PCA will be launching our new website around the middle of April. Please note that we will not be updating our current website. We will continue to send email blasts for "What's News?" and any other information that is urgent to all of our members. We will also inform you by email when we make the shift to our new website. Please bear with us in this transitional period as we are improving services to you, our members. We apologize for any inconveniences as we prepare for the switch. Thank you for your understanding and patience. If you have any questions, please contact PCA at 717-232-5762 or email pca@pennchiro.org. 

WHY PCA?

As the Commonwealth’s trusted resource for all things Chiropractic, the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association (PCA) exists to realize one visionary call to action: change our current disease management system to an authentic health care delivery system that embraces the concept of conservative care first and supports Doctors of Chiropractic as key health and wellness professionals who serve as the foundation for genuine health and wellness care delivery.

PCA pursues its raison d’etre by informing, educating and advocating on behalf of ALL Doctors of Chiropractic and their patients.  As one of the Keystone State’s leading health care associations, the PCA is outspoken about embracing Conservative Care First as a verified public health policy strategy for safe and cost-effective health care for all Pennsylvanians.  Through the delivery of a strong advocacy voice, diverse educational programs and dedicated member services, the PCA enables and empowers Doctors of Chiropractic to successfully and ethically practice for the benefit of patients, communities and the profession.




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PCA’s 2017 Auto & Workers’ Comp Fee Chart Available to Members Now

PCA’s 2017 Auto and Workers’ Compensation Fee Chart is now available exclusively for PCA members. The much-awaited resource is published annually by the PCA, the largest Pennsylvania association representing the interests of the Commonwealth’s 4,300+ licensed Doctors of Chiropractic.



CMS Medicare Attestation System- EHR Program Announcement

***ATTESTATION EXTENDED TO March 13!!!***

The CMS Medicare Attestation System will be open and fully operational for providers attesting for the 2016 program year beginning January 3 through March 13, 2017. Providers may attest for ** ANY 90 day ** continuous reporting period within the 2016 calendar year. 

NOTE: Attestation status of In Progress represents an unsuccessful data submission, if you already did the attestation and are checking your status... and see this... please resubmit. 

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Why integrity is the foundation of a peak performance leader

February 24, 2017

When you hear the word “integrity,” what comes to mind? Most people think integrity is a moral issue. Integrity is not a moral matter. It is not about right and wrong. "Having integrity" is about honoring your word as your life.

Health insurers not impressed by GOP's healthcare plan

February 22, 2017

Republicans’ recently unveiled healthcare plan draws concern from health insurance leaders, who say it does not address fears that make them hesitant to participate in Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018.

For one, the outline of the policy proposals did not mention anything about temporarily funding premium tax credits or cost-sharing reductions, which groups like America’s Health Insurance Plans have advocated. AHIP still has not seen any policies that address its main recommendations for stabilizing the marketplaces in 2018, an AHIP spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal.

State senator revives legislation giving nurse practitioners more authority

February 24, 2017

The battle is heating up again over whether nurse practitioners can practice independently of physicians in Pennsylvania.  On Tuesday Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) introduced legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to have full practice authority in the commonwealth, which means they could see patients without being affiliated with a physician.

Knotty choices surround common ACA reform proposals

February 22, 2017

As lawmakers work to translate the “repeal and replacement” of the Affordable Care Act into concrete proposals, the debate over the future of healthcare policy moves to the details embedded in those plans.

“Differences in a reform’s structure can have wide implications for stakeholders and for how it interacts with other reforms that have been or may be adopted,” American Academy of Actuaries Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello said in a press release. To inform debate, the Academy published three issue briefs that analyze three of the most commonly cited reform ideas.

ACA repeal and replace unknowns put CHCs, safety-net providers in a holding pattern

February 24, 2017

Although all hospitals will feel the impact of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, community health centers and safety-net facilities could suffer more than most.  The healthcare reform law provides funding for safety-net providers. If a replacement plan doesn’t improve or provide continued funding, organizations fear they will lose revenue and may not be able to provide care that has kept patients out of emergency rooms.

CMS pick Verma finally confronted with ethics concerns

February 17, 2017

Although industry experts expected Democrats to press Seema Verma on her business ties and potential conflict of interest issues while advising Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor of Indiana, she faced only one question about it toward the end of Thursday’s confirmation hearing for her nomination as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

After nearly three hours of questioning, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., ranking member of the Finance Committee, finally asked Verma about her role as a consultant working on a program for Indiana while being paid by contractors the state hired to carry out the program. Among those contractors: Hewlett Packard (HP), the largest operator of state Medicaid claims processing systems.

While Indiana ethics law does not technically apply to contractors, Wyden asked how it wasn’t a conflict for Verma—the founder and CEO of health policy consulting firm SVC Inc.—to sit on “both sides of the negotiating table.”

Advocacy groups warn of 'disastrous' effects of proposed Medicaid cuts

February 24, 2017

The changes to Medicaid funding recently proposed by Republicans could have serious consequences for vulnerable populations and state budgets alike, the leaders of five national advocacy organizations said on a press call Wednesday.

Feds join whistleblower suit that accuses UnitedHealth of inflating Medicare Advantage risk scores

February 17, 2017

The Department of Justice has joined a whistleblower suit against UnitedHealth and one of its subsidiaries that accused them of engaging in a scheme to overcharge Medicare by inflating patients’ risk scores.

At the request (PDF) of the DOJ, a Federal District Court in Los Angeles recently unsealed a complaint (PDF) first filed in 2011 by Benjamin Poehling, who was the finance director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement. The complaint alleged False Claims Act violations on the part of 15 insurers, but the DOJ is seeking to intervene only in the cases involving UnitedHealth and its subsidiary, WellMed Medical Management.

The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services pays Medicare Advantage plans using risk scores tied the level of services each patient requires. The higher the risk scores, the higher the reimbursement, which can create an incentive for insurers to upcode.

Such was the case at United when Poehling was there, his complaint alleged.

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John C. Pammer, Jr., D.C., DACBR  

April 8-9

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Thomas Culleton, DC, DACNB, BHK 

April 22

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