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Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
September, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 09
Insuring Your Success
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
When embarking on an alternative health career as a massage and bodywork practitioner, being sued for professional malpractice is not something we usually consider. While a lawsuit against you or your practice might be unimaginable, it still happens.A claim is more likely than we would like to think, especially when we live in such a suit-happy and sometimes greedy society. Even the most careful massage therapist may have something go wrong unintentionally. What are the common claims against therapists, and how can we avoid them? What steps can we take to keep our careers from being jeopardized by nuisance claims?
The essential element in protecting yourself is obtaining and maintaining professional liability insurance. Malpractice and liability insurance protects the therapist from lawsuits filed by a client due to injury or loss. Liability insurance is mandatory to satisfy licensing requirements in states such as Massachusetts, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin, and even in some local, permitting regulatory agencies of California. Spas, clinics and other places of employment typically will require therapists or employees to carry insurance in order to protect themselves and their customers.
Standardized policies offer this additional coverage for places of employment through an additional insured option on the therapists' individual policy. This usually is anywhere from $10 to $50 extra a year (depending on how many places you need listed on your policy) and will cover the named business in case they also are named on a suit. If you're not an employee, liability protection can be expanded by adding your business to the policy whether you're a corporation or a sole proprietor.
Terms and amount of coverage generally is standardized or varies a little, but prices definitely vary. In general, malpractice insurance companies and massage and bodywork associations recommend you have all new clients sign some form of a "release of liability" statement along with the initial intake form. Insurance companies also suggest a claim should be reported as soon as possible. A claim must be reported within 48 hours to most providers.
Claims generally can be categorized into intentional acts or unintentional acts; unintentional acts are more commonly known as negligence. In this article, we will discuss unintentional acts or negligence claims, which can be further defined as failure to perform a degree of learned skills ordinarily possessed by a reputable health care professional.
Be aware malpractice insurance does not cover you when you perform intentional illegal acts or partake in activities not included in your policy. These acts include engaging in sexual misconduct with a client or using modalities beyond your scope of practice. When sexual impropriety takes place, the issue is no longer in the malpractice realm but now becomes a criminal issue. This subject will be discussed in a future issue.
I was able to contact a professional liability insurance provider in order to see what common claims have been occurring recently. After talking with Phil Stump, the president of the American Massage Council, I was able to get the most recent claims data. According to their data, the most popular claim was an unintentional or negligence suit involving physical injury to the client. A majority of these injuries were due to burns from heating pads and hot stones. The other common injuries involved the spine and ribs, and usually resulted from an excessive amount of pressure or disregard for a contraindication of the client.
Here are some examples of recent claims and tips to help you avoid this in your practice:
Ultimately, we are the creators of our own destinies by establishing and following our own professional standards. It is these principles in which we conduct ourselves that the solid foundation of a lasting career can be set.
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