A Flurry of Activity

A Flurry of Activity

“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.” – Robert Kennedy

Some people claim to like change. I believe they are more likely to embrace change. I don’t have to remind you that the volume of issues and events that we are seeing in the health care world and, more specifically, the chiropractic profession is daunting. The changes in governmental requirements, insurance demands, electronic records, patients’ expectations, and increased scrutiny can seem overwhelming to many in the profession.

The Illinois Chiropractic Society knows the changes appear overwhelming and is working on your behalf to the greatest extent that our resources allow. We are scheduling a large number of regional educational events, have bolstered the informational track at our conference in October, are soon announcing more information-packed webinars, and are launching a new information-packed website to assist chiropractic physicians through these transitions.


Here is a short list of the changes that are coming in the next 15 months:

September 7, 2013

NGS Takes Over Medicare in Illinois

October 1, 2013

  • Last Day to Begin 90-day Reporting Period for Current First Year EHR Eligibility
  • Providing Additional Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges Begin Offering Plans

January 1, 2014

  • Non-Discrimination Provision Begins (2706)
  • Eliminating Annual Limits on Insurance Coverage
  • Ensuring Coverage for Individuals Participating in Clinical Trials & Ensuring Free Choice
  • Health Insurance Exchange Plans Begin
  • Increasing Access to Medicaid
  • Increasing the Small Business Tax Credit
  • Prohibiting Discrimination Due to Pre-Existing Conditions or Gender
  • Stage 2 EHR begins for those in Year 2 of Attestation
  • 2014 Standards for Certified Software begin for All EHR Participating Providers
  • Employer Mandates have been delayed until 2015
  • PQRS participation required to avoid 2016 penalties

January 6, 2014

  • CMS begins accepting new 1500 Claim Form

April 1, 2014

  • New 1500 Claim Form Must be Used

October 1, 2014

  • ICD-10 Deadline.
  • Last Day to Begin 90-day Reporting Period for Current First Year EHR Eligibility

Continue to watch the ICS Journal, the members’ only Illinois Advantage, www.ilchiro.org, our regular e-news publications, and other communications about how these will impact your office and how to thrive through these changes.

About Author

Marc Abla, CAE

Marc Abla began working at the Illinois Chiropractic Society in 2002 and became the Executive Director in 2008. He brings his extensive financial, administrative and association experience to the ICS. He is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the Certified Leadership Series through the Illinois Society of Association Executives. Additionally, he is a member of the Illinois Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, Association Forum, Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and the American Chiropractic Association.


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