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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.
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.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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