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Medical Payola (Part 2)
Not only has Medtronic made billions selling expensive screws and hardware for highly controversial spine fusions, but a Senate investigation also found Medtronic felt compelled to write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians that downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, Infuse.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
The Pallof Press for Core Stability Evaluation
Many people become injured because of instability, weakness and poor neural-sequencing patterns in the core. Lack of bracing and support from the inner core cylinder during coronal and transverse movements makes the body vulnerable to compensation injuries.
Covering Chiropractic as a Profession, Not a Single Service
Recently Dynamic Chiropractic published a front-page article about various state essential health benefits and referred to Oregon and four other states not currently providing chiropractic as a covered benefit.
Chiropractic Research: A Moral Issue
This year I've had the opportunity to go to three great chiropractic research conferences; the ACC-RAC, the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) Congress and the World Federation of Chiropractic Congress.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Business Building: What's Your Strategy?
I know some in our profession love to debate about whether or not spinal curvatures change as a result of our chiropractic adjustment, but I have a question that hits a little more close to the belt than that: Are chiropractors capable of change?
Repeating Bone-Density Tests
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women older than age 65 undergo bone-density testing. However, organizations in general have not stated when repeat bone-density testing should be done.
Spinal-Cord Injuries: Saying No to Steroids
With steroids, epidural and otherwise, in the news lately for their overuse when treating back pain (and their danger when tainted by fungal meningitis), it was high time for a policy change, and we've got one, from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
Wisconsin Exam in the Spotlight
You've passed your national boards with flying colors, including Part IV, the practical examination, at a combined cost of more than $3,000.
In a previous column, I discussed the history and definition of evidence-based practice (EBP), and expressed concerns with how the concept has been narrowly construed by some academics and payers.
Exercises for Back Pain: Low-Compression Training Program
This program is intended for two groups of people: 1) those who want to engage in resistance exercises for the major regions of their body without developing back pain in the process; and 2) those who already have back pain and want to do resistance exercises, but consistently re-irritate their back when trying to do so.
History Repeating Itself in Wisconsin?
Thirteen years ago, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) "agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that [the association] orchestrated a conspiracy among WCA members to increase prices for chiropractic services and to boycott third-party payers to obtain higher reimbursement rates."
Calcium Supplements and Mortality
When the National Institutes of Health's AARP Diet and Health Study reported that men who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared those who didn't, it was the third large cohort in six months with alarming findings regarding calcium supplements.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
News in Brief
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Continues Support of Chiropractic; ACBOH Announces 2013 Practical, Written Exam Dates; PCORI Approves Funding for Research on Spinal Stenosis; Macquarie University to Cease Offering Chiropractic Program.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Telecommuting and Technology: Ergonomic and Worker's Comp Considerations
As our world becomes more and more reliant on technology, equipment becomes more dependable and we become increasingly more comfortable with e-mail, the fax machine, the Internet and the smartphone, it is becoming easier and easier to work away from the office.
July 18, 2011
Suspect schools File Lawsuit, Then "Slapped" by the Court
There have been new developments in the California battle between human traffickers and the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), the state established certification agency for massage therapists.The CAMTC is leading a pioneering effort to shut down schools that sell or provide fraudulent massage school transcripts. In a test case closely monitored by massage industry insiders, three massage schools that had their transcripts disallowed by CAMTC, turned around and sued the CAMTC for damages in Los Angeles Superior Court. The judge hearing the matter dismissed all three suits and fined the three schools $18,000.
The CAMTC has been in the forefront of the battle against human trafficking. In order to force women into the sex trade, human traffickers need a transcript showing that each woman received between 250 to 500 hours of education from an accredited massage school. The transcripts are then used to get a CAMTC certificate or police permit, which is required to work in illegitimate massage parlors.
The CAMTC has used a good deal of its limited resources in investigating schools to determine whether or not the transcripts being sold reflect the hours that were actually attended. In many cases, the CAMTC's undercover investigators posing as prostitutes were able to simply buy fraudulent transcripts from illegitimate schools.
To date, the CAMTC has taken action with respect 36 schools, refusing to accept their transcripts as proof that education actually was received. Here is a list of these schools:
This battle took a new turn when three such schools, the Oriental Medicine Institute of America, Royal Irvin College and East-West Institute of Hand Therapy, simultaneously launched broad-based litigation against CAMTC, alleging that CAMTC's refusal to accept transcripts from these schools was not proper. All three schools were represented by attorney Peter Beirne.
Usually, legal battles such as these can stretch on for years and the cost alone can force investigative agencies to back down. In this case, the legal challenge to CAMTC was crushed very quickly with the innovative use of a whistle blower protection statute.
Michael Schroeder, an attorney and CAMTC Board Member, who was overseeing the litigation would not comment on the specifics of the investigations of these three schools.
He explained that California, like many states, has a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Policy) statute. This statute allows for anyone who is sued for exercising their First Amendment rights to file a SLAPP motion. When a SLAPP motion is filed, the person who filed the lawsuit is required to show, more likely than not, that they are going to win the litigation. If the suing party is unable to do so, the lawsuit is dismissed and the person who filed the lawsuit must pay the defendant's legal fees.
"In this case," said Schroeder, "CAMTC spoke about this important public matter by posting the names of the colleges on the website. These colleges sued. What happened in these suits would set a precedent for all of our efforts to protect the public and to protect women from exploitation.
"We had a great team on this matter. CAMTC Chair, Beverly May, our attorney, David Long, the insurance company, Axis Pro, all agreed on the strategy to employ the SLAPP statute at the onset of this case," Schroeder said.
The result of this aggressive and innovative strategy was that the three colleges' lawsuits were dismissed and the colleges were required to pay $18,000 in damages to CAMTC. Schroeder said, "We have now collected those sums. I think that this will have a significant effect on protecting the public from unscrupulous schools. Anything we can do to cut down on the number of false or fraudulent transcripts being sold will be a positive benefit."
While Schroeder would not speak specifically as to the actions of these three schools, Massage Today's review of the legal pleadings filed in the matter sheds a good deal of light into what occurred. In a declaration filed by Schroeder in the litigation, he pointed out that these schools had also been suspended by the National Certification Board for the Therapeutic Massage Body Work ("NCBTMB"). "NCBTMB suspended OMIA due to apparent use of fraudulent or fictitious information in order to give the appearance of legitimacy." The declaration goes on to state that the "CAMTC has become aware of problems with transcripts from certain massage schools being sold as a part of conduct in human trafficking."
Massage Today will continue to monitor events relating to the human trafficking battle occurring in California and other states.
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