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Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
August, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 08
The Importance of Reactivating Clients
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
Where, oh where, have my former clients gone? This is a question we all ask ourselves. Whatever happens to some clients? Was it something we said or something we did or didn't do? In order to be successful and have a full practice, it's important to understand why clients stay and why clients leave your practice.Some of the answers might surprise you. Some reasons make sense and others are beyond our control. Whatever the answers, information is power and it's imperative to the success of your business to understand what is happening and what you can do about it.
So, you have been seeing a client for several years and, all of a sudden, they disappear. They don't reschedule and they don't call. What happened? Well, short of asking them (and I do suggest that therapists survey some of their closer clients for these answers), you cannot assume you know the answer.
Some of the reasons clients discontinue treatment are: relocation; job change; loss of job; they are not getting the same value or perceived benefits; they are not interested in trying new modalities in health care; loss of interest; they found a more suitable therapist for them at that time; they are no longer satisfied with the services; they had a bad experience; they don't have a good reason and finally, you are out of sight, out of mind.
As you can see from the list, some things have nothing to do with you and would not warrant you trying to reactivate them. If a client moves out of state, unless they come back to visit friends, you are not likely to see them on your table again. Depending on how long your therapeutic relationship has been, you may have known about their relocation in advance.
I have found that when most clients discontinue treatment, they do so because you have slipped from their minds and consciousness. You know the saying, "Out of sight, out of mind." Nothing could be truer in the massage industry, especially in the absence of pain. If your client is in pain, massage may be at the forefront of their minds. If you provide relaxation and maintenance massages, you easily might slip from people's minds as they go about their daily activities.
So, what to do? REACTIVATE THEM. After all, reactivating is easier and less expensive then drumming up new clients. Since you already have enjoyed a therapeutic relationship with these people, they trust you, they like you and they have an affinity for massage. In essence, they are already trained. All you have to do is plant the seed and call them back into your practice. You might need to provide an incentive, but it's well worth it.
Here is what reactivation looks like in my practice. When I have not seen a client for about two months, I send a handwritten letter. I find the personal touch is better and clients seem to respond more favorably than an e-mail or phone call. In it, I say that I am thinking of them, that I hope they are well and taking care of themselves and that I am here for them if they need a massage. That's it. Sometimes I follow it up with a phone call a week later, but often the phone is ringing before I get the chance.
The response is amazing. I have about a 75 percent reactivation success rate. My former clients are delighted I thought of them and wished them well. They are surprised I took the time to contact them and they usually are very anxious to resume the therapeutic relationship.
Reactivation does not have to be complicated and can be very successful. If you go through your files on a monthly basis, you probably can find a few clients each month to reach out to. I send about two or three reactivation letters each month and it keeps the energy of the practice flowing. If you really believe in taking care of your clients, this step should be very easy for you.
Now that you have them back in your practice, you must keep them there. Remember, they probably dropped off because you were out of sight and out of mind. So how do you fix that? Well, that's a topic for another article.
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