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A Conversation With Dr. Betty Edmond
This month's column is an exclusive interview with Betty Edmond MD, newly elected CEO/President of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas.
True Practice Mobility for the Chiropractic Profession
When natural disasters occur, chiropractors can literally travel to the other side of the world to offer humanitarian relief in less than a day. The chiropractor's license to legally practice, however, can't make it past the state line.
Five Branches University Has First Hospital TCM Residency
Established in 1984, Five Branches University (FBU) has campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose, Calif., which serve the communities of Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay, and Silicon Valley.
Let's Clear Up the Collection Confusion
This is an often-misunderstood practice swirling with misinformation. First, a few basics: Insurance is a contract between the patient and the insurance company. The insurance company is simply making a payment for services or care on behalf of the patient.
Acupuncture Points: Broadening Our Scope and Diagnostic Work
As every practitioner knows, the correct diagnosis is everything. Most healing disciplines rely on the use of symptomatology for their treatment implementation. Beyond symptomatology, we have clinical tests to provide more objective findings.
A New Year and Vision for the ACA
Inadequate pain management coupled with the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse has taken a severe toll on the lives of millions of people in the United States. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids.
News in Brief
Updated Neck Pain & Whiplash Guideline; Attention, IHS DCs; New VP of Institutional Advancement At Palmer; N.J. DC Interns At U.S. Olympic Training Center; Chiropractic Society Of R.I. On The Front Lines.
Shoulder Rehab: Start With the Scapula
The scapula is an incredible display of elegance and movement within the biomechanics of human motion. It's evolved for mobility and stability in the scapulo-thoracic region, giving us the ability to do things that are uniquely human, such as throwing with accuracy.
The Case Report: A Valuable Tool
Case reports are a valuable form of descriptive research. The most basic form of practice-based research, a case report is a detailed account of the history, presenting symptoms, assessment, observations, treatment and follow-up of an individual patient, discussed in the context of prior and potential future research.
Low Back Pain in Running Athletes
After 7 million years of adapting to upright postures, the lumbar spine and pelvis have become remarkably adept at managing ground-reactive forces associated with running.
Another Step Forward for Chiropractic
Chiropractic is now available to 86,000-plus Latter-Day Saints missionaries and you are invited to become a provider. LDS membership in not required; our only concern is that our missionaries get the best quality care available.
The winter season is upon us and offers unique challenges for the clinician and patient alike. To effectively navigate through the winter season there are two main TCM medicinals, Huang Qi and Gan Jiang, to consider, as well as two important formulas which feature these two TCM treasures.
The Acupuncture Channel System (Part 1)
The earliest Chinese reference to channels is in the Mawangdui Medical Manuscripts,1 which are dated to the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty (475 BC-221 AD). The text presents 11 channels. There are no acupuncture points listed in those channels.
An Education in Gluten Sensitivity
A relatively new syndrome officially documented as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or gluten sensitivity (GS) was officially recognized and published in the new list of gluten-related disorders in 2012.
We Get Letters & Email
Our Country Needs Us Between Elections, Too; Continuing Care: We Aren't There Yet; Our Associations Need to Do More.
An Opportunity & a Responsibility
Nearly 80 Americans die from an opioid-related overdose every day, and spine-related pain is one of the principle drivers of opioid use. This unfortunate situation creates both an opportunity and a responsibility.
Flirting With Alternative Therapies
There are about as many adjunct therapies being marketed to acupuncturists as there are acupuncturists. While some may remain purist in their application of traditional Chinese medicine, others choose to explore new horizons of treatment.
Qigong for Substance Abuse
It is commonly believed that substance abuse, in addition to harming one’s physiological state, hurts the spirit. There is also a belief that one’s spirit does not weaken due to substance abuse, but rather, the person finds solace in addiction due to an already weak spirit.
Scar Reduction With Acupuncture & Microneedling (Part 2)
Protocols & treatment Timing
Crow Like the Rooster
As we welcome in the Year of the Rooster, we look at some of its major characteristics: confidence and communication, which suits the image we have of the Rooster...strutting in the farmyard, crowing to the others that it's time to wake up.
Anti-Aging With Dr. Ping Zhang
Jennifer Waters, TCM practitioner and writer of the Acupuncture Today column, "Talking With the Masters" sat down with Dr. Ping Zhang to discuss aniti-aging with acupuncture.
Prepare for the End, From the Beginning: Wealth Building and Retirement with the Tao
Yin and yang flow into and out from one another continually. Beginnings become endings and endings become beginnings again. Wholeness and cycles are the nature of Tao.
Nutrition for Menopause: Front-Line Therapy for All Phases
Of all the changes women experience during their reproductive life, there is no doubt the most dreaded are the three phases of menopause. This is not surprising since all of the symptoms associated with menopause are replete with unpleasantness.
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.
Click here for previous articles by Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT.
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