February 2020 Health Newsletter

February 14, 2020

Dear Friends,

We have been occupied of late with paperwork. Some of you already know that I consider it the bane of my existence. But, no matter if I like it or not, it must be done. I can't even pretend that I like it or that, generally, I feel accomplished when I finish something, because there is a long line of more to do following right behind. But today, I am glad to say, some of the paperwork has paid off!

We have been in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield /Horizon for a good number of years. We had been assigned as an Omnia Tier 2 practitioner by the company. However, through some effort, patience and paperwork, we have been accepted both as an Omnia Tier 1 provider and into the Hackensack Meridian Health Partner "Inner Circle". For people with Omnia plans, that means there is a lower deductible and co-pay in our office than before... often much lower. And, the "Inner Circle" designation means that any of the Hackensack Meridian Health employees are able to use in-network benefits at great savings in out of pocket costs.

In, addition, we are (and have been) in network with Medicare, and numerous Medicare Advantage plans through AARP, United Healthcare, Oxford and Aetna. There are some exceptions, but we can check for you. Optum Health policies require frequent paperwork and pre-certification, but we are also in that network. First MCO has added us to their Worker's Compensation panel of providers, as has MedRisk. So, if you are injured at work and your WC insurance is administered by these companies, you can be treated in our office for your injuries. Check with your human resources department and report any incidents immediately to make sure that you are covered.

The reason that we are willing to go through the paperwork is to offer a better level of quality Chiropractic care to our patients! Times are tough, money is tight. Even though coverage is better than years ago, patients are still at risk from those who would deny them the care families need to stay healthy or regain health. We want to lower stress levels and help you take care of yourself, your family and friends as efficiently and effectively as possible!

Take it as a token of our respect and affection for the best patients in the world, i.e., all of you!

Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and  Friday 9 - 1 and 3 -6 and Saturdays 9 - 1. Call 201-525-0707 to make an appointment with Jolanta, Joan, or Debi.

All the best and we'll see you soon!

Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.

 

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Current Articles

» Chiropractors on Capitol Hill Push for Improved Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries
» Electric Bikes and Scooters Associated with Severe Injuries
» Most Sustained Weight Loss Lowers Womenís Breast Cancer Risk
» Rate us on Social Media

Chiropractors on Capitol Hill Push for Improved Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries  
More than 700 chiropractors and chiropractic students from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. today to urge Congress to support H.R. 3654, legislation that would give Medicare beneficiaries improved coverage of non-drug services for pain relief, potentially helping some to avoid using prescription opioid pain medications.† Boosting support for H.R. 3654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act, was a focus this year at the American Chiropractic Associationís (ACA) annual meeting and advocacy event, ACA Engage.† The bipartisan bill would enable beneficiaries to more easily access the chiropractic profession's broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management.† During a kick-off event, ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC, told attendees, "You are intimately familiar with the issues facing your patients.† No one is better to deliver that message [to Capitol Hill]." Dr. Jones was followed by John Rosa, DC, a nationally recognized expert on the opioid crisis who serves as a consultant to the White House and federal agencies.† Dr. Rosa discussed the positive response to chiropractic he has received in healthcare policy circles where solutions to the opioid crisis are discussed.† "We are part of this solution," he noted.† Dr. Rosa said that chiropractors can offer the added advantage of prevention and health promotion services, such as advice on diet, exercise and injury prevention, which can potentially help patients prevent pain before it starts.† "Lifestyle and pain management.† We are that missing piece, and we have been for a long time," he said. Speaker Bonnie S. Hillsberg, DC, MHA, MEd, of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Division of Tribal Affairs, explained that opioids are a major problem in the Native American/Alaskan Native community as well, and that chiropractic services can be an important tool in alleviating their reliance on pain medications.† "Non-drug approaches have become an important strategy in stemming the national problem of opioid overuse and abuse," she said.† Rounding out the morning's line up was Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established as part of the Affordable Care Act to fund research to help patients, caregivers, and healthcare practitioners make evidence-based, patient-centered healthcare decisions.† Dr. Goertz said that she is encouraged not only by ongoing research into chiropractic's effectiveness but also emerging trends in health care that emphasize providers working collaboratively to help patients.† Additionally, ACA Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy John Falardeau presented the ACA's Congressional Health Care Leadership Award to Jessica Burnell, a health care policy advisor in the office of Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), lead sponsor of H.R. 3654.† ACA Engage is the premier national conference for doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic assistants and chiropractic students.† ACA Engage (formerly called NCLC) has a long history of bringing together industry leaders from all over the country to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.† The program has expanded to also include a robust variety of education offerings (with CE credits available), speeches from respected thought leaders and panel discussions that delve into important topics.† The new name reflects the associationís efforts to position the chiropractic profession for success by engaging a new generation of doctors with these exciting education, career and leadership development opportunities.

