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The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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?
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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