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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
"AMTA Now Facing Over $200,000 in Federal Sanctions"
Another Offer to Settle
By Editorial Staff
From the start, there has been little desire on the part of the AMTA national leadership to avoid this lawsuit. Massage Today was never contacted directly by AMTA prior to their filing of the lawsuit.
Upon receiving a letter from their attorney, our editor, AMTA New Hampshire Chapter President Cliff Korn, NCTMB, contacted the AMTA national office before legal action was taken.AMTA leadership refused to speak to him, insisting that the matter had "already been referred to their legal council." When the AMTA lawyer wouldn't return MT's lawyer's phone call, it was obvious that litigation, rather than resolution, was the AMTA's primary goal.
During the course of the lawsuit, there has been a very weak response to settlement opportunities by the AMTA leaders. Then AMTA President Steve Olson came to the mandatory settlement conference without even so much as an offer for Massage Today to consider. Instead, he rejected MT's offer to purchase the list at double the industry rate. Mr. Olson eventually made a completely unrealistic offer that would have taken Massage Today four years to pay off.
AMTA should have seen the writing on the wall when Judge Lindberg threw out most of its case 22 days after the failed settlement conference. MT followed that decision with a letter warning the AMTA that it would risk being sanctioned if it didn't abandon the meritless action. Still, the AMTA national leadership would not be dissuaded.
AMTA's second settlement offer was a sham because it contained the unconscionable requirement that AMTA members be forced to mail individual written requests if they wanted to continue to receive Massage Today.
Convinced that this would be unduly burdensome on the AMTA members, MT sent a counter offer that would allow AMTA members to cancel their subscription any time they wanted. The other main points of the AMTA's offer were accepted as part of Massage Today's counter offer.
AMTA rejected the counter offer and refused to allow its members to continue to receive the publication without having to ask for it in writing. AMTA's insistence also kept its members from being listed on Massage Today's online referral directory.
Now that the court has handed down its decision against the AMTA, it is time for the court to consider sanctions against the AMTA. And while it is distasteful to cause the AMTA members to spend even more of their hard-earned money on attorney fees, AMTA's leadership was warned of this inevitable outcome many times throughout the course of this dispute.
Massage Today is willing to make one more effort to at least settle the monetary sanctions that may be awarded against the AMTA. A settlement could save AMTA and its members a substantial amount of money and the humiliation of being formally sanctioned by a federal judge.
Unfortunately, like many AMTA members, Massage Today has lost faith in the AMTA's national leadership. It is impossible for MT to believe that they have the best interest of their members at heart after watching them spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of members' money just to keep a portion of their members from receiving a free publication and enjoying referrals from Massage Today's "Find a Massage Therapist" website directory.
As one former AMTA member stated in an angry letter to AMTA national headquarters:
Massage Today has offered to meet with no less that seven AMTA state chapter presidents in a closed-door meeting to negotiate a settlement of the monetary sanctions that MT will be requesting from Judge Denlow in the next 60 days. To make this meeting meaningful, these chapter presidents must be chosen by a vote of all of the AMTA state chapter presidents, and must be empowered to settle the sanctions at the meeting. In the further interest of saving AMTA membership money, this will be a "no attorneys allowed" meeting. It is our belief that the chapter presidents enjoy a much closer relationship with the AMTA members and will therefore better reflect the wishes of their constituents.
Should the AMTA wish to take advantage of this opportunity, this offer must be accepted immediately.
There is still a chance to end this situation peaceably. It is a sad state when the largest association in the profession is at war with the profession's largest publication.
If you are an AMTA member and have an opinion in this matter, you are encouraged to make your thoughts known:
Mail your comments to:
Remember, this is your association, and your voice is important.
Publisher's note: If you don't feel you have enough information on this issue, ask the AMTA for copies of the documents exchanged between AMTA and MT. Most important to consider is AMTA's settlement offer dated March 1, 2002, MT's counter offer dated March 7, 2002, a copy of Judge Lindberg's Order dismissing most of the AMTA's original lawsuit, MT's sanction letter dated October 25, 2001 and a copy of the Order granting Massage Today summary judgment.
It is MT's belief that every member has a right to these documents, as it is their dues money that paid for them. If the AMTA refuses to let you see these documents, you may contact me directly at: and we will make sure you have copies.
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