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NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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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