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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
Increase Your Income by Reducing "No Shows"
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
It's five in the afternoon and you are awaiting your fourth client of the day. So far it has been a productive day, but it's now 10 minutes after five and your client is late. You begin to question whether your client is on her way or if she has forgotten her appointment.You pick up the phone and call her - no answer...hmm. Your mind begins to recall the three clients you could have seen today that you had to turn away. It's now 5:30 p.m. and it's apparent your client has forgotten her appointment. Does this scenario sound familiar to you?
From time to time a client will miss a scheduled appointment. This can throw off your entire day, if you let it. More importantly, it can alter your annual income thousands of dollars. Just one "no show" per week can cost you $3,000 per year! Using these guidelines can eliminate the frustration you experience.
Create a Missed Appointment Policy - A missed appointment policy will fall within the guidelines you set for your cancellation policy. The allotted time you choose as notice to cancel an appointment will depend on how quickly you can refill the appointment. Typically, 24-hours' notice is requested to cancel an appointment, unless there is a valid emergency, such as an illness or vehicle breakdown. Some therapists can refill an appointment slot within six hours. You decide what length of time will work best for your business.
Reduce No Shows - Once the policy is in place, you'll need to let your clients know about it. There are various ways to convey your policy that will reduce missed appointments. I recommend using as many of these as possible:
Collect for No Shows - Collecting your fee for missed appointments isn't always easy. After all, no one wants to pay for services they did not receive. Respectfully, though, they should. If you prepare a missed appointment form letter in advance, all you will need to do is fill in the blanks, print it on your letterhead and mail it. Here is a sample letter:
You will be surprised how many clients will just send in a check - but what about those that don't? Only you can determine how valuable your time is. If you don't have a problem with clients missing appointments, then you probably won't feel the need for a cancellation policy. If, however, your time is of value and your income is dependent on your appointments, I suggest you rid yourself of those clients and spend your energy replacing them with new clients.
By the way, as a general rule I do not charge a client for the first missed appointment. Instead, I inform them again of the policy and tell them that I will charge my full fee should it occur a second time. This courtesy rule works well for me.
Ultimately, the decision to establish and enforce a missed appointment policy is yours. When making this decision, keep in mind that your time is valuable; without a policy your income will be affected.
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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