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Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
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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