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Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
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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