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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
Updating Texas Massage Legislation
By Janine Ray, LMT, MTI, CCMT
In September 2002, the Texas Association of Massage Therapists' (TAMT) Legislative Committee Chairperson, Brooks Kasson, invited an American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) representative to begin the formation of a coalition to work on changes in Texas' massage therapy law, rules and regulations.The mission statement was to ensure the health, safety and welfare of Texas massage therapists and their clients through diligent representation before all regulatory agencies, and to develop and initiate legislation that serves the mission of the TAMT. Our goal was to change the law to improve massage therapy education in Texas, so that massage therapists are more prepared for professional practice, and to change the testing procedures.
This collaborative effort expanded to form the Texas Legislative Coalition and today includes nonbiased stakeholders from all facets of the massage industry. Along with the TAMT and AMTA, representatives from Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), the Texas Coalition of Massage Schools and Instructors (TCMSI), Massage and Bodywork Educators Alliance (MBEA), and community college massage therapy programs, as well as small clinic owners and spa/relaxation massage therapists have attended these meetings.
Each representative was asked to poll their membership regarding the current needs and concerns of massage therapists throughout the state. The coalition was able to identify the following major concerns in the current system, and then prioritize what needed legislative and/or administrative changes:
It was concluded that the majority of the above-mentioned issues could be solved legislatively by increasing the number of educational hours. Representatives from the Texas Department of Health have been invited to join this coalition and discuss the changes needed.
The following proposal for changes to the requirements for massage therapists will be addressed at the next meeting:
With the above changes, the grandfathering of all current registered massage therapists will be automatic. Effective January 1, 2005, the state registration renewals will extend to a two-year period with a continuing education requirement of 12 hours instead of six hours. Registration is also currently available via the Internet. The massage schools will have two years from the date of enactment to adapt their programs to the new requirements; therefore, if the law goes into effect in September 2005, schools will have until September 2007 to comply.
The wording in the new law will give school owners more flexibility in developing their programs to specialize, and/or offer diversity in the options available for their students. When these proposals are accepted, if a student applies for registration on or after September 1, 2007, the applicant will be required to complete a 500-hour program. Current massage therapists will not have to do anything to comply with the new rules, except keep their registration current. There is only a one-year grace period for any lapse in registration, even though there will be a two-year registration period.
The Texas Legislative Coalition welcomes your comments and questions. Please contact us at .
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