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Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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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