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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.
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."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07
Massage Board and MBLEx Under Fire
By Christie Bondurant
Budget cuts and a new amendment to an Oregon bill threaten the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT) along with the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), the current primary exam accepted for licensure in Oregon.
The seemingly innocuous House Bill 2059 requires health professional licensees to report prohibited conduct of another licensee to regulatory boards. But it has now caught the attention of some major massage therapy associations due to a recent amendment that came as a surprise to the associations.
The bill, introduced late last year, has meandered unopposed through various bodies of government for about five months, until May when the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) proposed an amendment to the bill requiring the OBMT to accept their national certification exams. The new amendment, HB 2059-A7, states: "The board shall accept passage of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork examination of another board-approved national standardized examination as meeting the written examination requirement contained in this paragraph."
The Senate Committee on Health Care and Veterans Affairs held a public hearing discussing the bill on May 12, 2009. Representatives from the NCBTMB were there to propose the amendment to the committee as well as outwardly make accusations against the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) portraying the association as a for-profit insurance company. The ABMP was not present at the hearing to testify in defense and was unaware of the new amendment until after the hearing.
The next day, the ABMP released a statement addressing the members of the committee. In the letter, Jean Robinson, ABMP government relations director, called NCBTMB representative Jackson Williams' claims against the ABMP false and added background and explanation to the genesis of the MBLEx.
Robinson wrote: "In his testimony, Jackson Williams, the representative from the NCBTMB, characterized ABMP as a for-profit insurance company that masterminded an elaborate scheme to create a new exam, an easier one than the national certification exam offered by NCBTMB, in order to 'increase the number of licensees so they can regulate more people, collect more fees, sell more liability insurance policies.'"
Robinson added: "Unfortunately, the committee only heard the NCBTMB's perspective, which differs from most in the profession. The NCBTMB lobbied for more than ten years pursuing and persuading states to adopt the NCBTMB exam as a de facto licensing exam and were successful in maintaining their monopoly and power over the profession. ... Years ago the massage regulatory and education communities approached the NCBTMB board with serious concerns about administration of the exam, incompetent customer service issues causing applicants delay in entering the profession, and the NCBTMB creating policies that did not comply with existing statures in states. NCBTMB ignored the concerns and did nothing to improve their processes. The regulatory boards had no other choice than to form their own organization and develop their own examination."
When asked to comment about the amendment as well as the accusations made against the ABMP, the NCBTMB released this statement: "We are pleased that the Senate Health Committee of the Oregon Legislature voted to restore recognition of the National Certification Exam for licensure purposes. This Committee, which is comprised of health policy experts, heard from all stakeholders and weighed the arguments pro and con. Our sense was that the senators found that the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists was unable to offer a convincing rationale for refusing to allow applicants to choose our exam. ... We look forward to building a productive working relationship with the Board going forward." NCBTMB chose not to comment further on Williams' claims against the ABMP.
However, the exam is not the only concern on MBLEx supporter's minds nor is it the only large issue facing the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists. In the current struggle to address a $4.4 billion budget gap, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski is proposing cutting costs by eliminating certain state bodies, including the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists. In a speech addressing the city club of Portland on May 15, Gov. Kulongoski compared the state's financial status to the current American car manufacturer's financial woes. He said, "GM is going to have to live without Pontiac even though there are probably millions of loyal supporters too. I get that. But the money simply isn't there anymore. Some government functions have to go, at least for the foreseeable future. Oregon state government can no longer be all things to all people. That's why I am asking the Legislature to suspend a wide variety of agencies, boards and commissions." The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists was included in the governor's list of boards to be suspended.
Without a board to regulate licensing examinations, then HB 2059, if passed, would require the NCBTMB exam to be taken.
For information on the 2009-11 budget including a summary analysis of the governor's recommended budget go to: www.leg.state.or.us/budget/home.htm.
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