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An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
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.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
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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