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Billing One-on-One, Direct Patient Contact
This is often misunderstood and leads to trepidation when documenting and subsequently billing timed services.
A Different Way of Looking at It
The way you and your chiropractic colleagues access information has changed over the past decade. According to a recent survey conducted by Dynamic Chiropractic, almost half (48 percent) of DCs read online articles on their personal computer or laptop daily.
Living Well: Lessons From Our Oldest Old
Aging is a significant public health problem, important to chiropractors in practice and important to DCs who teach students training to become chiropractors.
Holistic Skin Care and Modern Technology
Anti-aging is a concept that we hear in reference to skin rejuvenation and growing older on a daily basis. Aging begins as soon as we are born; therefore "pro-aging" is embracing all stages of life gracefully, with vitality, wisdom, joy, and gratitude as the goal.
Constructing Our Reality, Part 2
My last article discussed perception and its relationship to the primary channels. Before we get to the channels most commonly used to treat sensory disturbances, the small intestine and triple heater, we should first talk about the bladder channel.
With Low-Back Pain, Sometimes Little Things Matter
Typical treatments for low back pain involve large muscles like the quadratus lumborum, iliopsoas, and piriformis. However, there are situations when a very small muscle, the multifidus, can play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of low back muscular or spinal injury.
Transforming Las Vegas
On a warm spring day in Las Vegas, Sonia Kim, clinic front desk staff, is busy preparing for a full day of intern shifts at Wongu Health Center. She greets patients, makes sure documents are properly signed, and lets the interns know that their patients have arrived.
Sleepless nights, anxiety, mood swings, euphoric energy bursts, obsessive thinking, and a strange feeling in his chest. That is what Matt was experiencing when he first entered my practice. Rather than being concerned, he was loving every minute of it.
Billing Timed Services
Q: I do not always use physical medicine services but in my state I do have a scope of practice that allows me to provide many of these services. I am trying to understand what "direct one-on-one patient contact" means in relation to physical medicine services.
Distal Style Treatment of Neurogenic Pain
Treat locally or distally? This question has frequented my thoughts for the treatment of pain throughout my acupuncture career. Each style has strengths and weaknesses, thus the versatile practitioner would do well to forgo dogmatic adherence to any one style in deference to the needs of the individual patient.
Understanding Levels of Evidence
The concept of levels of evidence is a cornerstone of research literacy and a great starting point for understanding basic principles of how research works.
Building Bridges with Discipline
As practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, our role is to educate patients and medical practitioners about the various safety aspects of our medicine. Medical doctors that embrace Chinese medicine want to collaborate and include Chinese herbal medicine in more aspects of clinical care to support their patients.
Keeping Malpractice Allegations at Bay
It has been suggested that in the litigious environment in which we live, the practice of chiropractic should be defensive and practitioners should constantly be watching their backs. An element of defensive practice is a good idea.
One of the most common trends to see in clinical medical practice and public health is the cycles of health "buzzwords." These come and go depending upon the current cultural zeitgeist. One year, "parasites" are causing all the issues, and the next year it's "candida."
Finger (Pad) Pointing: Repetitive-Use Injury Waiting to Happen
"My wrist and hand hurt. I spend all day working on computers and then I come home and spend more time on a computer, usually playing video games."
A Whole-Body Approach to Chronic Tension Headaches
Nearly every day in our practices, we see patients with chronic headaches that have not responded to traditional treatment. They present in our offices with a feeble hope that "maybe" a chiropractor can help.
The Need for Standards
ISO-TC-249: You may look at these letters and numbers and wonder what they are and what they might mean. They turn into: International Standards Organization- Technical Committee – 249. There is a global organization called The International Organization for Standardization.
Discovery: Finding Insights and Each Other in Different Disciplines
Recently I've been thinking about all sorts of things which are hidden from our daily direct experience. That general category is what links nearly everything that catches my attention and then demands some kind of investigation.
How to Reach Your World With the Chiropractic Message
My latest effort to share chiropractic occurred in mid-May while I was sitting at an introductory parent information night for high schoolers. The IT instructor informed us that each student would be receiving a computer for all their studies.
