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The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
We Get Letters & E-Mail
By Editorial Staff
Who Needs Licensing?
Your editorial hit one of my sore spots: licensing. (Editor's note: see "Should We or Shouldn't We?" in the June 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/09.html.) When one looks at how many professions are required to have a license, yet still sees so much incompetence, one starts to wonder.When one looks at how many high school graduates don't know how to spell or do simple math, one starts to wonder. All state licensing is done under the guise of protecting the consumer; in fact, licensing programs do nothing to protect anybody but generate revenue for the bureaucracy. All we should have to do is graduate from massage school and take our continuing education classes. If we're incompetent, no one will ask for our services -- it's that simple. Graduating is important, but I see absolutely no benefit to be gained from licensure.
Sybille Murphy, LMT
"I was able to achieve better results immediately"
I thoroughly enjoy your publication. I learn something from each article. Barbra Esher's article on the six divisions was very informative. (Editor's note: see "Using the Six Divisions" in the March 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/03/16.html.) I have been using five-element theory and meridians since taking an advanced reflexology course from an acupuncturist. I was able to achieve better results immediately after applying the information in Ms. Esher's article.
Janice Jackson, LMT
"Keep up the excellent work!"
I am so impressed with the issues of Massage Today. The attention you give to current issues is gratefully accepted. Your research on the insurance industry helped put perspective on our own growing industry and some of the challenges it is facing. Thanks, too, to Neal Cross for his wonderful view of the hand. Sometimes it helps to look beyond our own noses! Thank you to Ralph Stephens, whose insights about research are most enlightening; to Ben Benjamin, whose testing and treatment skills are unsurpassed in our field of massage therapy; and to Kate Jordan, whose article on pelvic pain is a clear example of the types of wisdom we need to pass on to each other.
June Lordi, LMT
Editor's note: The specific articles referenced in this letter appeared in several previous issues of Massage Today. To access the complete online archives of the publication, visit www.massagetoday.com/archives.
"I am willing to take a decent discount..."
This letter is in response to the "We Get Letters & E-Mail" section in the April 2001 Massage Today. (Editor's note: The entire April 2001 issue is available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/04.) I would like to comment on the particular letters that addressed insurance and managed care issues in the massage profession. I have a unique situation. After going to school weeknights for about a year and a half and working full-time, I received my state massage therapist registration. At this point, I am keeping my day job and trying to build a clientele for evening massages in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.
The story gets interesting because I am a customer service representative for a medical insurance company. The insurance company's client (a large computer company) is a self-insured plan. This basically means that the client makes the rules on what to cover, and the insurance company just pays the claims according to those rules. The client has decided not cover massage therapists. When I get a call from massage therapist trying to verify benefits, I can sympathize with the caller, but I cannot pay their claims. I also encourage the employees who call me to complain to their human resources department.
The point here is that the decision to cover massage therapists is not always up to the insurance company. In many cases, if the plan is self-insured, the employer makes those rules and will often make changes based upon employee feedback. As a fairly new RMT, I'm always looking for ways to get my name out into the community. I have often considered going downstairs to our network development department to see what it would take to become a part of the insurance network.
I offer discounts to first-time clients and a "buy five massages get one free" incentive. I don't see what the difference is between these offers and taking a percentage discount because I belong to the insurance network. Perhaps if I had a full schedule and wasn't looking to grow my business, there would be no incentive. But at this point, I am willing to accept a decent discount to get my name out to thousands of potential clients.
Stephen Dumas, RMT
"Thank you so much"
Thank you for so much for sending me Massage Today. I do not usually enjoy massage magazines, and subscribe to none. For some reason I find yours less slick and more "unifying." I read every word. I especially enjoyed Ralph Stephens' view on research. (Editor's note: See "Will Research Prove Our Point?" in the February 2001 issue, available at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/02/12.html.)
Shirl Swan-Mock, BA,LMT,RN,BSN
"The best I've read"
Your massage journal is the best I've read in my 14-plus years in the field. Please keep up the work, and good luck!
Roger Paradis, LMT
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