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Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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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