resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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