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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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?
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
An Ethics Addendum
By James "Doc" Clay, MMH, NCTMB
In its recently issued Standards of Practice document, the National Certification Board offers two standards governing our treatment of each other namely, that we should:
These two areas of mutual respect deserve a closer look:
First, we are quite a motley assortment of practitioners, certainly more varied in our beliefs and practices than any other health profession.We might be ridiculed for it from the outside, but the fact is, that is our greatest strength. Our approaches have not yet been so thoroughly researched, documented, codified and standardized that anyone can say that this, that or the other approach is uniform and universal. This state of affairs may make it a bit harder for the consumer to decide which therapy (or therapist) to choose, but it also makes a broad variety of choices available.
One of the problems that this variety presents, however, is a kind of intense denominationalism among therapists, often amounting to cultism. Each developer and teacher of a new approach tends to offer his or her system not as a way to do bodywork, but as the way. It's very reminiscent of the proliferation of psychotherapies with which we were inundated from the '50s through the '80s, and the devotion to these cults has persisted in spite of research showing that no single psychotherapy was significantly more effective than another.
On a broader level, whole categories of bodyworkers turn up their noses at each other: the energy workers see the clinical types as materialistic and reductionist, and the clinicians sneer at the unscientific "woo-woo" approaches of the energy workers.
Lost in this struggle for "truth" is the client. The client wants something, and each of us is bound and determined that our particular approach will fill the bill. We all know very well that we must refer medical conditions to physicians, and mental health problems to counselors, but how many of us think to refer a client to another bodyworker when our approach doesn't seem to fit the client's needs?
I remember putting a lot of time and energy into convincing a client that his applied kinesiology sessions were a bunch of nonsense. All I did, in fact, was to provide him with increasing amusement, because he knew very well that the approach worked for him. And if a client knows that he or she is being helped, who am I to say that the client is wrong? It's all very well to have our beliefs, and to practice within their framework - but we have an ethical obligation, both to each other and to the public, to show respect for each other.
The second aspect of our ethical treatment of each other has to do with gossip. The ninth of the ten commandments tells us that we are not to bear false witness against our neighbor, and it's my guess that, right after the one about not coveting, it's probably the most universally violated.
There is a wonderful story about a man who hated his rabbi so much that he spread false rumors about him. He later regretted this behavior, and went to the rabbi to apologize, and asked him what he might do to correct the results of his actions. Without saying a word, the rabbi picked up a pillow and led the man outside, where a stiff breeze was blowing. He handed the man the pillow and told him to rip it open and scatter the feathers into the wind. The man did so, and the wind carried the feathers far and wide. Then the rabbi said, "Now go and get all the feathers and bring them back to me."
"But that would be impossible!" the man exclaimed. "They are scattered to widely for me ever to find them all!"
"And just as impossible," responded the rabbi, "would it be for you to bring back all the rumors you have spread."
When we believe that another therapist has behaved unethically or illegally, we have various resorts available to us. The NCBTMB has an ethics committee to adjudicate complaints about unethical behavior. In states with licensure, there are boards to receive such complaints. For illegal actions, we have courts of law. There are also civil courts. When we believe a wrong has been done, we obviously have the choice of reporting or not reporting it to the appropriate authority. But one resort to which we are ethically obligated not to turn is rumor and gossip, in the attempt to destroy a therapist's reputation. Such vigilante justice is clearly unethical, because it offers the accused no opportunity to mount a defense.
There are four things to remember when we hear of some unethical behavior:
Our professional organizations can set forth codes of ethics and standards of practice, but these are never the last word. The last word is the code of ethics inside us - one of self-respect and respect for others. That code takes precedence.
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