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Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
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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