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If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
Your Association Does More for You Than You Think
By Perry Isenberg
Many people are not keen on joining a professional association. They usually ask themselves, "What can the association do for me?" To those people, I ask you to think about it in reverse: What are you losing by not belonging to a professional association?
For one, you are missing out on a fabulous way to learn about the innovations of your profession and the unique benefits that membership can afford you.Yes, dues are usually involved, there are qualifying criteria for membership, and meetings can be held at inconvenient times; not to mention the time and energy of traveling to the conventions. But beyond all of that, the support and opportunities professional membership offers outweighs any minor considerations to your schedule.
Associations were created by like-minded professionals who saw that support in numbers was the best way to advance their prospective professions. Associations afford several unique advantages for their members, the most vital being the upholding of industry standards and ethics. Associations also help members with educational and certification opportunities, perform market research, and highlight industry issues. In addition, they lobby on behalf of members on political issues; provide information and industry updates via newsletters and direct mailings; and conduct meetings that create camaraderie and sharing of ideas and issues. Associations also help members build their businesses by offering the educational and networking opportunities.
Do you belong to a trade association? Are you happy, and do you participate on a regular basis -- or do you just go through the motions and complain? Do you address your complaints to the governing board? If you never participate or speak up, you will never know if your complaint could have affected a change for the betterment of all members. I look at an association and its members as a partnership. The members and the governing board need to work together to bring positive change and growth to a profession. What a thrill it is to see an association grow from a handful of people to a large organization! That once-small group now has a voice in government that will voice its opinion when it sees something done that is not its benefit or liking. That group now has lobbying power. The small entrepreneur who did not know how to get information on human resources now may have access to a lawyer or even a good accountant through their association. Members often reach out to each other and provide assistance, creating camaraderie and friendship bound by their mutual respect for their profession.
Associations do their members a far greater benefit than one might think. By being with like-minded individuals, you can only grow and become a better professional. Remember, there is power in numbers. If you're a massage therapist and you do not belong to an association, you are missing a tremendous opportunity to impact yourself, future therapists and your profession.
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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