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Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
February, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 02
Everything I Need to Know to Succeed in Business, I Learned From My Child
By Angie Patrick
It's true; children know exactly how to get what they want. Unabashedly, uncompromisingly and without regret, they give us what we need (love, joy, happiness) and, in return, we give them what they want (toys, ice cream and video games).Isn't that the basic premise of business? Customers provide us with what we need (revenue and income) and, in return, we give them what they want (quality goods and services). I say we take a few cues from children - those mini-marketing moguls - and see how we can apply these principles in our own approach to business.
Children are not afraid to fall on their backsides. They will go after their wants with a fervor and desire so great that they are willing to try virtually anything to make it a reality. Have you ever watched a child try to reach a cookie jar? When the foot stool does not work, they get a kitchen chair. When it doesn't quite reach, they begin the dramatic and perilous ascent up the cabinets until they achieve their goal: yummy, delicious, seemingly-out-of-reach cookies.
Perhaps your own "seemingly-out-of-reach cookie" is an ample supply of people wanting to book you for a massage or spa service. Maybe you are timid and unsure about how you will go about attaining this goal for fear of failure. Take a lesson from your child or children in general: They fear nothing. Specifically, they have no fear of failure or being told no. If one thing they try proves ineffective, they proceed to the next plan until something they do makes the goal achievable. They do not fear the negative responses they receive, and they will devise a method to turn those negative responses into what they desire. In our case, negative responses represent those uninterested in what we present to them. Since what we want is a consistent stream of business, do not be afraid to try different venues and multiple approaches. By not giving up, you will reap the rewards of the fearless and be savoring your cookie in no time.
Kids are beguiling. They capture our hearts and change the cadence of our harried lives by being honest and candid, and by possessing a willingness to outwardly show they care about you. Face it; a child can melt the hardest of hearts with a well-placed giggle or a spontaneous hug. And so it is with business. Your passion for what you do makes you and your business attractive to those who seek what you provide. Conversely, if you are unhappy, it shows. Your attitude is contagious, and caring about your customer's needs, desires and wants is the fastest way to build your repeat business. Just as a child can make you forget about the dog chewing up your favorite shoes, you can have that same effect on a customer by sending a card and letting them know you miss seeing them. Offer them an incentive to visit you, such as a discount on their next massage or even an invitation to have a free, relaxing cup of tea with their next visit.
This type of outreach does two very distinct things. First, it makes your customer feel they are important to you. Everyone enjoys feeling appreciated, and sending a personalized note makes your customer feel they matter to you. It's like receiving a hug from a child − it can turn the tide on their day and remind them of the calm and relaxation your services can provide in their sea of stress. Second, it rekindles the buying cycle in a customer who has a proven spending history for services or goods you have provided for them in the past. Reminding them how wonderfully relaxed and stress-free they felt after their last visit can create a desire to relive the experience, netting you a repeat customer.
Just as a drawing we display on the refrigerator reminds us of the children in our lives, we can do the same with products we offer for retail to our clients. Providing your clients with an array of self-care products can extend the feelings of relaxation and well-being you have worked so hard to instill in your therapy sessions. A topical analgesic for aches and pains or a warmed pillow in the microwave can be a reminder to your clients of your commitment to their health and comfort, and could be a catalyst for them to make another appointment!
Kids are protective of what they consider "theirs." They coddle and prize the things they value the most. Often, a child's "blankie" is their reason for waking in the morning, and the reason they sleep well at night. Isn't that exactly the way we should look at our valued customers? Like a child's security blanket, they are infinitely valuable and difficult to replace if lost. Protect the relationship you have with your clients by being honest, fair, caring and overall appreciative of their business. Never, ever take their loyalty for granted, because acquiring loyal customers is a hard-fought battle. If you fail to meet their expectations, it's all too easy for them to look elsewhere. Give them no reason to look by fulfilling their wants, and you will have what you need: an ample supply of people wanting to book you for a massage or spa service.
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