The relationship between massage therapists and insurance companies is historically tenuous. Insurers have positioned themselves as guardians of health care spending for their customers and appear critical of the efficacy of massage therapists and the value of dollars spent, sometimes denying claims, questioning outcomes, and crediting only “short-term pain relief.”
A little-known research group inside the prime minister's own department has been looking at whether public servants should be offered electronic fitness-tracking devices to help reduce their health insurance premiums.
Chronic understaffing, long wait times and chaotic case management at Ontario's workers compensation board are putting vulnerable accident victims at risk, compromising the integrity of the provincial compensation system, and jeopardizing financial accountability, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's own employees.
In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company.
When Lisa Blanden got a phone call from the insurance company about a client who was claiming more than $3,000 worth of massage therapy treatments, she checked her records and was flabbergasted. She knew the client was being dishonest.
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has released communication material in an effort to help reduce fraud in health-care services for auto insurance and provides suggestions on what health practitioners can do to protect themselves.
In our previous article we discussed offering third party insurance billing and how that benefits your patients and your business. Now, let’s describe and “rate” (good, better, best) the technologies that are available for the electronic claims submission process for your clinic.
TORONTO – A growing and aging population is adding pressure to Ontario's health-care system and spending isn't keeping up – a situation that could result in compromised quality of care if left unaddressed, the province's fiscal watchdog warned Wednesday.
Third-party billing is when a health-care provider submits claims on behalf of patients to health insurance providers (the third party). The purpose is to manage and direct payment for treatment and services rendered to the patients.
Health spending in Canada is expected to reach $6,604 per capita this year – or about $200 more per person compared to last year – according to a report released Tuesday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Running a successful health-care practice requires both medical and business expertise. It is critical to stay on top of day-to-day finances to manage the ups and downs of a competitive market. What happens when the time comes to take the practice to the next level, or an emergency strikes?
I've been deliberating for some time over whether to raise my professional service fees. My practice is located in a small city where an automaker – the major industry in this town – laid off thousands of workers years ago. Tourism and other industries have suffered, and I suspect many shopkeepers and service providers have wrestled with their pricing decisions for fear of customer reprisal. It causes me to reflect on how I, and my colleagues, set pricing.
We have assembled a small collection of the more important recent events of 2018 that may have an impact on your practice in 2019.
More companies report cancelling plans for office parties this holiday season. It's not surprising, given news reports that one in three office workers has done something they regret at a holiday party.
Your personal identity may fall at the mercy of sophisticated hackers on many websites, but when it comes to health data breaches, hospitals, doctors offices and even insurance companies are oftentimes the culprits.
We often hear about clients receiving threatening correspondence from legal entities about misusing copyrighted material on their website or social media platforms. These letters typically demand that they immediately stop using the copyrighted material and pay the owner a hefty fine amounting to hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Practitioners have even received letters for using copyrighted material in their printed intake forms.
It’s no small feat to build a stable practice over time. A successful practitioner eventually develops enough professional relationships to serve a small practice population. But sole practice has its drawbacks – isolation can contribute to limited engagement, learning from others and professional self-reflection, suppressing a practitioner’s growth.
Massage therapists strive to help their clients live healthy lives. So it’s only natural that this concern extends to creating a healthy environment, too.
MCLEAN, VA—Binary Fountain has released the findings of its second annual "Healthcare Consumer Insight & Digital Engagement" survey.
A job interview with a potential employer. A presentation to a group of investors. A first meeting with your soon to be father-in-law. These situations can make even the toughest person weak in the knees. And in every case it's because they lack confidence. Exuding confidence can make you more approachable, likeable, authoritative, and viewed as a leader. But no one can be confident all the time.
For many business owners, the lure of social media is hard to resist. It offers the ability to reach and engage their market on their own terms, to promote their products and services, and the freedom to do it all from the kitchen table or smart phone. And the best part is that it's free. Or is it?
After more than ten years of social media, one could argue that companies and their owners are still shouting instead of listening, promoting instead of educating, or following company policies instead of customer needs. This kind of behavior will only lead to less interest, less loyalty and fewer sales.
For those of you who have created a LinkedIn profile just because it seemed like the right thing to do, consider this your secret strategy session to finding new opportunities, new clients, or just keeping on top of industry news.
According to a study commissioned by GoDaddy, 60 per cent of small businesses don't have a website. Factor in that, according to Google, 97 per cent of consumers search online for businesses and products before making a purchase, and it could be argued that having a professional website is essential for success. Regardless of your industry, your website needs to accomplish some key objectives.
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