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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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
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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