UPDATE: Communication Between Blue Shield and Participating DCs
October 25, 2018
From the Managed Care & Insurance Committee
CalChiro recently became aware of a communication between Blue
Shield of California and the plan’s participating doctors of
letter here) indicating Blue Shield will no longer reimburse
doctors of chiropractic for physical therapy services for members
whose health benefits are offered through Covered California
beginning on January 1, 2019. Representatives from CalChiro
immediately initiated contact with Blue Shield to discuss this
issue and have learned the following: 1) Many Blue Shield plans
do reimburse for services provided by doctors of chiropractic and
this policy only applies to Covered CA plans. 2) Blue Shield
believes their hands are tied on this issue and that because
“chiropractic services” are not specifically named in the
Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark plan selected by the
state, Blue Shield could be subject to DMHC fines if they fail to
maintain strict adherence to the Affordable Care Act
requirements. 3) A representative from Blue Shield indicated that
the plan would support efforts by CalChiro to resolve this issue
with Covered CA/DMHC as they understand and appreciate the value
proposition doctors of chiropractic provide.
CalChiro will continue to engage with Blue Shield on this topic and has begun outreach with Covered California representatives to present evidence and interpretation of how services rendered by doctors of chiropractic should be included in the Essential Benefits requirements moving forward. This will be a long journey, but with support of CalChiro members, through continued submission to the CalChiro office documentation that shows Blue Shield (as well as other health plans that serve Covered California enrollees), our task will be accelerated. Clearly doctors of chiropractic delivering EHB services consistent with our scope of practice should be reimbursed for those services as prescribed by the provider nondiscrimination provisions contained within the Affordable Care Act. We will continue fighting to make certain our profession appropriately included in these important discussions.
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