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[2/16/07] Medicare Chiropractic Demonstration Ends March 31, 2007

As you may be aware, for the last two years a number of DCs in central Virginia have been participating in the Medicare Chiropractic Demonstration (mandated by Section 651 of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.) This Demonstration provided for expanded coverage of chiropractic services including the following additional services:

Extraspinal manipulation (manipulation of a body part other than the spine)
Physical Medicine (e.g., ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage)
Muscle testing
Nerve conduction studies
TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)

The Demonstration will end on March 31, 2007. After that date, these services will no longer be covered by Medicare and will, again, be the financial responsibility of the patient and/or other covering insurance payor. Coverage remains the same for the spinal manipulation services previously covered under Medicare before the demonstration began.

Thank you to all of the Virginia Chiropractors who participated in and supported the Demonstration. The VCA will share CMS' final analysis of this project as soon as it is available.


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