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Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
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?
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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