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Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
March 5, 2013
Florida PIP Lawsuit Update
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
It's no surprise; we saw this crash coming loud and clear in our rear-view mirrors for over a year now as we watched two major auto insurance related bills move through the Florida legislative process in 2012.You as a Florida driver, passenger, pedestrian, household family member or other person involved in a motor vehicle crash will see major deductions in the insurance benefits that you think you already paid for with your premiums. One major loss is that if you are injured you can no longer receive any massage therapy or any acupuncture services.
Massage therapy and acupuncture in any form, no matter who provides it, is no longer reimbursed to help relieve pain and suffering for your muscle-related injuries. Muscle pain needs muscle therapy specialists to bring relief of pain and correction of conditions that have resulted in not being treated by any other means. When, as a muscle therapy specialist, you can see a patient of years in pain and suffering and on medications that caused internal bleeding finally get relief and be able to eliminate such medications because of massage therapy services, there's no better testimony that massage therapy works to help those injured in any accident that affects the patients musculature systems. Now, a medical service provided for 29 years has been abolished by Governor Scott with his promises to help insurers save money and his strong hold on legislators during 2012 legislative session.
This legislation was introduced as a trade-off - decrease PIP insurance rates (because all Floridians are required to purchase $10,000 in PIP insurance and all PIP insurance carriers are required to sell $10,000 in PIP insurance) in return for limiting the coverage provided. Despite this, the PIP insurance premiums continue to rise with the carriers arguing that they are not raising rates as much as they could!
This travesty has just begun. Is anyone listening? Does anyone really care that the state of Florida is essentially saying that massage therapy and acupuncture are pointless, associated with fraud and not worthy of being reimbursed by the sole healthcare insurer for injuries arising out of motor vehicle accidents? Do you realize that the state of Florida is unilaterally benefiting PIP insurance carriers at a tremendous cost to the very citizens it is supposed to protect?
It's been so discouraging to realize that so many LMT's are pretty complacent, not caring or not wanting or willing to get involved or are unwilling to stand up for their own rights or those of their patients, even if that patient might someday be themselves or a family member (God forbid). They seem to just let this go by as if it has never happened. Just because they do not accept insurance, they have tossed this whole PIP issue out the window. I have heard such remarks as, "I don't take insurance so it does not affect me."
We have more than 33,000 LMTs in Florida and more than 100,000 in this country. Out of all of these, I could only muster up donations (so far) from about 250 of them. And out of those, 44 were donations from therapists and doctors in states other than Florida, including a chiropractor from Alaska!
If you are interested in helping LMTs continue to make a living in the medical field in Florida (and elsewhere to prevent this from spreading to other states), please go to www.flpipdefensefund.com and donate a few dollars to our cause to save PIP from the wolves and get us back in the game! Help to stand by the brave and steadfast plaintiffs in this case who stuck their necks out to stand up for all of us!
Click here for more information about Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT.
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