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Deciphering the New CMS-1500 Claim Form
Q: I am confused about how and when to use the new 1500 form, particularly block 14 and block 15. What is required and how do I properly fill out these fields? And do I actually have to use this new form or may I continue using the old version?
"Doctor ... Always Do the Right Thing"
So says "Da Mayor" in the iconic Spike Lee movie. As a fresh grad questioning in-network versus out-of-network, it struck me that some doctors have explicitly skirted the issue, while others have argued adamantly for the latter and "sticking it to the man."
Home Sweet Medical Home
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received its fair share of praise and criticism since its adoption, few question the value of its emphasis on collaborative, patient-centered health care.
Shared Mechanisms Between Computer-Assisted Mechanical Adjusting and Contemporary Acupuncture?
Can contemporary acupuncture provide clues to the mechanisms responsible for pain relief provided by computer-assisted mechanical adjusting instruments, and clarify whether certain mechanical frequency combinations are superior to others for modulation of acute peripheral pain?
The Importance of Knowing Mainstream Lingo
There is a secret lingo within mainstream medicine of which the vast majority of acupuncturists and Chinese medical professionals are unaware.
The Boston Benevolent Chiropractic Clinic: Standing Up for the Needy
Our chiropractic assistant, Bridget, greeted an arriving patient at the Emmanuel Church in downtown Boston. She said, "Hi, Michael, good to see you. It's been awhile. Have a seat and Dr. Ken will see you soon."
Changes in Herbal Medicines from Ancient Times to the Present
The classical literature of Chinese medicine remains highly relevant in the modern era, as many of the basic theories and herbal combinations emphasized in clinical practice were first established in texts that are nearly 2000 years old.
Don't Trust What a Patient Says
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint in mind – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc.
Medial Knee Pain: 11 Potential Causes (and Corrections)
We have all seen patients with medial knee pain that either has no traumatic origin or lasts well beyond when it should be resolved. How can we help these patients? Here is an overview of clinical scenarios and how we can provide conservative care.
CRREW Rallies for Ongoing Acupuncture Relief Effort in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made her way through the Philippine Islands, leaving in her wake at least 7,000 people dead, millions homeless and complete communities destroyed.
News in Brief
D'Youville Vet Program Gets High Praise; A Moment of Silence for Dr. Paul Reginald ("Reg") Hug.
Halt Allergies With Moxibustion Therapy
An allergy is an immune system disorder in which the body is hypersensitive to normally harmless substances in the environment.
Employers Need Chiropractic First and Sooner
From the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine comes a study that gives excellent direction to employers (and insurers) regarding the management of low back problems (LBP).
The Search for the Origin of the Wiggle Technique
When Bob had adjusted me previously, most of the time I knew what he was doing. But this time, he had me lie on the treatment table in the usual side-posture position, and he "wiggled" my sacroiliac with the fingers of both hands, while stabilizing my pelvis with his forearm.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part I
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Coronary heart disease, in just the United States alone, costs close to 109 billion dollars a year.
New Leadership Era at the WFC
The World Federation of Chiropractic recently announced not only a new president, as is customary every two years, but also an incoming secretary-general, marking the first time since the WFC's inception in 1988 that someone other than David Chapman-Smith, Esq., will serve in that capacity.
Vibrational Medicine: Frequency Micro-Current and Color Acupuncture
Vibrational medicine involves the application of various forms of energy frequencies to the body for pain relief, healing and rejuvenation. Vibrational medicine will become a major growing trend in our medical systems for the following reasons:
Working With The Yuan-Source Level: Resonance and the Extraordinary Vessels
How do we stay fresh with our medicine? As healers, how do we balance our medical selves with creative artistry? Chinese Medicine is not a fixed dogmatic entity, but a living system, reliant on a mysterious force called "resonance."
Replenishing and Restoring Jing
I learned an important principle from my great Taoist Master Sun Hak. He taught me that all people "leak" Jing, and that we can mitigate or stop this leaking, and as a result strengthen our life force, develop enhanced adaptability and lengthen our life.
Wellness: A New Buzzword at the Aging in America Conference
Aging in America is "the nation's largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals in healthcare, social service, government, business and philanthropy with expertise in providing services and products for older adults."
Don't Trust What Your Patients Say
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc. They are often not interested or engaged in what they consider "unrelated" personal health history.
Low Melatonin Linked to Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest the hormone melatonin, which plays a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, may play a role in the development of prostate cancer, as lower melatonin levels have been associated with an increased risk of prostate (and breast) cancer.
News In Brief
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine obtains grant funding from NIH; Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Announces New President; Kentucky Gets Licensed; PCOM Receives Approval from WASC to Offer FPD.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How often do you, a massage therapist, get a massage?
