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» State Retiree Benefits
» Quick Facts for Patients about Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan
» Can Eating Organic Food Lower Your Cancer Risk?
» Non Surgical Spinal Decompression for Disc Herniation/Degeneration
» State Health Retiree Plan Updates
» Conservative vs Surgical Care For Lower Back Pain
» How Long Does a Disc Herniation Take to Heal
» DTS Spinal Decompression
» 5 Ways that You Can Benefit from Active Release Technique
» Active Release Technique for Athletes and Non-Athletes

State Retiree Benefits

State Retiree Benefits

The following is a message from the President of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors, Steve Clarke:

"Dear ANJC Members,


Doctors throughout the state have been inundated with calls and questions regarding the health insurance changes occurring for a huge number of retired state workers and teachers. The ANJC is working hard to spread the word to retired state workers and school employees who are on the SHBP or SEHBP plans to let them know they do have a choice, and they CAN opt out of automatic enrollment in the Aetna Medicare Advantage plan if they choose. But they need to act fast -- by Nov. 30th.


If you have patients affected by the change in coverage, click here to download a flyer, and direct them to www.savemybenefitsnj.com for details and links to other plans they can choose as secondary and still keep traditional Medicare. Advise them to share the link with anyone they know who could be affected.


Meanwhile, tune in NJ 101.5 FM for commercials we are running throughout November directing state retirees to the website, and see a picture at the bottom of this email of the digital billboard we have purchased on the Atlantic City Expressway leading into the city for the weeks of the New Jersey Teachers Convention and the convention of the state League of Municipalities."

Author: Steve Clarke
Source: Association of New Jersey Chiropractors
Copyright: Association of New Jersey Chiropractors 2018


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Quick Facts for Patients about Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan

Quick Facts for Patients about Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan

For those members with patients affected by the SHBP and SEHBP plan changes, we have boiled down some differences between their current plans and the new Aetna Medicare Advantage (MA) plan that may help you explain why they should carefully consider whether to opt out.
Encourage them to review the full Summary of Benefits and Coverage for the Aetna MA plan vs. the options available to be secondary to traditional Medicare. The top three items to point out:


1. The Aetna MA plan covers only spinal manipulation for chiropractic vs. full scope of practice, and all services previously allowed under traditional Medicare with a Horizon secondary AND the Horizon Medicare Advantage plan that the SHBP adopted in 2016.
2. The Aetna MA plan will impose pre-authorization requirements on all physical medicine to include at least chiropractic, physical therapy and occupational therapy.
3. Generally under Medicare Advantage plans, the government pays a carrier a fixed amount, and the carrier is then responsible for the cost of its members' care. Therefore, these carriers can profit more by limiting care and paying out less than the government pays them, and they could lose money if they pay out more than the government pays them. It may be difficult to define precisely when a particular patient will be affected by this – but the gatekeeper of their care has financial incentive to allow and pay for less care under the Medicare Advantage plans.


If your patients do not want to be automatically enrolled in the Aetna Medicare Advantage plan, they must act by Nov. 30th. Links to the other plans available as secondary to traditional Medicare may be found at www.savemybenefitsnj.com.

Author: Association of New Jersey Chiropractors
Source: Association of New Jersey Chiropractors
Copyright: Association of New Jersey Chiropractors 2018


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Can Eating Organic Food Lower Your Cancer Risk?

Can Eating Organic Food Lower Your Cancer Risk?

"In a study, those who ate more organic produce, dairy, meat and other products had 25 percent fewer cancer diagnoses over all, especially lymphoma and breast cancer."

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/23/well/eat/can-eating-organic-food-lower-your-cancer-risk.html

Author: Roni Caryn Rabin
Source: The New York Times
Copyright: The New York Times 2018


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Non Surgical Spinal Decompression for Disc Herniation/Degeneration

Non Surgical Spinal Decompression for Disc Herniation/Degeneration

"If you have lasting back pain and other related symptoms, you know how disruptive to your life it can be. You may be unable to think of little else except finding relief. Some people turn to spinal decompression therapy -- either surgical or nonsurgical. Here's what you need to know to help decide whether it might be right for you. What Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal."

