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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
Colorado Auto Insurance Reverts to Tort System: Massage Coalition Disappointed by Outcome
By Editorial Staff
In March, Massage Today reported on the formation of the Colorado Coalition of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers (CCMTB) in response to HB 1225, a bill designed to revise the state's no-fault auto insurance law.1
Although the CCMTB supported efforts to revise the no-fault law, it opposed HB 1225 because of its exclusion of massage therapy as a benefit of motor-vehicle-injury-insurance coverage.HB 1225 was eventually killed. The coalition supported revisions to subsequent no-fault bills, HB 1321 and SB 78; however, both failed to pass in the Colorado legislation.
Now, effective July 1, 2003, Colorado will change from a no-fault auto insurance system to a tort-based system with the passage of HB 1188, marking a shift in how auto insurance benefits have been managed in the state for the last 30 years.2 Under the new system, people injured in auto accidents will be forced to seek out-of-pocket medical care, then sue the at-fault driver's insurance company for reimbursement. They must be able to prove that such medical care was reasonable and medically necessary. Under this law, the at-fault party cannot sue for reimbursement of medical costs.
This law comes as a great disappointment to the coalition, which fought hard to ensure that a revised no-fault law would be fair to the massage therapy profession. Under the tort system, there is a high probability that people injured in traffic collisions will rely on their private health insurance to cover the costs, which could substantially raise premiums as many health plans still do not cover massage; this system will likely deprive many auto-injury patients of the benefits of massage.
According to Rachel Dale, CCMTB secretary: "Under this tort law, people will be reluctant to get care and then bet that they can get their bills reimbursed in a lawsuit. They'll use their health insurance, which won't cover massage therapy for most of them and will drive up health premiums. That will hurt everyone who buys health insurance, including massage therapists."2
Despite the setback, the CCMTB's Executive Committee will discuss the future of the coalition and whether it can utilize its influence in the state capitol for other issues that may arise in the profession. "Using the power of grassroots lobbying, along with expert professional representation, [the CCMTB] gained a significant reputation in the state legislature this year," said Dale.
The CCMTB also will be compiling data on how tort-based insurance affects massage therapy in other states. If you would like to share your experience or information, contact Susan Jackson Grubb at or visit www.ccmtb.org for more information.
To view the complete text of HB 1188, visit www.state.co.us/gov_dir/stateleg.html.
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