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D'Youville Vet Program Gets High Praise; A Moment of Silence for Dr. Paul Reginald ("Reg") Hug.
CRREW Rallies for Ongoing Acupuncture Relief Effort in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made her way through the Philippine Islands, leaving in her wake at least 7,000 people dead, millions homeless and complete communities destroyed.
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Imagine What More Could Be Achieved With Your Support; A Lesson in Hygiene: What Do You Do in Your Office? Open Letter to the Profession.
"Doctor ... Always Do the Right Thing"
So says "Da Mayor" in the iconic Spike Lee movie. As a fresh grad questioning in-network versus out-of-network, it struck me that some doctors have explicitly skirted the issue, while others have argued adamantly for the latter and "sticking it to the man."
The Boston Benevolent Chiropractic Clinic: Standing Up for the Needy
Our chiropractic assistant, Bridget, greeted an arriving patient at the Emmanuel Church in downtown Boston. She said, "Hi, Michael, good to see you. It's been awhile. Have a seat and Dr. Ken will see you soon."
Low Melatonin Linked to Risk of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest the hormone melatonin, which plays a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, may play a role in the development of prostate cancer, as lower melatonin levels have been associated with an increased risk of prostate (and breast) cancer.
Halt Allergies With Moxibustion Therapy
An allergy is an immune system disorder in which the body is hypersensitive to normally harmless substances in the environment.
Wellness: A New Buzzword at the Aging in America Conference
Aging in America is "the nation's largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals in healthcare, social service, government, business and philanthropy with expertise in providing services and products for older adults."
The Search for the Origin of the Wiggle Technique
When Bob had adjusted me previously, most of the time I knew what he was doing. But this time, he had me lie on the treatment table in the usual side-posture position, and he "wiggled" my sacroiliac with the fingers of both hands, while stabilizing my pelvis with his forearm.
Home Sweet Medical Home
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received its fair share of praise and criticism since its adoption, few question the value of its emphasis on collaborative, patient-centered health care.
Employers Need Chiropractic First and Sooner
From the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine comes a study that gives excellent direction to employers (and insurers) regarding the management of low back problems (LBP).
Shared Mechanisms Between Computer-Assisted Mechanical Adjusting and Contemporary Acupuncture?
Can contemporary acupuncture provide clues to the mechanisms responsible for pain relief provided by computer-assisted mechanical adjusting instruments, and clarify whether certain mechanical frequency combinations are superior to others for modulation of acute peripheral pain?
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part I
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Coronary heart disease, in just the United States alone, costs close to 109 billion dollars a year.
Replenishing and Restoring Jing
I learned an important principle from my great Taoist Master Sun Hak. He taught me that all people "leak" Jing, and that we can mitigate or stop this leaking, and as a result strengthen our life force, develop enhanced adaptability and lengthen our life.
News In Brief
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine obtains grant funding from NIH; Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Announces New President; Kentucky Gets Licensed; PCOM Receives Approval from WASC to Offer FPD.
Vibrational Medicine: Frequency Micro-Current and Color Acupuncture
Vibrational medicine involves the application of various forms of energy frequencies to the body for pain relief, healing and rejuvenation. Vibrational medicine will become a major growing trend in our medical systems for the following reasons:
Medial Knee Pain: 11 Potential Causes (and Corrections)
We have all seen patients with medial knee pain that either has no traumatic origin or lasts well beyond when it should be resolved. How can we help these patients? Here is an overview of clinical scenarios and how we can provide conservative care.
Don't Trust What a Patient Says
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint in mind – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc.
Changes in Herbal Medicines from Ancient Times to the Present
The classical literature of Chinese medicine remains highly relevant in the modern era, as many of the basic theories and herbal combinations emphasized in clinical practice were first established in texts that are nearly 2000 years old.
Don't Trust What Your Patients Say
When a patient presents to the office for care, they typically have a specific complaint – lower back pain, whiplash, sinus congestion, sciatica, etc. They are often not interested or engaged in what they consider "unrelated" personal health history.
New Leadership Era at the WFC
The World Federation of Chiropractic recently announced not only a new president, as is customary every two years, but also an incoming secretary-general, marking the first time since the WFC's inception in 1988 that someone other than David Chapman-Smith, Esq., will serve in that capacity.
Deciphering the New CMS-1500 Claim Form
Q: I am confused about how and when to use the new 1500 form, particularly block 14 and block 15. What is required and how do I properly fill out these fields? And do I actually have to use this new form or may I continue using the old version?
The Importance of Knowing Mainstream Lingo
There is a secret lingo within mainstream medicine of which the vast majority of acupuncturists and Chinese medical professionals are unaware.
