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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 previous articles by Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT.
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