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trying to become a provider for one of my clients. I find that most insurance companies don't have any designated MT's in a given area . How do I go about finding out how to do this?

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Hi Amy,

Check with Hands on Trade. Judi and her manager may help you. From what I know, you really need a lot of people to get lower rates. And there are only a few companies that will even write these types of insurance. Do you have anyone, who knows an insurance underwriter? That's where I would start. Good luck with this, let me know if you are successful and I will help you promote it. Going to be hard to beat the National Massage Therapy Association just started, they are out of Virginia, I think,
Thanks! we are all going to have to stick together for this. I have a client who has severe damage to her neck due to a 92 ft. fall off a cliff. Her insurance pays 4,000.00 for shots per month to her neck, which she says is painful and does not help. ONE massage raises her head from laying on her chest, to about 30% able to lift her head. (otherwise she has to hold it in her hands to drive!)

Mike Hinkle said:
Hi Amy,

Check with Hands on Trade. Judi and her manager may help you. From what I know, you really need a lot of people to get lower rates. And there are only a few companies that will even write these types of insurance. Do you have anyone, who knows an insurance underwriter? That's where I would start. Good luck with this, let me know if you are successful and I will help you promote it. Going to be hard to beat the National Massage Therapy Association just started, they are out of Virginia, I think,
Have you tried cranial sacral yet?

Amy Hammons Mckenney said:
Thanks! we are all going to have to stick together for this. I have a client who has severe damage to her neck due to a 92 ft. fall off a cliff. Her insurance pays 4,000.00 for shots per month to her neck, which she says is painful and does not help. ONE massage raises her head from laying on her chest, to about 30% able to lift her head. (otherwise she has to hold it in her hands to drive!)

Mike Hinkle said:
Hi Amy,

Check with Hands on Trade. Judi and her manager may help you. From what I know, you really need a lot of people to get lower rates. And there are only a few companies that will even write these types of insurance. Do you have anyone, who knows an insurance underwriter? That's where I would start. Good luck with this, let me know if you are successful and I will help you promote it. Going to be hard to beat the National Massage Therapy Association just started, they are out of Virginia, I think,
Here in WA State it became a law that massage therapists (and ND's, Acupucuturists) were mandated to become providers with insurance companies. The story goes that the insurance commissioner at the time had some family member who was badly injured and got better using alternative stuff so she (Debra Senn) started a law that required insurance companies add massage therapists.

I would start with the insurance commissioners office if you want to make a movement or if you are just looking for yourself - good luck. Gather up lots of proof and evidence to show that massage would reduce other health care costs like surgery for herniated discs and carpal tunnel. There are a few books that look good on evidence based massage that I saw or I guess one was a guide to massage for doctors. I can look up the names if you want.

Also becoming provider has been a mixed blessing. At first we were paid higher rates but they keep reducing their allowable fees and also the benefits so we get paid less and less all the time.

Julie
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