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Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
February, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 02
Pursuing Your Intentions Through Spa Treatments
By Stephanie Beck
In the January issue of Massage Today, Lynn Biscoe, from Spa Balinesia, touched on the subject for this issue: "Every Massage Therapist new to the spa environment should know the vision and intention of all services offered" How can you discuss the benefits of spa treatments unless you have a clear understanding of the vision and intention of your services?
Define What You Are
What kind of business do you want to be? What is your company's brand? What is your company's culture? Everything about your business should embody your intentions as much as possible.That is why it is vital - whether you have a staff of 20 or a staff of one - that they receive the proper training. They must have the knowledge and understanding to the benefits of your treatments and how they relate to the intentions of your company. Every "team member" has to be fully aware of your game plan, and that includes every product and service offered.
Set Goals to Achieve Your Brand
Set goals for your company, business and staff. If you hire staff, make sure they have the same values and receive all the necessary training. Also, your Spa Distributor Rep should be responsible for supplying the necessary education on product ingredients, benefits, protocols, etc. You need to be accountable and ensure everyone adheres to the vision and intention once it has been defined. Some of the goals you might want to consider including are to always recommend appropriate home care products to the client, weekly training and education to ensure all staff members are aware of the benefits of the treatments, or quarterly protocol and product evaluations for every staff member.
Good for You, Good for Your Clients
Giving a massage can be taxing on the body of the therapist. Even with the proper body mechanics, it takes a lot of energy. Thus, it makes sense to keep an open mind to new techniques and services that benefit both you and your clients and might be achieved without a massage.
Scrubs and polishes are some of those procedures that allow for just that: less wear and tear on the therapist, but the same favorable impact on the client. All scrubs and polishes can be performed in half the time of an hour massage and are less strenuous on the body - plus, you still can charge as much as an hour-long massage. All wraps - whether you are working with clay, seaweed, herbals or aromatherapy - still take up to an hour, but without all the taxing requirements on your body.
It makes sense to expand your services to retain clients and gain new ones. Because each client's needs vary, it's crucial to understand what those customers' needs are and which products address those needs. Research the spa treatments you are considering and discover how they will best support your company's brand and identity.
Fitting the Budget
Chances are you might not be flush with capital, so it's time to talk budgets. Speaking from experience, budgets are most helpful in guiding you to the appropriate products for your business. When you apply your vision (intentions and brand) with your budget, it's easier to know what product lines are feasible.
Communicating your game plan to your vendors allows them to assist you in making the right choices. Your budget might be limited to crock pots and Spa Thermal Units, instead of Hot Towel Cabinets and treatment bars. Or, you might need the standard white cotton robes instead of the Customized Micro-fiber robes in three colors and six sizes. Whether you have one room or a 17 room facility, it's still possible to offer a professional environment without sending you into bankruptcy. Plan your work and work your plan.
Go Have Fun Out There!
And let's not forget one of the main benefits of offering body treatments: It's fun to learn new things! It's rewarding to provide options that allow your clients to achieve their goals - lasting ones clients can feel good about after they leave your establishment.
If you have any questions or need assistance with your vision, intension or brand, drop me an e-mail and I will be happy to help. And remember to keep striving to make your dreams a reality!
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