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If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
"Touching the Massage Today readers one letter at a time"
By Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
Let's start with a reader's update from a May question on corporate massage and the company getting a commission.
Editor's note: The original question posed to DearLyndaLMT was as follows:
And here's Patricia's follow-up to DearLynda's reply:
Thank you so very much for your reply, it was very helpful. I spoke with the company again just to clarify why they were asking for a commission, I explained that this was unusual. The answer I received is also very unusual: the company wants to get involved with a charity group, in which the company will sponsor 25 of its own employees to help build houses. The charity group requires a $5,000 donation for the 25 employees to participate. I was told that the commission that I am being charged is going toward this donation.
I stuck to my guns and explained that on-site massage therapy is a benefit to employees and I could not pay a commission to the company to provide this service. They were very receptive to my explanations, they agreed that on-site massage therapy is a benefit to their employees and that I should not have to pay them a commission. The company and I are working out the details and I will soon be offering this wonderful benefit to their employees.
Thank you so very much for your rapid response, you were able to help me out tremendously.
Patricia from Dallas
Thanks for the update, Patricia!
I have owned my own successful massage practice for the past seven years and still love what I do. However, I work six days a week and have not had a real vacation in two years. I am feeling a bit burned out at this stage of my career, to the point that I don't look forward to going to the office with a full book of clients. I need advice!
-- Joy from Maine
I enjoy Massage Today and your column. I would like to know how you feel about donating your services and gift certificates to promote your practice. What did you do when you first started your business, and what do you do now? I am just starting out in business and getting many requests for gift certificates and chair massage for events.
-- Christine from Missouri
Dear Lynda LMT,
Not sure if you can hel,p but was thinking it was worth an e-mail to you. I am a huge Paul McCartney fan and my friend was telling me he was on one of the morning show in May talking about a poem he wrote on strange massages he had and was talking about massage. Would you know what show this was aired on and where his poem appeared in print?
-- Chris from Georgia
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