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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 04
Legislative Alerts in New Mexico and Arkansas
Bills Target State Boards
By Christie Bondurant
Pending legislation in Arkansas and New Mexico threatens the authority of state boards currently charged with oversight of massage therapy regulation in those two states. While the bills differ in substance, both are considered serious threats to the existing bodies that regulate the practice of massage including: the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board. Both the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) have put the bills on the massage community's radar.
Arkansas: House Bill 1162
Arkansas House Bill 1162 is of particular concern as it calls for the transfer of authority now assigned to the massage therapy board to the Arkansas Board of Health. HB 1162 is "an act to abolish the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and to transfer all duties to the Department of Health; and for other purposes" effective July 1, 2009. Introduced on Jan. 22, 2009 by Rep. Beverly Pyle (R), the bill has passed first and second reading and was referred to the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs. The legislative intent of the bill is stipulated in Section 1: "Improve the health of the citizens of Arkansas in an effective and efficient manner; and provide effective administration of the delivery of massage-related programs. It is the intent of the General Assembly to provide an orderly transfer of powers, authorities, duties, and functions of the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy to the State Board of Health and the Department of Health with a minimum disruption of government services and functions and with a minimum expense."
Dena Tabor, executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy, confirmed that the state board is opposed to the bill and said that there was no warning prior to the introduction of the legislation that the state had any issues with the board's competancy or efficiency. In an interview, Tabor said that Rep. Pyle has offered no factual basis as to why this law was introduced.
The bill also includes language to amend the Arkansas Massage Therapy Practice Act and replaces the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy with the State Board of Health and The Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee, consisting of 7 members appointed by the State Board of Health (not the Governor).
As of press time, the office of Rep. Pyle did not respond to inquiry from Massage Today. The bill is still in review. To read the bill in its entirety: www.arkleg.state.ar.us.
New Mexico: House Bill 664
In New Mexico, the Massage Therapy Practice Act, passed for the protection of the public regarding regulation and rules of practice, has been administered successfully by the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board for more than 15 years. But House Bill 664 threatens the current oversight of the board by implementating the "Unlicensed Health Care Practice Act," which moves "bodywork, massage and therapy," into an unlicensed category called "complementary and alternative health care services." To view the entire bill visit: www.nmlegis.gov.
This bill, introduced by Rep. Ken Martinez, came with heavy opposition including a legislative alert put out to the massage community by the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and responses from the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
In a letter addressing Rep. Martinez, Bill Brown, AMTA government and industry relations director, states the serious implications this bill would bring to the profession. "The inclusion of this language will circumvent the Massage Therapy Practice Act and promote the unlicensed practice of massage therapy. This, in turn, will significantly lower the professional standards of education, professional conduct and ethics and provided penalty to licensees in violation of these standards."
According to Peter Lane of the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy, the sponsors have backed off of the specific language that would include "bodywork, massage and therapy" under an unlicensed category after reminder of the thousands of massage therapists, and registered voters, who would be disappointed if a bill with this language passed.
Lane encourages therapists in every state to voice their concerns to their representatives in regards to legislation, and speculates that language like this can "spread like a bad disease," if not remedied immediately.
Just as the New Mexico Board of Massage Therapy has taken action, the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy has opposed HB 1162, and contacted Rep. Pyle for a meeting to discuss the details and reasoning behind this bill, according to Tabor. As of press time, Tabor has not heard back from Rep. Pyle. Susie Byrd, president of the Arkansas massage board, asks massage therapists to contact their representatives to oppose HB 1162.
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