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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 08
Affordable, Appropriate Health Care for All by 2012?
Federal Working Group Wants Your Input
By Michael Devitt
The Citizens' Health Care Working Group, a nonpartisan government organization established through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has published a set of interim recommendations designed to address problems in the U.S.health care system from a variety of perspectives, with a goal of having a set of "appropriate and affordable health care services" in place by 2012. While the recommendations do not pertain to any specific health care profession or class of providers, all members of the massage profession are encouraged to review and comment on the recommendations, which can be accessed for free on the working group's Web site, www.CitizensHealthCare.gov.
The Citizens' Health Care Working Group was created through a provision included in the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, as a means of giving Americans the opportunity to engage in a national debate about the types of health care services they want covered, what level of health care coverage they want, how coverage should be financed, and what types of concessions they would be willing to make to ensure access to high-quality care. The group's main purposes, according to the act, are to "provide for a nationwide public debate about improving the health care system to provide every American with the ability to obtain quality, affordable health care coverage," and to "provide for a vote by Congress on the recommendations that result from the debate."
More than 30 health care agencies and trade groups have pledged their official support for the organization. Currently, the group also has the official support of more than two dozen members of Congress.
Published on the working group's Web site on June 1, 2006, the interim recommendations, which reflect the opinions of more than 20,000 people who have participated online and in community meetings since the group's formation, outline a plan for helping to achieve broad-based change in the American health care system. At present, the working group has established six recommendations, with the goal of providing all Americans access to "a set of affordable and appropriate core health care services" by 2012. Among the recommendations:
Public Comment Period Now Open
The public comment period to the working group's interim recommendations officially ends Aug. 31, 2006. Once the comment period has ended, the working group is required to submit a final set of recommendations to Congress and the president. Within 45 days of receiving the final recommendations, the president must submit to Congress a report containing additional views and comments, along with recommendations for legislative and administrative actions the president considers appropriate. The act also designates five congressional committees (the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce) to hold hearings on the president's report and the working group's recommendations.
All interested parties are encouraged to read the working group's interim recommendations and submit their comments before the Aug. 31 deadline. Comments may be submitted online at the www.citizenshealthcare.gov; by regular mail (Citizens' Health Care Working Group, ATTN: Interim Recommendations, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 575, Bethesda, MD 20814); or by e-mail to . Additional in-formation about the recommendations, the process used to seek public input, and findings from the group's previous meetings and online polls also can be found at the above-noted Web site.
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