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Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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.
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.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
March 3, 2011
Take It to the Top Summit, Earn Up to 12 CEs
PRESS RELEASE - "Take It to the Top" Summit is an event, held at the Park Vista Doubletree Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on April 16-17, 2011, for massage professionals around the country with a selection of 12 top successful educators in the industry.This "Take It To The Top" Summit is to motivate, educate and inspire therapists everywhere as they learn how to build their own business, become independent, accept physician referrals, and bill insurance for their services. Attendees can earn up 12 CEs while learning a multitude of motivational, inspiring and workable marketing and business-building strategies. As a bonus, attendees will also receive a 27 CE Home Study Course.
Vivian Madison-Mahoney, coordinator of the Summit, is a 26-year veteran licensed massage therapist in Florida and Tennessee. She owned and operated her own extremely successful massage practice for 15 years in Palm Beach County, Florida where she was the first LMT to ever specialize in injury and disability cases, accepting insurance for payment of services. Over 172 physicians referred patients to her, helping to build her clientele to over 498 patient visits per month with the help of up to 14 therapists working for her. Vivian moved to Gatlinburg in 1998, a life-long dream come true. Now Vivian has decided it's time that she took her abilities and dreams, once again, to the top by creating this exciting event full of education, giveaways, and live entertainment in beautiful Gatlinburg, Tenn.
To enhance the Summit, Vivian has chosen Quentin Flagg to be the star entertainer along with other local performers to keep the crowd entertained. Only 27 years old, he is a dynamo. The Rock 'n' Roll Crooner, aka "The Hoosier Hurricane," Quentin keeps you guessing what style of music he is going to sing and dance to next. He will be singing hits from all eras, such as the styles of Bobby Darin, Elvis, John Mellencamp, Neil Diamond, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Brian Setzer, the 50s and 60s rock 'n' roll, and many, many more. He has opened for country star Tracy Byrd, the Drifters, and performed with Jim Belushi. He has entertained in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, England, Ireland, Canada, on cruise ships in the Caribbean, and all over the USA.
"It was actually Quentin, at a local show, who inspired me to finally put this event together as I had long dreamed of doing", says Vivian.
Through Vivian's long career, she has obtained many awards, including the induction into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, several Outstanding State Service and Legislative Awards from the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) for whom she has served as Insurance Committee Chair for over 19 years, and LMT of the Year Award by the FSMTA and the Florida Chiropractic Association.
Vivian has always encouraged massage therapists to build their own successful massage businesses, while continuing to help therapists with insurance questions, problems and situations. She has also worked with massage therapists, as a nationally approved continuing education provider, instructing them how to become independent, accepting insurance for reimbursement and how to best build their businesses with little or no investment.
She is not only referred to as a "pioneer" in the field, but she is now consulted by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), doctors, attorneys, insurance companies, fraud investigators and FBI agents. She assists in helping these officials better understand what a licensed and/or certified massage therapist can and cannot do within their scope of practice and training when providing prescribed medically necessary treatments billed to insurance companies. She feels this is a major inroad, helping top officials to understand why we should be reimbursed and how. At the same time protecting the entire profession from those who desire to take advantage of patients, insurance companies and ultimately the massage profession as it negatively affects policy premiums.
Vivian, her husband John, and assistant Michael King are excited to announce that their doors are wide open to all who wish to register for this "Take It To The Top" Summit with 12 CEs PLUS a free gift of a 27 CE Home Study Course, many other valuable gifts and door prizes, some worth over $350.
Join us for two days of fun, food, friends and awards along with dinner and live entertainment. Don't hesitate to reserve your seat at this Summit April 16-17, and your hotel room(s) for guaranteed discounted rates through March 15. Go to www.takeittothetopsummit.com or call Vivian at (865) 436-3573 or (865) 850-3195 to register now.
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