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A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 10
Tips for Working With Insurance Cases
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
Insurance issues continue to confound many massage therapists across the country. I hope this article will help shed some light on the sometimes difficult road traveled when dealing with insurance companies and their endless forms and procedures.I hope the following nine steps to accepting insurance will be helpful to you.
Nine Simple Steps to Accepting Insurance
If it is not an auto, workers' comp or slip and fall case, then ask the pa-tient to see their policy. If they expect you to accept their insurance for payment, they should comply with your request.
You should always look for exclusions (what does the policy exclude?), inclusions (what does the policy include?), limitations (what does the policy limit?) and loopholes (how can you make it work?).
You should always submit the following with your first claim: 1500 Claim Form; Prescription/Letter of Referral Form; Release of Records (all in one form); Payment Agreement (all in one form); Assignment of Benefits Form (all in one form); Initial Evaluation/History Intake Form; Auto Accident Information Form (if it is auto accident related); Workers' Compensation Information Form (if it's work related); Muscles Involved in Treatment Form (use for first visit and re-evaluation); Disclosure Form for PIP Case if in Florida (must send with first visit).
With additional claims, you should always submit a prescription copy, documentation for each day's visit and the 1500 claim form.
The Importance of Proper Training
With all of this said, I couldn't stress enough the importance of having all of the information, directions, correct forms, correct codes and instructions from A-Z at your fingertips prior to beginning. Even those who have accepted insurance for years are finding they have lost money because they didn't have all of their i's dotted and t's crossed.
It is imperative to have your training if you expect to succeed. Just as you had your training prior to being able to earn a living as a massage therapist, you must have proper training before expecting to earn a living working with medically-oriented cases and accepting insurance for reimbursement.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept all types of cases and expect to be paid at this time. But, if we go about it haphazardly and do not show the insurance companies and medical field that we are proficient in billing just as we need to be with hands-on skills, we will not create the open doors we need to move forward to be accepted in the future for continued billing.
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