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What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
Wisconsin Registration Law Upgraded to State Certification
By Betsy Krizenesky, WRMT, AMTA-WI Government Relations Chair
Effective March 1, 2003, 2001 Wisconsin Act 74 upgrades the current registration law to state certification for massage therapists and bodyworkers. Regulation will still be of titles rather than the actual practice of massage therapy and bodywork.Those choosing not to meet state requirements will still be allowed to practice massage in Wisconsin without a state credential, but will need to choose titles other than Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker.
The regulatory bill was initiated by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA-WI), after a member moved at a chapter meeting on August 25, 2000 that no new legislative action be taken before taking a survey of massage therapists. In February 2001, three-fourths (76%) of respondents to a mailed survey voted for the chapter to pursue practice protection. The bill draft was almost identical to the original legislation that had been drafted by a coalition of massage therapists and bodyworkers in 1996, resulting in the current registration law.
Representative Dean Kaufert and Senator Judith Robson introduced the legislation (AB 749/SB 413) in January 2002. In its initial form, the bill addressed licensing (practice protection). In February, the bill was amended to certification for the profession (only title protection, but nonetheless an upgrade from registration).
Proponents in Wisconsin see the most compelling reason for increased regulation strongly linked to the burgeoning use by the public of massage therapy. As larger cross-sections of the population are seeking the services of massage therapists and bodyworkers, a larger proportion of clients seen have more serious health problems. As a profession, we need adequate training to be able to recognize contraindications to treatment to avoid doing harm. State regulation is the most effective way of ensuring adequate profession-wide training.
All Wisconsin registered massage therapists and bodyworkers with a valid state credential on March 1, 2003 will become state-certified massage therapists and bodyworkers upon successful renewal. Therapists applying for the first time for a renewable credential will need to meet current requirements, which will not change with the new law. Those requirements consist of an approved 600-hour program in massage therapy or bodywork, and passage of the NCE and a take-home exam on the laws of Wisconsin that apply to the profession.
New stipulations as of March 1, 2003:
For your own copy of the new law, which will take effect March 1, 2003, call 1-800-362-9472 and ask for 2001 Wisconsin Act 74, or print yourself a copy from: www.legis.state.wi.us/2001/data/acts/01Act74.pdf.
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