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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.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
What Is HIPAA, and How Does It Affect You? Part II
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
Editor's note: Part I of this article appeared in the December 2002 issue: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/12/10.html.
Covered Entity Decision Tools
The Administrative Simplification standards adopted by HHS under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) apply to:
An entity that is one or more of these types is referred to as a "covered entity" in the Administrative Simplification regulations.
Question: Is a person, business or agency a covered health care provider?
Answer: It depends on if the person, business, or agency furnishes, bills or receives payment for health care in the normal course of business.If no, the person, business, or agency is not a covered health care provider; if yes, the person, business, or agency is a covered health care provider.
Definitions: Health Care
Care, services, or supplies related to the health of an individual. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Definitions: Covered Transactions
Transactions for which the Secretary has adopted standards; the standards are at 45 C.F.R. Part 162. If a health care provider uses another entity (such as a clearinghouse) to conduct covered transactions in electronic form on its behalf, the health care provider is considered to be conducting the transaction in electronic form.
A transaction is a covered transaction if it meets the regulatory definition for the type of transaction. The regulatory definition for each type of covered transaction is as follows:
45 C.F.R.162.1101: Health care claims or equivalent encounter information transaction is either of the following:
45 C.F.R.162.1201: The eligibility for a health plan transaction is the transmission of either of the following:
45 C.F.R.162.1301: The referral certification and authorization transaction is any of the following transmissions:
45 C.F.R.162.1401: A health care claim status transaction is the transmission of either of the following:
45 C.F.R.162.1501: The enrollment and disenrollment in a health plan transaction is the transmission of subscriber enrollment information to a health plan to establish or terminate insurance coverage.
45 C.F.R.162.1601: The health care payment and remittance advice transaction is the transmission of either of the following for health care:
45 C.F.R.162.1701: The health plan premium payment transaction is the transmission of any of the following from the entity that is arranging for the provision of health care or is providing health care coverage payments for an individual to a health plan:
45 C.F.R.162.1801: The coordination of benefits transaction is the transmission from any entity to a health plan for the purpose of determining the relative payment responsibilities of the health plan, of either of the following for health care:
Definitions: In Electronic Form
Using electronic media, as that term is defined at 45 C.F.R. 162.103. It includes transmissions over the Internet (wide-open), Extranet (using Internet technology to link a business with information only accessible to collaborating parties), leased lines, dial-up lines, and private networks, and those transmissions that are physically moved from one location to another using magnetic tape, disk, or CD media.
Question: Is the program one of the listed government health plans?
Answer: If yes, the program is a health plan; if no, does the program provide, or pay the cost of, medical care? (See the definition of "medical care" below.) If no: The program is not a health plan.
Definitions: Government-funded Health Plans
The listed government-funded health plans are: the Medicare program under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (Parts A, B and C) (42 U.S.C. 1395, et seq.); the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396, et seq.); the health care program for active military personnel (10 U.S.C. 1074, et seq.); the veterans health care program (38 U.S.C. Ch.17); the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS) (10 U.S.C. 1061, et seq.); the Indian Health Service program under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1601); the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (5 U.S.C. Ch. 89); and approved state child health programs under Title XXI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397, et seq.) (SCHIP)
Definitions: Medical Care
Amounts paid for:
For more information on HIPAA, contact:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS Telephone Numbers
Note: This is certainly not the full extent of HIPAA and the privacy rules, but it will give you some idea of what is happening in this realm. If anything I've presented in this article is unclear, do not hesitate to contact the above addresses or numbers for more clarity. I am learning about this just like you, and have been researching for the past year, trying to decipher all of the information and the constant changes that are taking place regarding these new regulations.
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