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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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
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?
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
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.
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 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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
The Importance of Recognition
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I was pleased to attend an event recently at which a massage therapist was recognized by her peers for special service and achievement. As a profession, we don't recognize ourselves enough for the work we do or the impact we have on society.Recognition stimulates professional pride - and not just for those being recognized. I discovered this firsthand, as I noticed myself swelling with pride at the accomplishments of a woman I'd never even met before!
I found myself wishing the ceremony was being televised, or being covered in media outlets broader than trade publications such as this one. Public recognition advances the prestige of the profession. The public would have benefited from witnessing this particular event.
I realize the average massage therapist or bodyworker doesn't go to work each day motivated by the public recognition he or she receives; but I don't think I've ever met anyone who didn't appreciate a "thank you" for a job well-done. We can use this observation to make our own practices better places to earn a living. The business community has utilized it for quite some time to stimulate employee productivity. Most successful companies have awards and recognition programs. Some are as simple as an employee-of-the-month parking spot, and others offer significant money as bonuses or added incentive commission. The programs can encourage company loyalty and add stability to the respective professions, by including requisites for company longevity as part of merit recognition criteria.
I'm sure many of us do this in our own group practices, if we are in managerial capacities. It's the small things that count. Small gifts that symbolize your appreciation can have a surprising impact on therapist satisfaction and performance, carrying more weight even than cold cash.
Even if you have a facility large enough to provide a big budget for recognition programs, cash is rarely the best motivator, says Andrew Perlmutter, co-founder of InMarketing Group, an incentive company in Mahwah, New Jersey.
"You never want to confuse recognition with compensation." When you pay people for doing a good job, it becomes part of their salary expectations." A gift, however - whether it's a trip to Cancun or a coffee mug - is a luxury separate from compensation that shows respect and commends accomplishment. "Buying an employee dinner for two may only cost you $40, but the acknowledgment of a job well done has significant value," according to Perlmutter.
If your budget is limited, inexpensive gifts delivered with fanfare may be just the push you need to improve performance. "If you create a recognition program that is fun and makes a big deal of successes, people will get excited about it," says Pat Zingheim, co-founder of Schuster-Zingheim and Associates, Inc., a pay and reward consulting firm in Los Angeles. It doesn't have to be about the value of the gift; it's about the celebration and recognition that go with it. It shows those you wish to recognize that you appreciate them, and gives them a symbol of that recognition.
Giving gifts instead of cash as incentives can also help independent contractors or employees set physical goals for improved results on the job. For example, says Perlmutter, a 25-percent increase in sales is a nebulous aim, even if a monetary commission is attached to it, but a goal of winning a family trip or a new set of golf clubs is something employees can visualize. "It helps them paint a picture of their goals and what they need to do to accomplish them."
Recognition may be easily achieved in the workplace, but it is decidedly more difficult to maintain meaningful public recognition programs in our profession. Outside of the professional associations, such programs are virtually nonexistent. I suggest we will all be better served if we actively search for ways to honor our own in a public way. Let's be creative and persistent in doing so! If you're in a Chamber of Commerce, why not nominate a therapist business owner as the "business person of the year" or whatever title your organization uses to recognize achievement. If you do a good job with the write-up, it might actually be a massage therapist who gets his or her name and picture in the newspaper, instead of a banker or car dealer.
I think what we do is important, and we need more people to become aware of it. Public recognition can do that for us!
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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