Pathway2Healing

Pathway2Healing: Mind, Body, Spirit

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The initial evaluation consists of
  1. Detailed History: Family and Personal
  2. Detailed look at Posture
  3. Detailed look at range of motion
  4. Gait or walking evaluation
  5. Advanced diagnostic and tissue palpation
  6. Explanation of the findings
  7. Overview of your individualized treatment plan.
 

Jared checking neck range of motion of a patient standing up


Most of the history is filled out using the on-line intake form that will be emailed to the patient after making the initial appointment. The information submitted on the intake form will allow the practitioner to get a jump start on the reason the patient is coming in. There will be a few follow-up questions that will help get a complete medical history as it relates to the patient’s problem.

The posture gives us clues about where the primary dysfunction is coming from and why the patient may have had the problem in the first place. When the body is compressed in a certain area, the body will subtly or not so subtly twist and contort around it. By looking at these areas, the bigger picture of why you might have pain becomes clearer.
 
Observing the range of motion provides us with information about how well the joints are moving, where the restrictions are coming from, the quality and quantity of movement, and where the pain might start. It can also show us how the posture is affecting the movement of the body. This also helps us to document the client’s progress.
 
Observing how you walk or the “gait” helps us to see how the different pulls in the body that affected your posture and range of motion also affect the dynamic and total body movement. You body doesn’t move one joint at a time, so watching the client walk helps to see how all the components of the body are working together.
 
The advanced tissue palpation helps us to get a general blueprint of tissue tension throughout the body. During this process the abnormal tissue tension will be mapped out so you can get a better idea of what is involved and see why you are having the signs and symptoms. Other Chinese medicine diagnostics may be done such as pulse taking and looking at your tongue. 
 
You will then be shown how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. You will be shown how the posture, range of motion, gait, and tissue tensions all lead to your signs and symptoms.
 

The treatment plan will be explained so patients know exactly what to expect over the course of treatment as well as what the patient can do at home.

 
Jared Inserting a needle into a patient's knee
Each treatment session consists of a re-evaluation of your condition, a treatment, and a post treatment exam. The re-evaluation at the beginning of the treatment is a check-in to see how the client felt after the previous treatment, updates on the condition, and a quick check of range of motion or other measurements. Some Chinese Medicine diagnostics such as checking your pulses and tongue may be done. The re-evaluation helps us to determine if the treatment plan is still on the correct track and make sure we are on the same page and moving in the correct direction. All of this is documented in the patient’s records. This process takes about 5-10 minutes.
 
Once the re-evaluation is done, the treatment can begin. Each session unfolds according to the patient’s needs. The treatment involved may include acupuncture, physical therapy, manual therapy, HeartMath coaching, or energetic work. Treatment mostly consists of the patient lying down on the massage table. If Acupuncture is part of the treatment, that is usually done first. After the needles are in the patient, the manual therapy can be done on places that are needle free. The needles stay in for about 30 minutes. After the needles are removed, the manual therapy is performed until the end of the treatment session. The treatment session ends about 10 minutes before the end of the session.
The post treatment time is used for re-testing so the patient can feel the changes that took place, some exercises to integrate the body to those changes, and leaves some time to review the home program. The payment is also taken at that time.
Treatment packages have been created with the intention to facilitate achievement of optimal treatment outcomes. Making a health commitment up front creates the intention for healing and keeps us focus on our goals. The optimal package will be discussed after the initial evaluation. Main benefits of packages:
  • Patient commitment to healing
  • Goal focused treatment plans
  • Consistent re-evaluations to assess your progress
  • Optimized treatment frequency leads to best outcomes
  • Discounted Prices
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Reimbursement: A super bill will be email after the treatment for the price of that session. The patient can submit it to their insurance company for reimbursement.
Package Refunds: Treatment Packages don’t expire! But, if you want to discontinue treatment before you’ve used all your sessions,  we’ll simply refund the remainder of your money. Note that discounts only apply if you have opted for the full package, so refunds will be given according to the full cost of the individual treatments received.
Telemedicine sessions can be 30 or 60 minutes, and the same price structure applies.
Types of Payment Accepted: All Major credit cards, checks, or cash.

Billing for Physical Therapy:

Pathway2Healing is an out-of-network physical therapy provider and is considered a fee-for-service facility. This means that payment is expected at the time of service, and a patient can then submit treatment invoices to their health insurance company for reimbursement. Since Pathway2Healing is a fee-for-service facility, we do not directly bill health insurance. If you are submitting to an insurance company, a Physical Therapy Referral or script is needed from your doctor.

Some insurance plans, such as HMO’s, do not cover out-of-network physical therapy. However, non-HMO plans like Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) or Point of Service plans (POS) will reimburse for our services at a given percentage of reimbursement defined by your insurer.

To find out if your insurance carrier will reimburse you for services at Pathway2Healing, contact them directly and ask if your insurance plan will cover out-of-network physical therapy. When submitting a claim to your health insurance, refer to your treatment receipt from Pathway2Healing for the ICD-10 code (diagnosis code), the procedure codes, your therapist’s license number, and the NPI number.

 

Billing for Acupuncture:

Insurance Coverage: Pathway2Healing is only in-network with Cigna Health Insurance. Not all Cigna plans cover acupuncture, so please check with them before scheduling your appointment to avoid any surprises! Pathway2Healing is required to submit the claims for the patient when in-network.

 

Medicare:

Medicare does not cover out-of-network physical therapy or Acupuncture. However, members of Medicare may be reimbursed if they have a supplemental PPO insurance plan. Before submitting to your PPO, you must first submit to Medicare, receive their denial, and send the denial letter with your claim to your supplemental PPO.

Our natural instinct is to avoid what hurts, but pain is actually a messenger. It’s how the body communicates pressures, tensions and imbalances that can contribute to physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual pain. Ignoring or fighting against it can actually increase suffering. Suffering is an emotional and/or mental response to pain. When we engage with our pain, it guides us to discover the source, which is a key aspect in the healing process. 
 
Once we become aware of what is actually happening – what the pain is saying – we can identify and understand its root causes. Addressing the underlying or emotional elements of pain can lead to a shift in consciousness, reducing the suffering so we can focus on healing.

Stress is one of those things that just seems to sneak into every part of our lives, doesn’t it? Stress is a significant factor contributing to pain and can affect every aspect of the body. Medical research shows that up to 90% of illnesses and diseases could be linked to stress, which is an alarmingly high number. When you have too much stress, it can put strain on your relationships at home, work, and even with friends. It can sap your energy, leave you feeling drained and overwhelmed, and affect your outlook on life.

Your body reacts to a stressful situation by kicking into overdrive, creating extra energy to help you deal with whatever’s happening. Short-term stress can actually increase your sports performance or help you deliver a big presentation. However, if you don’t reduce stress after the situation is over, it can throw your system off balance and lead to burnout. It can also affect your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, immune system, and metabolism.

Stress is part of life, but we can minimize the negative effects with stress-reducing techniques. By engaging specific practices and techniques during treatment, it becomes possible to effectively uncover the underlying causes of stress while reducing its impact and cultivating resilience.

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