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An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
January, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 01
Will Health Care Reform Benefit Massage Therapists?
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
As the American Medical Association stated in its AMA News: "Your guess is as good as anyone's." Well if they don't know, I'm sure I don't know. However, I am trying to keep you in the loop as much as I can in these early stages of health care reform.
First, I want to thank all of you wonderful readers who have taken the time to correspond with me in reference to my articles. Next I want to thank Massage Today for allowing me to share insurance and other business-building ideas as a columnist since its January 2001 inception. Also, I wish everyone a beautiful, safe, healthy, successful and happy new year.
Reading, studying and watching every health care news article, subscribing to dozens of Web sites and health care reform outlets and sitting in on many conferences to keep up on this health care reform stuff has been overwhelming, and I am ready to pull out my hair. But I love it, what can I say? I love trying to find any and all loopholes we might possibly be able to crawl through. About three of the health care reform bills state that discrimination will be eliminated. This means that all state-licensed or certified health care providers will have to be recognized and reimbursed. The House and Senate bills may ultimately not be our answers, even though some information like this may be extremely helpful. Then again, what would be their definition of "health care provider"?
I will be asking for assistance with some projects from each of you who really want to increase your clientele and your income as you move ahead in the health care arena. It will not be easy. It will be fun, rewarding and time-consuming. Are you willing to help? If so, send me an e-mail at . I will save your e-mail after I read it and will be back to you with any updated news and with information on the help we need to move us forward.
Today, I attended an hour-long health care telephone conference on the federal ERISA Guidelines. ERISA (Employee Retirement Insurance Security Act) is the federal act that governs many issues of employer and employee finances. For us it means that if we are not allowed to be insurance company "in-network" providers who will reimburse for services in employer group plans, we are losing hundreds of thousands of client prospects and income dollars because the majority of those covered by insurance are through their employer group plans. Since ERISA is a federal law, it supersedes state laws that require insurance companies to reimburse massage therapists, such as in Florida and Washington.
In reflecting on the ERISA call, it seems that hour and 10 minutes was much of a waste. The presenter (though obviously extremely knowledgeable on ERISA), was speaking in what seemed to be a foreign language. He also had to present a week's class in an hour. Needless to say, he rushed through it so fast that it was not only impossible to understand him, but it was impossible to keep up with the presentation he zipped through with only one or two seconds per slide. I have downloaded some of that presentation that was sent in advance and try to match my seven pages of written notes to the 165 slides in the presentation.
However, the good news is that he allowed us to ask questions. I and one other gentleman had the only two questions he accepted. My question: Why doesn't the ERISA Self-Insured Employer Group Health Plans directly reimburse health care providers who are state-licensed and/or certified? Meanwhile, ERISA is willing to reimburse other health care providers, often costing more, who in turn hire the state-licensed providers to do the actual work?
His answer, the best I could decipher it at high speed and in a foreign accent was this: "They [ERISA] will pay for the services a state-licensed provider provides, but if you are not a provider in the network, they will send the patient the money. The patient will then most often take the money and run." He then added, "You can get the patient's credit card on file. Then, if the payment is sent to the patient and they don't bring in the check, you can charge their credit card."
The best part of that conference is now I have his e-mail and phone number. He told me to contact him off line and he will discuss it more thoroughly. Time allowing, I will get to that this before my next article.
I want to always be sure that we as a profession can find any loophole to slide through and not be eliminated as practitioners who are directly reimbursed for the services we perform.
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