Author:American Chiropractic Association
Source:Acatoday.com. January 30, 2020
Copyright:American Chiropractic Association 2020


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Electric Bikes and Scooters Associated with Severe Injuries  

Electric bikes (commonly referred to as "E-bikes") and powered scooters are growing in popularity and as a result, their associated injuries are on the rise.† Unfortunately, the pattern of injuries resulting from the use of these powered wheeled devices is more severe than their non-electric and non-powered counterparts.† According to 2000 to 2017 data from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the injury data showed:†

  • E-bike injuries were more likely include internal injuries and require hospital admission
  • E-bike injuries were more than 3 times more likely to involve a collision with a pedestrian than either pedal bicycles or powered scooters
  • E-bike injuries have been increasing dramatically, especially among older persons
  • Powered scooter injuries were nearly 3 times more likely to result in concussion†

Be smart and be aware.† If you decide to use an electric/powered scooter or bike, be cautious and wear the appropriate safety equipment, including a properly fitted helmet as well as knee, elbow and if applicable, wrist guards.† Eye protection and appropriate clothing should additionally be considered.†

Did you know doctors of chiropractic are specifically trained in the diagnosis and care of soft tissue injuries?† If you have sustained an injury from an E-bike, scooter or any other wheeled equipment, call us today!† We can quickly diagnosis and care for you and your injury, getting you back to healthy and happy, safely and quickly!

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Injury Prevention, online November 11, 2019.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2020


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Most Sustained Weight Loss Lowers Womenís Breast Cancer Risk  

Women 50 years and older who lose a modest amount of weight and keep it off can reduce their risk for acquiring breast cancer, according to researchers.† Researchers set out to identify if weight loss in women 50+ would reduce their risk of breast cancer.† Weight loss was defined as 4 pounds or more lost and maintained over a 10-year period. Data from more than 180,000 women was evaluated.† Compared with women with stable weight during study period, women with sustained weight loss had a lower risk of breast cancer.† Researchers concludes, "These results suggest that sustained weight loss, even modest amounts, is associated with lower breast cancer risk for women aged ≥50 years. Breast cancer prevention may be a strong weight loss motivator for the two-thirds of American women who are overweight or obese."

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online December 17, 2019.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2020


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Rate us on Social Media  

Are you the type of person that posts on social media a couple of times a day? The one who tells your friends about the new bagel shop you found, or the best place for brunch? Do you share those great things that "just happened"?

So, then, how do you tell someone where to go to get gentle, experienced, compassionate Chiropractic care? How do you help someone find a way to great health, overcome ignorance or fear? How can you support our wellness practice? Why not rate us on Yelp and Google? I'd like to leave it to those of you who are web-savvy to help other needy people find the way to our office and to live a healthier life. There are buttons on our website Drmania.com to rate us from your phone or online.

The website is very mobile friendly and office hours, phone and directions are easy to find. Email me with suggestions for the site. Do you or a friend have a question about what Chiropractic can do for you? Check out the DrMania.com website and give us a call...I'll gladly arrange a few minutes to answer a question about a problem. Thanks for your support!

Author:Dr. Mania
Source:self
Copyright:Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2017


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