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CPT Codes And Lawyer Wellbeing

Did you know that the costs of certain mindfulness and meditation practices are currently being reimbursed or paid for, under specific CPT codes? I assure you, the billing personnel at most health care insurers know it.

Query whether the men or women negotiating with health care insurers on behalf of law firms and other business entities affiliated with the legal profession are aware of that fact, and are pursuing the matter, on behalf of individual professionals or staff?

Last month I was a bit, "in your face" about the reluctance of the legal profession to embrace the wellbeing movement (of which, mindfulness and meditation are important components). Upon reflection, I couldn't help but wonder if I hadn't been too harsh. With this latest bit of news, however, I got over that equivocation-- very quickly.

To my way of thinking, it's now open and notoriously official: The legal profession (which has been hiding behind the reputation of being "slow adopters"), just doesn't care about the wellbeing of its individual members. For lack of a better way to express myself, its time to call a spade, a spade.

The idea that lawyers are fungible goods, in the eyes of many law firms, is hardly a secret-- the quiet part was simply not said, out loud. Well, news flash-- it just got said. Money (profits per partner) is more important than individual wellbeing. A sad fact that many men and women have experienced, when it "got too hot in the kitchen"-- and they had to get out.

Will individual lawyers, or individual staff members, ever gain institutional support for their wellbeing, or will business as usual continue to carry the day? TBD.

In the meantime, meet the new boss-- same as the old boss!


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