The Secondary Insurance Plan
I have a patient that has Medicare, but also has a secondary insurance plan that does cover acupuncture. How do I bill Medicare to get a denial so that I may bill this secondary payer?
Why Take X-Rays When You Already Have an MRI?
Let's clear up the issue regarding the efficacy of plain-film studies when an MRI study has already been performed. I review imaging studies primarily for chiropractors, and often their patients have been to other health care providers before finding their way to a DC.
The Certified Practitioner
Certified Chinese herb practitioners often identify themselves with the credentials "LAc" (Licensed acupuncturist).
#TechPain: Causes, Solutions
For the past several decades, the science of ergonomics has blossomed. The workplace is much safer and life is generally more pleasant thanks to the application of ergonomic principles.
Does Dairy Cause Dampness?
The topic of dairy consumption was brought up at a scalp acupuncture seminar I recently attended.
The Classical Texts & Integrative Medicine
The acupuncture profession has been undergoing many changes in the past years. There has been a shift towards a more integrative approach to medicine as more hospitals include integrative departments.
The Hidden Hip in LBP: Critical Screening Tests
In 1998, Harvey used this test on 117 elite athletes and found excellent interrater reliability to differentially assess iliopsoas, quadriceps or TFL/ITB tightness.
Trending: CBD / Hemp Oil
A recent survey of DCs regarding cannabidiol (CBD) / hemp oil provides food for thought as to the viability of CBD-based products as a component of chiropractic patient care. Here are some observations from the executive summary of the survey:
"Community Care" for Vets: It's Really a Big Deal!
As a preamble, while I regrettably never served in the military, I have the highest respect for those who did and those who currently serve.
NCCAOM: A Route to National Certification
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is offering a route to achieve national certification—without having to take any of the NCCAOM exams. This is specifically for California licensed acupuncturists that meet the eligibility requirements.
Autoimmunity, Gut Health and Diet: Connect the Dots
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), autoimmune disease is recognized in approximately 24 million individuals in the U.S., consisting of more than 80 various disorders that contribute to the top 10 causes of death in female children and women of all age groups.
Vaccines & Autism (Part 1)
It turns out chronic inflammation is the driver of autism expression. Unfortunately, those who emotionally embrace the vaccine issue rarely, if ever, consider this relationship, which hinders a rational view of the vaccine issue.
UnitedHealthcare Can't Seem to Keep Chiropractic Down
AA decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven.
Treating Pain With Nutrition
Back in 1910, when D.D. Palmer published The Chiropractor's Adjuster and introduced the world to what he called the "triad of health" – thoughts, trauma and toxins – he explained that the body can only be made optimally healthy if all three aspects of health are addressed.
Help Shape the New Neck Pain Best Practices Guideline
The Clinical Compass (originally the Council on Guidelines and Practice Parameters – CCGPP) has issued a call for interested chiropractic clinicians to help shape a new best practices guideline for chiropractic care of neck pain.
It's All About That Ki
As an industry are we shifting too much toward a Western mind set? We strive to understand how acupuncture works using imaging and extensive studies. We spend numerous hours of our training learning Western medicine and learning to speak their language. What happened to our core though?
Art of the Associateship: It's OK to Trust, But Verify
Trust is a valuable part of any business relationship. It serves as the foundation for all business operations and ultimately long-term success for owners, employees and customers. This is especially true in the world of health care.
Blockchain Health Records?
Keeping data secure has become a nightmare for the average consumer. Just consider general user account hacks on Yahoo (3 billion records compromised), eBay (145 million records compromised) and Facebook (87 million records compromised), to health record breaches involving Anthem Blue Cross (78 million records compromised) and TRICARE (almost 5 million records compromised).
A Resting of the Soul
In my pursuit of being a skilled health care provider, I focus on reading journals, attending classes, staying current on medicinal research, and choosing the correct billing codes. However, most of us would never have started down this career path if there wasn't something more.
CBD for Athletes: The Advantages of Cannibidiol
For athletes, pain is often part of their sport or activity. And to a certain extent, it is to be expected. However, after pushing themselves to the limit, soreness and fatigue set in, hampering their ability to perform and recover.
Reducing Hip, Knee & Shoulder Replacements (Part 2)
In the first article in this series, "Early Detection Reduces Hip, Knee, & Shoulder Replacements," I described time tested screening procedures and perspectives as indicators of when to encourage your patients to seek further medical evaluation.
End of Life Treatment
TCM looks death in the face. We do not camouflage it as if it were poisonous. "We must allow our patients to die but we cannot allow them to perish," was my first lesson the day I met my teacher as a teenager.
Why the Automatic Denials for Modifiers 25 and 59?
Your experience is one shared by many chiropractic providers who bill through those plans. It appears to be the national trend, but by far is more prominent in Texas and Illinois.
Valuable Adjunctive Therapies
Based on the latest CDC statistics, more than 795,000 Americans have strokes per year, 140,000 of which are lethal. Approximately 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic with an estimated health care and missed work cost of $34 billion annually.1
Confessions of a Former Drug Rep: Statins Are Endangering Your Overweight Patients
As I sit at my desk on the sixth anniversary of my successful liver transplant, I can't help but reflect on what caused that life-threatening ordeal. Looking back on my personal situation, I want to offer my insight into what is happening routinely to many patients.
Facebook Marketing 101
Many of the health care practitioners we work with have smaller practices. The provider tends to wear many hats – office manager, salesperson and healer.
