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Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
May 18, 2010
Leader of Police Chiefs' Group Takes Center Stage in Fight Over CA Law That Targets Massage Therapists
CPCA President Manheimer Lobbies Hard But Remains Silent on Questions Surrounding New Data
By Christie Bondurant
If there were prizes given out for making outrageous claims and inflating figures while lobbying for legislation, California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) President Susan Manheimer might be a hands-down favorite for a gold medal.
In lobbying for Assembly Bill 1822 (introduced in February 2010), the CPCA President has made some serious accusations regarding the California Massage Therapy Council's (CAMTC) ability at screening out illegal operators. And as the anti-prostitution bill that targets massage therapists gets closer to potentially becoming law, Manheimer's claims have become even more outrageous, according to the CAMTC.
In a Feb. 21, 2010 letter proposing AB 1822 sent to Assembly Member Sandré Swanson (the bill's author), Manheimer claims that her association conducted a sample survey of CAMTC applicants and found that 89 percent were prostitutes or of questionable background. She writes, "We recently did a random/regional sample of CAMTC applicants and found that 57% were known prostitutes, 32% were of unknown legitimacy and required further inquiry, and only 11% were legitimate operators."
In that same letter she claims that the CAMTC is "overwhelmed" with about 12,000 applications they are unable to process with their "minimal staff resources."
After various requests made by Massage Today to see any evidence that supports the CPCA data, President Manheimer has remained silent. In fact, even after the bill's author questioned the data, Manheimer refuses to address inquires surrounding her data.
In an interview with Massage Today, Swanson stated: "I would question it (the data)... In terms of the legitimate massage therapists that I'm familiar with they have pride in their profession. They have years of training and they ought to be respected."
Apparently after Swanson's public statement that he does not support Manheimer's data, she contacted another assembly member with new claims against the CAMTC.
New Claims From Manheimer
According to the CAMTC, Chief Manheimer recently contacted Assembly Member Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), head of the state assembly's Democratic caucus, stating that there are more than 35,000 applications that CAMTC has not processed. This is a remarkable jump from the 12,000 figure stated in her February letter to Swanson.
"We have no idea where she got that number," said Ahmos Netanel, CAMTC executive director. According to the CAMTC, as of May 10, they have processed all applications that they have received.
Massage Today has contacted Chief Manheimer regarding this new figure of 35,000 applications. She has not responded.
In a May 10 letter sent to Assembly Member Hill addressing Manheimer's new claim, CAMTC Chair Beverly May writes, "Your office was evidently told that there are more than 35,000 applications that CAMTC has not been able to process. That is absolutely not true. The number doesn't even make sense. In fact, in the short time that SB 731 (California's current law that established the CAMTC) has been allowed to work, we have processed 15,889 applications..."
In addition to Manheimer's claims, CPCA lobbyist John Lovell stated in an interview with Massage Today that from the data compiled so far, they were able to determine "several hundred certificants with past convictions." When asked to see this data, Lovell stated that the data is incomplete and that not all police departments in the state have submitted their information.
Also in the letter to Assembly Member Hill, May states: "Unfortunately, the kind of hyperbole associated with AB 1822 began with the suggestion by a lobbyist that a study had been done stating a high number of applications had been approved by CAMTC that should have been denied. In truth, there is no study. Even more, because of the success and efficacy of a statewide entity agreed upon by this Legislature and implemented just nine months ago, there have been 3,265 applications that CAMTC has not approved, which had been previously approved by local government."
Massage Today has written a formal request to Manheimer asking for a copy of the data. However, since we have not received a response, Massage Today has sent a second letter requesting to see the data under the California Public Records Act.
AB 1822 passed the Business, Professionals and Consumer Protection Committee on April 20 and is now before Assembly Appropriations Committee. To become law, the bill requires a two-thirds vote by both houses of the legislature and generally, must be signed by the governor.
Editor's note: To vote NO on AB 1822, go to: www.massagetoday.com/bill1822/stop_ab1822.php.
For a list of the Appropriations Committees' phone numbers and emails, go to: www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/newcomframeset.asp?committee=43.
To contact Assembly Member Sandré Swanson's capitol office call (916) 319-2016 or email him at , or contact his legislative consultant Opio Dupree at .
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