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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.
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.
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.
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
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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."
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.
April 6, 2011
California Certification Recognition Awaits
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
As of January 2011, over 25,000 massage therapists have applied for their professional, portable statewide certification from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).However, astonishing as it may be, still there are some California therapists are still not aware of the single portable statewide certification that exempts them from local and city ordinances. Certification from CAMTC not only gives a certificate holder freedom to practice statewide for at an affordable cost for TWO years but cultivates the respect of the public as a state regulated health care professional.
Senate Bill 731, the voluntary certification and regulation of California's massage therapists, was signed into law Sept. 27, 2008. The bill created the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), a private and non-profit entity, overseen by the legislature and run by a volunteer board of directors. The Councils objective is to protect the public by providing a comprehensive regulation and certification of massage therapists working in California. CAMTC has made great strides since its inception for therapists, the public and the massage profession as a whole.
With CAMTC certification, a therapist can practice throughout California with one convenient, portable, statewide certification. This finally eliminates the hassle of getting a city permit in every city a therapist chooses to work. Many employers are also choosing to hire only CAMTC-certified therapists. According to a survey of over 160 California massage therapy employers, over 61 percent that responded require that their therapists be CAMTC-certified.
Certification from CAMTC distinguishes a therapist in the eyes of the public and other health care professionals. Esteem and reliability is created when a health care practitioner has state-recognized certification. The titles, "certified massage therapist (CMT) or certified massage practitioner (CMP)", are exclusively reserved for those certified by CAMTC. (Note: The "certified massage practitioner" title will likely phases out completely as higher educational standards are adopted in California.) A qualified rapport is established with other health care providers when standing on common grounds of statewide regulation and restricted use of a professional title.
Currently, an application fee of $150 (fee subject to change) covers two years to practice statewide. This single fee is significantly lower than many individual cities' permit fees, let alone multiple city and county agencies' permits. CAMTC's CEO, Ahmos Netanel, summarized a massive study by CAMTC staff consisting of 8,000 therapists in over 30 municipalities. He explained, "The weighted, average amount a massage therapist has to spend for the first two years, assuming they work for an establishment, is $482. Much more if they work for themselves."
According to Kerry Lorimer, "Now that I'm a CAMTC-certified massage therapist, I have the freedom to practice anywhere in the state of California with full respect as a professional. And, with one simple fee for two years, it's more affordable for my budget. I'm proud to share with everyone that I've earned statewide recognition in California with my CMT credentials."
In addition, the city cannot require a massage establishment permit, other than a standard business license, if all the massage therapists in the place of business are certified by the CAMTC. This is fantastic news for many therapists and spa owners who have been subject to onerous regulations from cities and counties.
The intent set forth in SB 731, is to provide a system that makes it easy to identify credible massage professionals. By establishing a clearinghouse of information on massage certification applicants around the state, the public gains a clear, verifiable measure of a massage therapists credibility. When a therapist is CAMTC certified the public can rest assured that the therapist is legitimately educated.
The path to certification is fair, efficient and accommodating. Rest assured, CAMTC will not deny an applicant for working without a permit in the past. However, if he/she has been cited in the past and doesn't disclose it on the application, it may be cause for denial. It is best to reveal all the facts. CAMTC does not worry about whether or not an applicant worked for themselves, or even had a permit or business license in the past. The opportunity to come out in the open and work as a California certified massage therapist is now.
Moreover, there are several portals to certification to accommodate the needs of different therapists, which can all be viewed on the CAMTC Web site: www.camtc.org. Click on the "Certification" tab and select "Pathways to Certification" where a step by step set of directions will guide you through the simple process.
Be aware, one portal that closes at the end of this year should be noted, Portal E. This portal produces a "conditional certificate", available for the title, "massage practitioner", until Dec. 31, 2011, for those who have 100 hours of BPPVE approved education but do not have work experience documented. The condition states that the "massage practitioner" must complete at least 30 hours of massage education a year until they meet the 250-hour requirement. This "conditional certificate" was created to help therapists of long-standing stature whose schools may have closed and can no longer get transcripts.Certification marks an enormous victory for the thousands of California therapists who have long awaited the convenience and professionalism of statewide certification. As always, I appreciate your comments at .
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