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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 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?
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Veterans Eligible for Reimbursement for National Certification Exam
By Editorial Staff
Veterans of the armed services are now eligible for reimbursement for the costs of taking the National Certification Exam in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB).
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently recognize the NCETMB in statute or rule; more than 50,000 tests have been administered nationally.Any veteran qualifying under the GI Bill is now eligible for up to $2,000 reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). Specifically, reimbursement will be provided for licensing and certification tests taken on or after March 1, 2001. The VA will pay for the cost of the tests (there is no limit to the number of tests one can take), but not for other fees connected with obtaining a license or certification. The current cost of the NCETMB is $225.
Legislation passed in November 2000 was initiated by the Coalition for Professional Certification (CPC), a professional certification advocacy group, allows for reimbursement of professional certification fees up to $2,000 if the certification program meets standards drafted by the CPC and adopted by Congress and the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Prospective massage therapists are eligible for NCETMB reimbursement if they are eligible for:
To apply for reimbursement of the NCETMB, applicants should send a copy of test results to the Veterans' Administration, along with the following information:
First-time applicants for VA education benefits will need to submit an application for benefits along with the request for test reimbursement. Application forms can be downloaded from the VA website at www.vba.va.gov/pubs/educationforms.htm. Veterans or those on active duty will need VA Form 22-1990; eligible children and spouses will need VA Form 22-5490.
For more information on reimbursement of the NCETMB examination, contact the NCBTMB:
National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
To contact the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs with questions regarding reimbursement of test fees, or to mail your reimbursement application, contact the VA regional office in your area, or the VA office for your state. That information can be accessed on line at www.va.gov/sta/guide/home.asp?division=all.
Commenting on the legislation, NCBTMB Executive Director Christine Niero, PhD, enthused: "The national certification program will now be accessible to more individuals wishing to pursue careers as massage therapists and bodyworkers. The ever-increasing number of nationally certified massage therapists and bodyworkers assures the public's safety and further makes safe, competent massages and bodywork more available."
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