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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
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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