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.



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HHS Nominee Price: More Doctors with More Concerns

January 13, 2017

Get ready for fireworks as the Senate plans to hold a hearing Wednesday on the nomination of surgeon-turned-politician Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Controversy continues to swirl around his appointment.

A physician’s group, the National Physicians Alliance, on Thursday added to the questions about Price’s fitness to serve as HHS Secretary in Donald Trump’s administration, according to MedPage Today. In addition to his political positions that many doctors say don’t serve patients’ best interests, the nonprofit group called for an investigation into Price’s healthcare stock trades that raise concerns about conflicts of interest.

Senate Passes Budget, Paves Way for ACA Repeal

January 12, 2017

After a contentious round of late-night voting, the Senate passed a budget resolution that clears the way for repealing major tenets of the Affordable Care Act. The resolution, which contains instructions for key House and Senate committees to dismantle the ACA through the budget reconciliation, passed 51-48 without any Democratic support.

Democrats voiced their displeasure by forcing Republicans to vote against a slew of mostly symbolic amendments aimed at preserving more popular parts of the healthcare reform law. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., for example, introduced an amendment that would “create a point of order against legislation that would make people with disabilities and chronic conditions sick again.”

What’s Front of Mind for Health Plan Leaders in 2017?

Data, policy changes, value-based care are priorities

January 13, 2017

While uncertainty surrounding the healthcare regulatory landscape will be top of mind for health plan leaders this year, that isn’t the only major trend on the horizon for the industry. Another major issue is affordability, Greg Scott, the national leader of Deloitte’s health plan practice, said in a recent interview conducted by the consulting firm.

That signifies a shift from the industry’s longtime focus on costs, as affordability is more concerned with whether families can actually afford monthly premiums, deductibles and copays. In fact, affordability is a major concern for every healthcare services and health insurance purchaser in the country, he said.

P-EOTUS Trump Chooses VA Undersecretary Shulkin to Lead Veterans Administration

January 11, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump has selected current Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Health David Shulkin to lead the VA, he announced Wednesday at his first post-election press conference.

Shulkin, Trump said, “will do a truly great job” at the agency, which has struggled to bounce back from a scandal over long wait times that jeopardized patient safety.

“One of the commitments that I’ve made is we’re going to straighten out the whole situation for our veterans,” Trump said. “Our veterans have been treated horribly,” he added, citing cases in which veterans “go in and they have a minor, early-stage form of cancer and they can’t see a doctor—by the time they get to the doctor, they’re terminal.”

US Rep. Roe Says ‘Docs’ Will ‘Like’ His ACA Replacement Plan

Is This the Good News or the Bad News?

January 12, 2017

The Tennessee congressman behind Republicans’ first postelection stab at a concrete Affordable Care Act replacement bill says it contains ideas that doctors will like.

Last week, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., and the Republican Study Committee held a press conference to introduce the bill, which was largely based on one he first floated in 2013.

In an interview with Medical Economics, Roe acknowledged that the bill—the American Health Reform Act of 2017—won’t be the final version of an ACA replacement that Republicans eventually pass.

Instead, he said, “what we wanted to do was get this bill introduced to show people that we did have ideas and a bill out there ready to go.”

Report: Target Overuse- Underuse to Improve Health Care Quality

Lown Institute partners with The Lancet- pushing focus on “right care”

January 11, 2017

Both overuse and underuse of medicine are significant burdens on the healthcare industry, and a new series from The Lown Institute in partnership with The Lancet pushed for providers to focus on “right care” to better reach both sets of patients and improve overall quality of care.

The series defines “right care” as “care that weighs up benefits and harms, is patient-centered (taking individual circumstances, values and wishes into account) and is informed by evidence, including cost-effectiveness,” according to the first article (PDF) in the series. To address the care improvements this would require, the series’ authors called for a close examination of the roles of various stakeholders in the health industry and perhaps redefine them to better tackle these issues.

Will Repeal & Delay Approach to ACA Go Off the Fiscal Cliff?

January 12, 2017

As members of Congress lay the groundwork to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act through budget reconciliation, they should know that a delayed replacement for the law could end up contributing to the national deficit, according to a new analysis.

Christine Eibner, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, wrote in a piece for The Commonwealth Fund that moving forward with a repeal now and leaving a replacement plan for later, an option some congressional Republicans favor, would make it nearly impossible for a future replacement plan to be budget neutral.

P-EOTUS Picks Vaccine Skeptic RFK, Jr. to Head Vaccine Safety Study

Speechless. Surprised. Dismayed.

January 11, 2017

Those were just some of the reactions from the medical community after well-known vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to lead a panel on vaccine safety.

RELATED: Trump picks vaccine skeptic Kennedy to lead new panel on vaccine safety

Kennedy, who believes in the discredited theory that vaccines cause autism, held a news conference Tuesday to announce he met with Trump to discuss the new panel and the president-elect offered him the chair position.

Since then, Trump’s transition team has said that Trump “enjoyed his discussion with Kennedy” and may establish a special autism commission, but no decisions have been made, Bloomberg reported. Kennedy offered no comment to the latest development.

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