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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 10, 2006
AMTA California Chapter Hosts Annual Convention
More than 300 massage therapists from across California gathered at the Costa Mesa Hilton to learn, share and renew friendships at the 2006 AMTA-CA annual convention March 22-26.
California massage therapists could obtain continuing education credits through a variety of workshops, including "CranioSacral Therapy" by Carol McLellan from the Upledger Institute, "Introduction to Prenatal Massage" by Val Guin and "Body Mechanics for Therapists" by Irene Diamond.Other workshop topics included "Reflexology," "Degriefing for Bodyworkers," and "Ethics." The chapter also held its business meeting where it accepted reports and nominations of officers. The keynote address was delivered by businessman, management and personnel trainer, speaker, author and consultant David Corbin.
Arguably one of the most important meetings of the conference was the government relations meeting conducted by Chris Voltarel, government relations co-chair, and Beverly May. The meeting began with a briefing on the history of state licensing in California. The presentation was politically educational on the dynamics of how a two-year bill gets routed and passed. Voltarel and May, a pioneer in attempting to attain California state regulation for massage therapy for over 17 years, explained how 2005 was a definite step in the right direction. Most important, the meeting included an update on where everyone stands in the process. Questions were posed on the makeup of the board intended to regulate the licensing pre-emption and educational requirements. For the bill to establish a voluntary, statewide certification program for massage, the educational requirements for therapists would have to be consistent between state and city regulations. This could prove to be difficult, but May and Voltarel explained the need to get a foot in the door because "the fear of loss is greater than desire of gain."
May and Voltarel also discussed a few recent hurdles the bill is facing, with the hottest issues being the language defining the word "massage therapist." The language used to describe a massage therapist's scope of practice is still being negotiated by chiropractors and physical therapists. They also addressed the pressing issue of educational requirements of the bill and spoke of an ongoing compromise between educational groups and massage organizations that have come to the agreement on a two-tiered system.
Currently, the bill has moved through the Senate and the Assembly Business and Professions Committee; however it's unlikely to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee until this summer. May explained that this delay might be in the best interests of the therapist, because there still are a few issues to be worked out to ensure its support before it continues to progress. There was a sense of unity expressed as individuals began to let go of certain ideals in order to keep the bill intact. Most therapists agree that, even with a sacrifice of certain ideals and opinions, "it's better to have something than nothing."
One new change to this year's convention was the addition of a job fair for local massage therapy students, to give them an opportunity to take part in this event and to learn more about what the massage therapy profession has to offer.
The exhibit hall contained a number of vendors including Bon Vital, Bio Freeze, the Upledger Institute, Biotone and the American Massage Council. In total, 29 vendors spent time offering attendees a chance for some retail therapy.
Next year's California Massage and Bodywork Convention will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose from March 29 through April 1. For more information about the 2006 convention as well as next year's gathering, visit www.amta-ca.org.
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