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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.
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04
Massage Legislation Around the Nation: An Update
By Editorial StaffMore than half of the states in the U.S. - 33, to be exact - and the District of Columbia, have passed legislation regulating massage therapy. Of those states, the laws governing massage in Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and Kentucky have yet to take effect; their status is as follows:
New Jersey: The regulations governing massage licensing were submitted to the New Jersey Board of Nursing (which is in charge of massage therapy) on Oct. 20, 2003. The board has until Oct. 20, 2004 to adopt the regulations or determine if additional revisions are necessary. Once the regulations have been adopted, the board can move forward with the licensing process. A projected date to issue licenses has not been determined at this time.
Illinois: The Illinois Department of Regulation will begin its licensing process on Jan. 1, 2005. Licensing updates are available at www.ildpr.com/who/masst.asp.
Arizona: The Arizona Board of Massage Therapy is not currently issuing licenses. Updates can be accessed at the board's Web site at www.massage.state.az.us.
Kentucky: At press time, the regulations regarding massage therapy had been submitted to Gov. Ernie Fletcher for review; licensing packets could be distributed as early as the next few weeks to months. Visit the Kentucky Division of Occupations and Professions Web site at www.state.ky.us/agencies/finance/occupations.
The following states are not currently regulated: Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. However:
In February 2003, California introduced Assembly Bill 1388 proposing massage regulation. The bill died in committee; however, a new massage bill could be introduced in 2005.
Massachusetts massage bill, House Bill 3155, was introduced in March 2003 and may reach the legislative floor sometime during this year's session.
Wyoming massage bill, House Bill 68, was introduced in January of this year; however, it was not considered for vote and has been postponed indefinitely.
Massage Today will publish relevant legislative updates as they become available. For more information on each state's licensing requirements, visit
www.massagetoday.com/mtlinks to link to each state's massage therapy board Web site.
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