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Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
June 30, 2009
NCBTMB to Launch New Association Offering Insurance
ABMP Welcomes Competition
By Christie Bondurant
In a recent letter to their board members, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced their newly formed association USAMRA (USA Massage Resource Association), a membership association offering insurance among other benefits. The NCBTMB letter also states that at the USAMRA launch it will be the largest massage association in the country, automatically including the more than 91,000 nationally certified massage therapists and bodyworkers. Currently, the NCBTMB along with its public relations company, Penny Ohlmann Neiman, Inc. (PON), is making inquiries to national companies who may be interested in offering benefits to members of the new association.
The letter, obtained by Massage Today, said in part: "NCBTMB and PON are starting to make preliminary inquiries to a number of national companies who may be interested in offering benefits to our newly formed association, the USAMRA (usaMassageResourceAssociation). When it launches, usamra.org will automatically be the largest massage association in the country by some 91,000 members. We can offer companies who choose to partner with us a tremendous promotional value by being part of a robust membership package including insurance and much more - all designed to strengthen the value of NCBTMB by virtue of its relationship with usamra.org."
Responding to the news of plans for the new association, Les Sweeney, the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) president, today sent the following statement (in part) to members of the ABMP:
"... ABMP feels it is entirely within NCBTMB's prerogative to try to find an audience for a new membership association. We are firm believers that any group or entity has the right to compete in the marketplace. After all, ABMP was in a similar position in 1987, when AMTA was the only professional membership organization then serving the field.
"That does not mean, however, that we think NCBTMB's decision to form an association is in its best interest as an organization, or that their doing so will benefit the profession. Birthed by AMTA 18 years ago, NCBTMB was created for the purpose of offering voluntary certification to massage therapists who subscribed to and met high standards of preparation, knowledge, and ethics. Seduced by the attraction of multiplying significantly the number of individuals taking an examination NCBTMB developed, NCBTMB moved into a vacuum, encouraging states to adopt their National Certification Exam for use as a required entrance exam into the profession, even though their exam had not been designed for that purpose. Within the past three years, a new organization - the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards - emerged (with an initial loan from ABMP) and developed the MBLEx, a true entrance examination that quickly garnered the support of both ABMP and AMTA as the entry exam of choice for our profession.
"Both ABMP and AMTA have publicly expressed support for the value of voluntary certification and have encouraged NCBTMB to re-concentrate its energies on serving that original purpose. NCBTMB has resisted that advice, instead aggressively litigating and lobbying to retain a place in entry-level testing and now seeking a new mission to provide professional association services.
"While defending NCBTMB's right to try such a new initiative, ABMP believes that NCBTMB has not earned the right to merit your professional membership affiliation.
"...NCBTMB can secure some sort of insurance, but lacks experience in administering such a program. Their experience in providing practice development and educational content communications is highly limited. As to basic service responsiveness, NCBTMB's record is widely considered by the massage profession to be deplorable. Stories of no live person to answer the phone, timely response to an inquiry, or provide knowledgeable information are legion. NCBTMB has changed the content of their examinations without giving either the massage education community or state licensing boards opportunities for meaningful input.
"...We welcome competition and have learned through experience interacting with AMTA that we can constructively work with them on issues of common concern to the profession even while vigorously competing for members. If NCBTMB moves forward to form USAMRA, we hope to continue to support their certification and continuing education approval activities. Rest assured though: ABMP will work hard to keep you as a member and to ask you to encourage others to share your membership choice."
As of press time, Massage Today was unable to reach NCBTMB. Massage Today will continue to follow this story providing updates as available.
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