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The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
What Is HIPAA, and How Does It Affect You? Part I
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
I am asked frequently about the HIPAA rulings regarding electronic transactions and privacy rules. Because of this, I decided to do some research to obtain some answers to common questions I hear, especially regarding rules which might affect us as massage therapists and bodyworkers.
I wrote to "Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services" (CMS) to inquire as to the necessity of alternative medical providers (massage therapists included) having to comply with HIPAA Rules.Their reply is as follows, along with information on HIPAA in general.
With the above response provided to me, I was able to gather a large amount of additional information from a variety of their websites. If you wish to obtain more information than what I have provided within this article, please connect to the websites or call the phone numbers provided herein.
Question: What Is HIPAA?
Answer: HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is responsible for implementing various unrelated provisions of HIPAA, therefore HIPAA may mean different things to different people.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, Public Law 104-191), signed by President Clinton on August 21, 1996, aims to improve productivity of the American health care system. The law encourages development of information systems based on the exchange of standard management and financial data using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). It also requires organizations exchanging transactions for health care to follow national implementation guidelines for EDI established for this purpose. For more information, please go to http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/admnsimp/.
The Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA, Title II) require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health plans, and employers. It also addresses the security and privacy of health data. Adopting these standards will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's health care system by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange in health care.
HIPAA Rules Regarding Providers Who Do Not Submit Claims Electronically
Question: If I am a provider who does not submit any electronic transactions, do I have to comply with the HIPAA Administrative Simplification regulations, or submit an ASCA compliance plan to get an extension?
Answer: No. All of the HIPAA Administrative Simplification regulations apply to all covered entities. Health care providers who transmit health information in electronic form meet the final rule definition for a covered entity. If you do not transmit such information in electronic form, you are not a covered entity and HIPAA does not apply to you. Therefore you do not need to submit a compliance plan to request a compliance extension.
The Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA) prohibits Health & Human Services, (HHS) from paying Medicare claims that are not submitted electronically after October 16, 2003, unless the Secretary grants a waiver from this requirement. It further provides that the Secretary must grant such a waiver if there is no method available for the submission of claims in electronic form, or if the entity submitting the claim is a small provider of services or supplies.
In this case, small provider of services or supplier means:
Entities that qualify for this waiver do not need to submit a compliance plan and will be allowed to continue to file paper claims for Medicare payment. The Secretary may grant such a waiver in other circumstances. HHS will publish proposed regulations to implement this new authority.
Note: Since we as massage therapists at this time, do not bill for Medicare services, we do not have to be concerned with any of this documentation that pertains to Medicare. However, you may work in an office that does work with Medicare, therefore I have included this information.
Question: Are small providers exempt from HIPAA?
Answer: No. Any provider who transmits any of the designated transactions electronically is subject to the HIPAA Administrative Simplification requirements, regardless of size.
Small providers are exempt from the ASCA provision that excludes paper claims from Medicare coverage effective October 16, 2003. Small providers will be able to continue to submit paper claims.
Note: See ASCA definition of small provider or supplier in paragraphs above.
Question: Does the ASCA extension affect the compliance date for the HIPAA Privacy Standards?
Answer: No. The compliance date for the Privacy Standards is still April 14, 2003 or, for small health plans, April 14, 2004.
Question: What is the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA)?
Answer: In December 2001, the Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA) extended the deadline for compliance with the HIPAA Electronic Health Care Transactions and Code Sets standards (codified at 45 C.F.R. Parts 160, 162) one year, to October 16, 2003 for all covered entities, other than small health plans (whose compliance date was already October 16, 2003).
To receive an extension, covered entities must submit their ASCA compliance plans on or before October 15, 2002.
ASCA requires that a sample of the plans be provided to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), an advisory committee to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The NCVHS will review the sample to identify common problems that are complicating compliance activities, and will periodically publish recommendations for solving the problems.
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), information held by the federal government is available to the public on request, unless it falls within one of several exemptions. The model form is designed to avoid collection of any information that would be subject to exemption, such as confidential personal or proprietary information. If such information is submitted, both the FOIA and the ASCA require that it be redacted before the files are released either to the NCVHS or to the public.
Question: Do all covered entities automatically get an ASCA extension?
Answer: No. Covered entities must submit a compliance extension plan to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) before October 16, 2002 to get an extension.
Question: Where can I get a copy of the ASCA compliance form?
Answer: The form was released on March 28, 2002 and is available on our website at: www.cms.hhs.gov/hipaa/hipaa2/ASCAForm.asp. The form was published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2002.
Question: Can I file the ASCA compliance extension form electronically?
Answer: Yes, electronic filing of compliance extension plans is encouraged, although plans submitted on paper also will be accepted. To submit a form electronically, go to www.cms.hhs.gov/hipaa/hipaa2/ASCAForm.asp.
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