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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
The "Big Easy" Hosts Annual Council of Schools Leadership Conference
By Editorial Staff
The 2004 American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Council of Schools (COS) Leadership Conference was held in New Orleans, Jan. 20-24, at the Hotel Monteleone - the self-proclaimed "gateway" to the French Quarter.
The theme of the conference, "Touching Ideas - Old and New - and Having Fun, too!" set the precedent for the four-day event that included workshops, presentations and vendors, and key industry representatives, including opening presenter, Robert King, former COS president and executive director of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, and closing presenter, George Kousaleos, founder and executive director of the CORE Institute in Tallahassee, Fla.
Mr.King's speech, "Where We've Come From," discussed the history of some crucial massage organizations, including the AMTA and COS, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). He reminded the audience of the principles upon which the COS was founded, and challenged attendees to evaluate the current state of massage education and uphold the original principles and mission of the COS. In his complementary closing presentation, "Where We Are Going," Mr. Kousaleos shared his vision for the future of the profession and massage education.
"It was really exciting to have both of these national treasures in our program," enthused Peggy Smith, who is finishing her term as 2003 COS president. "These pioneering members help us connect the dots between where we were, where we are and where we're going...it is vital to have their participation to help the new member schools have a sense of our history."
The new COS board members were also announced during the conference's annual business meeting. They include Winona Bontrager, president; Chris Froelich, first vice-president; Melony Phillips, second vice-president; Barry Antoniow, third vice-president; and Cheryl Sproles, secretary.
Founded in 1982, the COS is a network composed of massage school owners, administrators and faculty for the purpose of facilitating advancement, growth and quality in massage education and the profession as a whole.
For more information on the COS or to register for next year's conference, scheduled for Jan 12-15, 2005 in Calif., visit www.amtamassage.org/membership/cosintro.htm or call 847-864-0123.
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