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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
August, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 08
AMTA's Health Care Relationships And The Impact On The Massage Therapy Profession
Submitted By AMTA
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is involved in ongoing interactions with health care, wellness and medical organizations with several goals and objectives in mind:
AMTA's Health Care Relationships
"We have built many health care relationships over the years," said AMTA President Glenath E. Moyle. "We have learned what leaders in health care think of massage therapy and what we need to do to increase their confidence in what we massage therapists do. As we pursue these relationships, we also are careful to protect our profession and not give it away. We are at the table with these people and they generally respect both AMTA and massage therapy."
Health care in the U.S. has been in a state of turmoil for the last few years and AMTA expects much of that to continue as it relates to massage therapy. Examples of massage being integrated into health care are becoming common and positive results from the programs are getting attention. This was particularly evident at the 7th annual Integrative Healthcare Symposium in March, and the Health Professions Network Summit and the National Institutes of Health/NCCAM Stakeholder Roundtable in April. Leaders in health care acknowledged that health care in the country needs to change and all recognized integrative approaches to care as an important trend.
At the March meeting, the integrative program at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing was featured in a panel discussion. In April, AMTA announced its collaboration with the Institute on a research analysis of the effectiveness of therapeutic massage in care provided to inpatients in the hospital from July 2005 through December 2009. AMTA expects the results of the collaboration and analysis to attract significant attention from the health care and medical community when it is released.
In August of 2010, Susan Rosen of Washington, AMTA's representative to the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC), was reappointed for a three-year term. As AMTA's Primary Advisor to HCPAC, she continues as the massage therapy representative on the committee. In this capacity, she also attended the HCPAC annual meeting last October.
HCPAC serves in an advisory capacity to the AMA CPT Editorial Panel. In addition to the AMTA massage therapist representative, members of HCPAC include representatives from the professions of social work, athletic training, speech therapy, podiatry, pharmacy, optometry, occupational therapy, chiropractic, naturopathy, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and nursing, as well as physician assistants and dieticians.
This relationship gives AMTA and the massage therapy profession input on review of CPT codes associated with massage therapy. It also ensures AMTA is consulted when codes are edited or introduced that relate to massage therapy. And, as the AMTA representative, Rosen builds relationships and educates other health care professionals, especially those in physical and rehabilitation medicine, about the application and integration of massage therapy in the health care setting.
AMTA's connections with the AMA also resulted in a panel discussion at the 2010 AMTA National Convention with 3 panelists from HCPAC on the topic of "Navigating the Complex World of Health Care Integration".
AMTA again provided the AMA with a description of the massage therapy profession for its Health Care Career Directory. This directory provides information on recognized health care fields and what someone can expect if they choose to pursue a career in massage therapy. It is also used as a resource by those in a variety of health care professions. AMTA has provided this updated description for nearly ten years, further cementing recognition by the AMA of massage therapists as health care professionals.
AMTA continues as a member of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), which seeks to create and sustain a network of national complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) educational organizations and agencies.
The Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) is a broad coalition of health care professionals and organizations focused on public policy to ensure all Americans access to safe, high quality, integrated health care. AMTA is a member of IHPC's "Partners in Health", an inter-disciplinary forum of various CAM and integrated health care professions.
AMTA also recognizes it can learn from and contribute to international discussions on integrative health care. The association has participated in discussions with groups from several countries on integrating massage therapy and CAM therapies into health care, including those through it relationship with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. The association also was invited to a European conference in 2010. Our representative made a presentation at the meeting held in France, to discuss the development of the massage therapy profession in Europe.
What Does This Mean For Massage Therapists?
The American Massage Therapy Association is actively engaged every day in advancing the profession. These relationships with the health care/medical communities provide a strong voice for those massage therapists who seek to work within health care, while recognizing and protecting the rights of those massage therapists who practice in other sectors of the massage therapy profession.
Further acceptance of massage therapy as a viable part of health care and wellness will benefit all in the profession. Not only will it present new work potential for those who want to work within health care, it will provide all massage therapists with confirming support for what they do, whether it is in private practice, in a spa or health club, a massage therapy franchise, or with a sports team.
AMTA anticipates a growing body of research on the efficacy of massage therapy in the next few years. The association will use this research and its ongoing and new relationships in health care to advance the massage therapy profession in the eyes of the medical profession and the public. And, as this expands, those who choose to seek health insurance reimbursement will have more leverage with insurance companies.
With its health care goals in mind, and the growth in that part of massage therapy opportunity, AMTA's 2011 National Convention will provide a special health care track again this year. This is an opportunity for massage therapists, whether they are AMTA members or not, to learn more about gaining access to work in health care facilities, the role of massage therapy in integrated care, and massage in hospice care. Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic will discuss their research on the efficacy of massage therapy. To learn more about the 2011 National Convention, visit www.amtamassage.org.
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