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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
An Open Letter to the Profession From the Medical Massage Office & Associates
By Damien Berg
As a relative newcomer to the "medical massage" industry, I have seen first hand the deep rifts, confusion and animosities that are forming. I recently sold my massage practice in California to move to Wilmington, NC, to help run The Medical Massage Office & Associates (TMMO).Within a week of my arrival, I was forced upon the national scene and the ongoing debate of medical massage. It was easy for me as the Director of Education and Training to state the tried and true mantra, that the medical massage profession is the best and where you need to be. I can't even begin to tell you the amount of flack that I received my first month. I stood fast and hung in. I tried to obey some rules set forth by a mentor of mine: 1) Don't go into a new job/position and make changes right off the bat; 2) Keep your mouth shut and observe your surroundings; 3) Finally, don't attach your self-worth so close to your position, so that when your position falls, your self-worth goes with it. This is what I stand for personally and professionally.
Now, 90 days into this job, I have made the decision that it is time for TMMO to separate from Mr. David Luther and the other organizations that represent and support the political side of the medical massage Industry. As the future owner and CEO of TMMO, there will be a clear and distinct separation from Mr. Luther and any political organization. As of July 5, 2005, the business is in legal transfer and the corporation is in full audit. Pending any unforeseen circumstances, I will fully take over by Sept. 1, 2005. With this new position, there have come a lot of questions from people in the industry. They have asked me about my "stance" or "take" on the medical massage debate. Simply put, I am for any type of education or standards that enhance massage therapists and the industry.
I have worked on the "other side" of the medical world, as a medic, trainer and surgical technician. If we want to be recognized as professionals and have our therapy taken seriously in the patient's care plan, we need to stop shouting among ourselves, and stop telling the "medical system" how good we are and what we can do for their patients. We need to first speak their language, walk their walk and look the look of a professional at all times. It does not matter whose continuing education classes you take, be it those offered by Aaron Mattes, Erik Dalton, James Waslaski, David Kent, Whitney Lowe or any of the other excellent educators of today. Professional and quality education will always lead the way. I have had the chance to personally meet some of these educators, and I am impressed with their dedication to the industry and to the development of the massage therapist's skills.
TMMO's stance on education is to bring the proven facts about massage and bodywork into the medical world's context. We believe in helping to "translate" the beautiful language of the massage world into the scary, confusing, and sometimes cold medical and insurance world. People know TMMO as insurance billing and reimbursement specialists, but this is only one facet of TMMO. It does not matter which insurance book you buy or what anatomy manual you study, as long as they are factual, based on truth, and are not distorted by egos.
As the future owner of TMMO, I strongly support any organization that sets a high standard of education, verification and validation of the massage therapist. The NCBTMB has set the standard through the years by providing excellent testing and continuing education standards. We are proud CEU providers for the NCBTMB and will continue to be as long as I sit at this chair. The Medical Massage National Certification Board (MMNCB) has offered another classification of training not much unlike what the medical world does for advanced training for MDs, nurses and trainers. As a lifelong student of the human body, medicine and massage therapy, I know that it is a good goal to strive for education and never be complacent. Tests or organizations that uphold the highest standards and challenge therapists to be better and continually learn should be supported. When I'm asked, "Do we need another test?" my response is always to be sure that certain standards are held into account. The physicians need to know that the therapist that they are entrusting their patient with is trained and skilled. The insurance companies, who will be paying for the therapy, have a standard to ensure that proper treatment, documentation and legalities have occurred. And most importantly, the patients deserve to know that the therapist is qualified, trained and competent to address the condition that they have been referred for.
When the dust settles from all of this, I hope that we as massage therapists have learned a lesson. That knowledge, success, and humility in life do not come easy and that it is not an entitlement. It must be earned and must be continually and vigilantly worked for.
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