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An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
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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