Working With The Yuan-Source Level: Resonance and the Extraordinary Vessels
How do we stay fresh with our medicine? As healers, how do we balance our medical selves with creative artistry? Chinese Medicine is not a fixed dogmatic entity, but a living system, reliant on a mysterious force called "resonance."
Poll Results for the following Question:
How much do you pay annually for liability insurance?
Total Respondents: 209
Note: These comments are reproduced as written by visitors
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Right now I don't carry liability insurance at all. Massage is very safe, and the chance of being sued is negligible. The only reason (IMHO) to carry insurance is that some employers require it to cover their own assets. Since my net worth is low, I'm not worried about it.
A study published in the Nov. 11 1998 issue of JAMA compared the claims rates and average settlement amount for several health professions. MT's had a claims rate ranging from 0% to .3% per practitioner (not per client), including general liability like slip and fall. The average settlement amount was on the order of $4000. In other words, liability insurance for MT's is so inexpensive because the liklihood of needing it is infinitessimal!
That said, the poll question is unfair and misleading because comparing insurance costs to full membership packages of professional organizations assumes that the only reason people join these organizations is for the insurance, which is obviously false. I'd call this a "push-poll" for your insurance advertiser.
Donald F. Schiff, BS
NM LMT #8
NM RMTI #I-112
$150 - $200 I get my insurance through 2 sources. I have lots of coverage. I believe it is important today in business.
Under $100 In more than 20 years of practice, I have never carried liability insurance. All clients are by personal referral. I have a relationship with all clients. In the few instances someone has been unhappy with my work, I have given additional sessions for free, made sure they saw someone else, and kept in contact. Dr. Patch Adams has interesting ideas on the down side of malpractice insurance, check out the philosophy of the Gesundheit Institute.
$150 - $200 This amount is part of my ABMP annual dues. It's expensive, but less than AMTA (after the three year "required upgrade" to professional level) and part of why I switched. Same amount of insurance coverage.
$150 - $200 I am an L.P.N. also and this includes liability coverage for nursing.
$200 - $250 bravo to the previous respondant!!! Well said. I think Massage Today has crossed ethical boundaries with their two recent issues. Up until those two issues I thought it was a pretty good newspaper. Talk about causing division in our profession!
Under $100 Who has a great deal on insurance?
Gee, what a coincidence your latest issue had a prominent front page chart showing (or should we say designed to show) a certain company offering the cheapest insurance AND had a full back page ad from the SAME COMPANY!! What an expose that insurance chart was! What hard hitting journalism! But I'm sure it was all a mistake and it was AMTA's fault. After all, according to your articles and editorial line, isn't everything?
$200 - $250 It's part of the total AMTA package. I would be interested in learning of lower competitive pricing as my 5 year membership with the AMTA comes to an end.
$150 - $200 I would not be involved with the AMTA for any reason whats-so-ever!!! ABMP is the best!!!! They are so helpful and I don't believe they would ever do anything to hurt our profession such as the current laswsuit going on!! How unprofessional can the AMTA get???
$100 - $150 I would ask WHY you are wanting this vote to list the ENTIRE amt of dues paid if only a portion of it is for liability insurance. This confuses the issue if in fact you are only wanting to see what someone pays for liability insurance. You also need to ask HOW MUCH insurance this $ amt. buys. Printing these figures as statistics is not ethical in my opinion if you do not tell all the facts. Feel free to contact me. I really like your paper but do not like the way you have handled this thing with the AMTA.
$150 - $200 As a member of the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists (NYSSMMT),I have insurance with the IMA at a reduced rate.
$200 - $250 It amazes me that so many people are willing to condem the AMTA when they hear only one side of a story.. I hope none of these people ever sit on a jury. The point that so many seem to be missing regarding "insurance" is the insurances listed are just that,, insurance. The AMTA insurance cost is only 25% of the fee paid, the rest goes toward research, grants, public awareness, education, chapters etc.
When I read people complaining about continuing education requirements I hope no one I know ever happens to make an appointment with one of these so called therapists. 500 hours or less does not make one a professional. If you think it does, you are deluding yourself. Becoming a professional takes years of dedication and training, there is not a profession out there that does not require continuing education.
As massage therapy continues to increase in popularity and acceptance as a legitimate form of healthcare the standards will continue to increase. Those who do not accept this basic fact and get with the program will be left behind. PTs, Chiropractors and others have all gone through this, you do not see any chiropractors practicing without a license or excellent insurance and network suport.
I've always had a "bad feeling" about AMTA, I could never put my finger on it, so I went with another insurer even though some of my co-workers thought I was crazy. Now, They don't think I'm so crazy.
$100 - $150 I am curious if you have comparable information about insurance policies for massage therapists and the product liability. We use so many different products - what is our liability and which policies would protect us?
