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Deciphering the New CMS-1500 Claim Form
Q: I am confused about how and when to use the new 1500 form, particularly block 14 and block 15. What is required and how do I properly fill out these fields? And do I actually have to use this new form or may I continue using the old version?
Don't Trust What a Patient Says
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint in mind – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc.
Low Melatonin Linked to Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest the hormone melatonin, which plays a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, may play a role in the development of prostate cancer, as lower melatonin levels have been associated with an increased risk of prostate (and breast) cancer.
CRREW Rallies for Ongoing Acupuncture Relief Effort in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made her way through the Philippine Islands, leaving in her wake at least 7,000 people dead, millions homeless and complete communities destroyed.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part I
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Coronary heart disease, in just the United States alone, costs close to 109 billion dollars a year.
Don't Trust What Your Patients Say
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc. They are often not interested or engaged in what they consider "unrelated" personal health history.
The Boston Benevolent Chiropractic Clinic: Standing Up for the Needy
Our chiropractic assistant, Bridget, greeted an arriving patient at the Emmanuel Church in downtown Boston. She said, "Hi, Michael, good to see you. It's been awhile. Have a seat and Dr. Ken will see you soon."
"Doctor ... Always Do the Right Thing"
So says "Da Mayor" in the iconic Spike Lee movie. As a fresh grad questioning in-network versus out-of-network, it struck me that some doctors have explicitly skirted the issue, while others have argued adamantly for the latter and "sticking it to the man."
Changes in Herbal Medicines from Ancient Times to the Present
The classical literature of Chinese medicine remains highly relevant in the modern era, as many of the basic theories and herbal combinations emphasized in clinical practice were first established in texts that are nearly 2000 years old.
Employers Need Chiropractic First and Sooner
From the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine comes a study that gives excellent direction to employers (and insurers) regarding the management of low back problems (LBP).
Home Sweet Medical Home
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received its fair share of praise and criticism since its adoption, few question the value of its emphasis on collaborative, patient-centered health care.
Wellness: A New Buzzword at the Aging in America Conference
Aging in America is "the nation's largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals in healthcare, social service, government, business and philanthropy with expertise in providing services and products for older adults."
Shared Mechanisms Between Computer-Assisted Mechanical Adjusting and Contemporary Acupuncture?
Can contemporary acupuncture provide clues to the mechanisms responsible for pain relief provided by computer-assisted mechanical adjusting instruments, and clarify whether certain mechanical frequency combinations are superior to others for modulation of acute peripheral pain?
Halt Allergies With Moxibustion Therapy
An allergy is an immune system disorder in which the body is hypersensitive to normally harmless substances in the environment.
News in Brief
D'Youville Vet Program Gets High Praise; A Moment of Silence for Dr. Paul Reginald ("Reg") Hug.
News In Brief
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine obtains grant funding from NIH; Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Announces New President; Kentucky Gets Licensed; PCOM Receives Approval from WASC to Offer FPD.
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Imagine What More Could Be Achieved With Your Support; A Lesson in Hygiene: What Do You Do in Your Office? Open Letter to the Profession.
The Importance of Knowing Mainstream Lingo
There is a secret lingo within mainstream medicine of which the vast majority of acupuncturists and Chinese medical professionals are unaware.
New Leadership Era at the WFC
The World Federation of Chiropractic recently announced not only a new president, as is customary every two years, but also an incoming secretary-general, marking the first time since the WFC's inception in 1988 that someone other than David Chapman-Smith, Esq., will serve in that capacity.
Replenishing and Restoring Jing
I learned an important principle from my great Taoist Master Sun Hak. He taught me that all people "leak" Jing, and that we can mitigate or stop this leaking, and as a result strengthen our life force, develop enhanced adaptability and lengthen our life.
Working With The Yuan-Source Level: Resonance and the Extraordinary Vessels
How do we stay fresh with our medicine? As healers, how do we balance our medical selves with creative artistry? Chinese Medicine is not a fixed dogmatic entity, but a living system, reliant on a mysterious force called "resonance."
The Search for the Origin of the Wiggle Technique
When Bob had adjusted me previously, most of the time I knew what he was doing. But this time, he had me lie on the treatment table in the usual side-posture position, and he "wiggled" my sacroiliac with the fingers of both hands, while stabilizing my pelvis with his forearm.
Vibrational Medicine: Frequency Micro-Current and Color Acupuncture
Vibrational medicine involves the application of various forms of energy frequencies to the body for pain relief, healing and rejuvenation. Vibrational medicine will become a major growing trend in our medical systems for the following reasons:
Medial Knee Pain: 11 Potential Causes (and Corrections)
We have all seen patients with medial knee pain that either has no traumatic origin or lasts well beyond when it should be resolved. How can we help these patients? Here is an overview of clinical scenarios and how we can provide conservative care.
December, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 12
From the Publisher: "Olson's Lawsuit" Update*: AMTA Faces Possible Court Sanctions
Massage Today Attorney Serves Notice
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Less than two months after the judge's decision to dismiss most of the Steve Olson's lawsuit* against Massage Today,1 the AMTA was served with notice that Massage Today (MT) intends to seek sanctions against the organization.The notice was sent to AMTA's attorney on October 29, 2001, citing Judge George W. Lindberg's recent dismissal order as its basis.
Massage Today's legal counsel Rick Cigel explains the seriousness of this action:
The notice will be followed by a motion requesting Judge Lindberg award Massage Today its legal expenses, based on the final outcome of the lawsuit. This means that should MT prevail, AMTA members would be paying for the legal expenses of both parties, a figure that will likely exceed $200,000 should the case go all the way to trial.
* Publisher's Note: It is becoming increasingly obvious that this lawsuit is not really between the AMTA and Massage Today. We continue to be contacted by AMTA members and leaders who neither agree with nor support the lawsuit initiated by former president Steve Olson.2 So much so, that they have begun referring to it as "Olson's Lawsuit," based not only on Mr. Olson's refusal to discuss the issue prior to filing the lawsuit but also on his rejection of MT's offer to buy the mailing list, and his recent effort to convince the board to continue, even in the face of having 80% of the claims dismissed by the judge before any evidence was heard.1
It has also become obvious that Mr. Olson is not interested in revealing the details of his lawsuit to AMTA members. Those members who find that MT is their only source of information are not alone.
Massage Today believes that all AMTA members have a right to know what is happening with this lawsuit, and how their dues money is being spent. But AMTA members are not alone. All massage therapists have the right to all of the information that comes forth from an action such as this. MT will continue to present the details of Olson's Lawsuit for the benefit of those interested. In addition, we will publish information arising from the litigation that is important for readers to know.
While it is still early in the discovery process, there are at least three important pieces of information that have been admitted under oath in the AMTA's written responses to questions asked by Massage Today's attorneys:
While it may be Olson's Lawsuit, it still involves the needless wasting of members' dues money. This is in addition to the many important things that could be accomplished for the profession by the AMTA and Massage Today working together.
It's not Olson's association and it's not his money. (One can only wonder how he might act if Steve Olson and his followers knew they would be forced to compensate the AMTA for all expenses if he lost his lawsuit.) If you're an AMTA member, it's your money, and you have a right to decide how Steve Olson and his followers spend it:
Call the home office at 847-864-0123 and leave Steve Olsen a message.
Fax him a letter at: 847-864-1178.
Send him an e-mail at: .
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