Q: What is OMT?
A:"OMT" stands for Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, which covers several treatments historically performed by Osteopathic physicians.
Q: How does OMT differ from CMT (chiropractic manipulative therapy)?
A: There are some differences and there are some similarities. Attendees will be taught OMT techniques, and some will recognize there are parallels with what we've historically been taught in chiropractic education.
Q: Can chiropractors or other healthcare providers perform OMT?
A: Typically, yes- if they are qualified! Our seminars qualify chiropractors and other health care providers to perform and bill for OMT which paves the way for you to integrate that into your practice. If a provider is not qualified, a licensing board and insurance companies could come down harshly on them, asking them for money back or impose disciplinary sanctions or worse.
Q: Why do you host OMT seminars?
A: OMT is a valuable resource for treating patients. Furthermore, it falls within the scope of practice of many provider-types if they are qualified. It allows providers a method to broaden their horizons in their profession.
Q: Does OMT pay more than CMT?
A: In most instances yes! Many chiropractors see reimbursements three to four times that of a typical CMT code.
Q: Do insurances pay for OMT?
A: Yes- if the provider is qualified to perform such a service. This goes for regular insurance, personal injury, and workers compensation claims as well.
Q: I've been audited before by an insurance company, and they requested money back. Am I making myself more of a target by billing OMT?
A: Anytime we bill any insurance company for a given service, we're making ourselves a target for a post payment review or audit. There are very efficient ways to defend against audits including but not limited to using ERISA law as a sword of defense. A good portion of our seminars are dedicated to ERISA law language and chart note documentation and addendums in your office to guard against audits. When you flex your muscles the first time an insurance company gives you grief, they are a lot less likely to give you grief in the future, because they know they are in a losing battle.
Q: Are there any laws that support OMT Billings by chiropractors?
A: Certain parts of the Affordable Care Act make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against the provider providing care within their designated scope of practice. Additionally, some states have additional provisions and or laws that protect providers from discrimination.
Q: How long is the qualifying seminar?
A: Seminars are given over the course of one day. Those dates and times that vary.
Q: will this change my income for my practice?
A: In many cases OMT is reimbursed at a higher rate than typical CMT codes. We cannot make any claims as to how much more money your clinic could make, but in some instances it can be substantial. This is welcomed by many offices, because their clinic income has been stagnant over the last 10 or 20 years, because the reimbursement for certain CPT® codes has not changed Despite the fact that the costs of running a practice continue to grow year by year.
Q: Have you ever been audited having performed OMT codes?
A: Several clinics have been audited several times. There are certain documentation protocols for billing OMT. Additionally, there are certain chart note addendums that are important to send in with each date of service. These combined with certain other office paperwork procedures that we teach can dramatically increase your success in an audit. To date we have not paid back a single penny for any OMT audits that we've undergone. **This answer also deserves a “shout out” to some of our healthcare attorneys who put insurance companies on the run!
Q: Will we have access to these attorneys at the seminar?
A: yes. They are presenting part of the seminar as well.
Q: Does this qualify for continuing education hours for my license?
A: We will give you a certificate of attendance (along with a bunch of other stuff). In most cases it does qualify, but it is up to you to submit to your licensing board. The laws for each state vary, so make sure you follow the rules for your state.
Q: I'm interested, but I want to find out more. What should I do?
A: Simply give us a call at our number above, and we can take you through some more detailed questions and answers that may be more pertinent to your clinic. This is absolutely no charge, and it can be very enlightening!