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The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
Step Nine: Initial Training
By John Fanuzzi
The initial marketing discussed in last month's column usually occurs on a parallel timeframe with this month's topic: Initial Training. As the energy and excitement builds toward your grand opening and you see the light at the end of the tunnel, it's time to get physical - hands-on training.Now is the time to cover every aspect of your operation and communicate clearly with your staff. Ideally, you should have a manual prepared with detailed instructions of every phase of your operation. This manual serves as the starting point for all of your initial training. It is also a "work in progress" to be modified and updated as your operations expand and you add new services.
I recommend that every employee and therapist know every job to some degree and be willing to be flexible, especially if you are just starting out. As an owner, I like to have experience in every job, from reception, bookkeeping, computer, and retailing, to the not-so-glamorous jobs such as cleaning the showers, doing the laundry, and sweeping and vacuuming the floors. That way I not only have a feel for the job so I can train the employees, but I can fill in case of an emergency. Loving what you do, no matter what it entails on a particular day, means that everything you do is fun.
As I stated in a previous article, you should allow about two-to-four weeks of training before your grand opening, to get all of the kinks ironed out and have your staff working harmoniously and in sync. Your training should cover all aspects of the operation for all employees. I would make sure to have an internal communication system, so that nothing falls through the cracks. Every employee should have his or her own e-mail addressm so important personal and company wide messages or policy changes can be documented and acknowledged. Each employee should also have his or her own voicemail, so personal calls or specific instructions from management or customers can be directly communicated.
Company-wide standards and expectations should be spelled out clearly. Tell employees what you expect from them, so you can put issues on the table before they become problems. Ethics, client confidentiality, and proper treatment protocol can never be overemphasized.
Employees should be aware of timing and traffic flows. Staggering startup times means less congestion in hallways and dressing areas. Employees should also be trained in the physical plant and have a basic knowledge of electrical, mechanical, water, and HVAC control locations.
It is very important to train every employee to be an ambassador for your business. Everyone should be trained to sell products and services and be knowledgeable of the following:
If your construction is complete, you can train in your new facility and do a soft opening with friends only and with reduced pricing. If your spa is still being built, you may have to train off-premises with portable equipment and floor plans. Some of the training involves operations and protocol, which can be taught anywhere. Ideally, your therapists should be trained on the equipment you purchased and in the rooms they will be using.
After training is complete, you'll be ready for the grand opening! Next month, we'll add some final details to make the perfect presentation - just like your best chef.
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