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First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
February, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 02
The Money Trap
What Do Your Fees Say About You?
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
Jennifer is a talented CranioSacral Therapist who cringes whenever I broach the subject of raising her fees. "How can I?" she asks, comparing her rates yet again to those of a well-known therapist in her city who barely charges more.
Comparing yourself to other therapists is one of several money traps you may fall into in your own practice. The problem is, when you let your fear dictate your peace and prosperity, your clients may end up paying even more dearly than you do.
Consider this: Do you feel less than fulfilled with your fees? If so, there's likely a hidden fear that's stopping you from embodying your self-worth. When you acknowledge that fear and find a healthy way to address it, you open the channel to greater prosperity. And you give your clients the opportunity to gain even deeper transformation from your work.
Money Mirror of Love
When it comes to your finances, do you typically experience cycles of feast or famine? Do you charge healthy fees yet still find yourself complaining of empty pockets? Those are symptoms that you're struggling with the money mirror of love, which reflects your fear that people won't love or accept you if you make more than they do.
Ultimately, what you really want most in this case is a sense of connection. But how can you connect with your clients in a way that's as empowering for them as it is for you? Try this breakthrough belief on for size: "I help other people more when I model a healthy acceptance of my own achievement and abundance."
When you accept that your natural ability to attract money actually serves other people, you'll see the wisdom in no longer playing small. And you'll experience the joy of giving and receiving more from your hands-on gifts.
Money Mirror of Boundaries
Have you ever wanted to raise your fees, but believed your clients wouldn't pay more? Do you frequently give in when you're asked for a discount? Or participate in a lot of hands-on trades?
You're struggling with the money mirror of boundaries, which reflects the limiting belief that other people getting what they want is more important than you are.
Here's the brutal truth: When you take away someone's right to decide what they will or won't pay, you rob them of personal power.
To break through this money mirror, make a list of 30 results people get from working with you. Get crystal clear on the transformation your work provides. Then stand firmly inside your own boundaries, knowing you never have the right to decide anything on behalf of your clients. Only they can decide for themselves, and that's true empowerment.
Money Mirror of Courage
When someone asks about your fees, do you feel yourself shrink inside? Do you do your best to keep your rates low and rarely raise them? Those are signs you're reflecting the money mirror of courage, which symbolizes your desire to serve rather than stand out in the crowd.
To break through the faulty belief that who you are isn't special or significant, start by having compassion for yourself. Treat yourself gently and understand that it's only fear blocking you from charging what you're worth. Then choose the date you're going to raise your fees.
When you face your fear of charging more and discover that good things happen as a result, you embrace your inner power. And you can enjoy the fruit of your income even more.
Money Mirror of Deservability
Do you give away your services or feel guilty when you're not doing more? Do you compare yourself with other practitioners the way Jennifer does? That's a sure sign you're dealing with the issue of deservability, which indicates the fear that you're not quite good enough as you are.
When you accept that you're perfect right here and right now, and you allow yourself to appreciate the benefits your clients get from your work, you begin to act from a place of expansion. And you model for others that they're more than good enough as well.
Remember, money is a measure of the impact you're making in the world. When you shatter your money mirrors, you and your clients will enjoy healthier results.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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