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Transforming Reimbursement for Chiropractic Care through the CPI Survey

Transforming Reimbursement for Chiropractic Care through the CPI Survey

One of the most frustrating challenges our doctors face is years-long stagnant reimbursement rates in the face of steadily rising practice costs.  In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, there now lies a pivotal opportunity for us – the chiropractic physicians of Illinois – to directly influence the future of our profession. A Clinician Practice Information (CPI) Survey has been emailed to a small, random number of chiropractic physicians who have a chance to provide critical information regarding the cost of practice.  Because of the small sample, it is critically important that those who receive the survey respond to it.  The survey, led by the American Medical Association (AMA), is more than just a questionnaire; it’s a gateway to ensuring our voices are heard in the realms of policy and reimbursement.

The Power of Data: Shaping the Landscape of Chiropractic Care


This survey, conducted in partnership with Mathematica (a data analytics consultancy with a public wellness mission) and backed by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), aims to collect up-to-date data reflecting the true costs and challenges we face in our practices. For the first time since 2006, we have the chance to update the narrative and provide accurate insights into the financial and operational aspects of chiropractic care.

A Call to Action: Your Participation Matters

If your practice is selected for this survey, your input will be instrumental. The data you provide will directly influence decisions regarding physician payment levels, impacting not just individual practices but the entire chiropractic community in Illinois and beyond. We need at least 100 practices to respond to ensure the data’s validity and quality – each response is a vital piece of the larger puzzle.

The CPI Survey will collect critical information about practice expenses and the hours spent in direct patient care. This data is essential in accurately representing the cost of running a chiropractic practice in today’s healthcare environment.

Your Role in Shaping Policy and Reimbursement

By participating in this survey, you are not just filling out a form; you are actively contributing to a cause that will shape the future of chiropractic care reimbursement. You are ensuring that our voices are heard as new practice expense calculations are considered.

Ensuring Your Privacy and Accuracy

Rest assured, the data collected will be kept private, reported in aggregate, and used solely for informing national estimates of practice expense per patient care hour. Your confidentiality is of utmost importance.

Support and Guidance

Should you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to the ACA’s Education and Health Policy Team at They are ready to guide you through this process.

You can also find more information in ACA’s FAQ for the CPI here.

A United Effort for a Common Goal

Let’s embrace this opportunity to shape the future of chiropractic care together. Your participation in the CPI Survey is not just a professional contribution; it’s a stepping stone towards a more equitable and just system for all chiropractic physicians.

Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can shape our future.

[Editor’s Note: It is critically important that chiropractic physicians who receive the survey complete it. The number of doctors who will receive the emailed survey is only 300 nationwide, and the analysts will need a statistically significant number of responses for reliability. Please complete the survey as soon as possible and reach out to the ICS with any questions you have about the survey at 217-525-1200.]

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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