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The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Testing of Alternative Medicine ABC Codes Authorized
By Editorial Staff
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has approved a demonstration project to test a new series of codes for billing complementary and alternative medicine and nursing services.The project allows for the testing of advanced billing concept ("ABC") codes in transactions related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. If approved, the new codes will fill a variety of gaps in the current health care coding system, and may ultimately lead to improvements in the management and delivery of health care in the U.S.1
The ABC codes were first developed in 1996 as a joint venture between the Foundation for Integrative Health Care (FIHC), an organization that "identifies and advocates the health-promoting and cost-effective practices of alternative medicine, nursing and other integrative healthcare professionals"; and Alternative Link, a health care information and consulting organization. The codes provide representations of alternative medicine, nursing and other integrative health care practices, consisting of a five-alphabetic-character field that describes particular health care services and supplies, followed by an optional two-character alphanumeric modifier that describes the type of licensed health care practitioner(s) who delivers that particular service or supply.
The ABC codes, approximately 4,200 of which have been developed to date, have gained the support of a diverse group of health care organizations, including the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). The codes are designed to fill the gaps in the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and other areas of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), by describing certain integrative health care practices and practitioners more accurately. Currently, many services offered by CAM practitioners are not listed in the CPT codes, or do not conform with descriptions of those services. This is particularly true for massage therapists. However, this situation may be resolved independently of the ABC codes, with the approval of new CPT codes by the AMA's CPT Editorial Panel.2
In the demonstration project, the ABC codes will be used as a supplement to the existing health care coding system, and will be evaluated in relation to 10 objectives Congress originally mandated for the HIPAA code sets.
In a statement on its Web site, Alternative Link notes that the ABC codes "offer design, development and oversight improvements that deliver superior functionality and support areas of healthcare subject to widely varying state laws - improvements not available in the HIPAA code sets but essential to assuring the legality and appropriate representation of integrative healthcare practices."3
Testing will be conducted in three-month increments for up to two years. Testing will continue until the occurrence of one of the following events, whichever comes first: proof of a widespread and favorable (or unfavorable) cost-benefit ratio for ABC codes; the Department of Health and Human Services naming (or rejecting) ABC codes as a HIPAA standard; or a project deadline of Oct. 14, 2005.
Synthia Molina, chief executive officer of Alternative Link, cautioned that the demonstration project will test the viability of ABC codes in HIPAA transactions only, and that there is no definitive timetable for when - or even if - the codes will gain the support of the insurance industry. Nevertheless, she asserted that testing the codes would lead to "major improvements in the national health information infrastructure."1
To determine the effectiveness of the ABC codes, all HIPAA-covered entities, trading partners and their business associates are invited to participate in the demonstration project. To take part in the project, Alternative Link has created an online application at www.alternativelink.com/ali/DemoPro/DemoPro.asp. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has requested that all parties wishing to use ABC codes for HIPAA transactions sign up before March 16, 2003. For more information, contact Alternative Link at 505-875-0001, or the Foundation for Integrative Healthcare at 505-710-7390.
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