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The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
How to Write "Call Me" Ads
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
Are you curious about what a "Call Me" ad is? Actually, I made it up. But if I've caught your attention and you are reading this column then my intention worked. That is precisely what effective advertising does: It grabs your attention.Keep reading and you will learn how to write effective, catchy advertisements that will increase your volume of responses.
If you've ever tried newspaper or telephone directory advertising to market your business, chances are you've received a mixed response, or no response at all. Don't feel bad, though; most advertising is ineffective. Some believe the specific placement of an ad can result in a poor response, or that a different day of the week can make a difference in the number of responses. Some also believe the larger the ad, the better the response. But bigger ads are not necessarily better.
So, what makes an ad effective? It's simple: the content. Let's pretend for a moment that you are a consumer looking for a massage appointment. Open up your telephone directory to the "massage therapy" section. You will notice display and in-column ads. Which business will you call first? Why did you choose this business over the other ones? For most consumers, making this decision would be easier if they just pulled out a coin and flipped it, because the ads are all the same. The ads typically mention massage and other services offered, and list the owners' names, addresses and telephone numbers. Some ads are fancy and list specific modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy, but to the average consumer, this means absolutely nothing -- it is foreign terminology.
After reviewing the ads, average consumers will typically resort to picking up the telephone and dialing each business until they reach a human on the other end who can answer their questions. The three questions consumers are thinking about as they view the ads are: "Is this a legitimate, professional business?"; "Can I get an appointment today?"; and "Will the money I spend equal or exceed the value of the services?"
Revising your advertisement to address these questions will help your business stand out among the others, and you will dramatically increase your odds of the consumer choosing your business to call first. To improve your ad, the first thing you must do is list what makes your business better and different than your competitors. Here are some ideas to help you:
Depending on the size of your advertisement, choose a few or several of these features to place in your ad.
By now, you may be thinking that it would be great to increase the volume of callers, but what happens when the consumer calls and gets your answering machine? Good for you, for thinking ahead!
Add some of the features above to your voicemail message. Also, you can change your voicemail message daily to indicate the date and to inform callers that you are open, have appointments available that day, and will return their call within the hour. Again, answering some of these questions will increase your chances of receiving more calls and messages.
You can also add a one-line eye-catching slogan. This will be placed on the top portion of your advertisement instead of your business name (which you will place on the bottom of the ad next to your telephone number).
Here are a few examples:
With just a little imagination and effort, you can turn an average advertisement into an effective, high-response ad that far surpasses your competitors!
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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