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/spinal-decompression-therapy-surgical-nonsurgical#1

Author: WebMD
Source: WebMD
Copyright: WebMD, LLC. 2018


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State Health Retiree Plan Updates


State Health Retiree Plan Updates

 

Dear ANJC Members,
We have previously reported that all Medicare eligible retirees under the SEHBP (teachers) who are enrolled in traditional Medicare with either the NJ Direct 10 or NJ Direct 15 plans will be automatically enrolled into new Aetna Medicare Advantage plans. It has come to our attention that additionally, any retired SHBP (police, fireman, etc.) employees who had been enrolled in the Horizon Medicare Advantage NJ Direct 10 or 15 will also be moved to new Aetna Medicare Advantage plans. Unlike the Horizon Medicare Advantage plans, the Aetna plans state that they will only cover spinal manipulation for chiropractic care.
It is important to note that all these employees under the SHBP and SEHBP do have the option to maintain their traditional Medicare coverage with one of 5 Horizon plans as their secondary to Medicare. These plans are the:


• Horizon NJ Direct 1525
• Horizon NJ Direct 2030
• Horizon HMO10
• Horizon HMO 1525
• Horizon HMO 2030


The details of these plans can be viewed here: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/hb-sbc-state-retired-19.shtml
In order to avoid being enrolled in the Aetna Medicare Advantage policies Jan. 1st the employee must submit an application to enroll in one of these plans as secondary to Medicare no later than November 30th, 2018. The applications to do so can be found at the links below:
SHBP Medicare Eligible Retiree Health Benefit Change Form
SEHBP Medicare Eligible Retiree Health Benefit Change Form
The NJEA explains the options and the process in their FAQ here: https://www.njea.org/medicarefaq/
An excerpt explaining the opt out action directly from the FAQ:
“If you are enrolled in Horizon NJ Direct 10 or Horizon NJ Direct 15 and wish to enroll in a plan other than the one you are scheduled to be transferred into, you will need to complete an SEHBP Medicare Eligible Retiree Enrollment/Change Form and return it directly to the NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits. You can obtain the form by downloading it from the NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits website at www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions/”

©2018 ANJC Association of New Jersey Chiropractors
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Author: Association of New Jersey Chiropractors
Source: Association of New Jersey Chiropractors
Copyright: Association of New Jersey Chiropractors 2018


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Conservative vs Surgical Care For Lower Back Pain

Conservative vs Surgical Care For Lower Back Pain

 

"Treatment options are considered "conservative" when they are non-invasive (such as medication) or markedly less invasive (such as injections or chiropractic manual manipulation) than surgery."

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/lower-back-pain/conservative-vs-surgical-care-lower-back-pain

Author: Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
Source: Spine-Health
Copyright: Veritas Health 1999


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How Long Does a Disc Herniation Take to Heal

How Long Does a Disc Herniation Take to Heal


"The cracks in the disc don't repair themselves, but the pain usually fades over time. More than half of the people who have a herniated disc recover in the first 3 months.

Due to age, injury, or both, the outer layer of a spinal disc may dry out and form tiny cracks. Sometimes this causes a:

  • Bulging disc. Some of the thick gel in the disc may leak into the cracks. The disc may begin to bulge out from between the bones of the spine (vertebrae).

  • Ruptured disc. The gel breaks through the capsule.

  • Free fragment. Fragments of a ruptured disc may break completely free of the disc and lodge in the spinal canal camera.gif.

  • Any of these stages can cause pressure on a nerve root and symptoms of pain and numbness."

 

To read the full article, please visit: https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/tc/herniated-disc-what-happens

 

Author: WebMD
Source: WebMD
Copyright: WebMD 2018


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DTS Spinal Decompression

DTS Spinal Decompression

 

DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is a new highly advanced procedure that is the leading non-surgical alternative to medication, steroid injections, and surgery for treatment of neck and back pain.� DTS therapy is a proactive and pain-free treatment that has shown a very high rate of success for the treatment of herniated discs, disc bulges, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis and sciatica.� As reported by C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, in the American Journal of Pain Management, "Eighty-six percent of ruptured intervertebral disc (RID) patients achieved 'good' (50-89% improvement) to 'excellent' (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved." "Of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained 'good' to 'excellent' results with decompression." If you suffer from neck or back pain, you owe it to yourself to consider DTS - Spinal Decompression Therapy. Call our office at (609) 654-4299 to schedule a free consultation to see if DTS Spinal Decompression can help you. Read more ...

Click here to watch the DTS video found on our homepage.



