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CMS' 2019 Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 06:09 PM

With great fanfare, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a number of proposed initiatives in the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule.  "I spent part of the last year traveling the country and visiting clinicians in different care settings," CMS administrator Seema Verma said. "One thing we heard time and time again is that time spent on paperwork is time away from patients .... It became clear to me that if we were going to be serious about improving quality and access for patients, we have to improve the lives of providers on the front lines."

One example of this push is several proposed documentation changes aimed at cutting the burden on physicians who provide evaluation and management (E/M) services. These include giving providers the following options:
  • Documenting office/outpatient E/M visits using medical decision-making or time instead of applying the current 1995 or 1997 E/M documentation guidelines
  • Using time as the governing factor in selecting visit level and documenting the E/M visit, even if counseling or care coordination dominates the visit
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CMS: Changes Coming to Stark Self-Referral Law
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 05:51 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hoping to issue a proposed regulation by the end of the year that would loosen the “Stark law” prohibiting physician self-referral, CMS administrator Seema Verma has said.  "One of the barriers around [promoting] value-based care is burdensome regulations, and that's where Stark comes into it," Verma said. "We are going to do something on Stark -- I'm very certain about that -- and we hope to have something out by the end of the year."

The 1989 law, named for former congressman Fortney H. “Pete" Stark (D-Calif.), "prohibits a physician from making referrals for certain designated health services payable by Medicare to an entity with which he or she (or an immediate family member) has a financial relationship (ownership, investment, or compensation), unless an exception applies," CMS notes on its website.
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TBCE Proposes Repeal of its Acupuncture Rule
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 05:40 PM

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) proposes the repeal of Chapter 78, §78.14, concerning Acupuncture. This rule will be replaced by a new acupuncture rule at the Board meeting on August 16, 2018. The proposed repeal and replacement is to promote a clear understanding of the use of acupuncture as a modality by chiropractors.

The Board’s Executive Director, Patrick Fortner, has determined that the expected public benefit of the proposed repeal will be clarity and guidance for the public and stakeholders regarding the use of acupuncture in the practice of chiropractic.

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F4CP July: National Billboard Advertising to Include Texas
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 04:46 PM

In advance of September’s National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness month, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), along with a number of its Group Member State Associations, will be placing six billboards across the U.S. One of these will be located in Austin, TX, from September 3 – 30 on I-35 South as well as in Orlando, FL – Los Angeles, CA – Des Moines, IA – Detroit, MI – Nashville, TN.

The billboards' message will read: “Back Pain? See Your Chiropractor” along with the logo of the state association. The call-to-action will direct the public to the Foundation’s Find-A-Doctor Directory, where patients can search for a doctor of chiropractic in their local area.

This, and other information, can be found in the July F4CP report.

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Executive Director's Message, July 2018
Written by Jeff Jenkins   
Thursday, July 12, 2018 02:33 PM

Tap into the Value of Your TCA Membership

What do you think is the Texas Chiropractic Association’s main purpose? If I asked you this question, you probably would say advocacy. 

You would be right! Representing YOU and the entire Texas chiropractic community on both the legislative and legal fronts remains our No. 1 priority, but TCA also cares about your health and your business.

In recent years, we’ve had more requests about group health insurance. Doctors, just like you, have been searching for better and more affordable options – for themselves, their families and staff. After doing our research, we believe we’ve come up with a solution.

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