We know that many chiropractors are encountering significant challenges with Anthem’s processing of provider claims and have been monitoring the situation. The NHCA wants to collect more information about your experiences with this issue so that we can effectively advocate on your behalf.
We would appreciate your participation in our brief survey about Anthem’s claims management process. Please email email@example.com for the link to the survey.
Note: Aggregate information collected will simply be used for advocacy purposes to demonstrate the scope of this issue chiropractors are facing. Individual identifying information will not be shared outside of the NHCA.
Share your story: Unfair Reimbursement Based on Provider Type
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) collaborated recently with the Patient Access to Responsible Care Alliance (PARCA), a coalition of non-MD healthcare providers, in submitting a letter to federal regulators urging them to enforce a rule that requires group health plans and health insurers to fairly compensate non-MDs for the same services delivered by other healthcare providers.
Do you have personal stories about how you have been compensated unfairly by a group health plan or health insurer? You can support the ACA’s advocacy on this issue by sending your stories to them today.
Survey: Improper Insurance Denials
Did you know that rates of in-network insurance denials by HealthCare.gov issuers in New Hampshire were 32% in 2019, which is nearly twice the in-network denials rate of the United States as a whole?
A local advocacy group, Rights and Democracy, has informed us that they are collecting stories about improper insurance denials. They will be working with some individuals to share stories about insurance denials to demonstrate the real-life impact of this issue. If this is a project you are interested in participating in, we would be glad to see stories about chiropractic insurance denials uplifted. You can take the Care Over Cost Healthcare Survey or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act
The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (S. 4042/H.R. 2654) would allow Medicare beneficiaries access to the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging, and utilization of other non-drug approaches that have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.
The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (S. 4042/H.R. 2654):
* Provides patient access to all Medicare-covered benefits allowable under a chiropractor’s state licensure.
* Requires that DCs complete a documentation webinar.
* Appropriately defines a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) as a “physician” in the Medicare program.
* Is bipartisan legislation, introduced by 16 cosponsors from both political parties.
Congresswoman Kuster and Congressman Pappas have not yet signed on as cosponsors of this legislation, and we encourage you to reach out to their offices with stories that demonstrate why the bill is so important. Use this email template to ask your Representative to support H.R. 2654 today, and download our handout to share with patients so they can do the same!