At least quarterly
Total Respondents: 280
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At least monthly It worries me that massage practitioners do not swap more often. If bodyworkers have a hard time becoming harmonious community, how can we expect the rest of the world to fall under our hands?! Paula
i would love to get more often, but I find one I like, and she moves out of state! Trading is wonderful, but paying up front I don't get re-scheduled when a "paying" customer calls.
It took me, after doing my first massage course,
nearly two years to find a therapist for myself...but
now I'm treating myself to at least one massage a
month. I feel it is totally necessary for a therapist
to be reminded how it feel to be on the receiving
At least monthly My preference is every 2 weeks, however monthly is the bare minimum!
At least every two weeks Any Therapist who is working needs to follow her own advice to clients and have regular Massage, the benefits are endless. I recommend that all therapists I work with get some type of bodywork at least once a week. It also creates a better working atmosphere. Theresa Victa @ Palm Beach Therapeutic Group
I have made it a priority to receive massage at least weekly. I pay for it since I am asking my clients to do the same and I would feel hypocritical to ask them to make that commitment if I won't. The other issue is that this work is very demanding physically, mentally, and emotionally and I would be remiss to not take as good care of myself as possible. I have simply rearranged my financial priorities and as a consequence I have a very small wardrobe, however, I feel fantastic!
At least weekly How can you expect your clients to come in and get a massage often if you yourself do not practice what you preach? Beside how else do you prevent burnout?
At least quarterly I wish it was more frequently! Self care is important, although dealing with a repetitive use injury in my hands and arms, I think rest may come into play as well.
At least monthly I receive a massage every 3 weeks. I think it is imperative to our profession that we as massage therapists receive massage on a regular basis for our own health! Plus, since we encourage our clients to receive massage as often for them as possible it seems hypocritical to me for us to say one thing and then not follow our own advice. I'd also like to say I pay for my massages and do not trade. I expect my clients to pay my price of 70.00 per hour so I am willing to pay my therapist his rate. Affording massage is more a priority for me than eating out or going to movies. I value massage therapy and my body.
At least every two weeks I schedule massage, or some sort of bodywork every 10-14 days. Whenever possible, I barter or trade with another therapist. When it's not possible, I PAY! I KNOW MASSAGE WORKS!!!!!!!! How can I convince others of the importance of bodywork, if I, myself, cannot find the time to experience it?
At least every other month I wish I could get more than that. When I have time, no one else does. I can't afford to buy a massage, so I rely on my friends in the business to trade with me. It's very frustrating.
At least monthly At Alexandria Myotherapy (Alexandria, Virginia) there are seven of us sharing a practice and we have a system of exchanging 'hearts' for massage. We all began with 6 'hearts'. I 'heart' equals 1/2 hr. of massage from the therapist of your choice. Since between us we offer Swedish, NMT, Ortho-Bionomy, Connective Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Thai massage and Reiki, we can match our needs or mood with the type and length of work we wish to receive. This not only keeps us healthy, but over time we all learn new techniques from one another. Other groups may want to try this form of exchange. It's wonderful!
More often than once per week To do this work, one must receive this work. I trade with a colleague weekly and buy one at different spas every two weeks to see/feel what others are doing.
For the most part, the work I receive in spas is mediocrity at its best. I do not express this to the giver because I feel confident that most are doing the best they can under the conditions they are forced to work under. I have complained to spa management if the work is not delivered as promised. Full body is full body not the body less the belly, glutes or other parts left off for lack of time or for fear of doing full body work.
At least weekly If i don't get a weekly massage, I can not be at my best to offer my clients the best possible service that I am capable of.
We need to be impeccable with our words... to our clients, familly and friends. If our clients need to see us at least once every other week, then we should follow our own advice and seek the same services.
At least monthly How can you believe and promote the benefits of massage if we don't use this wonderful service for our own body. We really owe this to ourselves. We encourage our clients to find time for massage Just practice what we preach. Lets begin to annihilate pain and stress one session at a time.
At least weekly I manage a seated massage store located in a mall. I exchange with my co-workers as often as possible. It's one of the benefits of my job and great for employee morale as well!
At least monthly Weekly would be ideal, but finding someone to trade with has been a huge problem.
At least monthly I would like to get one at least weekly but it ends up
being at least monthly
More often than once per week I am a massage therapist and need the same comfort that my clients receive, but I am still trying to find a Massage Therapist like myself.....
At least weekly i don't think that as massage therapist we can tell our client's to get massages and how good it is for them unless we make a point to do it ourselves. personally, my body can't take the beating it does in our line of work if i don't get a massage. trade out or pay out, but do it.
At least every other month At our day spa, we regularly trade out services with each other. This is great way to compare each other's techniques, as well as relax!!
At least quarterly
I know I should get a massage more often:)