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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.
April, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 04
Oklahoma Introduces Massage Bill
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
On Feb. 4, Republican Rep. Denney Lee introduced to the Oklahoma legislature House Bill 3199, the Massage Therapy Practice Act, which provides licensure for the state's therapists and massage schools. Revised after some controversial language was removed, the bill will go into effect Oct. 1, 2008, if passed.
Under the original version of the bill, nonresident members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) - and only the AMTA - would have been exempt from state oversight. This prompted the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) to express its concerns and objections over this word choice to AMTA Oklahoma chapter Government Relations Chair Scott Rayburn. ABMP also issued a statement to its members which read, in part, "[T]he language also exempting a practitioner described 'as a member of a nonprofit organization which is tax exempt under 26 United States Codes Annotated, Sec. 501(c) (Internal Revenue Code)' takes it a step too far. Because of the AMTA's technical tax status as tax exempt, AMTA members from out of state would be able to practice without a license in Oklahoma while other out-of-state practitioners could not. This is unacceptable and discriminatory." According to Rayburn and the AMTA, "We've modified the language in the bill to accommodate them. We struck that whole sentence regarding the tax-exempt status."
If passed in October, the bill establishes the creation of a seven-member Oklahoma Massage Therapy Advisory Committee under the authority of the Oklahoma State Board of Health. According to the bill, these seven members will be appointed as follows:
"Two members who shall be licensed massage therapists with at least three (3) years of massage therapy practice and who are actively engaged in the practice of massage therapy during the members' tenure shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for terms of four (4) years. ... Two members who shall be licensed massage therapists with at least three (3) years of massage therapy practice and who are actively engaged in the practice of massage therapy during the members' tenure shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate for terms of four (4) years. ... Three members shall be appointed by the Governor for terms of four (4) years as follows: a. one member shall be a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy with no financial interest, direct or indirect, in the profession of massage therapy ... b. one member shall be a licensed massage therapy school instructor ... c. one member shall be a member of the public who has not been licensed and has no financial interest, direct or indirect, in the profession of massage therapy."
Also according to the bill, the committee will serve to advise the board about "scope and standards of practice; licensure requirements, examination requirements, exceptions thereto, renewal requirements, temporary licensure and endorsement or reciprocity requirements; methods and requirements for ensuring the continued competence of licensed persons; grounds for probation, revocation or suspension of license and reinstatement provisions; fees; and other matters which may pertain to the practice of massage."
The bill also states that, "Individuals practicing massage under this act shall not perform any of the following: diagnosis of illness or disease; high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust; electrical stimulation; application of ultrasound; use of any technique that interrupts or breaks the skin; or prescribing medicines."
Emergency response is an increasingly important facet of the massage profession. The bill addresses the possibility that practitioners from other states could be present and offer massage services during an emergency. "Any nonresident person holding a current license, registration or certification in massage therapy from another state or recognized national certification system determined as acceptable by the Board when temporarily present in this state for the purpose of providing massage therapy services as part of an emergency response team working in conjunction with disaster relief officials or at special events such as conventions, sporting events, educational field trips, conferences, traveling shows or exhibitions."
The bill also stipulates certain bodywork practices that are exempted from the law including Asian bodywork, acupressure, jin shin do, qigong, reiki, shiatsu, tuina, polarity therapy, Rolfing, Hellerwork, soma neuromuscular integration, Feldenkrais, Rolf movement integration, Trager work and body-mind centering.For more information or to view the revised text of the bill, visit www.okcoalition.org. Contact the AMTA at www.amtamassage.org and the ABMP at www.abmp.com.
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