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Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Different from the Rest of Us
By Perry Isenberg
We all know managing a business encompasses a number of responsibilities. One of the most important considerations is the hiring and supervising of staff. However, for some businesses, the hiring of employees is not nearly as important as the retention of employees.Certain business services and products are just more personal than others. I don't think you would notice a change in counter help at your local fast-food chain, or a change in cashiers at your local grocery store or gas station. You would, however, be a little taken aback if the therapist you've gone to for years was no longer at the clinic you go to, or if your stylist was no longer at the salon you visit.
Many people oversimplify business. I hear time and time again how common business issues are resolved with cookie-cutter solutions. Although these issues may be common, meaningful solutions are not as common or universally applicable to individual businesses.
For example, some restaurants use "early bird" specials to create an early "push" for the dinner time period. I don't believe this strategy would work well for a massage business. In fact, I believe it could cheapen the position of professional massage. It is important that massage therapists understand the unique attributes of their services (as compared to other businesses) and recognize that certain issues need to be handled accordingly. Not only is your field specialized in many unique ways, but it is also built on relationships with the client.
Additionally, if you are constantly turning over therapists in your practice, you are losing business and wasting time and money to of hire and train new staff. The clients who have come to depend on your practice, and have found a therapist they like, are likely to be upset when they do not have their regular therapist. They probably won't want to come back to your business, and will follow the therapist instead. It will become expensive for if you do not stop this from happening.
In the massage profession, more than almost any other profession, high employee turnover may be the single "kiss of death" to a business trying to grow. Review your current business strategies to ensure turnover is kept to a minimum. How do you persuade an excellent therapist who has his or her own list of clients to work evenings and weekends to work for you? Let's face it, people leave jobs for a variety of reasons, and not all of them are bad. Some leave because of a better offer; some leave because they're in the wrong profession. When you start seeing a high turnover of therapists in your own business, you definitely have a problem. If this is the case, you will need to ask yourself some serious questions
The first question to ask yourself is: What kind of supervisor are you? Do you unknowingly foster an inhospitable environment? In that case, only the toughest of employees will succeed and stay with you. Is that what you want? Do you have meetings on a regular basis in which the employees are free to speak their minds?
Second, have you ever found yourself ignoring an employee when he or she is talking to you? Do you ask your employees how their jobs are going, or if they are comfortable and happy in their work environment? Do you encourage employees to better themselves? Do you reward your employees when they do an exemplary job? And are supportive of their needs, recognize when there is a problem, and try to find a win-win solution for everyone involved?
Don't be a cookie-cutter supervisor with cookie-cutter solutions, or you could be stuck with a lot of crumbs! Reward and value your employees. They make a business grow. The rewards and incentives do not always have to be monetary -- give a gift certificate for lunch somewhere, or an afternoon off. Make it fun, like a contest. This strategy makes goal-setting much more palatable. Also, when you give your employees independence and trust, employees become self-motivated, ready to take the initiative and devote more energy to doing their jobs. In the end, you will have happy employees who just might be in for the long haul!
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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