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Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Massage in the States: An Updated Look at the Data
By John Fred Spack, LMT
I have recalculated massage therapist densities based on new census and circulation data. My report on data last year appeared as a letter to the editor several months ago in Massage Today (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/11/16.html).The new figures show a continuation of last year's trend. These data are drawn from the July 1, 2002, United States Census Estimate for Total State Populations, and the June 2003 circulation reported by state for massage therapists in Massage Today, a publication of MPA Media.
Use caution when quoting these statistics. In conducting this research, it was unknown how Massage Today obtains its circulation mailing addresses, and whether the state-by-state breakdown bears a fair resemblance to the actual number of practitioners in a given state. Moreover, there is a small discrepancy in comparing 2002 estimates of population with 2003 circulation figures, which have been changing almost monthly. The census data used here did not account for state-to-state variations, which may occur in prospective massage therapy numbers. For instance, the data do not eliminate prisoners, members of the armed services abroad, or infants. Neither do the figures used show variations in concentrations of ethnic minorities, which may represent new opportunities for market penetration.
Density was determined by finding the ratio of total state population to total circulation of Massage Today in that state. A low figure may be interpreted as beneficial, meaning there are fewer members of the public apportioned to the services of one massage therapist. Per capita was determined as the reciprocal ratio: A high figure here equates to a low density, meaning there are more massage therapists as a portion of the population.
A nonregulating state was defined as a state that does not yet issue certificates for title use or licenses for practice. Twenty-one states were counted as nonregulating, including Kentucky; Illinois; New Jersey; and Arizona, where laws have passed, but are not yet implemented. Thirty jurisdictions were classified as regulating states, almost all of which are licensing states in the traditional sense of that term. Of the 14 states with the lowest density, all are licensing states. Many of these administer the oldest regulatory programs in the country. Of the 14 states with the highest density, eight are nonregulating states.
The overall per-capita availability of massage therapists in the U.S. is 2.9 times greater in regulating states than in nonregulating states. The mean density of 51 jurisdictions (50 states and the District of Columbia) is 3,428 persons per massage therapist. For regulating states, the average density is 2,497 persons per massage therapist; nonregulating states have an average density of 7,529 persons per massage therapist. The range of densities runs from Utah (low with 990) to Maryland (high with 16,053). South Carolina has the median density of 4,426. (Note: Massage schools may want to use the average density figure of 3,428 persons per massage therapist to encourage enrollment by those who welcome the challenge of developing a market, which is still fairly untapped.)
Massage Today reports that 68 percent of massage therapists are readers of its publication, according to an independent random survey of U.S. massage therapists (www.massagetoday.com/readershipsurvey). This may mean that Massage Today's circulation figures only represent 68 percent of U.S. practitioners; even so, there are no data that say this can be applied proportionately state by state. Nevertheless, even at 68 percent, it is unlikely that the corrected variation, state by state, would make a significant dent in the advantage of regulating states, having a magnitude of nearly triple that of non regulating states.
Some states present data extremely outside the trend. The three states with the highest densities are all regulating: Maryland (16,053); North Carolina (11,989); and Mississippi (13,675). However, most case comparisons show compliance with the overall trend. The per-capita occurrence of massage therapists in Florida (regulating density 1,119) is five-and-a-half times that of California (nonregulating density 6,331), if these data are to be believed.
Nonregulating Georgia (9,750) is nearly surrounded by regulating states with more favorable densities: South Carolina (4,426); Tennessee (3,762); and Alabama (5,608). Even so, all of these Southern states have densities above the national average, which may lead to some speculation about the nature of the market for massage therapy in this region.
Nonregulating states Massachusetts (3,367) and Vermont (3,178), while below the national average, are in the regional company of regulating states, most of which have even more therapists per capita, according to these data: Maine (1,941); Connecticut (2,544); New Hampshire (1,555); "anti-trend" Rhode Island (4,212); and diverse New York (6,738). The New York statistic is large enough to flip this region from a below-average density of 2,718 without inclusion, to an unfavorably high average of 4,138 persons per practitioner when New York is included. Nonetheless, seven of the 11 states with higher densities than New York are non-regulating states.
The case of Minnesota is also interesting; Minnesota is the pioneer Freedom of Access state, which makes it semi-regulated, but still subject to a patchwork of local laws. Being the 17th most dense (5,750), it falls into the pattern of nonregulating states when compared with regulating neighbors Iowa (2,919); North Dakota (2,114); and Wisconsin (3,016). With the implementation of Illinois' new law, it will be telling how this 14th highest state (6,667) changes. Another state that will bear comparison with Minnesota is Arizona, if only because it, too, has a new law to be implemented and has a comparable density (5,732), as well as total population (about 5 million people).
Another aspect of these data is correlation to longevity of licensure. At first glance, it appears that the longer state licensure has been in place, the more therapists - as a portion of the population - are available to the public. It is a challenge to explain the differences between regulating and non-regulating states. The trend is frequent, large, logical and comprehensive; however, certain assumptions may be challenged (like, for instance, that MPA Media is as aggressive at searching out subscriber addresses in nonregulating states as in regulating states, or that access to an address by MPA Media is comparable to access by the public to a corresponding massage therapist).
At minimum, these data cannot be used to support the Friedmanite Theory often presented to legislators, which argues that implementation of state licensure will reduce competition among therapists by lowering overall rates of entry into the profession.
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