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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
By Ramon G. McLeod, Editor-in-Chief
Will Green, the owner and founder of the International Massage Association (IMA), a business that was once a major insurer for the massage therapy community, said in an interview that depression was behind his failure to pay for more than $600,000 in insurance premium payments, an action that has effectively destroy the business.
During the wide-ranging interview, Green reiterated a number of statements he had made in an e-mail he sent to the association's members that followed the original Massage Today story ("What Became of IMA", August 2010) that went online on July 19. In the e-mail, sent to members on July 21, he told members that he "began to sabotage" the association last year. IMA will go out of business formally at the end of this year, he said.
In the interview and the e-mail, Green said he became deeply depressed last year after he learned from federal agents that insurance brokers he worked with in the early part of this decade were under investigation for insurance fraud.
Green, in the interview, was asked directly why he stopped paying Markel Insurance the premiums owed them for at least six months, he said, "I don't know why, was it right or was it wrong? It was wrong," he said.
"I wasn't acting like me for six or eight months.
"Do I have answers why? No...Am I embarrassed, absolutely," he said.
Green also said he has paid the insurer two months of owed premiums for 2009-2010. And that he plans to pay three more months with the proceeds of the sale of his $2 million building in Warrenton, Va., IMA's headquarters. He said he hoped the sale would be finalized in a few weeks.
He said, in his original e-mail, that when he began to repay the insurance company, "My only option was to terminate our staff of 18 people and do the best I could to sell off assets and pay off my debt. I owe the money!"
He said he sold off vehicles, investments, business equipment and buildings to get the cash and make payments. He said that Markel continued to cover IMA members through the no-payment period and remain covered by their existing policies. "Everyone is covered at this point."
Asked what happened to the $600,000 he did not pay, and is now attempting to repay, Green said, "I spent some on payroll, it was used in the businesses...it got eaten up in costs."
Green has said several times that the fraud case was the trigger for depression and failure to pay premiums. That case involved Rodney R. Ayer, former president of Phoenix Underwriting Managers Inc. of New Jersey, who pleaded guilty to insurance fraud on July 2.
Ayer, and an unnamed company, only referred to as "Insurance Broker A-1" worked with two massage associations, IMA and Hands-On Trade Association, according to federal documents.
Bret VanLeeuven, owner of Green's former long-time insurance brokerage firm, Utah-based Stratus Insurance, Inc. insisted in an interview that his company, which works with massage associations, was not the "Insurance Broker A-1" named in the federal records.
VanLeeuven stated that was in partnership with Ayer at that time, "But there are other individuals involved in this case," he said. "They (the federal authorities) are talking to me, Green, and a lot of others. Everyone down the line."
The fraud case stems from a scheme uncovered in 2006. Federal records say that Ayer and the unnamed second broker pretended to have acquired coverage from Hannover Re, a multinational insurance carrier. Instead, according to court records, they took in premiums from the associations, paid out claims and expenses, while retaining underwriting profits that normally go to the insurance carrier.
Ayer faces a $500,000 fine, two years in jail, and has agreed to setup a $500,000 escrow account for any claims left over from the period when this all occurred.
Green says he first learned about this scheme last year from the FBI.
VanLeeuven, who ended his business relationship with Green in April 2010 over Green's failure to pay him the premiums for the Markel policy, scoffed at Green's explanation that depression caused him to get so deeply in arrears.
"For Green to say that depression caused him not to pay his bills ignores that this was all self-induced," VanLeeuven said. "The fact is that what Ayer did had no financial impact on Green. He can say it hurt him that his company's name was involved with this," he said. "But this (current situation) involves $800,000 of his members money."
"Maybe I should say I'm depressed and stop paying my bills," he said.
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