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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 25, 2011
NCBTMB Plans to Transform Approved Provider/CE Program
PRESS RELEASE - Continuing education (CE) is a vital part of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) certification programs. Their Approved Provider (AP) program has 1700 APs who provide continuing education to the profession.Over the past decade, adherence to national standards for CE has helped NCBTMB's AP/CE program become a standard in the industry - recognized by many state massage therapy boards, schools and other stakeholders across the country.
As the massage and bodywork profession continues to mature and evolve, it is important CE evolves too. That is why NCBTMB plans to review, reassess and restructure their Approved Provider/Continuing Education Program in 2011.
"There is a critical need to ensure relevant continuing education," said NCBTMB Chair Alexa Zaledonis. "What has worked for the last decade may not serve the profession as we work to better define, differentiate and identify continuing education for the future of massage in our country. Our goal is to assure appropriate learning opportunities whether the practitioner is a recent graduate, practicing professional or seeking advanced skills. This stratification is important as we prepare to introduce an advanced practice examination."
As part of the evolutionary process, NCBTMB is soliciting input from massage organizations, subject matter experts, approved providers, schools, certificants and state board representatives to engage in high-level discussions. Topics of discussion include enhancing and defining levels of continuing education offered to practitioners; identifying appropriate modalities and acceptable content for the evolving profession; and developing concise entry-level through advanced-level descriptors to aid practitioners in selecting continuing education.
"Increasingly, we believe the medical community is going to depend on certification standards defined by the new Advanced Practice Certification - to identify practitioners who have attained the education and experience necessary to join conventional and integrative healthcare teams and provide evidence-based treatment plans that enhance patient health outcomes," said NCBTMB CEO Paul Lindamood. "Continuing education must be viewed by the medical community and consumers as a solid component of a credible profession, defining and sustaining best practices at all levels."
View NCBTMB Approved Provider/Continuing Education Overview & Program Brief at: www.ncbtmb.org/11jan_11_APCE_Brief_E.pdf
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