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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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
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.
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?
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.
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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