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Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
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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