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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.
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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