiropractic - District 15

This month we're highlighting Pinnacle Hill Chiropractic located in Brighton, NY.

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2023 New York Chiropractic Lobby Day Recap

On Monday May 2nd, over 40 members of the New York State Chiropractic Association participated with the New York Chiropractic Council through the Joint Legislative Task Force in Chiropractic Lobby Day. We were also joined by representatives from New York’s two Chiropractic colleges, and we converged on Albany to support our legislative agenda and educate lawmakers regarding issues affecting the profession in our state.

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FY 2023-2024 Final State Budget

The New York State Budget was finalized today, a month after its April 1 due date.  The Governor announced that she had reached the framework of the budget deal with the Senate and Assembly late in the day on April 27. Thile the framework was announced, we did not see the final budget bills until last night and today. Now that the bills are available, the Senate and Assembly are in the process of passing them. We anticipate that the final votes will be taken at some point tomorrow.

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NYSCA Member Spotlight - Dr. Brenda Covell - District 17 President

Dr. Brenda Covell's involvement in NYSCA began in her final year of chiropractic college. She was a student delegate for a NYSCA convention in 2016 and after graduation served as secretary for District 17.

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News from the NIC - CDPHP

The NYSCA Insurance Committee (The NIC) is bringing you the latest updates on CDPHP.

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News from the NIC - MVP

The NYSCA Insurance Committee (The NIC) is bringing you the latest updates on MVP.

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Medicare Fee for Service ABN 2023

The ABN, Form CMS-R-131, and form instructions have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal. The use of the renewed form with the expiration date of 01/31/2026 will be mandatory on 6/30/23. You may continue to use the ABN form with the expiration date of 6/30/23 until the renewed form (expiration date 01/31/2026) becomes mandatory on 6/30/23. The ABN form and instructions may be found below in the downloads section.

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NYSCA Member Spotlight - Dr. Gerald Stevens - NYSCA Officer (Treasurer)

Dr Stevens began involvement in NYSCA as a student in 2001. His primary goal was to be active in improving #chiropractic in New York.

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News from the NIC - EmblemHealth

Some of our members have contacted the NYSCA Insurance Committee regarding the processing of claims for billed services rendered to EmblemHealth's senior care members.  Emblem has recently posted the following information relative to copayments:

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Chiropractic Scope Modernization Reintroduced in 2023!

The NYSCA is pleased to announce that our Scope Modernization bill has been reintroduced in the 2023 legislative session. A4150 with Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell as our Assembly sponsor once again and S6047 with our new sponsor, Senator Andrew Gounardes from Brooklyn, New York.

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News from the NIC - Cigna

The NYSCA Insurance Committee (The NIC) is requesting your assistance as we compile recent blinded examples of claims which have not been acknowledged or processed and in a timely manner by Cigna.  These are claims which do not involve American Specialty Health (ASH), but are solely the responsibility of Cigna.  Remember: Health Plans subject to the laws of New York are required to acknowledge or process clean claims within 30 or 45 days of receipt.  Failure to do so can result in interest and penalties.

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Q&A: Dry Needling and Chiropractic in New York State

A member poses, and then asks. . .

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House, Senate Reintroduce Bill to Increase Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services

Arlington, Va. – Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have reintroduced legislation to increase access to Medicare-covered services provided by doctors of chiropractic. The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 1610S. 799) would bring Medicare’s coverage of chiropractic into alignment with most other federal programs and private health plans, giving seniors improved coverage of non-drug treatments to alleviate pain and improve function.

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News from the NIC - Wellcare Update

The NYSCA Insurance Committee (the NIC) has been in contact with American Specialties Health (ASH) to better define the benefits available to Wellcare members. Please note that All Wellcare insureds DO NOT have the insurance rider which covers all of the services listed in the ASH G9 fee schedule. NYSCA members have reported a difference in benefits when checking eligibility on ASHLink vs talking to a representative or when performing an ASHLink Inquiry.

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NYSCA Member Spotlight - Dr. Robin Stein - Region 2 Director

Dr. Robin Stein’s NYSCA involvement began in 2007. She joined NYSCA following the opening of her office in East Islip. Dr. Stein was appointed treasurer of District 7 (Suffolk County) later that year and held that position for 11 years. She then took on the role of Vice President for District 7 and currently remains in that position.

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On The Agenda | March 2023

On the Agenda, the official publication of the New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA), is published quarterly. It is designed to provide information about the Chiropractic profession and NYSCA activities and initiatives. 

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Legislative Update - February 2023

The 2023 legislative session began on January 9, 2023, and the legislative committee has been hard at work on the legislative priorities for NYSCA. As a reminder, all legislation in New York operates on a two-year cycle. At the end of the two-years, all bills must be reintroduced again in the new cycle. This year marks the start of a new cycle, so our priority bills will have new bill numbers.

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News from the NIC - February 2023

Insurance Updates Effective January 1, 2023

2023 brings forth continued positive changes for doctors of chiropractic practicing in New York. Across the state certain health plans have increased fee schedules and enhanced coverage. In addition, a few third-party administrators have been eliminated, and unreasonable utilization review has been discontinued. Reasonable reimbursement and the elimination of administrative burdens affords us more time to assist our patients in achieving their goals. With significant involvement from our members, the NYSCA continues our drive to parity and fairness in reimbursement and administrative practices.

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NYSCA Fields Questions About Face Masks

Are patients and practitioners still required to wear a face mask?

Recently, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) weighed-in, backing away somewhat from the Department’s previous face mask mandate for certain health care settings, principally facilities regulated by the Department under Articles 28, 36 and 40 of the New York State Public Health Law (PHL) relating to hospitals, home healthcare services, and hospices, respectively. 

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