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Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Illinois Massage School Loses Certification; State Budget Cuts May Affect Others
By Rebecca J. Razo
Applicants to Illinois massage therapy schools will have at least one fewer prospect to consider this fall: the Central Illinois School of Massage Therapy (CISMT). The school lost its Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) certification on June 30, and is unable to renew it, now that state budget cuts have forced the ISBE to stop regulating vocational and proprietary educational institutions.
Until Aug.15, the ISBE regulated and certified massage therapy schools. To maintain regulatory compliance and prevent certificate revocation, school license renewal applications were due to the board by April 1. When the CISMT did not submit its application on time, the ISBE issued several compliance notices to the school, all of which went unanswered. A final notice gave the school until June 16 to comply; however, the CISMT application materials weren't received at the ISBE until June 20, four days past the final deadline, and well past the initial due date.
Moreover, an article in the Peoria Journal Star reported that the documents the school eventually submitted were incorrect because they included irrelevant information related to the medical practice of the school's owner, Rebecca Knight.1
Phone calls to the CISMT by Massage Today were not returned.
According to Eric Thatcher, a principal performance consultant with the ISBE, the board gave the school several options, one of which was to withdraw its application, close the school, then reapply under a new name to completely clear itself. But that was before the budget cuts caused the new wrinkle.2
Schools that properly renewed their licenses will be in compliance for at least another year, but schools such as CISMT and new schools that plan to open will have no regulating agency, which could pose a problem for students who enroll in and graduate from those programs: The state licensing board will not grant licenses to students who do not graduate from a board-approved school.2
Without ISBE approval, new massage therapists that graduate from unregulated schools may have trouble finding legal employment in the massage profession. Fortunately, the CISMT may finish instructing students currently enrolled in its program, and their diplomas will show they graduated from a board-approved school, since the school was certified when they enrolled.
However, CISMT is prohibited from recruiting and enrolling new students. To do so would be illegal, according to Thatcher. "Since their certificate was removed, [to enroll new students] would be operating illegally." But how can the CISMT operate illegally if there is no regulating agency? "It's a gray area," Thatcher said.
For more information on Illinois massage school certification and the budget cuts, visit www.isbe.net or call the ISBE at 866-262-6663. Look for updates on this situation in future issues of Massage Today.
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