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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.
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.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
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.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
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."
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.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
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.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
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.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
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.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
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.
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."
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
Publisher's Report: AMTA Letter Lies
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
On July 22, 2002, AMTA President Carolyn Talley wrote a letter5Massage Today.1,2,3 announcing that the AMTA had lost its lawsuit against In that letter, Ms.Talley made the following statement:
A review of the transcript from the court hearing shows that Judge Denlow never made the statement that "MPAmedia (Massage Today's publisher) should not have done what it did," nor did Judge Denlow ever accuse Massage Today's publishers of any violation of business ethics.
The closest statement Judge Denlow did make was in response to a statement made by AMTA attorney Gene Hansen. Read contextually, the transcript shows the following:
Judge Denlow made his decision against the AMTA in summary judgment. Summary judgment is only granted when a party will prevail before the judge even when their case is viewed "in a light most favorable to the non-movant,"4 in this case, the AMTA. The fact that Judge Denlow issued his decision in just eight days from the court hearing clearly demonstrates that he was not hesitant about his decision.
MT's attorney Rick Cigel, Esq. comments:
Interestingly enough, AMTA president Carolyn Talley was apparently not in the courtroom during the hearing. The only known AMTA representatives present were attorney, Mr. Gene Hansen and executive director, Elizabeth Lucas. It may be important for AMTA members to know how and why the libelous statement was included in Ms. Talley's letter.
In an effort to resolve this situation without further dispute, Massage Today has sent a letter asking the AMTA to issue a retraction and apology. Ms. Talley's letter has already been mass e-mailed and broadcast faxed to "all members of the Board of Directors, National Committee Chairs and Chapter Presidents," republished in various state chapter communications and placed on the AMTA website. In addition, the statement was apparently released to Massage Magazine and may even be published in the next (Fall) issue of the Massage Therapy Journal.
MT has asked that the AMTA's retraction and apology be faxed, e-mailed, published on the AMTA's website and issued for publication to Massage Magazine, the Massage Therapy Journal and Massage Today in a manner and to an extent that will rectify the injustice caused by the libelous statement.
Unlike the AMTA leadership who started this litigation, Massage Today is very willing to discuss this issue with the AMTA. Should the AMTA choose to handle this through its attorney, MT has instructed Mr. Cigel to accept and return all phone calls from AMTA's legal counsel.
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