Name: Patty Jontza Anez
Name of your practice: Pain and Injury Specialist / Patty Jontza Anez LMT. CNA. HHA.
Location: Naples, FL
Number of LMTs working there: Only me
How long have you been massaging? Since 1984, so 28/29 years.
What type(s) of massage do you do? Lymphatic Drainage, CranioSacral, Myofascial, Trigger Pt., Somatic Stretching, Shiatsu, Swedish, Thai, Kinesio Taping, Medical and Sports massage.
How long have you taken insurance? I had been taking insurance for 15 or 16 years. Now I do not.
What types of insurance cases do you accept? I used to work with all Auto PIP, Workers Comp, also I worked with the Sheriff’s Dept and Collier County Teachers. Now I am not able to bill any insurance .
Do you do your own insurance billing? Yes I did. As I said, not able to anymore.
What’s your favorite part about taking insurance? My favorite part, as I specialize in pain and injury, was the possibility to work with so many people who needed my service, but without insurance coverage, they could not afford it. So, being able to serve the working people, not only those who can afford to pay cash.
The Sheriff’s and Teachers were a group who so deserved the benefit and I was able to help so many avoid surgery.
What’s your least favorite part about taking insurance? All the paperwork, record keeping, medical notes, phone calls and faxes, and waiting months for payment. Sometimes not receiving payment at all.
What do you hope the new ACA laws will accomplish? I hope that massage therapy is included, as it is so important to healing, and it is very cost effective, and helps to avoid the high costs of surgery and hospitalization in many cases of injury.
What would you say to an LMT who is interested in taking insurance? At this time, I am no longer able to take insurance. I hope the new Health Care includes us as the valuable, highly trained, Licensed Health Care Providers we are.
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