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ChiroCongress Board adopts Medicare Tenets

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Posted by: Sheri Ryan
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August 19, 2019


Greetings ChiroCongress Members!


As stated in previous communications, the ChiroCongress Board has been very involved in efforts to improve patient access under the Medicare system. We recognize how vitally important it is to remove barriers so patients can receive appropriate care and ensure our doctors are respected and valued.


Recently, our Board created and approved a list of tenets deigned to guide future decision-making related to Medicare initiatives. We take the responsibility of speaking on behalf of our state associations very seriously and believe these tenets will help us fairly and equitably assess proposed initiatives. We will review these tenets as necessary to ensure that they continue to serve the interests of our membership.

ChiroCongress Board strives to:

  1. Support improved patient access and reimbursement parity for chiropractic in all Medicare programs, commensurate with all other provider groups. Help develop and support initiatives aimed at eliminating all Medicare discriminatory policies and practices in statute and in the administrative arena.
  2. Continue to support the current chiropractic benefits now covered by Medicare statute. Support appropriate efforts to allow chiropractors to have the same rights as all other providers in choosing to opt in or out of the Medicare program.
  3.  Continue to work in a collaborative manner with the chiropractic community, helping all stakeholders avoid negative messaging and other activities that could stop positive change.
  4.  Support chiropractic legislation or administrative changes only if the sponsors are not involved in overt efforts to undermine another chiropractic organization’s initiative. 
  5.  Review all Medicare initiatives to confirm that they will result in parity for all chiropractors and their patients. Parity includes, but is not limited to, reimbursement for all covered Medicare services that are allowed under a practicing chiropractor’s individual state scope of practice act.
  6. Thoroughly vet, in an Independent and unbiased fashion, any Medicare legislation and/or legislative strategies that improve patient access to chiropractic and guarantee reimbursement parity. Vote to support, stand neutral, or oppose any Medicare legislation or administrative changes presented.
  7. Review Medicare policies, recommend language, create strategies and timelines for passage, hold legislative events, develop independent ChiroCongress messaging, help lead grassroots efforts with key stakeholders, and offer financial assistance when possible.
  8.  Respect the right of each member state association to formulate its own position on any policy or administrative initiatives.

Next week we will be sharing the tenets at the Chiropractic Summit meeting taking place at FCA’s The National. Our Board recognizes the incredible opportunity our profession has to come together to support positive change!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact Lizz Klein, ChiroCongress Executive Director at 503-922-2933 or email


Dr. Dan Spencer, President
Congress of Chiropractic State Associations


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