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Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
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.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
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.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Colorado Coalition Formed to Fight Proposed Auto Insurance Bill
Current Language Excludes Massage as Personal Injury Protection Benefit
By Editorial Staff
An insurance bill introduced in the Colorado legislature1 has the state's massage therapy community up in arms, and for good reason: the bill excludes massage as a benefit of motor-vehicle-injury insurance coverage.
The bill, HB 1225, was introduced after Colorado Gov.Bill Owens decided sweeping changes were needed in the state's no-fault auto insurance system.22,3
The current insurance law, on the books in Colorado since 1974, includes a benefit for "medically reasonable" massage for auto accident-related injuries, but Gov. Owens has said he won't extend the law, which expires July 1. His decision may have been spurred by a 20-percent increase in Colorado premiums in the past year, compared with a 9-percent increase nationwide.
As currently written, HB 1225 would establish three types of policy coverage - basic, managed care and direct - but appears to make no mention of massage therapy as a covered personal injury protection (PIP) benefit. Specifically, the bill language allows an insurer to limit coverage "... to only licensed, registered, or certified health care providers." As Colorado currently lacks statewide massage or bodywork licensure, registration or certification, this stipulation means that auto-accident patients must pay out of pocket for massage and bodywork services - a requirement that would undoubtedly limit patient access to the benefits of massage therapy severely. The bill also notes that a "primary care physician may refer only to nurse practitioner, physical therapist or occupational therapist according to treatment protocols given"; again, there is no mention of referral to massage therapists or bodyworkers.
Following Gov. Owens' decision and the introduction of HB 1225, the Colorado Coalition of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers (CCMTB) was formed. The coalition's stated mission is "To be a responsible voice for the massage therapy profession, and to educated a united community to protect Colorado citizens' informed choice about therapeutic treatments." Colorado massage therapists, bodyworkers, schools and organizations have been invited to become members of the coalition, which currently lists the American Manual Medicine Association (AMMA); American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA); Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP); Colorado Massage Network (CMN); other massage therapy and bodywork professionals; patients; and other interested persons as members.4
The CCMTB is in the process of drafting an amendment to HB 1225, which will stipulate that medical massage be made available for all levels of care, and as a matter of choice for all Colorado consumers. The coalition also coordinated Massage Therapy Awareness Day at the state capitol on Jan. 20. The event, which received substantial local media coverage, was intended to raise public and legislative awareness of the benefits of massage therapy, and voice opposition to the proposed bill as written.5,6
The coalition's efforts at Massage Therapy Awareness Day, and in the weeks preceding the event, appeared to pay off, at least in the short-term: On Feb. 11, the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee held a hearing in the Supreme Court chambers of the state capitol to discuss issues relating to HB 1225.6,7 Kathryn Stewart, a member of the CCMTB, presented testimony clarifying the coalition's opposition to the bill.
Excerpts from Ms. Stewart's testimony follow:
Following the Feb. 11 committee hearing, the bill was "tabled," suggesting it would not proceed to a vote, pending consideration of potential bill text changes. However, on Feb. 13, after the bill was amended to include chiropractic treatment, the committee passed HB 1225 by an 8-5 vote. 7 As we go to press, the bill has moved to the House floor, still lacking specific reference to or inclusion of massage or bodywork as a covered benefit.
Massage Today will report on the progress of HB 1225, and the coalition's efforts to change the bill's proposed language, as more details become available. For more information, visit the CCMTB Web site: www.ccmtb.org.
* Photos courtesy of Joshua Lawton
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