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Member Number Clarification Statement

It has come to the Association’s attention that there is some confusion going on within the massage industry regarding our addition of Manual Osteopathic Therapists to our Association.  This statement intends to clear up some of the misconceptions that appear to be out in public:

Misconception #1 – Manual Osteopathic Therapists (MOT) and Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) have no distinguishable difference in designation within the Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association.

                TRUTH – Manual Osteopathic Therapists (MOT) and Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) have individual designations within the Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association. This is accomplished in two ways.  For the Manual Osteopathic Therapist their billing number designation looks like this CMMOTA MOT #999999 (six number sequence).  For the Registered Massage Therapist their billing number designation looks like the CMMOTA RMT#9999 (four number sequence). 

Therapists who have dual designation are aware that there is to be a  separate billing system and scheduling system for massage therapy and for manual osteopathic therapy and breach of this has serious consequences up to and including removal of membership from the Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association.

Misconception #2 – Manual Osteopathic Therapy treatment can be billed as massage.

                TRUTH – Manual Osteopathic Treatment is only to be billed under Manual Osteopathic Treatment, its treatment types and assessment types of emotional, behavioral, and mental health falls outside of the acceptable scope and standard of practice for a Massage Therapist.

Therapists who have dual designation are aware that there is to be a  separate billing system and scheduling system for massage therapy and for manual osteopathic therapy and breach of this has serious consequences up to and including removal of membership from the Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association.

Misconception #3 – Massage Therapists have taken a back seat in the Association since Manual Osteopathic Therapists have been added.

                TRUTH – Both professional designations are equally as important to the Association.  Through the course of any given day in the office our staff deal with ALL issues that arise no matter from which designation.  The reality is that we currently have over 1700 Massage Therapist Members, and 15 Manual Osteopathic Therapists.  Numbers in both designations continue to grow.

Misconception #4 – The level of customer service has dropped since the Association began accepting Manual Osteopathic Therapists into the Association

                TRUTH – Our level of customer service has not changed at all since accepting Manual Osteopathic Therapists into the Association.  Our internal policy dictates that our office staff will respond to any members inquiry within one business day.  This policy has been in place since before the Association ever even considered accepting Manual Osteopathic Therapists into the Association

Misconception #5 – That CMMOTA no longer supports the regulation of Massage Therapy.

                TRUTH – This must be the biggest misconception out there.  The truth is that we fully support efforts being made in every province and territory which is not currently regulated under provincial or territorial legislation.  We continue to work with willing partners in every province and territory who are not regulated, and particularly in the Province of Alberta we financially support the Transitional Council of the College of Massage Therapy of Alberta (TC-CMTA), in addition to providing three people to sit on their Board of Directors.

We hope that this clears up some of the misconceptions that we are aware that have been out there.  If there are other rumors that you hear and need clarification on whether they are grounded in truth, please contact our office directly either by email to [email protected] or by phone (403)356-1160.

Additionally, we want to clarify that when you are submitting receipts to clients for services that have been given the following format should be used:

For massage therapy:

Your first name, Your last name, RMT

CMMOTA – RMT#9999 (insert your number in place of the 9999, if your number is less than 4 digits please insert a 0 in front of your 3-digit number)

Your Business Name (if applicable)

Your Business Address (if applicable)

If this is not the way that you are currently doing things, please change your practice.  Also, if you are working for someone and you do not fill out your own receipts, please provide this information to your employer.

For manual osteopathic therapy:

Your first name, Your last name, MOT

CMMOTA – MOT#99999 (insert your number in place of the 99999)

Your Business Name (if applicable)

Your Business Address (if applicable)

If this is not the way that you are currently doing things, please change your practice.  Also, if you are working for someone and you do not fill out your own receipts, please provide this information to your employer.

Thanks for your attention to these important matters.

The CMMOTA Team.


Contact the CMMOTA

Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association
#219, 3722 57 Ave
Red Deer, Alberta
Canada T4N 4R7

Phone:
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403-517-7675