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Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
Taking Another Step Toward a Secure Future
In 2008, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) released a literature review on chiropractic care for low back disorders.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Chiropractic Around the World: WFC Country Reports December 2015
The following country updates are reprinted with permission from the December 2015 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Quarterly World Report. Information is excepted for space and edited to DC-specific style guidelines.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
Enhancing Performance in Cross-Fit Athletes
Cross-fitness centers are expanding in number and increasing in popularity. To remain relevant to this growing portion of society, practitioners need to learn about the exercises and injuries common to this group.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
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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