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Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
Exploring New Paths: Starting Your Own Business
By Perry Isenberg
So, you want to start your own business and be your own boss? There are quite a few considerations to keep in mind as you branch out on your own. Location; expenses/overhead; insurance; payroll; taxes; business licenses; depreciation on equipment; cost of supplies; etc., all influence how much money you need to start.The major reason smaller businesses fail is an insufficient amount of money (start-up capital). You need a budget, which should include your salary. An accountant can help you handle things smoothly.
Where you set up your new practice depends, among other things, on how much money you have to rent a decent office. Maybe you want a small office in your home, or just want to see clients in their homes (sort of a mobile therapist). You need to research how close your existing clients will be to the office, and if there are any high-traffic areas that may complicate their visits. No one wants to drive 20 miles to the therapist's office; decide how far you think your clients are willing to travel, since they are going to be the staple of your business in the beginning. Also check the zoning laws, and don't forget the business licenses and insurance! Find out how much insurance you need to carry; this varies depending on the state in which you are starting your business. You will need a fair amount of equipment, including massage tables; linens and towels; a washer and dryer; phones and phone lines; computers; desks and chairs; etc. Depending on how big you want to be, you may also need waiting-room furniture and decorations, office supplies, a copier, fax machine... the list goes on and on. Shop around for these items, so you get the best deals and spend the least money (without sacrificing quality). The plan is to research, budget, implement and market.
OK, so you've determined your approximate office costs... are you going to have any staff? With employees come payroll, federal and state tax, unemployment tax and workers' compensation obligations. Are you going to offer any benefits for long-term employees? Think about it first! If you have a few bad months financially, you'll still have to pay these benefits! Good therapists are hard to find, and you get what you pay for. You also need to be careful about the people you hire. You should do a background screening, and definitely check references. If you accept insurance from clients, you will need to have staff that knows insurance coding, medical billing, etc. Paperwork takes up too much time. It is worth hiring someone with this expertise (maybe part-time at first) to help free up your time to see more clients. Also, are you going to sell any products? Retail sales are vital for the financial health of the practice, and to expand client services. This may generate extra income for you... but don't forget the bookkeeping!
How do you get the money to start your practice? Some of the start-up money may be yours, a family member may help, or perhaps a friend has a little extra cash... of start-ups take the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan route. If you choose this option, you will need a good business plan in writing (a three-year projection is usually required) to be considered for one of these loans. The Small Business Administration has a fabulous website that can answer many of your questions, including how to apply, who to contact, what the business plan entails, and why you need one. You can visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov. There are numerous small business seminars you can attend (some at local community colleges). Usually a seminar is only two days long, and it's worth the time invested. A good seminar will provide such information as where you can apply for loans, and how to design your business and marketing plan.
Having your own practice has its upside and downside, but if you plan, research and prepare yourself to work hard for yourself, you will be successful.
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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