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A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
Illinois Joins Ranks of the Regulated
HB 2271 Takes Effect January 1, 2003
By Editorial Staff
As of December 4, 2002, HB 2271 is the law of the land in Illinois, officially regulating the practice of massage and bodywork. Illinois becomes the 31st state to adopt regulatory requirements for the massage profession.
The bill's passage culminates nearly two years of work that began when the bill was introduced to the Illinois House of Representatives on February 22, 2001.The text of the bill, which reflects several significant amendments, mandates regulation of the state's massage therapy profession as follows:
Beginning January 1, 2004, persons engaged in massage for compensation must be licensed by the Department. The Department shall issue a license to an individual who meets all of the following requirements:
As noted in the text, the bill stipulates the use of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork's (NCBTMB) National Certification Exam (NCE) as the entry-level examination credential for Illinois massage practitioners. While Illinois is the 26th state to adopt the NCE as a regulatory standard, it is the first to require that practitioners keep their certification current.
(a) For a period of one year after the effective date of the rules adopted under this Act, the Department may issue a license to an individual who, in addition to meeting the requirements set forth in paragraphs (1) and (2) of Section 15 [licensure requirements above], produces proof that he or she has met at least one of the following requirements before the effective date of this Act:
(b) An applicant who can show proof of having engaged in the practice of massage therapy for at least 10 hours per week for a minimum of one year prior to the effective date of this Act and has less than 100 hours of formal training or has been practicing for less than one year with 100 hours of formal training must complete at least 100 additional hours of formal training consisting of at least 25 hours in anatomy and physiology by January 1, 2004.
(c) An applicant who has training from another state or country may qualify for a license under subsection (a) by showing proof of meeting the requirements of that state or country and demonstrating that those requirements are substantially the same as the requirements in this Section.
The bill includes a Governor's Amendatory Veto that delays until January 1, 2004, the section of the bill that deletes a municipality's authority to regulate massage. In effect, this allows individual jurisdictions (specifically, the city of Chicago) to continue to regulate massage until all elements of the regulatory infrastructure are in place, including a state board of massage. HB 2271 takes effect on January 1, 2003.
HB 2271 is one of several massage bills passed by state legislatures in recent months. As reported in the November 2002 issue of Massage Today,1 California legislators recently approved two pieces of massage legislation: SB 577, a freedom-of-practice bill that protects unlicensed practitioners from violations of the Medical Practice Act; and AB 15, which requires business licenses for practitioners working as independent contractors. Many other states have introduced massage bills to their respective state legislatures, or are in the process of doing so.
Mississippi was the last state before Illinois to adopt massage regulations, passing SB 2360 in April 2001.2 With Illinois now joining that group, only 19 states remain without legislation regulating the practice of massage therapy. As the number of unregulated states dwindles, one can be certain the debate over the merits of professional licensure will only intensify.
You can track the progress of legislative efforts in those states, and the reaction of the massage and bodywork community, in upcoming issues of Massage Today.
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