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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.
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.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
Get Your National Provider Identifer
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
Massage therapists can now obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI)! My advice is to get it now, while the information is right here in front of you. As a health care provider, the NPI will be your own standard, unique identifier and is yours forever - never to be changed.
The Administrative Simplification Provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) mandated the adoption of standard unique identifiers for health care providers, a National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), as well as the adoption of standard unique identifiers for health plans.The purpose of these provisions is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the electronic transmission of health information. This new number is now available and will replace any and all other provider identifier numbers.
This number is not a necessity for those not classified as a "covered entity." However, when it comes to an insurance company denying or delaying a claim, it might use the fact that the claim form is incomplete if some needed blanks are not filled in. This could tie up your claim for another 30 days or more. So, why chance it? Get your NPI now while you have this information. It costs you nothing except a little time to go through the process.
What Is a "Covered Entity"?
HIPAA classifies a "covered entity" as anyone who processes patient-identifiable information by electronic means. If now, or in the future, you decide to process patient-identifiable information by electronic means or hire someone else, such as a clearinghouse, to do it, you will be required to have this NPI number. You also might be considered a "covered entity" if you are a business associate, and possibly in some other circumstances.
At this time, most, if not all, massage therapists do not submit claims or other patient-identifiable information by electronic means. This does not preclude the fact that insurance companies might in the future require that all claims be submitted electronically. We also cannot bill or accept Medicare at this time. However, we might as well apply for and receive this number while there is a taxonomy classification for massage therapists.
There currently are four ways to contact the NPI Enumerator to obtain your own number: online, by phone, by e-mail or by regular mail. Here is the contact info:
When applying online, click on "Apply Online" and then begin the registration process. Most of this will be very straightforward. When you get to "Taxonomy Information," look under 22-Respiratory, Rehabilitative and Restorative Service Provider. Then scroll down to Massage Therapist. Don't forget to add your license number and the state in which it was issued.
Note: If you are in an unlicensed state, you might want to call the toll-free number and ask to speak to someone who can advise you regarding whether you should use your National Certification Number or if you would otherwise be able to apply to receive an NPI number.
New CMS 1500 Claim Forms
The National Uniform Claim Committee has announced approval of revised CMS 1500 claim forms with a few new revisions. One of the revisions will be an available space to input your new NPI number. Don't be investing big in CMS (formerly HCFA) 1500 claim forms right now! New CMS 1500 claim forms with space for new NPI numbers, though not mandatory until late spring, are now available on my Web site: www.massageinsurancebilling.com. You can contact me at that site if you have any additional questions.
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