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Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
Education Takes Center Stage at Annual Council of Schools Meeting
By Editorial Staff
Tiffany M. Field, PhD, founder of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, was the keynote presenter at the AMTA's 2002 Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting of the Council of Schools (COS), held January 22-26 in Tucson, Arizona.Dr. Field, a long-time supporter of research-backed factual findings that support the efficacy of massage, spoke about ongoing broad-based research programs in collaboration with other doctors in the fields of obstetrics, pediatrics and pharmacology.
An international group of massage and bodywork school owners and administrators met and discussed a variety of education-related topics. An entire day was dedicated to understanding competency-based education. A workshop entitled, "Competency-Based Education: What Is It? How Does It Work? Why Is It Relevant to Massage Therapy Education?" was facilitated by educator/teacher Judith McDaniel, PhD, who has designed evaluation processes that allow students and employers to determine competency in a variety of skills.
A competency-based panel presentation and competency-based discussion groups followed her workshop. The discussion groups grappled with issues such as testing for competency and creating a curriculum for competency.
Elections also were held at the annual meeting. The current officers of the council are:
In an interview, Peggy Smith, president of the 300+ member council, indicated that she felt that the opportunity for school owners to network among themselves was the most important aspect of the COS. She mentioned that she has always derived value from being able to sit down over lunch with her peers and share how problems are solved and how progress is evaluated. She felt strongly that this sharing of experiences was beneficial for the massage therapy profession as a whole, in that it allowed for an elevation of the quality of educational programs and a greater ability for meaningful interaction with students on administrative issues such as alternative financing/financial aid, admissions policy and professional behaviors.
Smith indicated that she felt the discussions on competency-based education were particularly pertinent to educators today, as there is continuing debate in the profession concerning hours of education required for entry level practice. She indicated that it was likely that trends in the evaluation of competencies could be a consensus-building step in changing the paradigm from hours to outcomes. She mentioned that the profession continues to deal with the issues of what makes a good/great massage therapist, and how outcomes can be measured. She urged all schools to explore refreshed curricula that incorporate competency-based education, because she feels it allows for accountability in the quality of graduates.
In addition to its annual leadership conference, the COS convenes an annual teachers' conference each summer. This year's conference is scheduled for August 1-4, 2002 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
School owners and directors have several opportunities each year to network:
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