ACA advocates for appropriate coverage of chiropractic services that have significant importance to the membership at large by engaging in discussions with federal and private insurance organizations. ACA opposes restrictive practice guidelines that oversimplify the process of individual patient management and abrogate the professional judgments that are often only possible within the private boundaries of a direct patient-doctor relationship. ACA is unable to respond to specific inquiries or intervene on our members’ behalf. Individual insurance companies’ policies vary, and ACA encourages providers to carefully review their contract with the insurance company and their guidelines prior to submitting a claim so as to understand any restrictions or discrepancies. However, ACA maintains that patient management decisions should be made for sound clinical reasons with a mindful appreciation of the cost implications of care and that doctors should avoid overutilization of services for financial benefit. ACA Practice Resources are developed to provide information to the membership on topics of interest related to coding, reimbursement, coverage and practice management. New articles in this series will be published on a regular basis to inform members of various practice management matters.
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