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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.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
Spotlight on California: Moving Toward Regulation
By Chris Voltarel and Beverly May
Introduced in February 2003 by Assemblywoman Kehoe and sponsored by the California chapter of the AMTA (AMTA-CA), Assembly Bill (AB) 1388 proposes state regulation of the massage profession in California.Member surveys conducted by both the AMTA-CA and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) found strong support for state regulation. Although a fair number of smaller California towns have no local regulation, the vast majority of massage therapists often work under very onerous local laws; years of efforts to improve these local regulations have been frustrating. The intention of AB 1388 is to create the least, most appropriate regulation possible. Necessary points of the bill naturally include preemption of local ordinances and fees, and reasonable protection for all currently practicing massage legally in California.
Because of the uncertainty surrounding the budget and the new governorship, AMTA-CA requested that AB 1388 be held in committee rather than voted on this year. This means that the bill will not be considered in 2004 as it now exists, but will possibly be revived as a new bill in 2005. Keeping the bill in state legislative committee will slow down the process and allow those of us with vested interests more time to address the concerns of everyone involved, including various associations representing cities, counties, law enforcement, health, wellness and spa industries, and other school groups. We plan to proceed knowing we have the votes to pass a good bill and have had the time to make necessary compromises wisely.
Currently, AB 1388 is further along than the sponsors expected when it was first introduced; still, it was a long shot that the bill would be heard this session. Introducing the bill, however, created momentum and helped identify supporters and opponents. There may be an interim hearing regarding the bill in early 2004, at which time we will focus on building support and improving the bill. Waiting to introduce it again in 2005 will give us plenty of time to address concerns in a new two-year legislative session.
AMTA-CA has funded this project and done much of the grassroots work; however, it has not worked alone. A coalition of massage professionals, including representatives from AMTA-CA, ABMP and various school groups, has been working to implement the best possible bill for California. Associations representing reflexologists, Trager practitioners, energy workers and many other specialty groups have worked closely with AMTA-CA sponsors to ensure they, too, are treated appropriately under the law; moreover, we have achieved significant support from groups we had not expected, as well as support from legislators and local officials.
Politics and regulations bring out the best and worst in people. Martin Luther King said that the end never justifies the means - it is through the means that the spirituality of the end is defined. If we are to guide our clients to wholeness through caring touch, we must model the highest level of integrity in our actions. It is with such a commitment that AMTA-CA pursues improvement of the regulatory environment in California.
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