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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 11
Feedback on Insurance Issues
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
This month, I felt it might be inspirational to share a few of the many comments I receive about my articles. Many readers expressed thanks for my article, "The World of the Injured Worker," (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/06/11.html) and my understanding for their pain and problems with the "system."
I am a lieutenant on the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department and a veteran with 26 years of service.Your article, "The World of an Injured Worker," hits the nail on the head! The progression of care (and lack of it) has been my concern for many years. I had the fortune of being cared for by healers like you during my deployment to the Oklahoma bombing incident. The care given allowed me to work well beyond what my injuries and pain would have normally allowed. I thank you all again for that.
I am an RN that sustained a severe cervical/thoracic job injury. I am fighting the Texas workers' compensation system and have written to state representatives, medical examiners, etc. My neuromuscular therapist gave me your article about injured workers. I would like a complete copy to give to my doctor, a DC. I have had the same thing happen to me with the IME doctors. I plan, at some time, to rewrite the Texas Workers' Compensation Act and submit it in favor of patient rights, not insurance company rights.
Thank you for the article on the steps an injured worker will face in workers' compensation cases. Yes, I was one. It would have helped to know the various steps I would go through. By the way, I have referred two Internet groups involved in disability and illness, and recently sent [the article] to an environmental specialist office at a conference on environmental illness. Great article.
The following letter is in response to my article, "Fees" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/10/10.html).
I have enjoyed your articles in various publications over the years and credit you with my original education in the subject of insurance reimbursement. I honor you in all my classes as the pioneer of our profession in this subject. I have written a book on the same subject and have tried to follow your lead through the years. I respect the intent set by you in integral billing. I am a practicing therapist and love my profession, and wish to elevate it to its rightful place in health care. I understand that some therapists have the tendency to overbill. This overbilling could definitely hurt our profession. I agree that, as teachers and writers, we have an obligation to promote an average range of fees proportionate to functional outcome (results) within our scope of practice, and to what is reasonable and customary. Our profession is delivering a paradigm shift in what "value" truly is. I congratulate you in your efforts to lift all of us. Intention is the key. Thank you for what you do, and I hope to support you and our profession in this matter.
David Dolan, LMT
Thank you one and all for your replies and comments!
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