Without the ICS

Without the ICS

We received a phone call earlier this year from a doctor informing us that after he signed the medical certificate on an application for a Chicago taxi cab driver license, the City of Chicago denied the application. The letter from the City to the chiropractic physician indicated that the certification was being denied because it was not signed by a medical doctor. It is news like the above that frustrates our members, patients, and quite frankly, it frustrates us at the Illinois Chiropractic Society.

The ICS immediately began to work on this issue with the both the Illinois Department of Financial Regulation and the City of Chicago, and we were able to find resolution. In fact, the Illinois Chiropractic Society intervened for our doctor with IDFPR after the City filed a complaint with the State, improperly accusing the doctor of practicing beyond chiropractic scope.

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Sometimes stories like these fall through the cracks. Sometimes they go unnoticed. Sometimes chiropractic physicians around the state forget who the Illinois Chiropractic Society is and why we exist. In this article, I am going to take the liberty of letting those who are not members know the changes that our members fund. Please make no mistake about it: without the dedication of our members and the chiropractic leaders in the profession, things would be much different in Illinois. What would chiropractic look like without the ICS over the last few years?

  • Without the ICS, chiropractic physicians would not have the ability to delegate patient care tasks to chiropractic assistants OR to other licensed professionals.
  • Without the ICS, the chiropractic profession would not have full-time representation at the statehouse – we are YOUR special interest group.
  • Without the ICS, chiropractic physicians would be unable to co-own and practice within a Professional Service Corporation with other healthcare providers holding different licenses.
  • Without the ICS, there would not have been a day where a large group of chiropractic physicians came together at the Illinois Statehouse to directly meet with their legislators and advocate for the profession.
  • Without the ICS, chiropractic physicians would have to comply with burdensome workers’ compensation regulations not required of other categories of physicians or health care providers.
  • Without the ICS, BCBSIL provider problems would all remain unresolved.
  • Without the ICS, the Secretary of State would still deny the right of chiropractic physicians to sign disability parking applications.
  • Without the ICS, there would still be ambiguity and unwarranted restrictions regarding our scope of practice.
  • Without the ICS, Chiropractic Physicians would be excluded from the Health Care External Review process for denial of health insurance claims.
  • Without the ICS, hundreds of chiropractic physicians would not have the information they desperately need to practice effectively and legally.
  • Without the ICS, the State Board of Health would not have chiropractic representation.
  • Without the ICS, chiropractic physicians would be unable to certify teacher AND student sick leave.
  • Without the ICS, insurance companies would still have no time limit on the period for which they may issue refund demands.
  • Without the ICS, employer groups would not be privy to our ongoing presentations about the incredible benefits that chiropractic care brings to their employees.
  • Without the ICS… I think you get the picture.

This ICS Journal goes out to all chiropractic physicians around the state, and I would like to publicly say, “Thank You!” to our dedicated members. Your dedication makes you a change agent, a protectionist, and a visionary.

To those who are not members of the Illinois Chiropractic Society: Where would your own office be without the Illinois Chiropractic Society? How much more could the ICS do with your support and membership? Are you willing to begin to make a difference? If so, the process is simple – visit www.ilchiro.org/join.

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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