February 24, 2016 — In recent days there has been a great deal of comment regarding various proposals to reform the role of the doctor of chiropractic in the federal Medicare program. Much misinformation has already begun to circulate and I wanted to personally share with you, as a stakeholder in this important process, the exact position the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has adopted and why. I particularly want to highlight that the ICA has not agreed to proposals made by other associations to remove the current subluxation language from the federal statute, a move which we believe would be a disaster. ICA also wishes to note that representations that The Chiropractic Summit has officially endorsed any one approach are incorrect.
ICA has carefully researched the issues related to possible ways and means to improve the status of the DC and the chiropractic patient in Medicare and has consulted a wide range of authorities including current and former Members of Congress, legal counsel and other legislative and administration experts. A representative sample of the responses we have received has been collected into a booklet to which has been added a clear statement of where the ICA stands on Medicare reform. (Click here to read this important document.)
Please take the time to read and understand these important issues. I believe ICA’s position it is crystal clear and most compelling. I also encourage you to share this important information with your chiropractic colleagues and your state association.
If you have any questions on any aspect of this matter, I invite you to contact the ICA by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. A prompt and straightforward response will be forthcoming.
Thank you for your attention and consideration on this vital matter, one that has historic implications for the future of chiropractic.
Michael S. McLean, DC, FICA
ICA Legislative Committee Chair