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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 10
Massage Today Readers Share Thoughts on NCBTMB Changes
By Editorial Staff
Correction: In the October 2004 printed version of Massage Today, the results of this poll were inverted and thus reported incorrectly. The following reflects the correct poll results.We apologize for the error.
In July, we reported that the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is making changes to its current national certification system in June 2005, including updating content on the national certification examination; creating a new national exam focusing exclusively on massage therapy; and implementing new eligibility criteria to take both exams. (Read story at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/07/01.html.)
We asked readers to take an informal poll voicing their opinions about the changes. The following poll results are based on 91 responses, followed by a few comments made by those who took the survey. The complete listing of voter comments can be accessed online at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/10/ncbtmb_poll.html. Comments have been edited for space and clarity. This is a voluntary, nonscientific poll; therefore, caution should be used in generalizing the results.
Yes: As more people are looking to massage as a healing modality, we as professionals should be prepared to meet those concerns. Who is challenging the schools to increase curriculum? No one, and the states are not pushing these schools, since they do not receive federal funding. Some schools are in it for the money, not the integrity of the profession.
No: I believe the NCB is pushing its own agenda about what the massage profession should be. By increasing the number of hours of anatomy and physiology, and adding 40 hours of pathology to the required curriculum, it is leaning toward medical massage, which may not be the direction many massage therapists want to go. It is also making decisions about curriculum based on a small sample number of massage therapists polled. I own a massage therapy school in New Mexico and the questions I get from graduates are mostly about how to deal with inappropriate clients or ethical questions. Requiring only 10 hours of ethics and business in the curriculum does not adequately prepare our students to deal with the real world issues they will be facing.
No: The NCB has assumed areas of influence that go beyond its authority. In effect, it is dictating content of school curriculum without the consent or participation of school owners. The NCB does not appear to be seeking feedback from anyone outside its own organization. This approach does not serve the best interests of bodyworkers or the public.
No: I had to read the article twice to verify that the NCB is basing these regulations on a poll of 500 therapists. That number hardly represents a significant percentage of professionals in this industry. If the NCB runs a proper survey (i.e., with larger participation) the results might be a better indicator of what an entry-level therapist should have.
No: These new requirements make sense to me. How will the new requirements make better therapists? I have worked with therapists who were very skilled that were not able to pass the exam, and I have worked with therapists who passed the exam that I would not allow to touch me again. And why take a national exam if I cannot work in any state? Until this is addressed, I do not believe in the exam and do not support it.
Yes: I support advancements in certification; however, I worry that without an increase in massage therapy education from the basic eight-month program in most states, we will continue to struggle educating our medical partners - physical therapists, chiropractors and medical doctors - toward the further acceptance of massage therapy in mainstream health care.
Yes & No: The yes part - Requiring 160 hours in the sciences is a good thing if they are taught well and the material is relevant to bodyworkers. The more knowledge students have in musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology, the better, as long as it is balanced with the hands-on aspects of bodywork training. The no part - The NCB should not determine the curriculum for massage schools (It is doing so, unilaterally.) Its power grows, along with a new and confusing alphabet soup of tests. What a confusing mess. Not only must schools scramble to re-do curriculum, states and jurisdictions will soon be faced with figuring out which test is appropriate.
I would suggest strongly that the NCB work on its current test and get it right before moving on to the next project. Some of its current questions are inaccurate; others confusing; some amazingly simple; a few incomprehensively difficult; and a few questions promote modalities.
One of the questions I had to answer when I took the test:
There is no right answer to the above question; it was chosen to promote a stretching modality.
My friend, who had a nearly perfect score on the exam, responded to the NCB "call" at the end of the test for volunteers to serve the organization in shaping future tests and so forth. He was never contacted, which indicates just how closed this organization is to input from other members of the profession.
Yes: As is true in other health care professions, massage therapy needs to have a recognized, legally defensible national credential, which demonstrates entry-level textual competence. That the NCB is engaged in an ongoing, self-evaluative process, and responding to the demonstrated needs of its stakeholders and the profession at large is to its credit. School owners have a responsibility to their students (and to the general public) to evaluate and redesign their curriculum to meet the evolving demands of the profession. Failing to do so solely for commercial concern is inexcusable.
Those institutions that meet and exceed the emerging needs of their professional aspirants will be rewarded in the marketplace. Those that do not will collapse under the weight of their greed. The NCB is still the best barometer of the state of our art and will continue to be as long as it remains committed to objective analyses and pro-activity.
No: When any field gets too restrictive about requirements, it tends to signal a decrease in creativity in the field. Check out the American Medical Association if you have any doubts. There are many other ways truly qualified professionals can announce themselves, including posting a list of the post-graduate courses and certifications they have acquired since graduation. The client always is the best judge of the quality of the massage therapist anyway.
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