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Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
January, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 01
How to Make Word-of-Mouth Marketing Work for You
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
When it comes to getting new client referrals, it is great when you can depend on your current clients word-of-mouth marketing. Those trust-inspiring testimonials that take place when satisfied clients tell their friends about you can make all the difference and lead the way for a successful business. But here's the secret: Effective word-of-mouth marketing doesn't happen by accident. You may be a gifted therapist with scores of satisfied clients. However, once these clients leave your office, they don't think about you. Instead, they think about how great they feel and then go on with their busy lives.
That's why you need a plan to rev up your word-of-mouth marketing engine. Follow these five simple steps and you'll bring in new referrals before you know it.
Step 1: Make a Profile of Your Perfect Patient
Not all referrals are created equal. Remember that client who never stopped complaining? Or the one who wanted to lie on the table and have you "fix" him? You may not want more of those same attitudes on your table in the future. Before you ask for referrals, be selective of who you ask. Take time to jot down a personality profile of your ideal client; those people who gave you more energy, more joy. Note: To get a complete picture, include both demographics (facts like age, gender and occupation) and psychographics (characteristics that focus on lifestyles, attitudes and preferences).
Step 2: Put Your Request in Writing
Do you get tongue-tied asking for a referral? There's no need to put yourself on the spot. Simply draft a referral letter to your current clients (the ones you would like to have more of). Tell those "perfect patients" how much you would enjoy filling your practice with others just like them. Then ask if they know anyone else who can benefit from your services. When your request comes from the heart, that warmth is likely to be appreciated - and returned.
Step 3: Be Effective, Get Specific
Remember that old computer adage, "Garbage in, garbage out"? The same concept applies when you're asking someone to "Google" their mental database for referral prospects. The more specific your input, the more effective the results.
For CranioSacral therapists, I recommend: "CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, light-touch approach that releases tensions in the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax and self-correct." Being specific will help your clients identify solid prospects and pass on a good word about you.
Step 4: Offer a Risk-Free Step
No matter how strong your ethics or boundaries are - a therapeutic relationship that relies on touch is still considered an intimate one by your clients. Even someone who is referred may not feel comfortable enough to climb right onto your table. That is why it helps to buildrapport with prospective patients by suggesting a risk-free next step. Ask your clients to steer prospects to your Web site where you will invite them to the risk-free next step: a 15-minute phone consultation (at absolutely no charge to them).
Step 5: Make It a Habit
The easiest way to get consistent referrals is to take consistent action. Make it a habit. Create a referral letter template on your computer. Then, whenever you work with someone you enjoy, personalize that letter and pop it in the mail with some business cards.
When your word-of-mouth marketing system becomes second nature, it will take on a life of its own and breathe new life into your practice.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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