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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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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