News in Brief
WFC Among Founding Members of Global Rehab Alliance; HealthSource Selects GoChiroTV as Exclusive Digital Signage Partner; Western States' Online Degree Programs Among Best in the Nation; Logan University, University of Missouri-St. Louis Forge Partnership.
Doc, Are You a Social Media Holdout? Your Future Is Now
Whether you like it or not, to compete in any business, even chiropractic, you really should know and consider using social media. It is no longer a small, sleepy, local world we live in; it has become a far-reaching community.
A Bold Strategy to Take Chiropractic to New Heights
Building public awareness of an entire profession requires strategic planning – especially when it pertains to the exploration of ground-breaking marketing tactics that target new audiences with key messaging about the value of chiropractic care.
October, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 10
The Road Less Traveled
By Angie Patrick
Recently, I have had the opportunity to attend a couple of events off the beaten path from my usual trade show and convention stomping grounds. This year, I wanted to make a concerted effort to find out what is going on in some of the places I had not historically frequented.Most years, you can be sure I will be at the American Massage Therapy Association's national convention, as well as the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention. These two powerhouse annual events are always informative, fun and full of friendly faces. Some I have known for years, and more that I have the privilege of meeting for the first time. I will most definitely be in attendance for these events in 2009, but this year, I thought I might branch out a bit more and see what is happening in other parts of the world as well.
A few months ago, I attended the Ontario Massage Trade Conference in Ontario, Canada and the New England Regional Conference in Framingham, Mass., and most recently, I attended the World Massage Festival in New Braunfels, Texas. I have also presented on Massage Therapy Radio. All of these events have opened my eyes to the importance of supporting more local events as well as the larger and more nationally recognized events. At these venues, I have had the incredible fortune of meeting therapists from all walks of life, coming together for a common goal; they come to learn and be a part of a community. The education available at these events is certainly worthy of note with well-known names heading the lineup, and the exhibit halls were packed with vendors and products for massage and wellness! I was able to slow down a little bit and experience these events not only from a vendor's perspective, but also from the attendees. In being afforded this different view, I am more excited than ever before about learning of more regional venues, and seeing what they have to offer.
I would offer this piece of advice to anyone who thinks they may not need to attend these events because of cost, time, inconvenience, or any of the countless other excuses we can come up with: SIMPLY GO. Being surrounded by your peers in a place that has the profession you love at heart, immersed in an environment of healers like yourself is truly something every therapist should experience and take part in. I can certainly attest to the value of these events for students just starting their career, as it is an event saturated in industry leaders, both locally and nationally recognized, sharing first-hand knowledge and tips to aide them in building a better, more lucrative career. If you are a school owner, instructor, director, or involved with education in any way, I urge you to work to make it mandatory for your students to spend time at these events. The exposure to the various modalities and products to support them is tremendous; moreover, gaining a sense of the "State of Affairs" in the massage industry as a whole is absolutely invaluable.
I had the distinct honor of being invited to sit on a panel of industry leaders at the recent World Massage Festival, and the discussion was open to attendees in the form of a question and answer forum. It was truly an eye opener for me, as I listened to questions of the attendees and the answers from my fellow panel members. I learned more in those hours about the grass roots industry and the issues the average therapists face daily than I could have learned in any other forum. I was honored to be involved with that panel discussion, and the take away I obtained from that experience is quite simply: "get involved."
What do I mean by get involved? In my vernacular, it means get off your duff and volunteer; go out and advocate for your profession by being an active member of your AMTA chapter and its events; become a part of the groups speaking on your behalf at the state level where decisions effecting your practice are made; make your voice heard in the medical field by advocating massage; support fundraising for further massage research which quantifies the positive outcomes of massage therapy; and above all else, BE an active part of this great community of healers.
In New England, I was delighted to meet so many therapists already in practice as well as those on the cusp of beginning their career. The professionalism in the attendees as it regards to their self-esteem and belief in massage as true therapy without exception or compromise was inspiring! In Ontario, I met people who cared for the profession, industry, and sustainability of the products they use. Their focus was on the ecology and the footprint they leave as much as it was upon healing the human condition. And in speaking on Massage Therapy Radio, I was asked questions about products, about business, about economics and about the fundraising event, Sanctuary, which Massage Warehouse facilitates to bring greater awareness and funding for massage therapy research. Each of these events has shown me another beautiful facet of massage therapy, and makes me proud to be a part of this community of healers and custodians of the planet.
There are so many things you can do to support and broaden the scope of acceptance and growth for the future of the massage industry. The one thing that will absolutely guarantee stagnation and industry deterioration is to opt to do nothing. To be one of the ones who is "too busy" or "too tired" to be involved is to be one of the root causes of quagmire. Great changes occur because of people willing to make the change, and willing to do what needs to be done to effect positive outcome. Those who actively learn, attend, and present" are making the active choice to be involved. Call them activists, advocates, or any other moniker your heart desires, but the bottom line remains the same. These people get it done, and without them we have no growth and no future.
I choose to be one of those who gets it done. And I want to learn more, do more, be a part of more and create positive momentum and energy for the profession I love so much, and offer my support to those who choose to do the same. I will continue to seek out the road less traveled, as well as continue to frequent and support the tried and true paths I now know so well. I will be a part of the growth, and I will do all I can to leave a legacy of hope, activism, encouragement and support for this incredible profession and the beautiful souls who comprise it.
What do you choose to do?
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