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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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
D'Youville Vet Program Gets High Praise; A Moment of Silence for Dr. Paul Reginald ("Reg") Hug.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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:
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?
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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.
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.
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.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
What Does Success Mean to You?
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I recently celebrated an anniversary. In November 1979, I had my first professional massage in Lisbon, Portugal. That experience was the beginning of a cascading series of events. I've been fascinated by and enjoying the myriad benefits of massage therapy for the past 26 years, and I wish I had started sooner.For the past 14 years, I've been pursuing massage therapy as a career choice, as well as hopping on as many tables as I can. My practice is a good one and has been flourishing almost from the start, so I think I'm pretty credible in conversing with others about success.
I'm in the middle of preparing to moderate a panel discussion on "Success Strategies for Massage Therapists." Members of the panel are all people whom I consider extremely successful and should have much to share with the audience. I'm excited about the panel and hope the massage therapists in attendance get a lot of thought-provoking material to ponder in their own quests for success. In my preparatory research, I've uncovered several things worth sharing.
I like beginning projects with defining the parts, so in dealing with success strategies, I begin with baseline meanings. Success in a business, a relationship or a life is an extremely personal thing. We all have our own yardsticks with which to measure it. For generalities, though, I use a trusty dictionary. Success is defined as the achievement of something planned or attempted. This tells me success is the result of an action or series of actions. Strategy is defined as a plan, method or series of maneuvers for obtaining a specific goal or result. Thus, strategies are the roadmaps that get us to the success result. The defined antonym of success is failure.
For the purposes of my discussion, success is not just the opposite of failure. I think the very use of the word failure hinders the achievement of success. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying failure is always a bad thing - but the timing of failure is critical! When exceptionally successful people begin a new venture, they frequently try to fail as many times as possible at the very beginning so they uncover all the ways not to proceed. They keep trying to fail even as they begin to make progress, just so that they can determine if there are even better ways to reach their desired ends. For those of us who don't fall into the "exceptionally successful" category, I suggest we get rid of the negative aspects that present themselves with use of the word failure. Let's replace it with the word feedback, which allows us to gather all the information we need to travel the road toward our own desired ends.
So, what do you think makes a massage therapist successful? Clients? Money? Respect of peers? Notoriety? Referrals? Feelings of personal worth? Helping others? How do you obtain those things you think make you successful? Do you have goals? Are they written down? (Unwritten goals really are just wishes!) How strong is your work ethic? Do you regularly ask your clients to rebook before leaving your treatment room? Do you regularly ask them to refer their friends and relatives? Do you regularly ask your doctor/baker/candlestick maker to refer their friends and relatives? Do you truly focus on your clients and try to exceed their expectations? Do you continually learn about the body and the skill sets you can use to affect it? Do you dwell on the positive and throw away words such as if, but, can't and other negatives. Do you befriend others whom you see as successful (even if they don't see themselves that way - remember, success is personal)? Do you smile and say thank you a lot? Do you meet each client confident in your own worth and skill and entitlement to be well-compensated?
I was pleased to see that Southwest Airline's November 2006 in-flight magazine, Spirit, featured an article under the business section that dealt with massage therapy. (Unfortunately, it was titled "There's the Rub.") It was a pretty good overview of the prolific nature of our profession and reviewed several different visions of professional success in massage therapy. It gave readers insight into the advent of chair massage and a new endeavor to make chair massage a branded venture. It covered the growth of massage in airports, malls, convention halls, office buildings and other places in everyday life. Perhaps, most importantly, the article made clear, "Once a specialized therapy for injured athletes, an indulgence for the idle rich, or a thinly veiled euphemism for prostitution, massage has become a popular, legitimate and seemingly ubiquitous enterprise."
I'm hoping that in the success strategies panel discussion, we are able to get many to better define their own visions of success and uncover new or better ways to obtain those visions. Wish me well in facilitating that outcome! I wish that all of Massage Today's readers could participate in that discussion, since I see our profession as less confident in our skills and abilities that many others. We are worth it!
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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