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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
March, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 03
2006: A Year in Review
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
I hope everyone is optimistic and off to a very happy, healthy and successful 2007!
Because I am receiving so many calls and e-mails about information I previously have written about, I am going to briefly review last year's important issues.This article will only mention those issues, but you can go to www.massagetoday.com and look up each of my articles in the archives for complete information. Here are the important issues of 2006 that could have a bearing on your massage practice in 2007:
NPI: National Provider Identification
Have you registered yet to obtain your NPI? As a massage therapist, you do not have to obtain this number unless you are considered a "covered entity." How do you know if you are a covered entity? If you submit any patient-identifiable information by electronic means, you are considered a covered entity and must be HIPAA compliant.
However, whether or not you are a "covered entity," having your personal National Provider Identification number puts you ahead of the game, so to speak. Having your own number allows you to use it on the CMS 1500 insurance claim forms when submitting bills to insurance companies. Filling in all of the required blanks on a claim form reduces the chances of insurance adjusters denying or delaying your claim. If you do not bill insurance at this time, you can still obtain your personal NPI number, so you'll have it ready if or when you have occasion to submit a claim in the future.
There currently are four ways to contact the NPI enumerator to obtain your own number. Here is the contact info:
If applying online, click on "National Provider Identifier" and then "Apply Online." Most of the registration process is 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 include 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 can still apply to receive an NPI number.
Senate Bill 3963 Introduced
Sen. Craig Thomas introduced the Access to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services Improvement Act of 2006 (S.3963) on Sept. 28, 2006. The Coalition to Preserve Patient Access to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services supports access to quality health care and therapy services for Medicare beneficiaries. It also supports allowing physicians to choose the health care professionals who provide those therapy services to Medicare beneficiaries while under a physician's supervision in their office. These are billing situations know as "incident to." The passage of the Act will ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have better access to quality health care provided by licensed or certified health care professionals.
Go to www.coalitiontopreservepatientaccess.com to get all the information you need to know and to join this all-important coalition. Please help ensure the passage of this bill. The coalition's goals are threefold:
Nine Key Points
For nine key points to use when contacting your legislators regarding this important legislation, please contact me.
The Coalition to Preserve Patient Access to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services
Twenty-four associations, organizations and member groups already are fighting to preserve your rights and the rights of patients. I am happy to say that the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) has joined this coalition. I had proposed that the AMTA join the coalition as well. The proposal was presented by Pat Donohue, president of the Florida chapter of the AMTA, to the 32 House of Delegates members at the AMTA convention in Atlanta. The vote was 28 of 32 in favor of the AMTA joining the coalition.
At this time, we are still awaiting confirmation from the board, as well as the board's position statement to add to the coalition's Web site.
Clarification on S.3963
I asked Bill Finerfrock, lobbyist for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), if he could clarify S.3963 for us in regard to billing Medicare and supervision issues. Here is his reply [edited for clarity/space]:
Contact Cate Brennen Lisak, coalition organizer and external affairs director of NATA, and/or myself for more information on the coalition, or to let us know if you or someone you know is willing to join. There are no costs; only requests to assist with calls, e-mails and letters, when necessary. The only possible future costs might be to send a representative of your group or association to special events.
CMS 1500 Claim Forms
CMS 1500 forms will be changed to reflect the new provider number and to include a space for that number. There will be a few other minor changes as well. These forms will be the only forms available after April 1, 2007, and will be referred to as "1500 Insurance Claim Forms."
CPT Code Changes
There are no CPT code or definition changes for 2007.
Contact me regarding insurance billing or coalition issues at , www.massageinsurancebilling.com, or by phone at (865) 436-3573. Cate Brennen Lisak can be reached at , www.nata.org, or by phone at (800) 879-6282, ext. 148.
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