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Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
Certified Medical Massage Therapists
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
Suddenly, there seems to be a lot of hype about the requirements (both present and future) necessary to become a "certified medical massage therapist" in order to be qualified to bill insurance companies.
I promise you: I will be the strongest opponent against this happening! Neither I, nor anyone else that teaches insurance billing to others has ever had this title or so-called certification, in order to make inroads for those who desire to work with medically oriented patients and accept insurance for reimbursement.
About Additional Education
I have no problem with certifications or additional training to enhance our knowledge and abilities, or increase our effectiveness to perform positive functional outcomes with medically related cases - I believe this is imperative.But to begin a movement toward this end in order to enhance personal earning powers by teaching seminars and setting up organizations, is totally unfair and uncalled for.
If this was a requirement when I started, it is unlikely that as many massage therapists would be accepting insurance at the rates they are now. It is a fact that thousands of patients would have gone without treatments that significantly benefited them, including myself. It is also a fact that my youngest daughter who suffers total incapacity due to brain damage from an auto accident would now be sitting in a dirty old county home, were it not for the additional income I earned by accepting medical- and insurance-related referrals.
What is Required of Insurance Companies?
What is required of an insurance company for reimbursement is for the patient's condition to be medically necessary. The physician determines medical necessity and prescribes the treatment best suited for the patient with a written prescription. When we treat the patient per the physician's orders we are performing medically oriented massage, whether or not this massage is paid for by insurance, and whether or not any specific or certified treatment or technique is used.
What Brings a Patient Back?
What brings the patient back and keeps the physician referring is patient satisfaction. (Insurance companies are rated partially upon patient satisfaction.) If patients are not satisfied, they will not return - it's as simple as that! They will notify the physician who, in turn, will stop referring to you. So, it certainly behooves any therapist wanting to work in the medical arena to obtain all the additional hands-on training possible. I recommend they learn from those tried-and-true trainers in the field.
Our Top-Notch Trainers
You don't see most of those who are truly qualified to provide top-notch training and certification trying to put us in a box or pushing their types of certification as a means to be reimbursed by insurance companies. We take their courses because we know we are learning techniques that will help us help our clients and patients. Currently, no insurer requires a massage professional to have any specific certification other than possibly licensure. So, why are some individuals trying to create problems that will leave many qualified therapists out in the cold? Some have been practicing and billing for years, and some may have training way beyond what a so-called medical massage certification may provide them!
Contact Me. I want to hear from you!
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