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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
Certified Medical Massage Therapists
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
Suddenly, there seems to be a lot of hype about the requirements (both present and future) necessary to become a "certified medical massage therapist" in order to be qualified to bill insurance companies.
I promise you: I will be the strongest opponent against this happening! Neither I, nor anyone else that teaches insurance billing to others has ever had this title or so-called certification, in order to make inroads for those who desire to work with medically oriented patients and accept insurance for reimbursement.
About Additional Education
I have no problem with certifications or additional training to enhance our knowledge and abilities, or increase our effectiveness to perform positive functional outcomes with medically related cases - I believe this is imperative.But to begin a movement toward this end in order to enhance personal earning powers by teaching seminars and setting up organizations, is totally unfair and uncalled for.
If this was a requirement when I started, it is unlikely that as many massage therapists would be accepting insurance at the rates they are now. It is a fact that thousands of patients would have gone without treatments that significantly benefited them, including myself. It is also a fact that my youngest daughter who suffers total incapacity due to brain damage from an auto accident would now be sitting in a dirty old county home, were it not for the additional income I earned by accepting medical- and insurance-related referrals.
What is Required of Insurance Companies?
What is required of an insurance company for reimbursement is for the patient's condition to be medically necessary. The physician determines medical necessity and prescribes the treatment best suited for the patient with a written prescription. When we treat the patient per the physician's orders we are performing medically oriented massage, whether or not this massage is paid for by insurance, and whether or not any specific or certified treatment or technique is used.
What Brings a Patient Back?
What brings the patient back and keeps the physician referring is patient satisfaction. (Insurance companies are rated partially upon patient satisfaction.) If patients are not satisfied, they will not return - it's as simple as that! They will notify the physician who, in turn, will stop referring to you. So, it certainly behooves any therapist wanting to work in the medical arena to obtain all the additional hands-on training possible. I recommend they learn from those tried-and-true trainers in the field.
Our Top-Notch Trainers
You don't see most of those who are truly qualified to provide top-notch training and certification trying to put us in a box or pushing their types of certification as a means to be reimbursed by insurance companies. We take their courses because we know we are learning techniques that will help us help our clients and patients. Currently, no insurer requires a massage professional to have any specific certification other than possibly licensure. So, why are some individuals trying to create problems that will leave many qualified therapists out in the cold? Some have been practicing and billing for years, and some may have training way beyond what a so-called medical massage certification may provide them!
Contact Me. I want to hear from you!
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