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Deciphering the New CMS-1500 Claim Form
Q: I am confused about how and when to use the new 1500 form, particularly block 14 and block 15. What is required and how do I properly fill out these fields? And do I actually have to use this new form or may I continue using the old version?
Don't Trust What a Patient Says
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint in mind – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc.
Low Melatonin Linked to Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest the hormone melatonin, which plays a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, may play a role in the development of prostate cancer, as lower melatonin levels have been associated with an increased risk of prostate (and breast) cancer.
CRREW Rallies for Ongoing Acupuncture Relief Effort in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made her way through the Philippine Islands, leaving in her wake at least 7,000 people dead, millions homeless and complete communities destroyed.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part I
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Coronary heart disease, in just the United States alone, costs close to 109 billion dollars a year.
Don't Trust What Your Patients Say
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc. They are often not interested or engaged in what they consider "unrelated" personal health history.
The Boston Benevolent Chiropractic Clinic: Standing Up for the Needy
Our chiropractic assistant, Bridget, greeted an arriving patient at the Emmanuel Church in downtown Boston. She said, "Hi, Michael, good to see you. It's been awhile. Have a seat and Dr. Ken will see you soon."
"Doctor ... Always Do the Right Thing"
So says "Da Mayor" in the iconic Spike Lee movie. As a fresh grad questioning in-network versus out-of-network, it struck me that some doctors have explicitly skirted the issue, while others have argued adamantly for the latter and "sticking it to the man."
Changes in Herbal Medicines from Ancient Times to the Present
The classical literature of Chinese medicine remains highly relevant in the modern era, as many of the basic theories and herbal combinations emphasized in clinical practice were first established in texts that are nearly 2000 years old.
Employers Need Chiropractic First and Sooner
From the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine comes a study that gives excellent direction to employers (and insurers) regarding the management of low back problems (LBP).
Home Sweet Medical Home
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received its fair share of praise and criticism since its adoption, few question the value of its emphasis on collaborative, patient-centered health care.
Wellness: A New Buzzword at the Aging in America Conference
Aging in America is "the nation's largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals in healthcare, social service, government, business and philanthropy with expertise in providing services and products for older adults."
Shared Mechanisms Between Computer-Assisted Mechanical Adjusting and Contemporary Acupuncture?
Can contemporary acupuncture provide clues to the mechanisms responsible for pain relief provided by computer-assisted mechanical adjusting instruments, and clarify whether certain mechanical frequency combinations are superior to others for modulation of acute peripheral pain?
Halt Allergies With Moxibustion Therapy
An allergy is an immune system disorder in which the body is hypersensitive to normally harmless substances in the environment.
News in Brief
D'Youville Vet Program Gets High Praise; A Moment of Silence for Dr. Paul Reginald ("Reg") Hug.
News In Brief
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine obtains grant funding from NIH; Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Announces New President; Kentucky Gets Licensed; PCOM Receives Approval from WASC to Offer FPD.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Imagine What More Could Be Achieved With Your Support; A Lesson in Hygiene: What Do You Do in Your Office? Open Letter to the Profession.
The Importance of Knowing Mainstream Lingo
There is a secret lingo within mainstream medicine of which the vast majority of acupuncturists and Chinese medical professionals are unaware.
New Leadership Era at the WFC
The World Federation of Chiropractic recently announced not only a new president, as is customary every two years, but also an incoming secretary-general, marking the first time since the WFC's inception in 1988 that someone other than David Chapman-Smith, Esq., will serve in that capacity.
Replenishing and Restoring Jing
I learned an important principle from my great Taoist Master Sun Hak. He taught me that all people "leak" Jing, and that we can mitigate or stop this leaking, and as a result strengthen our life force, develop enhanced adaptability and lengthen our life.
Working With The Yuan-Source Level: Resonance and the Extraordinary Vessels
How do we stay fresh with our medicine? As healers, how do we balance our medical selves with creative artistry? Chinese Medicine is not a fixed dogmatic entity, but a living system, reliant on a mysterious force called "resonance."
