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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
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.
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.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
The Business of Ethics
By Perry Isenberg
Recently a magazine I used to advertise in went out of business. The magazine sent everyone who had given them business a letter stating it was folding. It must have been very difficult to compose and send out such a letter, but I suppose it was the right thing to do.
Obviously, several of us had already paid for upcoming advertising in the publication, so now we had to get it back.This has happened before, but I've usually found out the hard way. That is, when I expected my copy of a certain publication to come out and hadn't seen it for a few months, I knew what had happened and had to chase them down to recover what I wasn't going to get. Being a businessperson myself, I am always dismayed when I do business with someone I think I can trust and something like this happens. It always brings to mind an important concept, one that I feel compelled to discuss in this month's column: business ethics.
Before you can have business ethics, you must have a solid set of personal ethics. Simply put, don't do anything to anyone you wouldn't want done to you. There really isn't any difference between the two. Take as example a client who divulged some very personal things about him or herself during a session with you. Now, you know about confidentiality. This person trusted you with some pretty sensitive information. You also have sessions with a neighbor of this client. During one of these sessions, the neighbor starts to talk about how "so and so" has a big problem, and the two of you start to gossip - about the client. It gets back to the client that you spoke with their neighbor... need I finish this scenario? Take another scenario: you have a payment system whereby the client pays monthly for sessions with you. The client is scheduled every Friday during the month at a particular time. You start getting very busy on Fridays - apparently that's when all your clients want to schedule sessions. You quickly get bogged down and start missing scheduled appointments, and clients get mad, feel ripped-off, and start bad-mouthing you and going elsewhere for sessions. What do you do now?
Business ethics are the professional value-based rules that you personally live by. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Do you keep quiet about gossip you hear from one client to another? Do you try to change the conversation when "gossip" comes up? Are you fair to the clients who have been with you, and schedule appointments around them? Are you honest in telling them why you missed an appointment with them? Are you dependable/consistent and have integrity in the things you say? Do you follow through on your promises? Are your transactions with your clients fair and honest? Do you show respect and fairness?
If you can answer "yes" to all these questions, good for you. Remember, if you do not have business ethics, the perception is that you are untrustworthy. Word will get out and you will be out of business. Sound business ethics promise stability, growth and profits. They are the guarantee that you will succeed and have longevity in your practice.
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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