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News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
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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