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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
Massage Your Balancing Act
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
In my May column, I talked about how to empower your clients using simple communication skills. It doesn't matter whether you work in a clinic, a spa or as an outcall massage therapist; chances are you have encountered one or more clients who experience feelings of hopelessness and depression because of their physical pain.
Keeping an open dialogue and educating your clients about their bodies, as well as maintaining a positive attitude in the treatment room, are as essential to a client's well-being as the bodywork itself. Sometimes, this is easier said than done - especially when you are in the midst of your own challenges.
As massage therapists, we often are so focused on helping our clients that we neglect our own professional, financial, personal and spiritual lives. So, how does one go about creating balance in all of these areas? I will walk you through five steps that can help you balance and produce positive changes in any area of your life.
If you've listened to the news in the past couple of months, you've heard the buzz about the economy. Prices for basic goods, services and gas continue to rise, and many experts are predicting some tough times ahead. Obviously, some things - like the economy - are outside of our control. And it's not healthy to expend large amounts of energy on the things we can't control. Rather, what we need to do is focus our efforts on those things in our immediate lives we can control, evaluate the challenges and take steps to overcome them.
In addition to running a massage practice, we all perform various juggling acts. I am on the road several weeks a year teaching seminars, as well as running a clinic and continually working to develop new, and improve upon, existing products. This doesn't take into account trying to maintain a social life and my relationships with friends and family. Perhaps you are dealing with similar issues: running a massage practice, trying to devote more time to yourself and your family, and a host of other personal and professional obligations. So, here is rule number one: It's easier to deal with the stresses of life when you are flexible. There is no doubt challenges constantly will be thrown your way. Maintaining flexibility and a willingness to adjust your plans will make dealing with these challenges much easier.
Five Steps to Positive Change
1. Acknowledge that something is out of balance and needs your attention. No one ever improved a situation by looking the other way. No matter how painful, scary or unpleasant the circumstances, it's generally best to face it squarely.
Professional Challenges. Are you worried about increasing volume or just maintaining your massage practice in this unsettling economy? Try one or more of the following:
Check out my article, "Building Raving Fans," in the April issue of Massage Today for a host of additional practice-building tips.
Financial Challenges. Are you making a decent living or barely making enough money to get by? Hire a financial planner who specializes in small-business money management. A financial planner can help you create a reasonable budget you can stick to; help you plan for retirement and unexpected financial emergencies; and help you get organized so you can see the bigger financial picture down the line. Can't afford to pay a financial planner? Consider trading services with one. Or check out your local bookstore - there are plenty of great books that specialize in financial planning and small businesses.
Personal and Spiritual Challenges. You won't be much good to your clients unless you're taking care of your mental and physical health. Exercise, eat healthier and take time out to recharge your brain and do the things you enjoy.
2. Ask empowering questions that include a specific positive outcome. Ask yourself what you can do right now to immediately improve your situation.
Professional Challenges. Empowering questions include:
Financial Challenges. Empowering questions include:
Personal and Spiritual Challenges. Empowering questions include:
3. Implement change by taking action. The empowering questions you asked in step two will help determine the actions you need to take. There is a saying that goes, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." The key is to start and then constantly move in the direction of the outcome. Don't get frustrated if things don't happen right away. Most things take time to come to fruition - and patience is a virtue.
4. Assess and modify your plan to achieve your outcome. This is where flexibility comes into play. Always prepare for unexpected challenges and try not to get overwhelmed when things don't go exactly right. Instead, ask yourself, "What did I learn today?" When you hit a wall, start at step one and repeat the cycle. Realize there will be occasional bumps in the road. For more about achieving your desired outcomes, check out my article, "The Power of the List," in the January 2007 issue of Massage Today.
5. Maintain a positive outlook. It's important to see the silver lining in everything we do. Most people will never completely understand the challenges we face as massages therapists, but you chose this profession because you wanted to help people. No matter what challenges you are facing, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Stay positive. Take the lemons in your very capable hands and make lemonade.
Join me again next month for more valuable information. Until then, stay focused, be positive and enjoy the process.
Click here for previous articles by David Kent, LMT, NCTMB.
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