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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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