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Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
Certified Medical Massage Therapists
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
Suddenly, there seems to be a lot of hype about the requirements (both present and future) necessary to become a "certified medical massage therapist" in order to be qualified to bill insurance companies.
I promise you: I will be the strongest opponent against this happening! Neither I, nor anyone else that teaches insurance billing to others has ever had this title or so-called certification, in order to make inroads for those who desire to work with medically oriented patients and accept insurance for reimbursement.
About Additional Education
I have no problem with certifications or additional training to enhance our knowledge and abilities, or increase our effectiveness to perform positive functional outcomes with medically related cases - I believe this is imperative.But to begin a movement toward this end in order to enhance personal earning powers by teaching seminars and setting up organizations, is totally unfair and uncalled for.
If this was a requirement when I started, it is unlikely that as many massage therapists would be accepting insurance at the rates they are now. It is a fact that thousands of patients would have gone without treatments that significantly benefited them, including myself. It is also a fact that my youngest daughter who suffers total incapacity due to brain damage from an auto accident would now be sitting in a dirty old county home, were it not for the additional income I earned by accepting medical- and insurance-related referrals.
What is Required of Insurance Companies?
What is required of an insurance company for reimbursement is for the patient's condition to be medically necessary. The physician determines medical necessity and prescribes the treatment best suited for the patient with a written prescription. When we treat the patient per the physician's orders we are performing medically oriented massage, whether or not this massage is paid for by insurance, and whether or not any specific or certified treatment or technique is used.
What Brings a Patient Back?
What brings the patient back and keeps the physician referring is patient satisfaction. (Insurance companies are rated partially upon patient satisfaction.) If patients are not satisfied, they will not return - it's as simple as that! They will notify the physician who, in turn, will stop referring to you. So, it certainly behooves any therapist wanting to work in the medical arena to obtain all the additional hands-on training possible. I recommend they learn from those tried-and-true trainers in the field.
Our Top-Notch Trainers
You don't see most of those who are truly qualified to provide top-notch training and certification trying to put us in a box or pushing their types of certification as a means to be reimbursed by insurance companies. We take their courses because we know we are learning techniques that will help us help our clients and patients. Currently, no insurer requires a massage professional to have any specific certification other than possibly licensure. So, why are some individuals trying to create problems that will leave many qualified therapists out in the cold? Some have been practicing and billing for years, and some may have training way beyond what a so-called medical massage certification may provide them!
Contact Me. I want to hear from you!
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