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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is working to coordinate information from multiple sources and partners for use by doctors of chiropractic and their offices throughout the country during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We encourage everyone to seek information directly from reliable sources, many of which are linked below.

News

ACA signs on with AMA and 70+ other healthcare organizations in favor of waiving budget neutrality requirements 

Status of Chiropractic Offices by State 

DHS Lists Doctors of Chiropractic as Essential

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has listed chiropractors among essential critical infrastructure workers. See page 5. (PDF) 

Statements from the ACA Board of Governors

Call for expanded access to remote learning (and CEs) for chiropractors 

Let’s Work Together to Protect and Serve Our Patients, Staff, Families and Communities 
ACA is committed to addressing misinformation that may cause confusion. For example, some claims are being made that spinal adjustments can boost immunity and decrease the risk of contracting COVID-19. While spinal adjustments are effective for a number of conditions, there is no quality evidence to support that they can improve immunity to COVID-19.

Safe, Responsible Response to COVID-19
Doctors of chiropractic provide essential care and provide needed service during a healthcare crisis.

ACA to CMS: Allow Chiropractors to Furnish Telehealth Services in Medicare

ACA Contacted the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reiterating the need for chiropractors to furnish telehealth services in medicare. (PDF) 

ACA to Administration: Chiropractors Provide Essential Care to Combat COVID-19

ACA contacted the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Vice President Michael Pence to assert that doctors of chiropractic provide essential care necessary to support healthcare and the nation's infrastructure.

ACA to Department of Health and Human Services: Allow Chiropractors to Practice to the Full Extent of their Licensure for Telemed Services

ACA contacted the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request that doctors of chiropractic be authorized to practice to the full scope of their state license via Telemedicine in Medicare in support of efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACA to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): List Chiropractors as Essential Healthcare Providers

ACA contacted the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) (Department of Homeland Security) to request the addition of chiropractors to the federal list of essential healthcare providers (PDF)

Statements from ACA and Patient Access to Responsible Care Alliance (PARCA)

Call for Protecting the Families of Essential Healthcare Providers (PDF) 

Call for Hazard Pay for Healthcare Providers, Aid for Unemployed and Underemployed Healthcare Providers, and Increased Access to Telehealth Services (PDF) 

Call for Access to Personal Protection Equipment (PDF)

Call for five-year waiver on budget neutrality for CMS Evaluation and Management (E/M) code proposal (PDF)

Guidance from the CDC

ACA suggests doctors of chiropractic (DC) remain up to date with public health guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with regard to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The following links are particularly useful, and will be updated as the situation develops, and more information is available:

General Information and Fact Sheets

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ACA Operations

ACA has suspended in-person meetings and business travel of staff or members until further notice.

Decisions to reschedule or cancel events organized by ACA Councils or other groups are left to each respective group. Click here for details about upcoming council events.

Updates will be posted here if there are further changes to ACA’s operations.