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Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
Certification in California
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
Editor's note: On Sept. 27, 2008, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed California Senate Bill 731 into law. While the legislation does not mandate licensure or explicitly define scope of practice, it establishes a two-tiered voluntary certification process and a nonprofit Massage Therapy Organization that will oversee certification.Individuals certified by the organization will be exempt from local (city) massage practice acts, while those not opting for certification will remain under local oversight and will no longer be able to use the title "certified massage therapist," "certified massage practitioner," or any other term/title that suggests certification. Dixie Wall, California therapist and contributing editor to MT, explains why this legislation is so important to the California massage profession in the following article.
The passing of this massage bill was a long-anticipated step for most California massage therapists, who have been burdened by local ordinances and regulatory agencies in each city in which they have chosen to work. Why am I so exhilarated? Certification will not only convey professionalism as health care practitioners, but will also establish a uniform standard for our profession here in California. It will reduce complications that continue to frustrate therapists within the state by establishing a portable, single, statewide standard.
While some remain opposed to this idea, recent surveys conducted by AMTA-CA (the bill's sponsor) and ABMP have shown a majority are in favor of statewide regulation. Beverly May, AMTA-CA government relation co-chair, explains: "Both AMTA-CA and ABMP were in agreement regarding provisions such as full grandfathering and preemption of local ordinances. Those who prefer to work under their local massage ordinances, or in areas having none, can continue to do so as long as those local jurisdictions don't require the new state [regulation] for practice."
May continued, "We began with a fairly broad principle: If there is going to be regulation, one state regulation is preferable to multiple and vastly differing vice ordinances. It has been our experience after at least three decades of working on repeal or reform of local ordinances that very little progress is possible at that level."
In the past few years, great legislative progress has been made by Senate Bill 412, as well as the current bill. S.B.412 concluded long battles over education requirements and settled the language disputes with the California Chiropractic Association. Shortly thereafter, S.B.731 moved quickly, including passage through two of the required Senate policy committees before passing the full state Senate.
Unfortunately, S.B.731 stalled in Assembly Appropriations during the first year of its two-year session. The bill was then amended to remove the requirement for a written report. Due to several political issues, bundles of bills, including S.B.731, were put into a "suspense file" at the last hearing in August 2007. The explanation for that decision was fear of further offsetting the new California state budget because of the cost of the bill. Ironically, the implementation of S.B.731 will instead generate money for the state in the long run.
However, the bill passed both the Senate and the Assembly in August 2008. It then sat on Gov. Schwarzenegger's desk, among hundreds of other bills awaiting his signature or veto. The accumulation occurred during California's delay in passing the budget, and Schwarzenegger's promise not to sign any bills until the budget had been passed. The governor set an all-time record with the tardiest budget in California history. However, slow as this bill was to come, we were fortunate to receive the governor's signature. By Sept. 27, he had set another record by vetoing the largest amount of bills of any other governor in four decades.
The bottom line is that finally we will be regulated by experts of massage and bodywork regulation, rather than local police departments. And instead of our annual visit to the department vice squad, we will renew every two years by mail. The first certificates will be issued as early as September 2009. The education requirements vary according to the two-tier system and include several other factors with grandfathering clauses: You must be 18 years or older, have fingerprints taken, a background check, and pay a fee.
The next step, according to May, is "finding funds and creating a massage therapy organization board." This board will include, among others, representatives of the League of California Cities, the California Association of Private and Post-Secondary Schools, and the California State Association of Counties. May explains, "Our Board will consist of representatives and trusted experts that will regulate [certificants] and act as advocates for our profession."
S.B.731 establishes an efficient and practical way of regulation while adding professional recognition similar to other forms of alternative health care modalities. After years of tribulation, California massage practitioners will now be united and be able to take a crucial step forward.
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