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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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05
Excuse Me, May I Take This Call?
By Perry Isenberg
A huge portion of the working population really doesn't understand the meaning of "a job well done." A few years ago, I was getting a very relaxing massage (not my current massage therapist) when I heard the phone ring, followed by "Do you mind if I take this call -- I"ll only be a second."
If this ever happened to you and you took the call, do yourself a favor: try to remember the client at the time, and either refund their money or offer them a free session."Yeah, right" you say - after all, it was just a two-second phone call!
I'm serious! As consumers you know full well that you hate paying for things you do not receive. Did the client get a 60-minute, undisturbed session with your full attention? Did you wash your hands after touching the telephone? Why should the service the client pays for be interrupted so you can answer the phone?
There appears to be a current downward slide in the quality level of products and services being offered, and less demands from the consumer.
Everyone knows that the current consumer is more educated, demanding and savvy than in the past. Many factors contribute to this, including a larger-than-ever group of retailers and business people who sought to separate themselves from the pack by doing everything better and more consistently.
This new group of business people has taught us to accept a mistake now and then, but overall to expect more. When you're not satisfied, you should be financially compensated -- a refund. There's a big difference between sufficient, satisfactory and perfect. I say we should only pay for perfect and settle for less as the exception, not the norm.
It seems to me that this higher level of service and quality products is not holding up, and that demanding, savvy consumers are backing down, willing to accept less than perfect. There are many factors accounting for this trend. I believe the primary reason is because the imperfect human cannot consistently deliver perfection. Consumers are tired of looking for perfection, so we are starting to accept satisfactory.
A shortage of time and an abundance of wealth are also a part of the problem -- "I don't have time to shop around, but I have enough money not to worry about value."
The saying, "you get what you pay for," does not have the same meaning it used to. Now, you're still paying premium prices for the "good" stuff, but only getting satisfactory in return.
A friend of mine uses a lawn & garden service to take care of his property. I visited one day and admired his lawn and garden, but asked why he doesn't get the company to blow away all the dead leaves in the garden. His comment was, "the service is supposed to do it, and sometimes they do and sometimes they don't." Of course, I replied, "So I guess you don't pay them for the service call." He looked at me like I was nuts, and responded, "After all, they were here, and they did cut the grass. You can't not pay them because they didn't blow out the leaves."
I hope my point is obvious. My friend's view is to accept 80% of the service and pay 100% for it. This is ridiculous. It undermines the consumer's obligation to set acceptable standards for products and services.
Most of you most likely think I'm being too harsh and overly demanding -- I'm not. I'm also not perfect, nor is our company. We probably make mistakes every day, and when we do, our company finds a way to compensate the customer, to show our regret for the error and our appreciation for their understanding and business.
I don't care how long you've worked with a particular client. Never let your relationship become so informal that you think you can cut corners. You should treat each visit with 100%. Nothing less will do.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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