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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
What Became of IMA?
By Ramon G. McLeod, Editor-in-Chief
In early March of this year, calls went out from Will Green, owner and founder of the International Massage Association (IMA), to at least two major players in the massage insurance industry.Green wanted to know whether there was any interest in buying the liability insurance business that IMA had begun in 1994.
Once a major insurer for the massage community, IMA at its peak boasted more than 30,000 members. But, by early 2010 the association had shrunk to no more than 15,000 members, sources familiar with the discussions said. Nevertheless, the company still appeared to be a viable business, these sources said.
But, these sources said, something was wrong.
While their stories varied on some of the details, all said that Green allegedly made a number of statements in meetings that pointed to a troubling issue: IMA was in financial straits. Both of the established companies would eventually pull out of the sales talks with Green. A third company, new to the insurance business at that time, also ended talks.
Green, despite repeated attempts and interview requests, has refused to discuss publicly what has happened to his company.
According to one of the sources, "The big question was 'why' come to us? ...Then I was told that (IMA's) insurance broker had resigned from the risk group."
An interview with the owner of the brokerage firm, Utah-based Stratus Insurance, Inc., confirmed that the relationship between the two businesses had been severed. Central to the breakup was a dispute over more than $500,000 that involved premiums for policies underwritten by Markel Insurance Company.
IMA members got their first inklings of serious problems on April 8, when a posting on the IMA Web site said that it could no longer offer new policies to members. Then, on June 21, an e-mail was sent to past and present members stating that the company had ceased selling insurance on April 22 because its insurance agent had resigned.
Earlier that month, the registration for a "risk purchasing group" called Health and Beauty Purchasing Group, was cancelled. Federal law requires registration in the states where such a group is expected to do business under those laws. The Health and Beauty Purchasing Group was formed to purchase insurance for IMA.
In an interview, Chicago-based attorney Daniel V. O'Leary said he cancelled the registration in June. He said he was brought in by Green and Stratus in 2009 to finish getting the group registered in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. When Stratus resigned as IMA's broker, that left the association without a broker to represent it. Green was unable to find a new broker quickly, O'Leary said, and without one, the purchasing group could not continue.
While unfamiliar with the financial situation at IMA, he said that a serious dispute had erupted between Green and Stratus. "There was a lot of 'he said, she said' going on at the time, and we decided to cancel the group," O'Leary said.
By late June, IMA had ceased selling insurance and members were told that the business had been turned over to the National Association of Massage Therapists, a non-profit company located in Virginia. Sources present at the meetings where Green discussed the sale of the business have said that Green told them he needed to sell as a direct result of more than $500,000 in member premiums that is central to a dispute with his former insurance broker.
Meanwhile, properties that Green owns in Warrenton, Va., including IMA headquarters, are currently $7,800 in arrears on property taxes, public records show. The headquarters building is also up for sale for $2 million.
While Green has refused to publicly describe the situation, the owner of the insurance brokerage firm, Bret VanLeeuven, said in an interview that his company, Stratus, "cancelled him, not the the other way around...He owes us close to seven figures." Sources have said that Stratus believes it is owed at least $800,000 from Green and IMA.
The relationship between Green and VanLeeuven began around 2004, VanLeeuven said. Stratus, like other insurance brokers of its type, acquires the policies that insure the premium payers from liability claims.
Two of the sources who were solicited by Green to buy IMA said that statements were made at their meetings that suggested that Stratus had failed to properly acquire policies in several of the years since 2004, an allegation that VanLeeuven strongly denies. "Every premium that was collected was passed on to the appropriate parties," he said. "Our business has been audited many times, we held up our part of the contract," he said.
"And the bottomline is that as far as Stratus is concerned, every claim that was made was paid. There have been no complaints about unpaid valid claims. Every state has some kind of insurance commission and I defy anyone to find a complaint made against us," he said.
Green has not responded to numerous requests for an interview about IMA's financial status. Written questions were sent as well and questions posed to him were these:
Editor's Note: If you have had issues with either of IMA's insurance operations, please contact .
Associate Editor Christie Bondurant contributed to this report.
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