I accept Regence Blue Shield and Premera Blue Cross. Both Companies require that you have a pain condition AND a loss of function.
That means that you MUST also have some degree of not being
able to sit, stand, walk, stair climb, lift, work, personal care, drive, or sleep because of or in addition to your pain.
Each has different requirements and benefits that you will need to know and be responsible for. Please read more at these pages: Regence Blue Shield and Premera Blue Cross
ALL Plans require that massage therapy be medically necessary and each plan has their own specific definition of what that means. Check your policy. Here are some sample definitions of medical necessity.
All insurance claims must have a prescription from your doctor with a diagnosis in order to be processed, no matter what the insurance company says. A prescription is different from a referral. Some plans will say that you do not need a referral, but you still will need a prescription. A prescription will provide a diagnosis code and a treatment plan stating the number of sessions the doctor is prescribing and the duration. (Example: 1x a week for 6 weeks)
You will be allowed 6 sessions to be completed without prior-authorization. After that, your insurance requires that I obtain a prior-authorization from a company they have hired called eviCore, before completing more sessions.
Insurance will only cover
massage if there is an injury or condition that makes it medically
necessary to get a massage. Medically necessary massage therapy is done once or twice a week depending on the prescription and condition.
It does not cover massage just for stress, anxiety or depression.
It does not cover maintenance or preventative massage. Each insurance company has their own definition of maintenance massage. I define it as massage therapy done once a month, every three weeks or every other week. Massage must be done (time allowing) once a week for massage to give the best benefits. I have to show that there is improvement in your condition.
It does not cover soreness due to exercise.
Some of the conditions that massage can help and that your health insurance will cover are:
Use this handy insurance verification form (PDF) if you call your insurance to investigate your massage therapy benefits.
Massage Supervision Groups Starting March 2014 in Downtown Seattle.
Where:1402 Third Ave Suite 1428. Vance Building (3rd and Union) next to Gelatiamo and Bartells on the 14th floor.
When: Last Wednesday of the month for 6 months.
March 26, April 28, May 28, June 25, July 30, Aug 27, 2014
11 am to 1 pm.
Supervision Groups are groups of massage therapists who meet regularly to get the support that you need in being a successful massage therapist - whether you are running your own business or are and IC or employee. The many challenges of being a massage therapists can often lead to stress, burnout and career ending issues. You don't have to do this alone!
Cost and commitment:
$600 for 6 months of group sessions meeting once a month. Also includes online support in closed Facebook Group and 1 hour of in-person or Skype individual session.
Minimum number needed to start the group is 4. Maximum 6 people. If you miss a class for any reason (sickness, emergencies, vacations or anything) you will still have to pay to keep your space in the group. If you must withdraw, a one month notice is required to complete closure with the group. Refunds will be made accordingly minus a $100 cancellation fee.
Check, Paypal, Visa/MC. Payment due on March 12. Payments can be broken up into two payments -$300 by March 12 and remaining $300 due on June meeting. Or $110 per month/pay as you go each month with 6 month commitment.
Our first session we will agree to privacy and meet group members. We will talk about what you want to be getting out of this group.
Everything that happens or is said in supervision, stays in supervision! Each week, you will come in with whatever challenge you are having. Each of the group members may also have something they want to talk about. Often many are dealing with the same issues. We will determine as a group, who will begin and how much time is requested. Not everyone will get to present a case/issue every time. It is up to each member to request time and learn to support others too.
The basic premise for supervision groups that I have adapted is : "No fixing, no saving, no setting each other straight" from Parker Palmer Circles of Trust.
So what is left to do? Listen to your peers and being heard is one of the most powerful aspects of being human. When are needs for being heard are met, often many other things fall into place. You will be learning active listening skills which is also a big part of being present for your clients.
We can deal with the many challenges of practice such as figuring out your Ideal Client and setting a framework for your business that supports you. You can also talk about challenging clients and situations in your practice or with your jobs/positions.
We can also have specific topics for discussion around challenging situations or issues in building a career/practice.
I can help you with things on your websites, insurance billing and marketing too depending on the needs of the group and the time allotted.
Please fill out this application by March 12, 2014 and return to me with payment.
Who is teaching this course?
Julie Onofrio, LMP has been a massage therapist for over 25 years and has been actively helping other massage therapists on www.massagepracticebuilder.com. I found supervision in around 2002 or rather it found me!
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