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Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Peaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
February, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 02
Protecting Freedom of Health Care
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The national politics of health care and health freedom is fascinating these days. I promise I will get back to insurance and education issues soon, but they will become irrelevant if we are not allowed to practice, or if no one is allowed to receive our services.There is a significant chance this could be the case if efforts, currently under way, are successful. Therefore, I feel the need to share some of the current issues regarding health freedom in this space. If you promise to read this entire column, I will give you a handy clinical tip to help low back cases. Your eyes will be monitored for compliance. We have our ways.
The purpose of this editorial is to increase your awareness of health freedom issues and how they are so important to alternative providers and the public we serve. Without the freedom to choose your health care provider, and without the freedom to practice your chosen health care techniques, alternative providers will be put out of business. Short of that, we will be integrated, co-opted, and put under the strict control of the allopathic cartel, most likely via insurance. Hopefully, you will be motivated to become involved in protecting and promoting freedom of choice in health care while it is still available. Most people take their rights and freedoms for granted until it is too late to save them. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. It only requires awareness and a small effort by many to protect freedom. It becomes a huge task, often a struggle, to regain it once it is lost. Your opportunities to practice as you chose depend upon your willingness to protect your rights to do so.
As massage therapist and bodyworkers, we are alternative health care providers. In some states we are legally recognized by some form of regulation; in some states we are not. In either case, but more so in the latter (except Oklahoma and Minnesota), we are all subject to being prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license, according to the whims of the state medical board. Having our scope of practice defined by legislation and a regulatory system, usually state licensing, offers some protection. The services we and other alternative providers offer to the public are in direct competition to the allopathic medical/pharmaceutical cartel. They have vowed to eliminate or control all competing forms of health care. Having studied what the cartel has done in the past to chiropractic or anyone who dares to administer an effective cure for cancer, I am always curious as to what they are up to next, and who the next target is. The primary target at this time seems to be the freedom to choose what form of health care the public can utilize. This has the potential to negatively impact our practices, regardless of the type or technique. Freedom of choice in health care is not guaranteed and is quickly eroding. Many of you in this profession are painfully aware that the current system of regulation and licensing of providers restricts the freedom of choice to practice the form of health care service one might desire to provide. Insurance and Medicaid/Medicare are working hard to limit what services the public may receive, who they may receive it from, and how much they may receive.
A colleague in Oklahoma, Robert Groves, PhD, has come up with a solution whose time has come. This honest and sincere practitioner has drafted an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America to guarantee health freedom for both providers and receivers. It is simple, straightforward and powerful. This is a huge undertaking, but the longest journey begins with the first step. He must collect a huge number of signatures on a petition. He needs the support of the alternative health community. We and our patients (the public) are the ones who stand to benefit the most from the guarantee of this freedom. I assure you the allopathic cartel (by the way, the hidden partner in all cartels is a government) does not want individuals in charge of their own health. If you care about your freedom to practice and individuals' rights to chose alternative health care services, you might want to support this petition. You can sign it at: www.PetitionOnline.com/healall/petition.html. Do what you feel is right.
Last month I mentioned the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act. The federal department of Health and Human Services has now thrown its coercive muscle behind this proposal. However, the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons has begun a campaign to stop this dangerous legislation. They have a petition and lots of information available at: www.aapsonline.org. For those of you not on the World Wide Web, they also have an information hotline: 800-419-4777.
Remember, the consequences of inaction are often more severe than those of action. Not standing up for the rights of others means there will be no one left to stand up for yours.
OK, you kept your promise, I'll keep mine. When working with a person having low back complaints, always check the quadratus lumborum muscle on both sides. Quite often you will find spasms or trigger points in one or both of these muscles. However, sometimes the tissues will refuse to respond and will not relax. Try moving inferior and treating the gluteus medius and minimus. Then return to the QL and treat it again. It will almost always relax after you have relaxed the two deep gluteals. You're welcome. Just send me a 1% commission from each successful treatment using this information. Just kidding.
Have a great month, and don't forget to allow some time to take care of yourself, so you can continue to help others.
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