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Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
Medically Necessary and/or Insurance-Related Cases for Therapists
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
I would like to express my excitement and appreciation for this wonderful opportunity to be able to communicate and share with you my most passionate subject: physician-referred, medically necessary insurance cases.My goal will be to inform, guide, and assist you in this sometimes complicated yet ever-rewarding adventure.
The following are some of the many issues we will cover in future articles in Massage Today:
In this our first issue, I will discuss what determines a medically necessary case, and help you understand the importance of physician-referred cases (whether or not you have intentions to or are able to accept insurance cases for payment in your region). I will also discuss how and when to make reference to a "patient" vs. a "client."
Medically Necessary Cases
To be classified as a medically necessary case to be eligible for insurance coverage, a physician must determine that the patient has a specific diagnosis. A professional examination and history of the patient is needed to determine a diagnosis. This must be obtained by one trained and licensed to practice medicine for which the diagnosis is given.
Definition of "Medically Necessary"
Medicare and most insurance companies define "medically necessary" as: "Services or supplies that:
Legalities of Medically Necessary Cases
Medically necessary cases need to be viewed as legal cases. Documentation must be maintained, accurate and in order for possible legal purposes in the future.
Physician-Referred Cases May Not Necessarily Be Insurance-Related Cases
A case that is medically necessary or referred for therapy by a physician is not necessarily an insurance-related case. One may have been diagnosed with a disease or injury and referred to you by a physician, but not have any type of insurance coverage. When treating a physician-referred case, you must keep accurate documentation, regardless of whether the case is covered by insurance.
You cannot bill an insurance company for any treatment that has not been determined by a physician's diagnosis to be medically necessary. This does not mean you cannot treat medically necessary cases referred by physicians.
Whether or not you are allowed to bill for insurance cases will be determined by many factors. Licensure or certification, insurance company requirements, and your state and local laws or rules may come into play.
There were no laws or rules in Florida that pertained to insurance billing for a massage therapist when I began in 1984. Therapists set the pace, and insurance companies paid for therapies performed and billed by a licensed massage therapist. You also may have to set the pace in your area.
Patient vs. Client
Physicians like to claim the title "patient." Attorneys like to claim the title "client." When a physician refers a case to you, this person is referred to as a "patient."
What has worked well for us the past 15 years is to always refer to the patient as the "physician's patient," and not claim them as "my patient." As one who works under the authority of a physician, by way of a prescription, we are acting as an extension of the physician, so to speak.
If you realize this, it will:
No information given within these articles is meant to override your licensing or state and local laws or requirements, or to take the place of legal counsel. It will always be your ultimate responsibility to know the laws and rules of your state and locale, and those of your licensure or certification boards.
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