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What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. 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.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Happy Birthday to Me!
By Perry Isenberg
During a recent convention, I spent a considerable amount of time away from the BioFreeze booth to spend time with some of our wholesale distributors and business associates. This time, coupled with the fact that our company is celebrating our 10th year in business, caused me to reflect on how privileged and fortunate we truly are.
In the exhibit hall, there were 11 wholesale distributors of our product; at least seven of them have been selling the product for as long as we have been in business. Although the other four dealers have been selling our product for only a few short years, they have benefited from the best efforts of our first group of wholesalers, who together helped us achieve national distribution and demand.
This thought process sparked the following question: How much of our available resources (time, money, energy, etc.) do we direct to acquiring new business, vs. helping our established customers sell more product?
After thinking it through, I concluded that we spend at least 85% of our resources working with current customers, with the remaining 15% going toward finding new business. I'm content with these percentages, although I have no point of reference as to whether industry norms exist. I also noted that we had no prior objectives or strategies to structure our resource distribution.
I started to think of massage therapists, and wondered if they recognize the importance of programs to take care of current customers vs. promotional activity to attract new customers.
We all execute programs to attract new customers -- but do we always take the time to allocate resources to existing customers? Consider yourself a customer who responds to a promotional offer in a local paper from a massage therapy clinic. The ad offers 50% off your first massage treatment. Obviously this type of offer is great to generate new clients - at this point, it's a win-win situation. Now you are a client, and you continue to see the 50% offer every month in the paper. How impressed would you be if on your birthday, the therapist gave you your treatment for free as a thank-you for your continued support? After all, the therapist offers 50% off the first massage to a first-timer, with no guarantee the prospective client will become a regular client who could also generate new business via word-of mouth-referral.
Let's do the math:
Ten consumers take the 50% off first-time offer. Two become regular clients; one becomes a semi-regular client. Assuming regular is once a month, and the hour session is $60.00:
This provides you $1,530 in revenue for 12 months. Ten regular clients provide you with $7,200 in revenue. If you offered one free treatment to each of those clients, it would cost you $600; $7,200 - $600 = $6,600 in revenue for 12 months.
This exercise clearly demonstrates that heavily skewing your resources to existing customers is a worthwhile strategy. The word-of-mouth referrals alone for the "birthday" gesture would be worth thousands of dollars to any therapist.
Staying in touch with customers, and treating and rewarding them with the respect they deserve, is a worthwhile business decision. Review how you use your resources, and make sure you take care of those who take care of you! In the meantime, be healthy, be good, stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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