Prostate Cancer Risk
A large study published in January 2016 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that men who are vegans had a 35% lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to non-vegan men. The study followed more than 26,346 men who are part of the Adventists Health Study-2.
Parker University Embraces New Era
Change is in the air at Parker University, which recently announced the selection of both a new president and a new consultant for its seminar program.
In This Current Age of Anxiety
Anxiety, also referred to angst or hysteria, goes by many names. One, popularized by the sagacious Zhang Zhong Jing, who many practitioners of Chinese Medicine may be familiar with, is known as Restless Zang/Fu disorder.
Hip Flexor Contractures & LBP in Above-the-Knee Amputations
Patients with above-the-knee amputations (AK or AKA) are particularly prone to developing hip flexor contractures. Not to be confused with muscle tightness, contractures are a permanent shortening of tissues which cause deformity or distortion.
Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or it can be a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area, while not sacrificing the quality of patient interaction, can be a little tricky. However, with some focused effort and intention, your front desk can keep your practice running smoothly.
News in Brief
NYCC Aggregates Degree Programs in New School; Palmer Chancellor Receives Education Award From ICA; Oklahaven Announces "Have a Heart" Winners.
August, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 08
Spa Menus That Bring Customers to You
By Stephanie Beck
How to create spa menus that bring customers to you is the million-dollar question, isn't it? So, how do you create spa menus that bring the customer to you? Most of it comes from using emotionally based adjectives, creativity and knowing your client base!
Let's face it, we are emotional beings and as such, we respond to those wonderful, descriptive words like "luxurious, rich, velvety soft, silky smooth, vitamin-infused, cell vitality, supple and smooth, contains the latest discovered ingredients, most advanced science, phenomenal visible results, and "active moisturizers!"
We are the same way when we are describing our newest favorite item.Have you ever recommended a product to a friend? How did you describe it? I bet it went something like this: "Oh, you have got to try this! I mean, this is really good! Oh wow, it was incredible; I mean, it is absolutely the best thing I've ever tried!" Now, I could be talking about my latest massage, facial, or my new favorite ice cream, (actually, it was this new teeth-whitening product I have been trying). With everyone I have spoken to, I have used this same description and they have gone out and purchased it without me prompting them to. I didn't have to tell them how to use it or describe for them how to make their own trays, what the gel tastes like, how long to leave it on or how many times a week to use it. Wouldn't that be great - if all of your customers walked out of the treatment room and made statements like that and produced new clients for you? That happens, and it's great when it does, but you also need to let your spa menu do the talking for you.
We've discussed themes, visions and intents, protocols, products, vendors, ingredients, training, and marketing materials. You have created a theme, selected treatments to support your theme, and researched your treatments, found products with ingredients that match your theme, selected the right spa vendor and trained the staff on the techniques. Now comes the fun part: descriptions! Be creative; use words that describe how it's going to make the client feel! You don't have to use a lot of what I call "fluff." Here's an example of how a spa could promote a facial treatment: "Reduce fine lines and wrinkles within the first two treatments, leaving your skin fresh and younger looking!" This describes what the product does, but ends with two very emotional words that create curiosity.
A very dear friend of mine who owns a day spa in Dallas describes his facial with micro-dermabrasion this way: "In six treatments, we will take 10 years off your face!" Who wouldn't want to take 10 years off their face? And with the products and regime my friend sets up for his clients, the results are remarkable and he has a thriving a business.
Describe what the treatment is going to do for your client, your client's skin, their body, their hair, or their lifestyle, or whatever your intent was in choosing this treatment. It's great to use ingredients, but make sure to include how the ingredients will make them better. For instance, one manufacturer of massage products promotes that their products are infused with vitamin E "to help skin breathe and function normally." Doesn't that sound good? I certainly want my skin to "breathe and function normally," don't you?
This is where it will come in handy if you have built a good relationship with the right spa vendor. You can take the majority of the provided descriptions and then add your special touch to entice your clients. And if you feel as if you are not that creative, the vendor will help you along the way. Some vendors, like myself, already have several menus written, or they can create menus specifically for your spa! The important thing is that you stay focused to your vision and intention.
As always, it's been fun; if you need help or have further questions, e-mail me and I will assist you the best way I can.
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