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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 03
Growing Your Business Strong in Any Economy
By Angie Patrick
This time of year reminds me that some things old and once thought dead can have the breath of life infused and be reborn into something new and wonderful. When I drive the path to the office everyday, I see the cherry trees, once barren and lifeless just a month ago now full of life and blossom. The bright white flowers make me realize that in all things there is a hidden life and beauty if you want to take the time and effort required to nurture it.
Do you sometimes feel your practice has become barren and lifeless? Do you long for the miracle of rebirth into a streamlined and profitable business, but do not know how to tend the soil to make your practice blossom? Let's draw an analogy between the growth of a beautiful cherry tree and the growth of your business, and see if you are doing all you can to nurture and care for your business to make it grow.
One of the most important things you can do for your new tree sapling is to properly prepare the soil or foundation for its growth, just as it is important to plan and properly prepare for the foundation of your business. The proper soil amendments will provide the tree with all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to get off to a strong start. This is the type of planning and preparation required for the successful future growth of the tree. The same planning can be done for the successful future growth of your business. Amendments for your practice might include some printed marketing collateral such as business cards, pamphlets, postcards, gift certificates, and incentive cards to help you brand your practice and provide literature for your clients to tell them about the services you can provide. Perhaps it might include the development of a Web site, a larger listing in the Yellow Pages, and an e-mail newsletter with new and exciting facts about your practice and communication with the reader about the health benefits of your services. Maybe you add in professional grade equipment and supplies that speak to the professional you are, as well as the level of professional you are growing to be.
So once you have your soil tended, and your tree planted, caring for the growth does not stop there. You have to make sure you continue to give the tree the proper attention; water and fertilize the root system in order to enable the tree to dig deeply into the soil and remain firmly planted, even when the thunder storms roll in and the strong winds blow. The same can be said for caring for your business. You must have a plan for building a steady stream of clients, and care for their needs fully so your practice grows strong. In these uncertain economic times, a solid practice with regular clients is worth its weight in gold. This type of loyalty from clients is cultivated, and not given freely. Remember, the economy impacts everyone, and everyone is cutting back. Make sure you have established yourself, your knowledge, and your service so favorably with your clients that your services are not one of the things they cut back. Offer them incentives like booking four appointments and get the fifth free. Perhaps offer a free Visa Gift card for $25 when you get a new client as a referral from an existing client. Maybe even offer a dinner for two with any couples massage booked. A gift card for someplace like T.G.I. Fridays or Chili's for $30. These are ways you can ingrain yourself into the good graces of your clients by offering the unexpected, all the while providing quality and professional service.
Our tree is growing and its branches are growing strong. But in every tree's life some pruning is needed in order to make sure the dead wood is removed so the core of the tree remains strong and healthy, and to be certain the tree is growing in the manner you wish it to. Again, your business may also need to be pruned and trimmed from time to time. Take the time to examine your business and see if there are ways you can utilize your advertising budget better, or provide better or stronger content in your newsletters. Take a look at the client list and call them. Clear out any unusable entries and e-mail addresses and keep your database up to date. Look at the results of some of your previous promotional campaigns and see if they were effective. If they were, expand on that idea and push another promotion. If it was ineffective, cut it from future marketing plans and create something new to spruce your message up a bit.
So now, we have a thriving and beautiful tree. It can bend with the wind and survive the winter's bitter cold. It has grown strong, with roots well-established and branches pruned for core growth efficiency. Your practice will also thrive, with roots firmly established in the community you serve, and surplus expenses and database upkeep trimmed to keep the core of the business strong and able to withstand the turbulent tides of our economy. When you take the time to plan and nurture the growth of your garden or your business, you will be rewarded with both beauty and stability, and the security of knowing that your progeny has grown strong and can withstand life's little storms.
Now go out and GROW!
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