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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 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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.).
September, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 09
Florida Legislative Update
FL Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Auto Accident Law Now In Effect
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
In addition to medical groups, health clinics, mobile diagnostic services and chiropractors, I and a few massage therapists have donated approximately $10,000 to the fight to overturn this law that discriminates against massage therapists and acupuncturists.We have formed the Florida PIP Defense Fund and we have engaged the services of a highly qualified, well respected, Constitutional and First Amendment Rights Attorney, Luke Lirot who is putting together a thorough complaint and legal challenge embracing all the constitutional issues of the now current law.
"While Insurance companies might be able to pick and choose medical providers, treatments and so forth, the State cannot," said Lirot. "If, as the Governor alleges, the high costs to insurers is due to fraud in the PIP system, why then eliminate an entire field of medical providers? Why not go specifically to the fraudulent activity and attack the ones perpetrating the fraud? It is totally unreasonable, unjustifiable, arbitrary and overreaching to eliminate a whole profession of medical providers. Was it just because massage therapists and acupuncturists were the easiest to target?"
Because of the passage of HB119, massage therapists have been excluded and denied the right to work and be paid for services they obtained specific training and licensing for. Patients have been denied their rights as well. They have been denied the right to choose medical providers or treatment of choice under the same policy other providers are accepted and reimbursed for. The legislators added physical therapists as providers when in fact they were already reimbursed for such services. In addition; physical therapists have within their scope of practice some of the exact same modalities and procedures that Florida licensed massage therapists have in theirs. Physicians have been denied the right to prescribe medically necessary treatment of choice to patients and they have been denied the right to choose a State Licensed Health Care Practitioner for referral of patients to receive soft tissue treatments for injury related conditions.
By the time this law is fully implemented, thousands of massage therapists jobs will be lost, some massage therapy schools will be closing and unemployment will rise even further. Potential Florida auto accident patients' (including LMT's, their family members and friends) will suffer without medically prescribed manual/soft tissue treatments paid for by their auto insurance, as has been the case for the past 28 years.
When is it in effect?
Many lawyers, doctors, therapists and even insurance adjusters are still in the dark. Some say that the law took place where massage therapists and acupuncturists are excluded as of July 1, 2012. Others say it is when the policyholder's policies renew. Some have renewed on July 1st, and others will renew as the year goes forward. Some say it doesn't go into effect until January 1, 2013, when almost all aspects of the law become effective. I say play it safe, look at the patient's policy, contact the insurance adjuster and document every detail of the conversation. If you work for other providers, try to receive payment at the end of the week and not when provider gets paid or else have a good solid contract in place to protect yourself.
Three versions of the final bill (House, Senate and Engrossed Bill) all state the effective date as July 1, 2012. Because of a major "glitch" in HB119 related to the licensing of AHCA clinics, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) released a statement basically requesting all insurers reimburse claims until January 1, 2013, but even the agency says it cannot override the law.
Are therapsits totally left out or is there a way to still treat auto accident cases? You will still be allowed to provide services for Time of Service (cash) fees. You can still bill MED-PAY if the patient has purchased that as part of their policy, but only when the $10,000 PIP money is exhausted. You can still accept attorney letters of protection (LOP's) after the $10,000 PIP money is exhausted. As always, a prescription from a treating physician will be necessary.
If you would like more information about the impacts of HB119, please visit www.flpipdefensefund.com.
Click here for more information about Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT.
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