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Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
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The MRI: When and Why to Order One
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Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
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The Future of Functional Neurology
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The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
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Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
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Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
International Wellness Conference, TAMT Convention Merge in Galveston
By Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
The Texas Association of Massage Therapists (TAMT) held its 2nd annual convention in conjunction with the inaugural International Wellness Conference (IWC) at the spectacular Moody Garden Hotel Spa & Convention Center on Galveston Island, Texas, January 18-22, 2002.
The IWC program was divided into four sections: the Medical Healthcare Professional program; the Public program; the Spa and Fitness Professional program; and the Massage Therapist program sponsored by the TAMT.There was also a culinary exposition and expo hall as part of the IWC.
The IWC's Spa and Fitness program started on the afternoon of the 20th and extended to the 22nd. This portion of the program was oriented to learning and sharing of people from the spa and fitness world on how they may assist their clients to "Live Life Better."
The speakers for the Spa and Fitness program were: Janet Abbott; Bethany Kamman; Debbie Kelly; Al Amado; Reenita Malhotra; Sherry Granader; Matthew Wagner; Marian Urban; Irene Heiney; Beth Shaw; James Moore; Denise Dente; Leslee Bender; Michael Effler; and Jonathan Paul De Vierville.
I had a chance to attend one of Stedman Graham's classes. Stedman is the author of You Can Make It Happen and Build Your Own Life Brand. Stedman illustrated how someone's vision can have a greater impact than his or her baggage. His message is to live out of your imagination and not your history to hold a vision of the possibility of a better life for you and yours and to take responsibility and exercise the faith and power you have within you to create that better life. Stedman used the example of how to build your brand to be the best massage therapist in his class:
All program attendees were invited to hear the esteemed keynote speakers for the IWC convention: Deepak Chopra, MD; Christiane Northrup, MD; Don Miguel Ruiz, MD; Larry Dossey, MD; Joan Borysenko, PhD; Rachel Naomi Remen, MD; Julian Whitaker, MD; Stedman Graham; Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD; and Loretta LaRoche.
Over 2,000 professionals and members of the public attended the conference; 290 massage therapists attended the massage program hosted by the TAMT.
The theme of the TAMT convention was "Education Is the Key!" Houston-area massage therapy schools and massage therapists volunteered their time to do chair massage for all of the attendees of the conference. Golden Ratio Woodworks donated 12 chairs for the massage area. Speakers were: Brian Bradley; Roy Desjarlais; David Malin; Renee Votta; Deb Gabineaux; Trisha Cruz; Michael Critz; Kathy Craft; Kathryn Watson; John Fanuzzi; and myself. Every attendee to the massage program earned six hours of continued education credits, which is the new requirement mandated by the Texas Department of Health.
The merging of the TAMT with the IWC was a dream of Vanessa Carpenter, TAMT conference chair. She received a flyer from the IWC through the mail and dreamed that night about the TAMT being there. Vanessa stated: "We promised our members to have a conference with quality education to fill the new requirement, and my goal as president was to make the TAMT grow out of the grassroots status it has been in for years and become something bigger and better for all Texas therapists. This opportunity to network with doctors and wellness professionals really felt like the way to do it."
The backbone of the TAMT program was the conference committee of Vanessa Carpenter, Sharon Stump, Renee Crockford and Sara Moore. Rickie Mauro, Lane Tow, Nikki Casey organized the volunteers at the registration and classes. Vanessa Carpenter shared with me that " this was a team effort, and 'thank you's' goes out to Sharon Stump, Renee Crockford and Sara Moore for all of their hard work and dedication in making our most successful convention and a sincere thanks to all that took their time in making the event a hit! We all believe in the TAMT and having a voice in the massage therapy profession."
Special thanks also go to massage therapists Martha Cheshire, Teresa Poplaski and Daphne Gregory, who were there to support the TAMT and help out in all aspects of the convention, and the folks at Gulf Coast Conferences/IWC -- Bob Kibler and Anita Metcalf. They organized most of work for the TAMT. Barbara Walling from the Moody Garden Spa was wonderful at arranging all of the complementary therapies available during the day at the conference, including Watsu, Tibetian meditational, yoga, Ti-Chi, and Brehma, just to mention a few.
The TAMT held a lunch during the conference for all massage therapists attending the program. Prizes were raffled off. The election results were announced and the new officers were sworn in. The new officers of the TAMT are:
For information on next year's International Wellness Conference, call (281) 319-4646.
Click here for previous articles by Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT.
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