The Search for the Origin of the Wiggle Technique
When Bob had adjusted me previously, most of the time I knew what he was doing. But this time, he had me lie on the treatment table in the usual side-posture position, and he "wiggled" my sacroiliac with the fingers of both hands, while stabilizing my pelvis with his forearm.
Vibrational Medicine: Frequency Micro-Current and Color Acupuncture
Vibrational medicine involves the application of various forms of energy frequencies to the body for pain relief, healing and rejuvenation. Vibrational medicine will become a major growing trend in our medical systems for the following reasons:
Medial Knee Pain: 11 Potential Causes (and Corrections)
We have all seen patients with medial knee pain that either has no traumatic origin or lasts well beyond when it should be resolved. How can we help these patients? Here is an overview of clinical scenarios and how we can provide conservative care.
May, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 05
"Medical Massage" Survey and Results
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
In February 2006, a group called the National Training Institute, led by Damien Berg and Shannon Ring, invited a group of prominent people in the massage industry to join its online Yahoo Chat Group to participate in a "Medical Massage Summit" discussion.The purpose of this two-hour session was to try and obtain opinions, feelings, attitudes and suggestions about training, education, licensing, credentialing and philosophy statements on "medical massage."
Since that discussion, many of the correspondences I have received seem to revolve around medical massage terminology, including the need or lack thereof for a definition and other requirements related to this issue. So, I decided to include a mini-survey in my "Massage Insurance Updates, Tips & News" e-mail campaign and report on the results in Massage Today. Although this is not along the lines of my usual column topic, insurance issues, I'm sure you will find the survey results quite interesting, particularly considering the ongoing debate within the massage profession concerning medical massage.
My e-list has been compiled from those who purchased manuals, home study courses, attended my seminars, or contacted me for questions and problem-solving issues regarding insurance billing over the years. From the survey on medical massage, I have received 159 responses. I reviewed each at least two or three times and compiled the following summary. I also began a survey last year of faxed responses. Only comments from one of those faxes are included in these results.
Respondents were so interested in this subject that most did not answer only with a simple yes or no, but conveyed added emotions, opinions and suggestions. Below are the response totals for each question. Because many respondents did not answer with a definite yes or no, when possible, I have placed their response in the appropriate yes or no category, based on their comments.
Example: Question 1 may have had many "yes" answers, but many of the respondents' explanations actually meant "no." These people mostly responded that they didn't think any massage modality or procedure needed to be defined as "medical massage," because "all massage is medical, beneficial, creates healing, etc., whether covered by insurance and whether prescribed for a particular diagnosis by a physician."
Questions and Answers
Should any massage therapy be officially defined as "medical massage?"
Yes: 21; No: 129; Comments without a definite Y or N: 9.
If yes (to Question 1), please give your best or favorite definition and reason for wanting it defined.
For those who did answer yes to Question 1, their responses to Question 2 did not indicate the need for particular designation or requirements of "medical massage." They felt medical massage was already defined in one way or another. What follows is a summary of some of the comments regarding medical massage and how it should be "defined."
Summary of Responses to Question 2
Do you think a massage therapist should have to be officially certified or titled "medical massage therapist" for physicians to refer their patients or to be reimbursed by insurance?
Yes: 10; No: 128; Comments or No answer: 21.
The No responses to Question 3 were adamant and included, "No," "Not Ever," "No!!," "Hell no," "Absolutely not," "Absolutely no" and "Not now."
If yes to Question 3, how/by whom should this certification be provided (state boards, state associations, NCBTMB, other)?
If other, please name/explain.
Summary of Responses to Question 4
May I use your answers in my survey results?
One hundred percent said "Yes," although many asked that I not use their names. No names were used unless specifically requested or suggested, and even then, only some initials were used in my final summary on file.
No e-mail addresses were used.
All responses are saved for further proof if necessary.
I do appreciate all of those who took the time and effort to read and respond to my e-mail survey. For any of you who did not receive my e-mail survey and would like to contribute, you may e-mail me at: and submit answers to the five questions listed above.
Click here for more information about Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT.
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