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The Wisdom of the Second Office Location (SOL)
There are some things I never want to do again, like riding a motorcycle 100 mph. I call these things my "negative bucket list." Other things I have on that list include water skiing, riding a roller coaster and eating habanero peppers.
Overcoming Barriers to Exercise Compliance
One of the most common questions other practitioners ask me is, "How do I get patients to do their exercises?" I am not frustrated by my patient compliance, as many doctors are; in fact, I am actually happy with my patients' involvement and commitment.
Billing for Same-Visit Extraspinal and Spinal Manipulation
Q: I have always been under the premise that when billing 98943, extraspinal chiropractic manipulation, on the same visit as spinal manipulation, 98940-98942, that the extraspinal manipulation requires modifier 51.
A Dream Come True for Chiropractic: Funding Prevention and Public Health
Back in 2005, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said: "Let's face it, in America today we don't have a health care system, we have a sick care system.
Is the EHR Ship Setting Sail Without Us?
The numbers are in: As of July 2014, 10,253 doctors of chiropractic have received $123,059,868 in EHR stimulus funds – and yet that represents less than 15 percent of our profession.
Women's Health: Herbal Formulas to Help Patients With Dysmenorrhea
Chiropractors have long treated women for menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea). Since roughly 60 percent of all chiropractic patients are women and 30-50 percent of women have a history of menstrual cramps, the vast majority of doctors of chiropractic will inevitably see patients with dysmenorrhea.
State by State: Comparing Chiropractic Scope of Practice
"The issue of 'scope of practice' has been a bugaboo ever since our early quests for legal recognition for chiropractic," according to Dr. Claire Johnson, editor in chief of JMPT and National's other two chiropractic journals.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
News in Brief
Major Organizations Announce Joint Conference; Fighting for Section 2706; New Vice President of Chiro. Program at Parker; Two Families, One Chiropractic Dynasty.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
The Art of Day-to-Day Assessment and Treatment: Clinical Pearls
Let's focus on the day-to-day process of assessing and treating the patient. I am proposing a particular attitude; a way of looking at the patient. This often evolves over a few treatments and then changes as you figure out what is significant.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Defending With Vitamin D: Helps Prevent Progression to Diabetes
A 2014 clinical trial published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides additional evidence that optimal vitamin D nutritional status may be important in preventing the progression of prediabetes to diabetes in prediabetic adults.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Not All Evidence Is Equal; An Abundance of Misinformation; A Well-Researched Decision; Far Too Dangerous.
Love a Nurse – and They'll Love You Back
According to various sources, there are about 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., and according to the American Nurses Association, they are under serious pressure in today's health care reality.
Are Your Work Orders in Order?
There are times when a patient's occupational duties will delay or prevent them from recovering. These circumstances create the need for the doctor to recommend modified duty or remove the patient from work.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
December, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 12
From the Publisher: "Olson's Lawsuit" Update*: AMTA Faces Possible Court Sanctions
Massage Today Attorney Serves Notice
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Less than two months after the judge's decision to dismiss most of the Steve Olson's lawsuit* against Massage Today,1 the AMTA was served with notice that Massage Today (MT) intends to seek sanctions against the organization.The notice was sent to AMTA's attorney on October 29, 2001, citing Judge George W. Lindberg's recent dismissal order as its basis.
Massage Today's legal counsel Rick Cigel explains the seriousness of this action:
The notice will be followed by a motion requesting Judge Lindberg award Massage Today its legal expenses, based on the final outcome of the lawsuit. This means that should MT prevail, AMTA members would be paying for the legal expenses of both parties, a figure that will likely exceed $200,000 should the case go all the way to trial.
* Publisher's Note: It is becoming increasingly obvious that this lawsuit is not really between the AMTA and Massage Today. We continue to be contacted by AMTA members and leaders who neither agree with nor support the lawsuit initiated by former president Steve Olson.2 So much so, that they have begun referring to it as "Olson's Lawsuit," based not only on Mr. Olson's refusal to discuss the issue prior to filing the lawsuit but also on his rejection of MT's offer to buy the mailing list, and his recent effort to convince the board to continue, even in the face of having 80% of the claims dismissed by the judge before any evidence was heard.1
It has also become obvious that Mr. Olson is not interested in revealing the details of his lawsuit to AMTA members. Those members who find that MT is their only source of information are not alone.
Massage Today believes that all AMTA members have a right to know what is happening with this lawsuit, and how their dues money is being spent. But AMTA members are not alone. All massage therapists have the right to all of the information that comes forth from an action such as this. MT will continue to present the details of Olson's Lawsuit for the benefit of those interested. In addition, we will publish information arising from the litigation that is important for readers to know.
While it is still early in the discovery process, there are at least three important pieces of information that have been admitted under oath in the AMTA's written responses to questions asked by Massage Today's attorneys:
While it may be Olson's Lawsuit, it still involves the needless wasting of members' dues money. This is in addition to the many important things that could be accomplished for the profession by the AMTA and Massage Today working together.
It's not Olson's association and it's not his money. (One can only wonder how he might act if Steve Olson and his followers knew they would be forced to compensate the AMTA for all expenses if he lost his lawsuit.) If you're an AMTA member, it's your money, and you have a right to decide how Steve Olson and his followers spend it:
Call the home office at 847-864-0123 and leave Steve Olsen a message.
Fax him a letter at: 847-864-1178.
Send him an e-mail at: .
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