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Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
August, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 08
FL PIP Case: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
You carry automobile insurance, don't you? You expect it to pay your accidental medical bills, don't you? Sure, we all expect our insurance policies to pay what they are supposed to pay. We also know that more and more they are finding ways to not provide payment for one reason or another.However, we never, ever expect a state governor to control our medical treatment, do we? We never expect a state Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) to stand up for insurance companies, the very ones they are there to regulate, all the while totally fighting AGAINST the consumer instead of FOR the consumer. We never thought a few short years ago as we were climbing the ladder in the medical arena, that we would be fighting so hard now to save our reputation and income making opportunities.
Strike 1: Massage Therapists Excluded from Medicare
Do you recall when massage therapists were allowed to perform massage therapy on Medicare patients in a doctors office and the doctor could bill Medicare and pay massage therapists as independent contractors or employees? But, then Medicare changed their "incident to" physician services rules. That left massage therapists, hundreds of them across the nation, without a job in doctors offices, hospitals and other medical settings. Medicare recipients were left without medically necessary and prescribed therapy.
Strike 2: Massage Therapists Excluded from Developmentally Disabled
Then, 118 LMTs in Florida lost their jobs and hundreds of developmentally disabled vulnerable recipients were left to sit daily in wheelchairs, left without therapy that helped their circulation and flexibility.
Strike 3: Therapists and Massage Therapy Excluded from FL Auto PIP
Well, you most likely heard by now (if you have been reading Massage Today) or been involved with FL LMT's, that Governor Rick Scott accused massage therapists of insurance fraud. Rick Scott who himself was accused of the largest Medicare Fraud in history with the hospitals he owned (HCA). Google Rick Scott or Dick Scott & HCA for the complete history including a whistle blowers report.
Was there fraud? Is there ongoing fraud? Will there always be fraud? Were massage therapists along with other health care providers involved in some fraudulent cases? YES to all. However, there are built in statutes to handle fraudulent insurance claims. There are reports of millions of dollars lost to fraud in Medicare each year, but they don't kick all the doctors out of the right to treat patients and file claims because of a few who committed fraud. But a massage therapist? YES, we, who work by a written physician's prescription, we, who normally charge the lower end of the fee scale, we, who put more time and effort in to patient treatment, care and concern, we are the ones kicked to the curb. Hundreds of Florida massage therapists claim they have lost their jobs, lost their hope, are unable to pay student loans and so forth since this PIP law went into place by Governor Scott on May 4, 2012.
Well, I personally decided to not take a back seat to this unfair, discriminating law against us. Will you stand up with me and our attorneys and help us fight this before they continue to errode our rights to practice and be reimbursed equally and fairly across the nation?
Stand up for what's right, keep posted and contribute whatever you possibly can and please share with all. Please visit www.flpipdefensefund.com for United Practitioners Organization, Inc.
There is no way on earth that I can ever thank Constitutional Attorney, Luke Lirot and his partner in this journey, Adam S. Levine, M.D.,J.D, for their faith in me, Kevin Johnson, CEO of Advanced Mobile Diagnostic Group and our Plaintiffs to help them stand up for massage therapy, massage therapists and our profession in general by spreading the word and by collecting contributions to pay their expenses, time and effort to fight for justice for all.
In spite of all other attorneys saying it couldn't be done, they have already won in court three times and are prepared to go before the Appellate Court Judge to once again present their oral arguments in our favor to obtain a permanent injunction while the case proceeds.
In my 29 years of dealing with insurance, legal cases and attorneys, including personal situations, I have never been as completely and timely informed of the step by step legal process as I have been while working with Attorneys Luke Lirot and Adam Levine.
Because I know the value of being kept in the loop, I want you to be as well. So herein are some of the documents that you can read if you care to know what has been going on in this case since the beginning of this lawsuit right up to date where the attorneys have filed their latest answer to the State's motion to have the injunction dismissed once and for all. Included you will find Amicus Curiae Briefs filed on behalf of FL State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), FL Chiropractic Association (FCA) the FL Acupuncturist Assoc. and the FL State Oriental Medical Association and the FL Justice Association (FJA) who are filing on our side. Against us are associations or organizations representing hundreds of insurance companies for the State of Florida (OIR). All of these documents are available at the above mentioned website.
In the documents, you will see the chronological order from the first time it was filed in State Court, dismissed, filed in Federal Court, back to State Court, hearing set by different Judge and his ruling for temporary injunction while the case proceeds through legal channels. From there, the State of Florida, OIR was allowed an Automatic Stay (invalidating the injunction) because it is a government entity.
However, because under the law if one party can show more harm than the other side, the Judge could then rule to Vacate that Stay, keeping the injunction in place. Attorneys Luke Lirot and Adam Levine once again presented a witness and oral arguments against the State of Florida OIR, the Judge did rule to Vacate the Stay and we were back in business for a few days. Then the state of Florida OIR filed an appeal with the 1st District Court of Appeals thereby putting us on hold again. But the 1st District Court of Appeals ruled that the Circuit Court Judge's ruling stands. So we are back in business once again. But wait! Not so fast. Insurance companies are stating because they were not sued individually instead of the state office that regulates them, they are not required to follow the court order so some are refusing to pay massage therapists and acupuncturists or follow the rest of the court order. State Farm is following the order.
So the case goes on and we fully expect to win for all Florida consumers whose right to utilize the full benefits they pay for are back in place, until their right to choose medical providers and services is back in place and until massage therapists and acupuncturists are back to work and until chiropractors can once again make emergency medical determinations.
See the documents to get the full picture of what has been and is happening. Know we are here for you. I am personally excited for this opportunity to do all I can for the profession and to thank each and every one of you who come from nearly all 50 states who have already donated to our cause. I ask that you stay posted on all that is happening and ask all your friends, co -workers, family, vendors and consumers to donate to make this one of the most successful adventures this profession has ever seen. Check out the corporation set up specifically to fight this law and collect contributions to assist. United Practitioners Organization, Inc. www.flpipdefensefund.com.
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