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Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
Taking Another Step Toward a Secure Future
In 2008, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) released a literature review on chiropractic care for low back disorders.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Chiropractic Around the World: WFC Country Reports December 2015
The following country updates are reprinted with permission from the December 2015 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Quarterly World Report. Information is excepted for space and edited to DC-specific style guidelines.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
Enhancing Performance in Cross-Fit Athletes
Cross-fitness centers are expanding in number and increasing in popularity. To remain relevant to this growing portion of society, practitioners need to learn about the exercises and injuries common to this group.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
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A Few Words About Licensing...
By Editorial Staff
I wanted to respond about your article about licensing. (Editor's note: Please see Cliff Korn's article, "Should We or Shouldn't We?" in the June 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/09.html).As a certified reflexologist through two schools (one in the U.S., the other in Canada, totaling 700 hours), I taught for the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR) in St. Petersburg, Florida for seven years. In August 1995, I chose to relocate to the Northwest. I was told that since there was no licensing in Oregon, I would not have problems establishing a business practice and teaching there. However, in October 1995, the Oregon Massage Board informed me that I was practicing without a license and faced a $1,000 fine if I did not cease. Knowing I was in the public eye, I chose to get my massage license (340 hours, at that time) so I could continue practicing and teaching reflexology.
Looking back, I am glad I bit the bullet and got the massage license. It has protected me legally, and aided in legitimizing my reflexology work. I am glad that Oregon raised its massage education standard to 500 hours. I still think too many massage therapists are being "cranked" out of massage schools. I wasn't comfortable with the training of over half the students I attended school with; I would never consider going to them as a client. There is not enough emphasis on business ethics, hygiene and professionalism. I want to be seen as a professional -- not put in a box with those who dress as if they just got out of bed. The consumer doesn't know the difference over the phone.
What truly bothers me is the number of massage therapists claiming to be reflexologists, despite only 4-6 hours of formal reflexology training! There is much more to reflexology than rubbing feet. I do not do a foot massage when people ask for reflexology. There truly is a difference. I have over 1,000 hours of reflexology training, and I am nationally certified. How would you feel about being lumped in with those who got a one-weekend course? There are also many people teaching reflexology who aren't even certified in reflexology, which waters down the true science and art of this bodywork technique.
At the massage school I attended in Portland, I questioned the reflexology instructor's training; I was told he had taken a weekend course with IIR, and had talked to other people about it. In effect, this person is teaching a technique form not taught by IIR and not sanctioned by any other reflexology school. He is still teaching today, because there are no regulations for teachers.
This is not just an issue of licensing practitioners. It is also an issue of teacher accreditation. Everyone looks for a loophole to get CEUs, or to learn a new technique they can flaunt on their business cards.
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