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Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Patient Retention Techniques
When talking about techniques to grow your business, we tend to focus on the "large" aspect of the patient base, that is, on strategies to attract new patients. However, it is important to remember that "loyal" is equally, if not more, important.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
Peaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
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.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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