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Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
Reimbursement Fees to Ontario Massage Therapists Slashed
By Editorial Staff
Editor's note: The following article was excerpted from "New Regulations Cut Reimbursement Fees to Ontario Chiropractors," which appeared in Nov. 3 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic (www.chiroweb.com/archives/21/23/15.html).
The Ontario government recently introduced a series of measures designed to reform the province's auto insurance system.Included in the reforms are new fee schedules that drastically reduce the maximum amount insurers are required to pay health care providers, including massage therapists, for their services.
Effective Nov. 1, massage therapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and other providers will see fee reductions ranging from 30 percent to 50 percent - in some cases, as low as $49 - and chiropractors' hourly fees will be reduced to a maximum of $95 an hour for services rendered to patients injured in automobile accidents.1
The reforms were drafted in response to the province's escalating insurance premiums. According to Statistics Canada, a census and survey information provider, auto insurance rates in Ontario jumped an average of 27.7 percent from April 2002 to April 2003.4
While the insurance industry has blamed the rate increases on a sputtering economy and the aftereffects of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, figures from the Insurance Bureau of Canada show that private property and casualty insurers made $1.1 billion in the first half of 2003, nearly four times the amount made over the same time span the previous year.
According to the Toronto Star, provincial officials estimate the new fee limits will save insurance companies approximately $400 million per year. In an interview with the Star, George Cooke, a past chairman of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, said the fee cuts and other changes would trickle down from the insurance industry and translate to substantial savings to drivers, who would see a reduction in their insurance premiums.5
Some health care providers in the province, however, are worried the cuts are so severe that they may force practitioners to stop serving auto accident victims.
"It is sure hard to follow the logic of their numbers," said Jeff Lear, an official with the Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Speech language pathologists will see a 30 percent fee reduction under the new regulations.5
Members of the Ontario chiropractic profession have also questioned the reforms, and are concerned about the effect they will have on access to care. "Coming two days after the insurance industry announced profits of over $1 billion in the first half of the year, the announcement is hard to understand," said Dennis Mizel, DC, president of the Ontario Chiropractic Association. "Like all health professionals, I'm worried that the impact of this change will be that people injured in auto accidents have to wait longer to receive the care they need, and in turn, this well mean they're off work longer, and they're more likely to develop chronic injuries. The government should rethink this drastic announcement, in light of the effect it will have on access to care."2
"We would have preferred to see more modest cuts in professional fees and then see what happens in six months," added Carlan Stants, DC, chair of the Coalition of Regulated Health Professional Associations and Allied Organizations. The coalition was formed in October 2001 to represent the interests of the professional health care community on issues related to automobile insurance. Dr. Stants said that while some elements of the bill (such as the preapproved framework for whiplash treatments and an existing ban on payment of cash settlements within a year of an injury claim) will produce substantial savings for insurers, the new fee limits could cause an undue burden on some health care providers. "It is almost like it is too much all at once," he said.3
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