$150 - $200 I changed from AMTA to ABMP this year, driven by the need to cut expenses, not only on dues but on outlay for education requirements (ABMP makes a certain level of continuing education the criterion for a higher level of membership but does not require it of all insured members). At the time I hadn't had the benefit of reading in MT a comparison of all available associations and insurance. I had talked to ABMP members before making my switch, but truly, I was not aware of my other options. I may change again after having the opportunity to evaluate further information about the different associations and perhaps glean comments from other members of these groups.
$100 - $150 insurance provider is healthcare Providers Liability Insurance
$200 - $250 AS WITH ANY ORGANIZATION THERE ARE UPS AND DOWNS. I DO NOT SUPPORT THE AMTA USING MY DUES FOR A LAW SUIT THAT IS TRUELY A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. I ENJOY YOUR PAPER AND HOPE TO CONTINUE TO DO SO. AS WITH ANY MAIL IF I DO NOT WANT, IT ENDS UP IN THE TRASH (LIKE ALL THE CREDIT CARD APPS FROM THE AMTA). NO PROBLEM. I KNOW THAT ANYONE CAN GO ON THE INTERNET AND FIND A LIST OF PROFESSIONALS AND USE IT TO MAIL TO THEM.
BUT I AM ALSO SICK AND TIRED OF MASSAGE THERAPIST COMPLAINING OF THIS OR THAT AND YET THE STAY UNINVOLVED. AS AN ACTIVE AMTA MEMBER I GO TO THOSE MEETING AND OF A MEMBERSHIP OF 1900 OR SO AND 800 PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS, WE GET AN AVARGE OF 30 TO 40 MEMBERS SHOWING UP AT MEETINGS. I HAVE TALKED WITH MANY MASSAGE THERAPIST OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND THEY GET INSURANCE AND A MAGAZINE. WE AT THE AMTA HAVE HAD TV, NEWS MEDIA ALL PROMOTING MASSAGE AND THE AMTA MEMBERS. THE LOCATOR SERVICE OF THE AMTA HAS SET ME MANY CLIENTS. AND AS A MEMBER WE GET CONTINUEING EDUCATION OFFERED AT DISCOUNTS. BESIDES THE INSURANCE AND MAGAZINE. THE AMTA PROMOTES GROWTH AND EDUCATION OF MASSAGE THERAPIST. SO DOES MASSAGE TODAY. IF YOU LOOK AT THE ORGANIZATIONS, FOR THE MONEY YOU ARE GETTING WHAT YOU PAY FOR. AS ANY SMART BUSINESS PERSON KNOWS "YOU HAVE TO SPEND MONEY TO MAKE MONEY"
More than $250 I currently pay over $250/yr. through AMTA. Although I have enjoyed my relationship with this organization, I am seriously considering finding a more cost effective source as many of my coworkers have already done. They are still involved, to a point, with AMTA, but not paying the high dues of that organization. I would love to know where the person paying only $100/yr. for AMTA dues is living, and if they are a professional member or merely a student.
More than $250 I currently pay over $250/yr. through AMTA. Although I have enjoyed my relationship with this organization, I am seriously considering finding a more cost effective source as many of my coworkers have already done. They are still involved, to a point with AMTA, but not paying the high dues of that organization. I would love to know who the person paying only $100/yr. for AMTA dues is living, and if they are a professional member or merely a student.
More than $250 I have recently elected to not renew my membership dues, liabiilty insurance coverage from the AMTA. It was even more convincing after seeing the lawsuit in your last two issues (my lastest newsletter from the AMTA finally mentioned it).
I was paying $275 a year for the dues for the main organization and the state one combined. I also felt that I was getting very little for it. Now I am starting to look into more affordable (for me) insurance that will benefit not only my clients, but my bank account as well.
I was having to raise my rates in order to cover the cost of the insurance. Just like the health insurance, the only one that seemed to be getting rich are the ones who can control what goes on in our practices, possibly affecting the quality of work that we can provide.
Catherine A. Yezak
Under $100 The AMTA is the most professional active group in the world
today. Their efforts and ethics have established massage as an
acceptable alternative option to help the public establish and
maintain their health.
my opinion of MT has been molded by their negativeity, bias
and skirting the ethical boundrys that the quest for money
power and acceptance can encourage.
i have although enjoyed in particular the informative and
ethically appropriate articles by Ben Benjamin.it is my opionion
that it is his input and only his input that has given your
credibility; but that is not enough i feel your organization will in
the long run do more damage to the profession in it's drive for
political power.why dont you just sell massage related
products. and ensure quality to the consumer.
your political posturing is reprehensible!
my vote continues to support the AMTA!!
$200 - $250 My total fees include money for research in massage, foundation grants, grants for licensing efforts, public awareness campaigns, scholarships, member services, excellent publications, low cost education and on and on. The insurance itself is a bargain. AMTA Professional Member.
Associate Members pay much less.