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Insurance Billing – Part 3 – Insurances Rates

In Part 1 of insurance billing I mentioned a scenario where fictitious LMP, Sally, billed $120 per massage and the insurance only allowed $58 to be paid out by them and the patient. Why is there a discrepancy? Every insurance company decides what they are going to pay out for each covered service. They set […]

Massage Laws Series

I like to be thorough, very thorough. It makes sense to take extra care when following laws, especially if you have a license you need to keep. Going through massage school we were taught most of the laws that applied directly to massage. The usual stuff, you have to be licensed, call yourself these things […]

Insurance Billing – Part 2 – What the law says

Here comes the boring and confusing part of insurance billing – the law. If you missed my first post read it here. It’s long, but I wanted to be thorough. In that post I used a story to describe why massage therapists and others often  appear to have different prices for billing insurance versus cash […]

Insurance Billing Game – Part 1

The Insurance Game: I know there is a lot of confusion around insurance. Can you can use your benefits? Are there discounts for paying at time of service, sliding scale, etc? This post is actually a lead up to a change I’m making – don’t worry I will still bill insurance, but I want to […]

Heat Wave

♪ We’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave, the temperature’s rising, it isn’t surprising, I might be dying ♪… kidding! Hopefully, if it isn’t too late I’ll be getting a window A/C unit soon so we don’t all melt while getting/giving a massage (or I’ll at least get 27 fans to help with air flow). […]

Choose Your Favorite Massage Business Carefully

I’m a huge proponent of massage. I don’t care where you go, my clinic or another one, the point is to get massage and be happy with your therapist!  However, you should choose the massage business you support carefully. Sadly, massage hasn’t always had a good reputation. All over the world and here in our […]

Learn to Manage Stress

Stress management is something we all can do better. While certainly getting a massage weekly – or if you are really lucky a few times a week – will help, it’s what you do away from my office that counts the most. If you have difficulty managing stress in general, the effects from a massage […]

Vacations 2013

It’s that time of year again. Summer should be right around the corner (hopefully) and it’s time to take some time off! I have a couple of shorter vacations scheduled this year. Just a reminder, if I don’t return your phone call, text or email super quickly it’s because I’m off enjoying a little relaxation […]

Why I don’t offer massage packages

A few times a year I get asked if I offer massage packages. Apologetically I say that I don’t, *sad-frowny face,* sorry. I was asked again recently and totally had a moment of clarity. I need/want to explain why I don’t offer them and more people need to hear/understand.  This is what I do for […]

More Insurance Questions

Can you take my insurance? Part Two Navigating insurance can be complicated. Unfortunately, there are several reasons using your insurance might not be an option. The most common reason I come across is that massage benefits aren’t included in a plan. Blue Cross Blue Shield plans from outside of Washington State often exclude massage completely […]