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Code Connection: 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.
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.
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?'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
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.
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?
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.
March, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 03
Letter to the Editor
By Michelle Lisenbee
In the January 2016 issue of Massage Today magazine, an article by Martha Menard caught my eye. It was entitled, "Integration: Team-Based Care and Collaborative Practice are the Future of Healthcare." When I read the title, my first thought was, "Hey! We're already doing that!"
"We" are Casey Health Institute, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Created in 2011, under the leadership of Dr. David Fogel and Dr. Ilana Bar-Levav, with the vision of "creating a new model of integrative health care that transforms the patient/provider relationship in the context of a non-profit, community based health center. Casey Health is working to advance the way medicine in America is practiced, using innovative economic and medical models of care. We are building a team based collaborative culture in which people will value and actively engage in their own health and well-being." (www.caseyhealth.org/about-our-practice/mission-vision/) I heard about Casey Health several years ago and came to work with them in August of 2015. I am a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Massage Therapist. I currently serve Casey Health in my capacity as a nurse, but bring my massage skills as well.
Our practice is truly a collaborative one and unique in its approach to health care. Every day, our team of providers strives to create an environment of healing for the people that come to us. At this time, we offer integrative primary care, acupuncture, chiropractic, behavioral health, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, massage therapy, reiki, yoga therapy and health coaching all under one roof.
We have weekly staff meetings where providers can discuss patient care, ask questions, think through treatment plans, observe outcomes, and make recommendations. Our providers sit together daily in our "team room," where they are available to each other throughout the day for "in-the-moment" consults or questions. Everyone is strongly encouraged to bring new ideas to the table and we experiment often in an attempt to discover better ways of caring for our patients.
We truly believe that providing conscious, collaborative, team-based care that focuses on the patient as a whole person will produce better outcomes for everyone and is the future of healthcare. It makes me happy to see this model gaining recognition among other disciplines like massage therapy, and to see magazines like yours encouraging therapists to find ways to collaborate with other integrative practitioners in their area. Keep up the good work!
Michelle Lisenbee, RN, LMT (Board Certified)
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