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Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
AMTA National Convention a "Diamond Jubilee"
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) celebrated its 60th anniversary during the 2003 National Convention, Oct. 22-26, in Richmond, Va. This year's convention, dubbed the "Diamond Jubilee," included four days of continuing education classes, AMTA Foundation news and research, social events, and trade show exhibits featuring products, services and educational opportunities from hundreds of vendors.
AMTA President Brenda L.Griffith recapped the association's accomplishments over the past year at the annual business meeting, and in her opening remarks, Executive Director Elizabeth Lucas discussed relationship-building within the health care community, and the AMTA's plans for the future. "Your board of directors is committed to fostering relationships that can help advance the profession and create a better environment for massage therapy practice. Relationship development is about representing the best interests of the whole massage therapy profession, in addition to representing the well-being of the public... AMTA envisions the future of the whole profession, and plans into the future for where public demand and the acceptance of massage will be next. We envision that [same] acceptance in health care ..." she said.
National election results were also announced and include newly elected President Laurel Freeman and President-Elect Mary Beth Braun; executive committee Vice-Presidents Leena Guptha and M.K. Brennan Knollmeyer; re-elected member at large Ron McKnight; and newly elected Members at Large Kathy Lea, Glenath Moyle; and George Schwind to the board of directors.
The convention welcomed best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel, an advocate of patient empowerment, as this year's keynote speaker. He discussed the role of love and spirituality in health and healing.
Attendees were able to choose from a wide range of continuing education workshops that included many nationally known educators, including Sandi Fritz, who presented "Ethics and Professionalism"; Dr. Bruno Chikly: "Lymphatic Mapping"; Bob King: "Postural Pain and Foot Pronation"; Cheryl Chapman: "Hands-on for Cancer"; Linda Tellington-Jones: "Introduction to TTouch(tm) for Humans and Animals"; and Benny Vaughn: "USA Sports Massage."
Other presenters included John Calvi, Margo Bowman, Yamuna Zake, Dawn Nelson, June Lordi, Roger Tolle, Suzanne Torrenzano, Claire Marie Miller, and Wayne Perry.
In addition to AMTA-sponsored activities, the AMTA Foundation showcased poster sessions of foundation-funded research, and featured workshops on grant writing, research findings and the foundation's Massage Therapy Research Database. Renowned massage educator Eric Dalton presented a post-convention workshop: "'Dirty Dozen' Myoskeletal Techniques for Neck, Shoulder and Hand Pain," to benefit the foundation.
Additionally, the foundation announced plans to temporarily suspend scholarship distributions while it redesigns the program; new scholarship guidelines will be issued next spring.
Plans for the AMTA 2004 National Convention, scheduled for Oct. 7-10, 2004, in Nashville, Tenn., are already underway. For more information, visit www.amtamassage.org. For more information on the AMTA Foundation, visit www.amtafoundation.org.
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