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Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
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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