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The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
New Challenge for COMTA
Connecticut-Based Massage School Files Lawsuit
By Editorial Staff
The Galen Institute in Wethersfield, Connecticut and its executive director, Jim Lattanzio, have filed suit against the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).The suit alleges misconduct and mishandling by COMTA during the Institute's quest for accreditation.
According to Mr. Lattanzio, the Galen Institute, which professes itself as "Connecticut's first approved medical massage therapy program," inquired about accreditation in August of 1999 and received a packet of information describing COMTA outlining the steps required to achieve accreditation. Mr. Lattanzio claims that, although he and the Galen Institute adhered strictly to the timeline of events and requirements stipulated in the accreditation package, COMTA mishandled the entire process (see excerpts from specific counts below) and delayed accreditation. The Institute withdrew its application for accreditation in May 2002.
In the lawsuit, filed on July 18, 2002 in the U.S. District Court (just as COMTA was receiving final accreditation approval from the U.S. Department of Education*), Mr. Lattanzio alleges that the accrediting agency committed acts of gross negligence throughout the accreditation process. Specifically, the lawsuit names seven counts of impropriety:
Count One: Negligence
"Negligence on part of Defendant COMTA was manifest in its failure to note that it was ill-equipped for the Accreditation of Medical Massage curricula and programs, and without divulging this fact to the Plaintiffs caused them to incur additional costs and expenses without benefit."
Count Two: Fraud in the Inducement
"Defendants COMTA and [COMTA Executive Director] Carole Ostendorf defrauded the Plaintiffs through inducing them into a contractual agreement in which the Defendants knew or reasonably should have known that the Defendants had no intention of honoring."
Count Three: Breach of Contract
"That breach of contract, caused by COMTA's own specious demands for allegedly 'necessary' revisions and amendments, effectively pushed back and extended by a full six months the accreditation completion process which COMTA had promised to complete expeditiously and by April 1, 2002."
Count Four: Fraudulent Misrepresentation
"During the onsite inspection, it became clearly apparent that COMTA was not capable of validating or attempting to validate the nonexistent industry standards - as had been promised - that were set forth in the COMTA 'Accreditation Package.'"
Count Five: Tortious Interference with Business Expectancy
"The Defendant COMTA's onsite Team tortuously interfered with Galen's Contractual relations with its students by making statements clearly outside the scope of their investigation that were false... to the effect that, '[I]f the Galen Institute fails to get accredited, you [student] cannot get a Connecticut license for massage therapy."
Count Six: Trover
"... Galen and Jim Lattanzio delivered to COMTA 5 copies (in excess of 10,000 pages) which consisted of extensive proprietary materials containing trade secrets and financial practices, and relevant business and educational strategies and curricula and confidential student records as demanded by Defendant COMTA to answer the questions posed in the Defendants' standards... Defendants Ostendorf and COMTA have since refused to return said original documents and records, committing the tort of Trover."
Count Seven: Violations of CUTPA
"All of the actions of the Defendants COMTA and Ostendorf as set forth in the preceding six counts constitute violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act."
Massage Today contacted COMTA for a statement regarding the lawsuit, and received the following from Executive Director Carole Ostendorf, PhD:
* For more information on recent developments concerning COMTA, read "U.S. Department of Education to Approve COMTA as National Accrediting Agency" and "COMTA Approved as Accrediting Agency."
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