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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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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