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Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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?
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
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.
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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