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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
Associations Respond to IMA Owner
By Christie Bondurant
Adverse statements made by the owner and founder of the financially-troubled International Massage Association (IMA), once a major insurer for the massage therapy community, have created quite a stir among the major massage associations he recently called out in an email blast to IMA members.
The email sent to IMA members was in apparent response to the Massage Today article "What Became of IMA?" that reported on the financial demise of IMA and its owner, Will Green. While Green admits some fault in his company's failure, rather than addressing a current policy holder's basic concerns (i.e. their present insurance coverage) -- he devotes a large part of his email to slamming other massage organizations and the types of insurance they provide.
He also seems to use the email as a platform to market his new insurance company, the National Association of Massage Therapists (NAMT), which he states is soon-to-be managed by the Health & Beauty Association (HBA). HBA lists the same address and phone number as soon-to-be defunct IMA on their Web site.
Green names nearly all of the major organizations that offer liability insurance to massage practitioners including: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, American Massage Therapy Association, American Massage Council, Hands-On Trade Association, Massage Magazine and Alternative Therapy Association, providing various reasons as why NAMT is superior to them. Massage Magazine did not respond to requests for comment. (Green's complete email sent to IMA members can be found here.)
In turn, five out of six of the associations named have responded to Green's statements and sent their responses to Massage Today. The following are those responses received from ABMP, AMTA, AMC, HOTA and ATA. (Some statements given were summarized for this article.)
Mr. Green and IMA ran into trouble, as he admits, by not focusing on the fundamental aspects of his business, including not keeping up with his obligation to pay his insurance carrier. By contrast, ABMP's current leadership team has been managing the organization for 14 years. In that time, ABMP became the largest professional association in the field, all while maintaining a stable membership fee and dramatically increasing the value of our membership.
Unlike IMA, which shuttled among multiple insurance companies, ABMP has enjoyed a solid, strong relationship with our A.M. Best "A" rated insurance underwriter for the past decade, and our insurance broker for the past 13 years.
Mr. Green reached out to ABMP in March, when he knew his organization was in trouble. We paid attention because we did not want to see 15,000 massage therapists be left out in the cold. But, after investigation, we determined we were not prepared to potentially put at risk the health of our own organization and our 72,000 members, considering the problems surrounding the IMA Group.
In a response to an article in Massage Today about the demise of the International Massage Association (IMA), its owner, Will Green, refers to many issues of liability insurance coverage provided by massage therapy organizations. AMTA does not know why in his statement Will Green has referred to a relationship with AMTA regarding liability insurance, as we have never had discussions on insurance with him. Perhaps this is a typo in his email.
We would like to respond to his statements about the liability insurance of massage therapy organizations. It is very important for massage therapists to understand the differences between massage therapy organizations, the benefits they provide, how they are financially structured and supported and the type of liability insurance policy they provide... Because AMTA is a public company owned by its members...
AMTA annually releases information on its finances. We believe our members have the right to know about our financial health, including the security of our liability insurance policy... AMTA and our insurance coverage are very financially sound.
We declined to do business with Mr. Green because we found him often to be 'factually challenged'. AMC rescinded its offer to purchase IMA's insurance operations because Mr. Green admitted to us that he had not paid over all of the premium money from his members to the insurance company to which it was intended.
Mr. Green does not understand how master policies work. Neither AMC, nor any other company of which I am aware, has an overall annual cap on the number of claims that its members can submit. If Mr. Green is telling the truth that he agreed to that, then his members were badly served by his decision.
Mr. Green also apparently does not understand how claims made coverage works. It is absolutely untrue that if any of our members leaves AMC that they 'have no coverage for past claims.' Claims made coverage is cheaper that gives substantial savings every year. In the event that someone leaves AMC for another company within the first five years, that member pays a small additional amount of money to be able to continue to report claims. After five years of membership, there is no additional charge for reporting claims but the savings continue.
Michael J. Schroeder, Vice-President and General Counsel for the American Massage Council
The insurance carrier for Hands-On Trade Association (HOTA) is Markel American Insurance Company. Their AM Best rating is A (excellent) XIII. Markel is a U.S. based company with over $1.25 billion in assets. Their long-term outlook as of July 20, 2010 is A+.
HOTA has been very pleased with the relationship and service provided by Markel. They provide excellent coverage, have superior claims service, and pay claims in a timely manner.
HOTA has been serving our members with integrity for over 10 years. Our membership continues to grow.
Judi Calvert, President and CEO of HOTA
As a professional and a association founder of ATA (The Alternative Therapy Association) It is with sadness over the past few months I have witnessed so many trying to make sense of what IMA has done. Since my personal and professional philosophy is to embrace those in the industry, provide a non-competitive energy and always respect the path of others, ATA continues to simplify our response to IMA concerns by letting interested parties make their own evaluation while we provide ATA facts and knowledge about our program and groups.
We believe the professional out there is knowledgeable and are confident that they will make the right choice for their personal and professional needs at exactly the right time with who is right for them. Our facts remain that ATA is a BBB accredited business and our insurance underwriters, agents and associates are respectable leaders in the industry. They are financially stable companies based in the U.S. and have a solid financial forecast as well as a A+ rating for our insurance underwriters. Facts we provide our members and guest upfront.
With Gratitude, Kim Henderson
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