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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
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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