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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.
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.
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.
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.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
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.
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Most of AMTA Lawsuit Thrown Out of Court
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Before the AMTA's lawsuit even got going, Judge George W. Lindberg granted Massage Today's motion to dismiss the AMTA's complaint on four of its six counts. As the remaining two counts involve a single claim, the AMTA has effectively lost 80% of its lawsuit prior to any evidence being presented.
A motion to dismiss is requested when the merits of a lawsuit are in question on face value alone. After reading the AMTA's lawsuit, MPAmedia's attorneys recognized that the AMTA's complaint was inconsistent with applicable federal and state laws, and filed the motion to dismiss. Massage Today's legal council Rick Cigel commented on Judge Lindberg's decision:
As the judge's ruling makes clear, the AMTA is mistaken. If the AMTA had copyrighted its registry, the AMTA would have had the right to prevent others from reprinting a registry that was "substantially similar" its own registry. In this case, the AMTA did not copyright its registry, and even the AMTA does not claim that Massage Today has published any type of registry, let alone a registry that is "substantially similar" to the AMTA registry.
In truth, this remaining issue still comes down to who can control the name and address of a massage therapist. The AMTA continues to claim that it should be the one to control its members' names and addresses, referring to them as "AMTA property."1 Massage Today believes that it is the right of each massage therapist to make his or her own choice, and has consistently honored every request made by any massage therapist, AMTA member or not, regarding the privacy of their name.
Additional information provided to Massage Today, including a letter from AMTA president Steven C. Olsen, suggests that many of the AMTA's chapter presidents and directors were unaware of the details of the lawsuit until long after it was filed. This is reflected by a letter from Mr. Olsen to the "AMTA Chapter Presidents," sent almost two months after the AMTA filed its lawsuit.2
Rather than try to cover up the lawsuit, Massage Today informed the entire profession in its very next issue after the lawsuit was filed last May.3 The letters and e-mails received revealed that most of the responding massage therapists, AMTA members included, were not in favor of the AMTA's action. One AMTA member referred to it as "a frivolous and baseless lawsuit."4
Oddly enough, while Mr. Olson is spearheading the lawsuit, apparently to keep AMTA members from receiving Massage Today, he himself has yet to request that he no longer receive the publication. Massage Today is continuing to be sent, free of charge, to every known massage therapist in the United States (including Mr. Olson), with the exception of the handful who have chosen not to receive it.
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