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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
Word Watchers: Putting Your Vocabulary on a Diet
By Cary Bayer
In this column, I have previously talked about the conscious use of affirmations to help you, as a massage therapist, expand the ways you think. This is vital and wise if you want to truly prosper.After all, as Norman Vincent Peale, who taught the world how to think positively, said: "Change your thoughts and you change your world." It's just as wise, however, to change your speech. If you want to lose weight, watch what you eat; if you want to prosper, watch what you say. Think of this kind of conscious attention to your speech as "Word Watchers."
Speaking of eating, you've been told that you are what you eat. This explains why some people are hotdogs; others are hams; and still others, couch potatoes. If you've eaten out in Jamaican restaurants, you have, no doubt, also run across your share of "jerks."
Two thousand years ago, people asked Jesus what they should eat and what they should drink. His reply surprised them then, as it still does today: "...not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man" (Matthew 15:11). If some of the following words come out of your mouth, isn't it time to stop letting your speech bring you down? Remember: What holds you back also holds back the number of massages you do - and that holds back the amount of money that you bring in.
I have been a life coach to dozens of massage therapists over the past few years and have heard them speak regularly in ways that are highly dis-empowering. But this is not just specific to massage therapists - the general population does it all the time. It just happens that massage therapists are, by nature, a great deal more sensitive than the average person, and they can correct their behavior more quickly and easily. (Also, as a massage therapist who helps people rejuvenate and come into greater balance, you have a greater responsibility to help people maintain a more conscious lifestyle.)
Fearing a layoff at her husband's job, a part-time massage therapist in a recent class of mine said that she was "waiting for the other shoe to drop." Another massage therapist started a sentence with the phrase, "With my luck..." - implying that since his is so bad, there is no chance his desires will ever be realized. Another called herself "a credit card junkie."
Whew! Can you see how talk like that sets your progress back big time? Someone who speaks this way repels money and prosperity. Who wants to be massaged by a junkie or someone waiting for shoes to drop? Your words are heard by the subconscious part of your mind and are taken literally, even if you speak them in an exaggerated or humorous way. Let me repeat that: Your words are taken literally by the subconscious part of your mind.
Don't get me wrong. I love humor more than the next guy - and I know first hand how valuable it is. I use it regularly in teaching, and I have worked as a professional comedy writer and comedian. But make sure that when you use humor, it's not to dis-empower yourself in a self-deprecating manner. Your words are also messages broadcast throughout the universe; make sure that the messages you send out are consistent with your higher Self, not your "lower" self.
The following expressions are from the lower self. If you speak in a similar way, I encourage you to eliminate those words from your vocabulary. You'll be glad you did.
Click here for previous articles by Cary Bayer.
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