Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

Action Alert: Contact Your Members of Congress Now

‘The Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act’ has been introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6365) and Senate (S. 3559). Contact your representatives today about grant and low-interest loan opportunities to rural providers. 

Statements from the ACA Board of Governors

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.

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) 

Federal Relief Package

Department of Labor Guidance on Health Clinics’ Responsibility to Provide Sick/Parental Leave

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Applications Open Friday 4/3 

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses 

How to apply for an SBA loan 

Employee Retention Credit FAQs 

ACA Briefing for State Chiropractic Associations and ACA Delegates on how federal relief package could impact patients and practices (AUDIO) 

Provisions of interest to chiropractors address student loans, small business loans, employee retention, and individual rebates 

New Small Business Relief Provisions Aimed at Healthcare Providers 

Update from ACA Vice President Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD (video) 

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 Cypersecurity 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 Access to Personal Protection Equipment (PDF)

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


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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC)

Healthcare Professionals

CDC

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Telemedicine

Learn ACA

Webinar: Chiro Telehealth in Action (available to both members and nonmembers) 

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Workplace Safety

CDC

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Employers and Businesses

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business

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CDC

Small Business Administration (SBA)

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National, State, and Local Governments

USA.gov

CDC


For Patients

American Public Health Association (APHA)

HandsDownBetter.org

News

Mental Health 

Kids’ Mental Health 

Volunteer

New York State Department of Health

NYC.gov

American Red Cross

  • Due to the coronavirus, there is a critical need for blood. Learn more (including where to donate). 

Information from ACA Members

MyACA, the members-only forum for the profession, is a great source for keeping in touch with leading minds in chiropractic. ACA members are sharing their challenges and solutions unfiltered and in real time:

ACA Operations

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

The ACA Faculty Symposium will be conducted in a virtual setting. Check the event page for details as they are available.

To date, no decision has been made about other ACA events, including the Student Leadership Conference (September 2020).

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.

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(Page updated on April 3, 2020.)