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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06
An Open Letter to the NCBTMB
By Gregory T. Lawton, DN, DC
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has previously announced its intention to enforce the following criteria in June 2005:
I have attempted to get guidance (as have other school owners) regarding the NCBTMB's position on online (eLearning) supervised classes.Almost every accredited college and university in the United States is providing online classes. This includes medical schools and other health profession training programs; state and professional licensing boards also recognize online training.
Most colleges and universities offer anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, business, ethics and numerous other courses online, and these classes lead directly to associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in numerous fields. Generally, the recognized minimum standard for an online class to be considered online, in-class, and supervised, is that 20 percent of the time spent in the online class is with an online teacher.
In Michigan, some massage schools have been pressuring the NCBTMB not to recognize the graduates of certain massage school training programs based on the in-class supervised standard. I expect that come June 2005, there will be a number of complaints directed at the NCBTMB regarding rival schools' curriculum.
I would like to get NCBTMB's (and have been unsuccessful to date) position on exactly what constitutes in-class supervised training. For example, some schools show videos in their classes or may provide a brief lecture followed by one-on-one practice. In a number of examples the instructor does not actually stay in the classroom for the entire class. Is there a percentage of time based on total class time that equals the in-class supervised definition?
My central question is in regard to online classes, which is obviously an important movement in education and will continue to increase in the coming years. Is the NCBTMB position that massage schools, as opposed to every other educational institution in the U.S., cannot provide online education? How does the NCBTMB intend to regulate community colleges and colleges that do and will continue to allow massage students to complete their health science, business, ethics and other lecture courses online, or does the NCBTMB plan on adopting a double standard - one standard for colleges and the other for post-secondary or vocational massage schools?
I have another example that results in confusion regarding the NCBTMB standard. Because my school offers a highly specialized medical massage training program, we attract a large number of medical health professionals, such as physical and occupational therapists and nurses. We provide advanced standing to these graduates of college-based programs, who, in many cases, earned hours in online classes in anatomy, physiology, pathology and other lecture courses. If this is no longer acceptable under the NCBTMB standard it would mean that we would not be able to accept credit hours earned in accredited college-based online programs.
Also on the horizon is the new associate's in occupational studies degree, which will prove to be an exciting new direction for massage schools. Many of the vocational and technical schools that provide access to this new degree program offer online training. Is it the intention of the NCBTMB to dictate to massage schools, colleges and universities, technical and vocational schools, and related governing organizations and associations that they may not include in-class online supervised training to massage students?
If this is the case, I believe that it is time for a pointed dialog between schools, educational and trade associations, and state education and professional licensure departments that have interests in or are involved in providing, overseeing or regulating massage education.
I sincerely invite a response to the questions that I have proposed in this letter regarding online in-class supervised education.
Gregory T. Lawton, DN, DC, Mac
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