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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.
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.
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.
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 Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
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.
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.
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.
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."
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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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