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News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
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?
December, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 12
A Letter to the Presidential Candidates
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
Author's note: The following letter is directed to all candidates, from both parties, running for the office of President of the United States. I encourage you to forward this letter to your congressperson or senator, or directly to the candidates themselves. www.massageinsurancebilling.com.If you have any comments or questions, please contact me via my Web site,
Dear Presidential Candidates,
I could request more than 100,000 licensed and certified massage therapists write to each of you individually and bombard your offices, or we can choose to send each of you this one letter, which represents a good majority of us.
As insurance committee chair for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and the insurance liaison for two of our major massage associations, I have fielded all insurance related questions over the past few years. I have had more than 20 years experience in the profession and as many years working with physician referrals and insurance-related cases. I ask on behalf of those in my profession, our patients, those who are unable financially to receive our care, and the physician's who refer cases to us that, as you put together your insurance or medical plans, make sure that all providers who are qualified by state licensure and/or national certification be directly reimbursed. Physicians have the right to select a qualified provider of their choice to provide medical services to their patients.
The reasoning behind this is the following: Physicians specifically refer their patients to those who specialize in the type of care they feel their patients need for improvement, and improvement should be the name of the game. They should be able to refer to physical therapists for that which they are proficient at, occupational therapists for the services that an OT specializes in, and the same for speech and language services being provided by a speech language pathologist.
Let me ask you this:. You would not want to go to a veterinarian to have your teeth cleaned, would you? Sound crazy? But make no mistake about it, many of the insurers will not reimburse a trained, licensed or certified massage therapy professional (in some states even considered health care practitioners under their licensing boards), but they will reimburse another health care professional to provide services they do not do, do not want to do, do not have time to do and are not trained to do. Does this make sense to you?
All massage therapists may not agree here because they are afraid their independence and freedom to make decisions and to charge their own fees may be taken away, as well as their freedom to choose not to accept medically referred cases and insurance for reimbursement. In other words, they are afraid we will lose the control of our profession as we have known it.
However, I am speaking for those who do believe they can help so many more patients: patients who need the therapy more than ever, such as hospice patients, lymphedema patients, veterans, those in nursing facilities, and those with injuries where they are unable to return to work, as well as other disability cases. We know that your help on this issue will open doors to many more opportunities for all involved. It's therapy that works, a therapy that most people love rather than regret having to receive. This, in itself, is healing.
I am asking on behalf of thousands from our professional field that you make sure all who specialize in their particular fields, when prescribed by a treating physician, be directly reimbursed by insurance plans.
This also must go for Medicare and self-insured ERISA-qualified plans, the reason being is that right now only physical therapists are allowed to be reimbursed for treatment (that a massage therapist best provides) when it's billed to Medicare as "incident to" physician services." Physical therapists are not all qualified with training in specific massage/manual and soft-tissue manipulation. They do not want to or cannot afford the time restraints, so patients are suffering in pain without quality care that is available.
We need not only for Medicare, but also for self-insured employer plans to allow services to be provided by and reimbursed to licensed and/or certified massage therapists. When a patient is seen by the most qualified provider for medical services prescribed by their physician, the employer can realize a considerable savings by not being required to pay a middle man to have their employees medically treated.
For further information on this subject, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be delighted to work with you on this issue.
Click here for more information about Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT.
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