OK, here is a copy of a post I put on another thread on this board
I am an RN and Nationally Registered MT and work thru a clinic/Dr. office/hospital/nursing home combination, but only as a massage therapist. Altho in their system I am also an RN, but don't work as a nurse. So I am a nurse practicing massage in a medical facility, but as a massage therapist. Get it? The doctors order it just like physical therapy, and I decide how to bill it, as massage, neuromuscular therapy, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, depending on what I think they need. The doctor just orders "Therapeutic Medical Massage". They provide me with a room and submit the insurance and take out 20%.
I had worked on the main doctor and his wife in the clinic, and so I just asked him if he thought it would work. He went to the board (Had also worked on a dentist who is on the hospital board) and we started it on a trial basis. It has worked well for everyone. I highly recommend it. There can be feast or famine, as I am working on my own, just as I am in my own office, doing the same thing for private pay. Sometimes I catch myself coming and going between my 2 offices!!!
Yes, I think it is work the time and money. I am my own boss, can take off to go to my daughters school stuff, schedule patient appointments when I want (I do a few evenings and weekends because not everyone can come in 9 to 5) I pay for my car, gas, etc thru my business and write it off.
And I never felt better than when I was going to massage school and getting worked on all the time. I also was in an MVA with whiplash, and nothing works better than Neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial work, etc. It worked better than pain meds, muscle relaxants, physical therpy , chiropractic, TENS unit......I had it all!!!
Check with your insurance carrier to make sure they pay for therapy. Car insurance is good about it. They may say they won't pay for a massage therapist, but that means in MY office. Insurance won't give a massage therapist a provider number. But they will pay in the doctors office, and the treatment has to be given there and you must be paid thru the provider (doctor, clinic)
Just like a physical therapy aid can give treatments. The billing will go thru much easier and pay more if they bill it NMT, STM/MFR.
Some people will say that is physical therapy codes, but you don't have to be a physical therapist to use them.
OK, questions? Sorry I ramble, but this isn't a simple thing to start, do or follow!! So good luck!!!!