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Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
We Get Letters & E-Mail
By Editorial Staff
"My hands are just as important as a surgeon's hands"
I am writing in response to Vivian Madison's article about fees [MT, October 2002].I have always been impressed with Vivian's knowledge of insurance billing, but I'm not sure if she has personally done 25 hours a massage, week in and week out, for any substantial period of time. If she possessed this type of experience, I'm sure her article would have defended the billing fees of LMTs.
Vivian stated that in 1984-85, she was billing at most $95 per hour, and can't believe that some therapists now charge $145 to $175 per hour. She also said, "If you think you are worth the same fee as a physician, or think you should charge outrageously high rates, please think twice." How long does a physician work with each patient? The national average is five minutes per patient, so theoretically, the physician can pump out 12 patients per hour. So, how much is the physician actually making per hour? Another problem with her theory of worth is that a physician can practice for 40 to 50 years, pumping out thousands of patients a year. Do you know how many years a therapist can work? When was the last time you saw a 60-year-old massage therapist dragging his or her table through someone's front door? Do you know the number of patients a therapist can see throughout a career? Those numbers pale in comparison to the amount of potential income a physician can make.
Vivian also was unhappy that some therapists complain about working for $25 an hour at chiropractic offices. I think one of the reasons they complain is that chiropractors bill them out at $150 per hour. Why is it wrong for a therapist to bill at such high rates, but OK for the chiropractor to do so? Most therapists do not complain about a fair split in an office situation, and if they do, it's a self-correcting situation: They usually don't last long in that office.
Vivian also stated, "What makes us think that just because we obtained a license with minimal training, we should now be making the same as others who have invested untold capital and spent years of training and residency time?" Well, does value equate only with dollars and time spent in training? If so, an individual who spends no time in formal training and hasn't put tons of capital into his or her art doesn't have any value. Darn, I knew I was paying my computer guy too much money for his expertise. You see, he never received any formal schooling, and didn't have much money to put into his business ... but he sure can keep my computer up and running. He's well-worth the $150 an hour I pay him. But, of course, I'm not worth $150, since I only work on human beings.
I truly believe my hands are just as important as a surgeon's hands, and if the insurance companies want bargain-basement prices, they need to remember one thing: You get what you pay for.
Alice Belusko, LMT
"Education for the sake of education is not the answer"
I was struck by your poll question regarding education ["Should Massage Schools Have Educational Requirements for Entry?" MT, October 2002]. I usually tell people the story of the elderly Pennsylvania woman who learned to be a midwife at her mother's knee. She delivered every baby born in the PA Amish community for more than a quarter-century ... until the state legislators decided it was time to introduce educational requirements for the midwifery "profession." The state required high school and college education. Our "pioneer" didn't qualify, and opted to retire. What a loss of a resource! This woman should have been lecturing at a medical school! New OB-GYN graduates perform Caesarian sections on 30% of their patients, not to mention the damage they inflict with blades and forceps.
The point is, some people have a healing touch. It cannot be learned from a book! (In fact, many of them choose to practice "laying on of hands," under the title of Reverend.) All allopaths are required to be "book-smart"; a trillion dollars later, the U.S. is an illness culture. Education for the sake of education is not the answer.
David Ponsonby, CMT
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