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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
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.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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?
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
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.
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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