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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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