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If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
December, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 12
Built by the People for the People
By Angie Patrick
It seems the American public is joining together more and more to affect change in our government, our society, and our world. We yearn to make the environments we live in, the economic climates, as well as the global political and socioeconomic climates more comfortable and far more stable.Once we have seen how much better something can be with a little effort put forth, we want to share this information with others. Thus, the groundswell of change begins. This is quite simply human nature and it is an admirable quest; one we have all been exposed to and certainly have been a part of in some form or fashion.
If we can take this same human trait and improve upon our surroundings and share positive and worthwhile information to affect change and turn it to benefit our practices, it is quite feasible that we might see our practices double or even triple in a short time frame. But how can this happen? How do we tap into that human need for sharing good news and information and somehow manage to grow our business? It is not as difficult as you may think. We simply make the public work for us.
By nature, your best friend will unabashedly share with you the enormous 75-percent-off deal she got on the brand new pair of strappy sandals at that absurdly expensive designer store. The same friend will give you insight on the very best place to find sushi, and perhaps even know when "happy hour" is, or even have a "2 for 1" coupon in her purse so you can go and enjoy without breaking the sushi budget. We all know this girl, and we all love her because she is fun, enjoys life, and knows how to get the most out of it.
This is the personality we want to "hire" to grow our business; people who want to enjoy their world, but are not overly extravagant; especially in this uncertain economic climate. So the way to get this "new hire" to work for you is to give them something juicy to share with others. Provide them with the tools they need to be encouraged to share your unbelievable promotion with everyone they know. In no time, the news about your latest promotion will have spread as fast as a funny video on YouTube, and you have done nothing more than plant the seeds.
Your promotion should be something that will motivate the person to want to share the information. Perhaps your promotion is: "Get a free massage when you organize an office-chair massage day." The new hire will be encouraged to share the cool idea about having massage come to the workplace because of her need to improve her environment and that of those she cares about; but this also motivates her personally with the promise of free massage for sharing the idea and facilitating its implementation. So now, we have our friend out there, not only discussing what a great idea it would be to begin massage in her office, but she is sharing it with folks from other offices in her building, as well as at the café where she gets her morning coffee. What a great employee/ambassador we have just hired, and it didn't really cost us a thing!
Promotions can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like to make them. For me, I believe starting out simple makes the most sense. At least until you become an old pro at making these work. For instance, perhaps you offer a free massage for every four massages booked. People will see this as a tremendous value, and may possibly go ahead and book five sessions to make sure they take you up on that offer! This person will likely go back to their workplace and share the information with others. Why not make it simple for them by providing a few business cards with this offer printed in the back? Write their name on the card, and let them know they can earn additional free massages when their friends book five. Who hates free massage? Nobody! And it is a personal incentive to ensure they share the information they want to spread anyway!
Maybe you partner with a bridal store and offer the owner or manager a free massage when they share your information and a bride books a "bridesmaid spa party." How about the same idea at a tuxedo-rental company? Maybe you contact your local jewelers and work out a promotion offering a free massage with the purchase of bridal sets? How about your local travel agent? Offer the agent a free massage when they refer someone and you get a booking for your "pre-vacation" stress-buster massage. This would surely get the potential client in the mood for a relaxing vacation and start the experience off on the right foot!
There are a number of ways to create the extra enthusiasm in people to desire to share good news and great deals. Use your imagination and be creative! Tap into that primal instinct we all have to share good news, and "hire" some new employees to spread the word! No doubt your business will thank you for it!
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