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Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
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.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
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.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
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.)
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
Insurance Billing & Reimbursement Issues
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
Here are a few pointers regarding insurance billing and reimbursement. Follow some of the guidelines below, take it slow and easy, and advance your way to success!
If you need phone numbers for the Divisions of Insurance or Workers' Comp in your state, call me at: 865-436-3573 or email at: and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Regarding Discounted Fees for Services
Since so many of you ask my opinion on the subject of discounted fees for alternative care services to insurance companies, I will offer just that: my opinion, for what it's worth.
There is a lot of talk, both positive and negative, about CAM and insurance companies wanting to contract with massage therapists to give discounts for their services. There is much I could say on this topic, but briefly, let me tell you what I think. Insurance companies wish to have therapists give discounts for their subscribers, which in turn helps them sell policies or compete with other carriers to sell policies to employer groups, etc. This discount is given by providers most often in turn for the promise of the subscribers finding massage therapists or other alternative care providers in their directory of providers.
Just because you are in the directory is not a sign that you are a "provider" in the network in the usual sense. It is an agreement to be placed in the provider network booklet, directory or policy to inform the subscriber that you are willing to provide services at a discounted rate for a nonmedical, non-insurance related case.
I personally feel that therapists should be allowed to make their own decision as to if they desire to provide discounts in exchange for the listing -- just as it should be the decision of each massage therapist whether to accept medically referred cases and insurance reimbursement for such services.
I do not feel that anyone should be making the decisions or rules as to who should accept these types of cases. If the physician prescribes the treatment or therapy as medically necessary; if the therapy prescribed is within the therapist's scope of practice/licensure and/or certification; if the insurance companies are willing to reimburse you for your services; if the patient wishes to receive the therapy; and if the physician and the therapist decide that it is in the best interest of the patient, themselves, and their office, then it should then be the therapist's decision and only theirs.
For anyone else to make rules and regulations to limit ones income potential is unmerited. The same goes if rules were put into effect requiring a therapist to have to accept insurance cases. I feel it should be each individual's personal decision.
Here are some questions I would like you to ask insurance carriers and/or credentialing companies who submit applications to you, offering discounted fees to their subscribers for your services:
There are many more questions to consider, but these should serve as food for thought for now.
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