Author: Evergreen Marketing Group, Inc.
Source: Encore Medical
Copyright: Evergreen Marketing Group, Inc. 2009


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5 Ways that You Can Benefit from Active Release Technique

5 ways that you can benefit from

Active Release Technique

 

If this article caught your eye you may be wondering, what exactly is Active Release Technique? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out how this form of manual therapy can change how you look at health care. Lets begin at the top, active release technique or ART®for short is a manual therapy technique used to identify and treat the exact tissue involved in your pain. Whether you’ve been in pain for a day or for years, there is hope. ART®was created specifically to treat the damages associated with overuse in conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, sciatica, knee problems, and much more. The following are the top benefits of Active Release Technique

 

1. Every treatment is unique to you and your condition.

Due to the specificity of active release technique, your treatment plan will be completely individualized.  Through a comprehensive history and exam, an active release provider will personalize a treatment plan that fits your needs. ART®uses movement of the patient to create tension on the scar tissue.  Every session combines an examination and treatment, which targets the soft tissues that has been injured. ART®has over 500 specific protocols that treat affected areas of the body.

 

2. Increase your range of motion and flexibility.

When an injury occurs to a muscle, ligament, or tendon, cellular hypoxia from restricted circulation can cause fibrosis and adhesions to occur in these tissues. These adhesions can attach to muscles, nerves and lymph decreasing their ability to work properly while also reducing their range of motion and flexibility. Therefore removing these adhesions with active release technique improves glide between muscle and surrounding structures ultimately improving range of motion.

 

3. Reduces pain throughout the body.

Injuries causing pain can occur through repetitive activities you have engaged in the past during work, sports, exercise or improper body mechanic/posture. Active release technique has been found to be an effective way to eliminate pain throughout the body. ART® focuses on breaking up unhealthy tissue that adheres to nerves which often is the main culprit of both dull and severe pain. Active release technique aims to re-establish optimal texture, resilience and function of soft tissue and effectively and permanently eliminates pain.

 

4. Able to help a wide variety of patients.

ART® is exceptionally helpful for people living for with chronic pain syndromes, such as the elderly and younger individuals involved in physical activities, either professional or recreational. This therapy has also been approved for expecting mothers, who find relief almost immediately. In addition, anyone who has been unable to get optimal pain relief through traditional treatment options may opt for ART®.

 

 5. Able to aid a plethora of symptoms and syndromes.

Active release technique is a unique therapy that can be applied to multiple conditions including but not limited to headaches, back pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, rotator cuff tendonosis, and Achilles tendonisis.

 

 

Please come visit Dr. Trisha A. Sileo D.C. at O’Keefe Chiropractic for your Active Release Technique consultation today.

 

Dr. Trisha A. SIleo

O'Keefe Chiropractic at 99 Taunton Rd, Medford, NJ 08055

(609) 654-4299

Southjerseyspinaldecompression.com

 

Author: Dr. Trisha A. Sileo
Source: Dr. Trisha A. Sileo
Copyright: Southjerseyspinaldecompression.com 2018


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Active Release Technique for Athletes and Non-Athletes

Active Release Technique for Athletes and Non-Athletes

 

Pain in your shoulders can affect a wide range of activities. ART® providers treat cases of shoulder pain resulting from as little as working at your computer to participating in activities such as tennis, swimming, and golf. Shoulder pain is commonly slow to respond to traditional treatments, and if shoulder pain progresses, it can make simple tasks, such as reaching for things and sleeping, painful.

As with any type of injury, ART® first looks at the underlying cause of shoulder pain. The shoulder provides a great deal of motion for a single joint, and allows people to reach overhead, behind their bodies, across their chest, and to rotate their arms. The shoulder joint is comprised of the rounded end of the arm bone called the “humerus,” and the flat surface of the shoulder blade, known as the “scapula.” Because the shoulder is the joining of a flat and a round surface, it is a relatively loose joint, which is what enables it to provide such a wide range of motions. Stability and control of this motion is provided by the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers.

Shoulder injuries occur most often when significant stress or repetitive motion inhibit the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers from doing their job. Many people realize that sports such as tennis or golf can cause shoulder injuries easily. This is because these activities demand both a great deal of force from the rotator cuffs and scapular stabilizers, as their swinging motion requires the arm to reach far behind and in front of the body, and numerous repetitions of those motions.

 

For more information, please visit: www.activerelease.com

 

 

 

Author: Active Release Techniques
Source: www.activerelease.com
Copyright: Active Release Techniques 2010


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