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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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
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.
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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
February, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 02
When Massage Meets Managed Care
Rising Inclusion in Health Care Plans Should Spark Debate
By Peter W. Crownfield
The issue of unity vs. separatism is not new to our nation's history, just well-traveled. The most notable example is the Civil War, fueled by the South's desire for economic and political separatism from the Union.
A century-and-a-half later, the issue of unity vs.separatism is still sparking national controversy, and once again, economic and political factors are involved. This time, it is not North vs. South, but massage therapy vs. managed care.
What follows are a few examples of recent agreements between managed care organizations and provider networks. These contracts already impact the practice activities of thousands of massage therapists - and the trend is almost certain to continue, involving even greater numbers of the massage community. (Editor's note: For a more specific discussion on the pros and cons of the debate, read this month's article from the editor's desk: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/02/06.html).
Complementary Healthcare Plans recently contracted with HealthNet Oregon, to provide its members with access to credentialed provider networks of alternative care providers, including massage therapists. Coverage under prepaid plans allows for self-referral and direct access to practitioners.
A preferred provider organization (PPO) in Portland, Oregon, Complementary Healthcare Plans provides health care services to 333,000 prepaid members and nearly 600,000 others under contract with managed care organization (MCO) and PPO plans.
Effective January 1, 2001, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan members have access to a national network of massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and health and wellness products at discounted prices.
The program was instituted as part of an agreement with American Specialty Health Networks (ASHN), a San Diego, California-based organization. Members will receive discounts of up to 25 percent on visits to ASHN's credentialed network of providers and can make appointments directly without physician referral.
Members will also have access to various internet resources, including national online provider directories, educational information on complementary and alternative medicine, and discounted health and wellness products. The Blue Cross/Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan currently covers approximately four million federal employees, retirees and their family members.
ASHN has also contracted with HomeTown Health Network to provide alternative and complementary medicine services to HomeTown's 65,000 members throughout the state of Ohio. HomeTown members can access a credentialed network of massage therapists, chiropractors and acupuncturists.
These services are provided without gatekeepers and with discounts of up to 25 percent.
Additionally, an ASHN affiliate, Healthyroads.com, is providing internet-based services for HomeTown members, including a directory of the network's providers, educational resources, and discounted health and wellness products.
BlueCare Network, the HMO affiliate of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, has launched a program called "Naturally Blue" that provides 20 percent discounts for massage therapy, acupuncture and nutritional counseling services. The agreement is with Landmark Healthcare, Inc., a Sacramento, California-based company.
Under terms of the agreement, Blue Care Network members can receive discounted services from any practitioner in Landmark's statewide practitioner network, simply by presenting their identification card.
The extent to which the inclusion of massage therapy in the managed care world will affect the profession remains to be seen. One thing is certain: the issue will generate substantial debate among the massage therapy community. Look for further information in future issues of Massage Today.
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