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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
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.
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