LMT Interview: D.M.

Name: D.M.

Name of your practice: David Maile, LMT

Location: Ft. Myers, FL

Number of LMTs working there: 1

How long have you been massaging? 22 years

What type(s) of massage do you do? Aaron Mattes (AIS), medical and rehab.

How long have you taken insurance? 22 years.

What types of insurance cases do you accept? PIP, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Workman’s comp.

Do you do your own insurance billing? Yes.

What’s your favorite part about taking insurance? More patients.

What’s your least favorite part about taking insurance? Paperwork.

What do you hope the new ACA laws will accomplish? Provide insurance for all people across the board to seek self-determination in the care they think is best for them.

What would you say to an LMT who is interested in taking insurance? Get adequate training in insurance and be very careful due to the changes in insurance provisions.

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LMT Interview: P. Jontza Anez

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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LMT Interview: M.B.

Name: M.B.

Name of your practice: Marybeth Berney LMP

Location: Olympia, WA

Number of LMTs working there: 1

How long have you been massaging? 28 years

What type(s) of massage do you do? Wellness, injury treatment, chronic pain,

How long have you taken insurance? 15 years

What types of insurance cases do you accept? PIP, major medical, L&I (workers comp)

Do you do your own insurance billing? Yes

What’s your favorite part about taking insurance? The fact that it says… I am a health care provider!

What’s your least favorite part about taking insurance? Time spent not on patient care.

What do you hope the new ACA laws will accomplish? Constant billing process/forms across all insurers.

What would you say to an LMT who is interested in taking insurance? Be careful what you ask for. Don’t think that you will get rich!

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LMT Interview: Lisa

Name: Lisa

Name of your practice: Lisa L Romary LMT

Location: Beaverton, OR

Number of LMTs working there: Myself

How long have you been massaging? 12 years

What type(s) of massage do you do? Trigger point therapy

How long have you taken insurance? 10 years

What types of insurance cases do you accept? MVA, worker’s comp.

Do you do your own insurance billing? Yes

What’s your favorite part about taking insurance? I love the work. The challenge of working with the client to help them relieve their pain, and assisting them in transition to normalcy.

What’s your least favorite part about taking insurance? The games the insurance companies play.

What do you hope the new ACA laws will accomplish? I am hoping that it will assist every person to health care regardless of income.

What would you say to an LMT who is interested in taking insurance? The money can be very good. Especially if you can connect/work with health care professionals to give you referrals. Insurance is a lot of extra time and paperwork. You have to perform massage that is result driven. I have found neuromuscular therapy and trigger point therapy works well with MVA and Workman’s comp claims. In my early practice, I offered and performed many free massages on Chiropractors, PT’s, physicians, dentists, etc. to build business. It is very physically demanding and is difficult to sustain the demands on the body, long term.

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LMT Interview: K. Nuce

Name: Kathleen Nuce

Name of your practice: Kathleen Nuce, LMT

Location: I visit homes.

Number of LMTs working there:

How long have you been massaging? 20 years.

What type(s) of massage do you do? Chronic pain

How long have you taken insurance? 20 years!

What types of insurance cases do you accept? W/C, Blue Cross

Do you do your own insurance billing? Yes!

What’s your favorite part about taking insurance? I’m always happy to serve my clients.

What’s your least favorite part about taking insurance? It’s all part of the job. The phone calls, the paperwork, the waiting for reimbursement!

What do you hope the new ACA laws will accomplish? I hope that people will have choices and opportunities to have their health needs met in a timely manner.

What would you say to an LMT who is interested in taking insurance? I often encourage newbies to serve their clients by offering this service however most would rather accept lesser monies for,their service than wait for reimbursement. I always offer to show them the ropes! In twenty years, no one has accepted the challenge!

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LMT Interview: C. Hill

Name: Cecelia M. Hill

Name of your practice: New Hope Natural Healing

Location: Port Charlotte, FL

Number of LMTs working there: Five

How long have you been massaging? 22 years

What type(s) of massage do you do? All types.

How long have you taken insurance? 20 years

What types of insurance cases do you accept? Any type that will pay. FL just cut out LMTS from PIP. It added to our bottom line.

Do you do your own insurance billing? No. Used to, but management went to a service.

What’s your favorite part about taking insurance? Because you can itemize for modalities, I feel you get paid for what you are worth. Clients are more capable of coming when they need services. I feel they get a much better result when they don’t have to worry about out of pocket expense.

What’s your least favorite part about taking insurance? Fighting with the insurance co. They are all different. You can use a code with one and another one wont except the code. Takes time away from what I’m supposed to be doing.

What do you hope the new ACA laws will accomplish? I hope it will open up holistic care for everyone. I also do acupuncture and people would be so much healthier if they could avoid drugs and surgeries. I also work at an exclusive spa where money is no object. I really feel money can buy health. If every one had equal access everyone could be healthier .

What would you say to an LMT who is interested in taking insurance? Need to make your practice at least 1/2. If it’s all insurance, things get lost in the pipeline and cash flow stops. Get a service if you have a lot of ins cases – they can bog you down and instead of taking care of people you are buried in red tape with no money.

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LMT Interview – M. Thies

Name: Mary Thies

Name of your practice: Mary Thies Massage

Location: Portland, OR

Number of LMTs working there: 1

How long have you been massaging? 7 years

What type(s) of massage do you do? Pediatric, oncology

How long have you taken insurance? 5 years

What types of insurance cases do you accept? Medical, PIP, L&I

Do you do your own insurance billing? Yes.

What’s your favorite part about taking insurance? Clients are able to see me who could not afford it out of pocket as a luxury.

What’s your least favorite part about taking insurance? The paperwork.

What do you hope the new ACA laws will accomplish? Expand coverage for medical massage therapy for the millions of Americans who need this kind of specialized treatment!

What would you say to an LMT who is interested in taking insurance? Start today, just investigating one part of the process. It takes a long time to get credentialed, so don’t be discouraged. Better to start today!

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