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Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
January, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 01
Will Health Care Reform Benefit Massage Therapists?
By Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT
As the American Medical Association stated in its AMA News: "Your guess is as good as anyone's." Well if they don't know, I'm sure I don't know. However, I am trying to keep you in the loop as much as I can in these early stages of health care reform.
First, I want to thank all of you wonderful readers who have taken the time to correspond with me in reference to my articles. Next I want to thank Massage Today for allowing me to share insurance and other business-building ideas as a columnist since its January 2001 inception. Also, I wish everyone a beautiful, safe, healthy, successful and happy new year.
Reading, studying and watching every health care news article, subscribing to dozens of Web sites and health care reform outlets and sitting in on many conferences to keep up on this health care reform stuff has been overwhelming, and I am ready to pull out my hair. But I love it, what can I say? I love trying to find any and all loopholes we might possibly be able to crawl through. About three of the health care reform bills state that discrimination will be eliminated. This means that all state-licensed or certified health care providers will have to be recognized and reimbursed. The House and Senate bills may ultimately not be our answers, even though some information like this may be extremely helpful. Then again, what would be their definition of "health care provider"?
I will be asking for assistance with some projects from each of you who really want to increase your clientele and your income as you move ahead in the health care arena. It will not be easy. It will be fun, rewarding and time-consuming. Are you willing to help? If so, send me an e-mail at . I will save your e-mail after I read it and will be back to you with any updated news and with information on the help we need to move us forward.
Today, I attended an hour-long health care telephone conference on the federal ERISA Guidelines. ERISA (Employee Retirement Insurance Security Act) is the federal act that governs many issues of employer and employee finances. For us it means that if we are not allowed to be insurance company "in-network" providers who will reimburse for services in employer group plans, we are losing hundreds of thousands of client prospects and income dollars because the majority of those covered by insurance are through their employer group plans. Since ERISA is a federal law, it supersedes state laws that require insurance companies to reimburse massage therapists, such as in Florida and Washington.
In reflecting on the ERISA call, it seems that hour and 10 minutes was much of a waste. The presenter (though obviously extremely knowledgeable on ERISA), was speaking in what seemed to be a foreign language. He also had to present a week's class in an hour. Needless to say, he rushed through it so fast that it was not only impossible to understand him, but it was impossible to keep up with the presentation he zipped through with only one or two seconds per slide. I have downloaded some of that presentation that was sent in advance and try to match my seven pages of written notes to the 165 slides in the presentation.
However, the good news is that he allowed us to ask questions. I and one other gentleman had the only two questions he accepted. My question: Why doesn't the ERISA Self-Insured Employer Group Health Plans directly reimburse health care providers who are state-licensed and/or certified? Meanwhile, ERISA is willing to reimburse other health care providers, often costing more, who in turn hire the state-licensed providers to do the actual work?
His answer, the best I could decipher it at high speed and in a foreign accent was this: "They [ERISA] will pay for the services a state-licensed provider provides, but if you are not a provider in the network, they will send the patient the money. The patient will then most often take the money and run." He then added, "You can get the patient's credit card on file. Then, if the payment is sent to the patient and they don't bring in the check, you can charge their credit card."
The best part of that conference is now I have his e-mail and phone number. He told me to contact him off line and he will discuss it more thoroughly. Time allowing, I will get to that this before my next article.
I want to always be sure that we as a profession can find any loophole to slide through and not be eliminated as practitioners who are directly reimbursed for the services we perform.
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