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ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
Inside the Medical Spa Association: An Interview With Executive DirectorHannelore R. Leavy
By Editorial Staff
The Day Spa Association (DSA) recently announced the creation of a sister organization, the Medical Spa Association (MSA). Spa Today interviewed Hannelore R. Leavy, executive director of both associations, to learn more about the future of the MSA and its role in the burgeoning spa industry.
Spa Today (ST): How would you define "Medical Spa," as opposed to simply "Spa," and what does the Medical Spa Association hope to accomplish specifically in merging the two concepts?
Hannelore R.Leavy (HRL): The two concepts are separate, but nevertheless related. Many treatments applied in a medical spa are also done in a day spa, and do not require the presence of a physician/healthcare provider. Business concerns are similar as well, although a medical spa will require a different marketing approach and networking venue. These and many other components of a medical spa do not apply to a regular day spa; as such, the formation of the MSA was essential to provide the medical spa industry with an official body that addresses those needs, and a voice to represent that segment of the industry.
The Medical Spa Association defines a medical spa as a facility whose medical program is run under the strict supervision of a licensed health care professional. Services are provided that integrate both traditional and nontraditional medicine and spa treatments.
The Medical Spa Association and its founding members have identified four very different types of medical spas:
Beauty/Skin: a facility owned by an individual or corporate entity with an office/treatment area of a licensed health care professional located on the premises. Included in the services are medically based consultations and treatments provided by the licensed health care professional or a medically trained aesthetician and therapists.
Therapeutic: a facility owned by an individual or corporate entity with an office/treatment area of a licensed health care professional located on the premises. The offered services include therapeutic modalities that focus on specific medical issues, such as cardiovascular disease and bariatrics.
Medical Centers/Hospital-Based: facilities that offer an advanced level of diagnostic services, employing conventional and complementary therapies delivered in a specially designed healing environment. Services include both Eastern and Western techniques of evaluation and treatment, integrated with a variety of spa services.
Wellness Centers: owned by physicians or entrepreneurs - and encompassing many of the same services as the medical/hospital facilities if physician-owned. If privately owned, facilities will have a licensed health care professional as the medical director.
ST: How did this project get started? What was the "birthing point," i.e., why the need for a Medical Spa Association in affiliation with the Day Spa Association? And why the need to distinguish/qualify "medical spa" from "spa"?
HRL: The original concept of a day spa was intended as an extension of a destination spa, i.e., with emphasis on health, rejuvenation, relaxation and lifestyle changes - in other words, continuing the healthy lifestyle one started on while at a spa vacation, combined with serious skin care. However, in the past six or seven years, the day spa concept has become that of an extended full-service salon and/or skin-care salon, with the emphasis more on beauty and pampering than on therapy, prevention, health, etc.
Adapting to this trend, more serious spas that do want to get away from this "pampering" image are now partnering with the medical community. I realized that there is a need for a separate body to help them in this quest. That is one of the reasons the Day Spa Association, as early as 1994, set guidelines, Essences of a Day Spa, to educate people on the different types of day spas available to them. We did implement an accreditation program according to these guidelines, and we are planning something similar within the medical spa industry. The spa industry also has to realize that the medical community (particularly plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, chiropractors, and homeopathic and CAM practitioners) are starting to get quite interested in the spa concept, although many physicians are merely interested in tapping into this lucrative market: non-HMO-related treatments patients/clients are willing to pay cash for, require little paperwork and produce satisfied consumers. (Dealing with the healthy, vibrant and "forever" young-staying public is also a much more pleasant prospect, rather than dealing with the "sick.") The medical spas are part of this trend. Marketing trends that started with the Baby Boomers, including the evolution of the day spas and anti-aging treatments, have crossed over to the medical community. The DSA certification program administered by the Academy of Anti-Aging Research is a perfect example. The academy, run by Drs. Maria Sulindro and Michael Lam, has opened enrollment to nonmedical spa professionals, with certification courses now available through the DSA.
ST: Your advisory board is quite a distinguished panel, as is your medical advisory board. Comment on the selection process.
HRL: To be eligible for either board, members must be committed to helping us shape these organizations, and be willing to apply and share their expertise within the medical or spa industry to help us achieve this. We are holding weekly teleconferences to establish the guidelines, code of ethics, benefits, programs, and more. Members must agree to be guided by our strict code of ethics:
We are in the process of forming committees to address many different areas the MSA is planning to concentrate on, including helping to educate the esthetic industry on how to detect melanoma, in conjunction with the Melanoma Research Foundation, which will be available to members and nonmembers alike.
ST: What would you say is the ultimate "goal" of the Medical Spa Association?
HRL: To bring the spa industry to the medical profession, i.e., the education of health care providers to include spa modalities in the treatment of their patients. And to help spa professionals understand how to work with the medical community.
ST: Who do you plan on networking with in the future? (other spa associations, medical associations, medical facilities/hospitals/institutions, etc.?)
HRL: You are absolutely right - we need to widen the horizon of the spa industry to reach out to other associations, institutional organizations and other business entities and professions to introduce the spa and medical spa concept. This includes assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, pain clinics, the fitness industry and others. This is one way to grow the spa industry beyond where it is now, along with the education of the consumer, which is dear to me, and both the DSA and the MSA can play a role. It is sad that the spa industry has not yet been able to unite to come up with concepts to make more consumers aware of and introduce/educate them to the benefits of spa treatments (for example, an awareness campaign such as the one carried out by the American Dairy Association). Consumers need to be made aware of how important it is to check the training and licenses of spa therapists, the same as they would check the licensure and certification of their doctors. Complicated licensing requirements, which, as in the massage industry, vary from state to state, and county to county, make this a near-impossible task. We do get quite a number of complaints (and many compliments) about spas, which mainly come in via our questionnaire on our Web site (www.spaassociation.com). These comments are passed on to spas, members and nonmembers alike. I'd like to be able to carry this concept over to the MSA. Protection of the consumer is an important part of a trade organization, and there needs to be a national body that monitors the industry and acts as a sounding board and clearinghouse. This is the primary mission of the MSA.
ST: At this point, is the Medical Spa Association considered a separate entity from the Day Spa Association (in terms of funding, scope of operations, etc.) working with DSA, or is the former an offshoot of the latter?
HRL: The MSA is a separately funded organization. Because of the aforementioned reasons (see my responses to questions 1 and 2), the close relationship between day spas and a medical spas, and because I founded and run both organizations, it is appropriate to use the word "in affiliation with." Many of our day spa members, as well as our allied members (companies who supply the industry with products and services - including your publication), are choosing to upgrade their DSA memberships to become members of the MSA. The Day Spa Directory 2003 will incorporate the Medical Spa Directory, but I am certain that as the MSA grows in membership and obtains sponsors, these directories will be separated.
For more information on the Day Spa Association or the Medical Spa Association, go to www.dayspaassociation.com or call 201-865-2065.
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