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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 11
Feedback on Insurance Issues
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
This month, I felt it might be inspirational to share a few of the many comments I receive about my articles. Many readers expressed thanks for my article, "The World of the Injured Worker," (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/06/11.html) and my understanding for their pain and problems with the "system."
I am a lieutenant on the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department and a veteran with 26 years of service.Your article, "The World of an Injured Worker," hits the nail on the head! The progression of care (and lack of it) has been my concern for many years. I had the fortune of being cared for by healers like you during my deployment to the Oklahoma bombing incident. The care given allowed me to work well beyond what my injuries and pain would have normally allowed. I thank you all again for that.
I am an RN that sustained a severe cervical/thoracic job injury. I am fighting the Texas workers' compensation system and have written to state representatives, medical examiners, etc. My neuromuscular therapist gave me your article about injured workers. I would like a complete copy to give to my doctor, a DC. I have had the same thing happen to me with the IME doctors. I plan, at some time, to rewrite the Texas Workers' Compensation Act and submit it in favor of patient rights, not insurance company rights.
Thank you for the article on the steps an injured worker will face in workers' compensation cases. Yes, I was one. It would have helped to know the various steps I would go through. By the way, I have referred two Internet groups involved in disability and illness, and recently sent [the article] to an environmental specialist office at a conference on environmental illness. Great article.
The following letter is in response to my article, "Fees" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/10/10.html).
I have enjoyed your articles in various publications over the years and credit you with my original education in the subject of insurance reimbursement. I honor you in all my classes as the pioneer of our profession in this subject. I have written a book on the same subject and have tried to follow your lead through the years. I respect the intent set by you in integral billing. I am a practicing therapist and love my profession, and wish to elevate it to its rightful place in health care. I understand that some therapists have the tendency to overbill. This overbilling could definitely hurt our profession. I agree that, as teachers and writers, we have an obligation to promote an average range of fees proportionate to functional outcome (results) within our scope of practice, and to what is reasonable and customary. Our profession is delivering a paradigm shift in what "value" truly is. I congratulate you in your efforts to lift all of us. Intention is the key. Thank you for what you do, and I hope to support you and our profession in this matter.
David Dolan, LMT
Thank you one and all for your replies and comments!
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