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Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
Insurance Billing and Reimbursement: Have Confidence, Dare to Take Chances, Prevail
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
I contemplated for some time on what to write in this issue. As I thought about it, it became even more difficult, because what I really would like to do is sit down with each of you and share my many years of experience.I would love to help each of you obtain success accepting medical referrals while accepting insurance as payment for your services. That being impossible, the next best thing I can do, although I certainly do not know it all, is to let you know I am here for you and I am willing to assist in anyway possible.
It has been a challenging, interesting, and exciting adventure for me the past 16 years, staying on top of insurance issues that could affect massage therapists in general. However, none of it does much good when I see many of you struggling, trying to decide if accepting insurance cases is or is not, the right thing for you to do, (if indeed it is possible within your licensure, certification, area or state). Since it is not possible to know each state's rules and laws, I am counting on you to share with me your roadblocks and/or successes.
I feel there are many ways in which I may be able to help, yet I am at a loss as to the best way to do this. So the only way to accomplish this is to let you know, you may e-mail, write, fax or call me, and I will do all I can to assist you. I don't guarantee that I will be able to answer every question, but I am willing to try!
So you will know where I am coming from and why I am even writing for Massage Today, I need to first say that I am not a professional speaker, teacher, lecturer or writer, I am just like most of you, always doing what I can to earn an income while doing work that is challenging, fun and rewarding.
Our story is not particularly special. When I first began, there were only a couple of massage therapists in Florida who even dared to accept an insurance case. I learned insurance billing through trial and error and asking questions. Taking one case at a time, it wasn't long until my insurance-related business exploded. We began to obtain referrals not only from physicians, but also from attorneys and insurance companies themselves.
In my practice, my staff included as many as 14 massage therapists at a time (one who was with me 11 years), two daughters (one is a massage therapist, one was my executive office manager and insurance billing clerk), and one other lady who was a former patient. This lady begged for a position and soon became my "jack of all trades" person. (She later purchased my practice and still runs it today.)
We were fortunate to have nearly 200 physicians from many specialties regularly referring patients to our office. Our office treated as many as 39 clients/patients a day and billed insurance for up to 500 patient visits a month for many years. We billed out $11,000 to $13,000 a week on a regular basis. The majority of these were auto and workers' compensation injury and disability cases. We accepted very few major medical cases for the first several years.
The keys to our success are the same keys you can use to make your practice successful, namely:
I know most of you massage therapists have the same determination, love and caring for others as we did. If we could do it, anyone can!
Am I suggesting that you shoot for the same level of production? Absolutely not; sometimes bigger is not better. Increased income also increases overhead, including payroll, and stress. It is imperative that you take time for yourself!
What I am suggesting is that you take a chance, see what you can accomplish, and be aware that there are pitfalls. Ask questions of the insurance adjusters, supervisors or others. Take precautions; do it safely, correctly and legally. I wish you success!
Should you accept insurance cases? Why not? If you don't, your competition will!
Click here for more information about Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT.
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