Massage therapy has become an increasingly popular treatment option for a variety of health concerns. Many health care professionals have started referring patients to massage therapy as a form of treatment, and the industry has seen nothing but growth in recent years.
However, insurance companies have been a bit behind, as not many were willing to cover massage as a health-related cost. Lucky, the times are changing for insurance companies as well, as more and more states are adding medical/clinical massage therapy plans to the list of covered services. Learning to bill insurance companies for massage services can be extremely beneficial to building your massage practice.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Section 2706, may open doors to get massage therapy covered where therapists are licensed as health care providers. Under the ACA, it is now the law that health insurance companies must cover massage if the massage therapist is licensed as a health care provider (although the rules and regulations can vary greatly from state to state). An excerpt from the health care reform bill reads as such:
“The provider non-discrimination provision (Section 2706) to be enacted into law reads in part:
‘A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification under appreciable State law.’”
If you are a practicing massage therapist or on your way to becoming one, this is great news for you and your business! To find out the specifics in your state, seek out information from your insurance commissioner or your local AMTA chapter; you will need to find out how your state is proceeding with the Affordable Care Act (and having massage therapists involved will increase the chances of your state covering massage services).
The future for massage therapy is bright and appears to be moving toward becoming accepted as a regular part of health care. Massage and those who need it deserve to be covered by insurance – take the steps to find out how your state is proceeding with Obamacare and get the ball rolling for massage therapy now.