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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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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