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Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
From the Editor's Desk: When Will We Get a Clue?
By Rebecca J. Razo
Author's note: Cliff Korn is taking a much-deserved break this month...probably sitting on a beach sipping a Mai Tai right about now (sigh). Not to worry. He'll be back in September, well-rested and tan.
For the past year and a half, I have been part of a small women's writing group consisting of only four members, including me.At first, our discussions were traditional in that we focused solely on the craft of writing. But as time went on, our discussions became less about writing and more about life's challenges and how they affect the writing process. Despite its unorthodox nature, the group was a supportive and nurturing environment where we had the freedom to come together and just "be." We formed friendships and grew close.
So, imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail message from a member, speaking on behalf of herself and one other member, that the group was no longer "meeting their needs" and was disbanding. I was infuriated. After all, those two women weren't the only ones who had invested their time, energy and emotion. At the very least, they could have included the entire group in the discussion, rather than notify us of their decision through e-mail. I contacted the other group member who had been the recipient of the "break up" e-mail to vent my frustration. Although she too was taken by surprise, she was very forgiving, summing things up this way: "To everything there is a divine beginning and divine end."
Sometimes, I think we forget that everything in nature has a cycle. In our attempts to "control" our destiny, we (in our infinite human wisdom) set up blockades and detours, hoping to thwart the natural, inevitable processes of life. And though our actions may temporarily derail nature's plan, the fact is that nature will prevail one way or another, and often in less desirable ways than if we had just let things happen the way they were supposed to in the first place. It is one of humanity's greatest flaws: We hang on when nature intends for us to move on. We resist and fear change. We get angry when life doesn't cooperate with our plans, instead of riding the wave and allowing the tide to take us where we are intended to go. We all, of course, are guilty of this. The key, however, is to recognize those moments when we find ourselves at a crossroads or in the midst of a life-shaping event, then step back to allow the universe to do its work. How, you ask? By being open to new ideas and possibilities; by listening to our instincts; by letting our consciences guide us; by respecting the feelings of others when we might not agree; and, lastly, by realizing that we don't have as much control as we think we do.
I'm not advocating that we abandon our core beliefs and principles in favor of apathy and indifference. But I do believe it is important to recognize when our actions, whatever they may be and for whatever cause, have ceased to be productive or unifying or personally satisfying. And generally, the universe sends us some very strong warning signals when the time comes to let go and let nature do its job: elevated stress, a disrupted home life and family conflict, insomnia, and myriad health problems, to name just a few.
In terms of the massage profession, I am in a unique position of objective observation, and what I see is troubling. The fundamental purpose of massage and bodywork - in all its various forms - is to promote physical, mental and emotional health. The typical massage therapist has but one objective: to facilitate those levels of health in his or her clients. Still, there is an entire population of massage therapists and industry "professionals" (a term I use loosely) who are involved in turf wars, lawsuits over the almighty ®, ©, and ™, arguments over which professional organization is bigger and better, and infighting over mere words - yes, words - and who is entitled to use them.
I am not pointing fingers here; these are just the facts that reflect the true state of the profession. But my question is: Why? Why has the profession become so competitive, underhanded, and, dare I say, cutthroat? Wouldn't it be easier to accept each other and celebrate the diverse blend of people who comprise this glorious profession? What stops us? Is it out of fear that we'll lose money, status or perceived exclusivity? It is indeed a sad state of affairs if those are the reasons the profession is in this predicament. For one, I can think of few things less important in life than money and status, and exclusivity is subjective.
Despite the efforts of many to control the destiny of this profession, little has improved in terms of unity and morale. Massage therapists - many of whom, ironically, got into this profession to escape corporate political strife - are fed up with the constant negativity and mudslinging that has pervaded the industry. Perhaps the time has come for those "in charge" to relinquish some of that control and ask the massage therapists what they want. Because the constant fighting has only been successful in fanning the flames that have ignited more fighting and caused further alienation - nature's first clue. And, so far, attempts to steer and control the course of massage and bodywork have been to the detriment of the profession - nature's second clue. How many more clues will it take before the profession folds in on itself, leaving in its wake remnants of a once vibrant industry that was destined to surpass everyone's wildest expectations had we allowed nature to simply have its way?
I have been the managing editor of Massage Today for over two years and have loved every minute. But, as my friend says, everything has a divine end. Indeed, my journey is taking yet another turn and my time here has come to an end. While I look forward to an exciting new future, my departure from Massage Today is bittersweet. It has been such an honor to contribute to the growth of this wonderful profession. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you, and I can say with all sincerity that I have never met so many people so entirely dedicated to their life's work. Thank you for welcoming me into your family and allowing me the privilege to work on your behalf. I look forward to watching the profession grow in new, positive directions and I am confident that the best is still yet to come.
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