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The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
Summer Survival Tips
By Angie Patrick
Summer weather is upon us and it's getting hotter by the day! However, many might be feeling the heat from a different source. With virtually every media outlet espousing the declining state of the economy - the bad housing market, and the price of groceries, oil and gas higher than ever - it's easy to become a bit worried about how to make ends meet.
For many, summertime flags a natural slowing in business as more people opt to spend more time outside, on vacation or relaxing with friends rather than visiting their spa or local therapist. How can you combat this? How can you stand up against the wave of negative forecasts of our economy and the slowing of business? A great way to begin is to change the way you think about yourself and your services. Here are a few ideas to help you get through the summer and not only make ends meet, but also make a little extra!
Make each client count. Typically, we can depend on our regular clientele to come and get their massage. We also calculate in our heads how much money this appointment will net. During slower times, these clients are more important than ever. To make sure you're getting the most out of each session, you should ask yourself a few questions. "Have I done all I can to provide this client with a full array of treatment options?" "Have I offered them each and every home-care item they might need to feel well between visits?" Once you take a moment to evaluate these questions, you might find you're leaving income on the table. Let's take a look at a couple of ways you can improve your bottom line.
Providing your clients with an array of treatment options might sound a little foreign to some. Conventional wisdom dictates you only offer the client what they ask for and no more. Well, those days are over, and good riddance! Many of today's clients are savvy to the offerings in regular day spas and likely are open to having them offered by their preferred therapist. For instance, your 1 p.m. appointment is for a deep-tissue massage. Typically, you charge them your regular rate, and in one hour, you're wrapping up and moving on. What if you had a couple of add-on treatments available for your client to choose from? Something simple like a foot exfoliation and refresher, or perhaps a scalp-massage treatment. Offer these to your client for an additional $15 to $20 each, spend another 10 to 20 minutes, and provide the client with a wonderful a-la-carte experience.
If you already have won the business of the client, make sure you're doing all you can to retain that business and not allow it to be romanced away from you by someone offering a few more "pampering" treatments. There are a number of easy-to-learn protocols available from the Internet, as well as supply companies. Do a little research and learn a few of these jewels to tuck up your sleeve. You would be surprised how many people will take you up on your offer for expanded services.
Some therapists feel uncomfortable selling home care products to their clients. This is a concept I have a difficult time understanding. After all, aren't therapists looked upon to be a health care professional? As a health care professional, shouldn't it be incumbent upon you to provide every opportunity you can to relieve your client's pain or lower their stress? This is what the client expects from you, and if they don't feel you are providing it, they might find someone else who does.
It's not difficult to retail items to your clients. You don't have to be pushy or bold, just earnest in what you suggest. For example, you know your client could benefit from a topical analgesic and yet you don't offer it. The client inevitably will find the information somewhere else and then wonder why you didn't mention it. Another scenario: you have a client you feel would benefit from resistance-band stretching or working on an exercise ball. You express this to your client, and when you see them next, you learn they went to the store and bought everything you suggested. This is indeed good news, as it will help the client. However, you left income on the table because you didn't offer these items for sale. You should think of yourself as a one-stop shop and have a few things on hand you feel comfortable in suggesting so the client can buy them from you instead of the big-box store down the street.
Making the most out of every client opportunity is not anything you should feel badly about. In fact, if you present suggestions from your heart and with the intent to truly help your client, you actually are providing better care. While you're a bit slower in the coming months, take this time to learn a few new mini-protocols. Do a little research about products you might suggest in the future and decide which ones will work best for your practice. Ultimately, make a commitment to "give yourself permission" to branch out a little and try new things. It could add black ink to your bottom line in the long run.
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