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Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
June, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 06
Judge Lifts Stay of Florida PIP Injunction
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Circuit Court Judge Terry P. Lewis lifted an automatic stay of a temporary injunction against the Florida Personal Injury Protection law, putting a halt to the portion of the law that requires a finding of an emergency medical condition (EMC) as a prerequisite for payment of full PIP benefits and that prohibits the service of massage therapy and acupuncture treatments, no matter who provides it, and payment for services provided by massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors.According to Massage Today columnist and insurance expert, Vivian Madison-Mahoney, the injunction means massage therapists can now return to accepting auto cases and billing PIP for their services as long as the injunction is in place. However, Madison-Mahoney warns that all of the pre-2012 PIP rules remain in place.
"Will we have more battles? Yes, Florida Legislators are in the process of doing away with no-fault altogether to replace it with bodily injury (BI) because they are so upset that Judge Lewis issued the injunction in March," said Madison-Mahoney. "Yes, the State has already filed another motion with the District Court of Appeals, which has been legally responded to by attorneys Luke Lirot and Adam Levine. And it's back to work again until we find out how the appeals court rules."
"As it stands now, we are in the enviable position of fighting for Florida's citizens while legislators and the Governor are fighting for the insurance companies. As consumers, Luke and I are thankful for the few people like Vivian (and Kevin Johnson at Advanced Diagnostic Imaging) who have taken a stand and fought for all our rights. We are amazed at the general malaise and apathy that appears to overwhelm all Floridians - we cannot figure out how anyone could find it a good deal when the government requires that you purchase $10,000 in coverage from an insurance company and then allow that same insurance company to only provide $2,500 in benefits - seemingly at their own discretion," said Attorney Adam Levine.
A group of Florida massage therapists were hoping to close out 2012 with some positive momentum in their fight against HB119, which prohibits the state's massage therapists and acupuncturists from billing automobile personal injury insurance. The Florida PIP Defense Fund, a group assembled specifically to fight this bill and consisting of attorneys Luke Lirot, Adam Levine, the United Practitioners Organization, Inc. and Advanced Diagnostic Group, learned in the waning days of 2012 that the federal court canceled its hearing scheduled for December 27, 2012, and issued an order denying its motion for a preliminary injunction.
Attorney's Lirot and Levine then filed a motion to reconsider and they are also filed a response to defendant Kevin McCarty's request for dismissal on the day the case was due to be heard in Federal Court. Lirot and Levine explained that, "we believed that the provisions of this act violated the rights of acupuncturists, licensed massage therapists and chiropractors in Florida. Specifically, we believed that these health care provider's rights, which are protected to due process and equal protection, were violated when Florida determined that in order to prevent fraud, all licensed massage therapists and acupuncturists should no longer be permitted to provide care to those injured as a result of a motor vehicle collision."
According to an earlier release from the Florida PIP Defense Fund, Constitutional attorney Luke Lirot filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against Kevin N. McCarty in his official capacity as Commissioner of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. The complaint states that "the challenged legislation is invalid on a vast number of bases, generally summarized:
In an article from the September 2012 issue of Massage Today, "Florida Legislative Update," Lirot said, "While Insurance companies might be able to pick and choose medical providers, treatments and so forth, the State cannot. 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?"
For additional information about the Florida law suit or a history of this legislation, see "Legislative Changes in Several States" from the April 2012 issue, "Lawsuit Filed Against FL PIP Ruling" from the December 2012 issue, "Florida PIP Update" from the March 2013 issue and "Temporary Injunction Granted in Florida PIP Case" from the May 2013 issue. For the latest information or to join the fight, visit www.flpipdefensefund.com. Massage Today will continue to monitor this lawsuit as it makes its way through the legal process.
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