PODCAST Episode 1: Can Massage Therapists improve relations with the insurance industry?
The relationship between massage therapists and insurance companies can be a tenuous one.
Without provincial health funding, clients of RMTs rely heavily on employee health benefit plans (EHBPs) to finance their massage therapy care. Worker’s compensation and auto-insurance are reportedly tough to work with, and increasingly insurers attempt to position themselves as guardians of health care funding.
With adversity rising in relations with some insurers, practitioners worry for this source of funding while insurers are critical on whether utilization of massage therapy provides real value for dollars spent.
In this edition of On The Table, we speak with RMTAO Executive Director Andrew Lewarne on his conversations with GreenShield, the concerns insurance companies are expressing, and what the massage therapy profession can do to improve insurer relations.
About Andrew Lewarne
Before his current position, Andrew worked as an RMT for 20 years in a variety of practice business models. Andrew served on the Board of Directors of the RMTAO acting as both the Chair of the Audit/Finance Committee as well as Vice-Chair. Andrew acted as the Examinations Officer for the College of Massage Therapists’ of Ontario (CMTO), and as an Expert Witness for the CMTO and other law enforcement agencies province-wide.
Consider the insurer’s perspective