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What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
Advanced Certification: The Future of Massage Therapy?
By Rebecca J. Razo
Arizona massage therapist Steve Miller has always been passionate about education. After completing his master's degree, he began a career in academic counseling until a tumor scare and chronic pain led him to seek massage therapy.Following a successful round of treatment, Miller began looking into massage therapy as a side job, but his passion for the practice won him over, and he eventually transitioned from education into massage therapy full-time.
However, Miller became frustrated when he discovered that Arizona prohibits massage therapists from billing insurance carriers for their services. "In many states, massage therapists are not required to be paid by third-party carriers because the carriers often feel the work is not significant and performed by uneducated practitioners," he said. Realizing that quality of education was a huge sticking point with the insurance industry, he decided that the massage profession needed to be elevated to a level on par with similar health care professions, such as physical therapy.
Using his educational background, knowledge of massage therapy, and feedback from a wide range of health care professionals and consumers, Miller set out to create a new, advanced form of massage therapy certification that would, in part, enable qualified therapists to bill insurance companies. Miller collaborated with physicians, massage therapists and insurance companies, and eventually established the curriculum for the Certified Diplomate of Massage Therapy (DMT) using criteria similar to that of a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.
This January, Miller announced the creation of the DMT and his new organization, the International Center for Excellence in Massage Therapy (ICEMT), which will oversee the DMT certification. According to the ICEMT Web site, "The DMT serves as the top-level credential for massage therapists and is the equivalent of a Doctorate degree."
Miller asserts that the DMT is essential to the advancement of the massage therapy profession: "By developing the DMT certification, the ICEMT verifies the practitioner has completed a rigorous program of study with the same background as other professionals who perform similar work. We can then begin working with insurance carriers to recognize this and accept DMTs as providers in their network."
Although the National Certification Examination (NCE), offered through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), already validates the practice of massage therapy, Miller stresses that the DMT is an advanced certification option only available to experienced massage therapists, while the NCE certifies entry-level massage therapists: "The DMT only seeks to recognize those practitioners who have completed a rigorous academic and research program. It is not meant for everyone, nor is it meant for entry-level practitioners. It also does not mean that if one does not have the DMT they are a poor therapist," he notes.
The DMT curriculum takes stock of an applicant's academic history, clinical and research experience, and civic performance. Much like a typical DPT degree, applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited university with a grade of B or higher; have completed a series of science and mathematical courses, including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biology, calculus, and statistics, among others; have completed a 500-hour or greater massage education program; have had one year each of clinical experience and civic involvement; and have completed an independent research, study or continuing education program. To apply, therapists must complete a portfolio process in which their qualifications are reviewed by three members of the ICEMT evaluation board, which consists of two naturopaths, three massage therapists, and three non-health care- professionals.
Depending on how well the DMT is received in the massage community, the ICEMT will pursue independent accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) - a branch of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) - the same organization that accredits the NCBTMB's exam.
As for the ICEMT's immediate plans, Miller says the organization will begin issuing press releases to get the word out to the industry about the new certification; it also plans to work on educating insurance carriers at the local level about the DMT. If successful, ICEMT will expand its efforts to other areas.
In the meantime, does Miller worry about how the ICEMT and DMT certification will be received by the profession? "I'm sure that it will be laughed off as a joke [by some]," he muses. "Every venture incurs risk, and while I hope for the best with regards to the ICEMT and DMT, it bears little on my personal outlook on the field, life, and my abilities."
For more information on the ICEMT or the DMT, visit www.icemt.org.
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