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TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
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.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
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.
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.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
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.
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.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
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.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
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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