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First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
"'02": The Silver Lining
By Perry Isenberg
There appears to be a general sentiment out there that 2001 can't be left behind quick enough, and '02 can't get here fast enough.
I can't agree more. However, my reason is different than everyone who wants to get past 2001 because, all in all, it was a lousy year.(I know, there was some good stuff, too.)
Bring on '02 -- bring on the silver lining. At a recent seminar, time was devoted to remind the attendees to keep their profession strong, purposeful and effective. Attendees were given a handout that included the following quote from Theodore Roosevelt:
The statement has never been more true. I agree that people should support their respective industry associations. However, my thought is of our country as the association, and we as its members.
There are obvious contributors and contributions: the military; taxes; public and social services; etc. What about the rest of us? What can we do to help that has some meaning? How can we learn from the tragedies of 2001 and turn them into a silver lining?
Do we always need to see "bad" to really appreciate the "good"? Since 9/11, hundreds if not thousands of health professionals made their way to ground zero to help. Companies like ours sent product and financial contributions. But why do we wait? Is it the squeaky wheel that gets the oil?
Day after day, millions of North Americans live in "bad" conditions not necessarily brought on by themselves: disease, hunger, poverty, pain, etc. I'm not sure of this, but I think I heard more money was raised in 30 days as a response to 9/11 than 10 years of efforts to raise money for AIDS, cancer, and other charities. Again, I'm not sure of this, but it would not surprise me if it was true.
Each and every massage therapist who derives personal and/or financial rewards from massage is obligated to do their part to ensure that the industry grows, thrives and improves. When was the last time you attended a convention or conference? When was the last time you shared information with other therapists or the industry via letters to the industry publications?
We need to be proactive. We cannot wait until our respective industries start to weaken before we jump in to help. It may be too late. Unfortunately, we've witnessed a black cloud this year. If we learn a lesson, it should be one of proactive action. How many times do we need to be reminded that if we don't mind the store, the store will not succeed?
The massage profession has never been in such a good place. Don't take it for granted. Embrace and contribute; as Theodore Roosevelt urged, it is our moral obligation.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated, we'll talk again in '02.
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