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Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
February 15, 2012
Change in Obscure Tenn. Law Targets Profession
By Editorial Staff
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: The Tennessee bill currently before the state legislature that previously sought to move the classification of massage therapy from the Department of Health Related Boards and place it under the Department of Commerce and Insurance, has now been amended to remove all references to the massage therapy profession. According to AMTA-TN Chapter President, Maj-Lis Nash, after being inundated with e-mails and phone calls, the Governor's office told her, "it was never the intention of the office of the Governor to imply that massage was not health related, and that the bill would be amended to completely remove the sections pertaining to massage therapy. Our massage board will remain under the Health Related Boards."
A statement released by the national office of the AMTA stated: "AMTA and the AMTA-TN Chapter would like to thank Governor Haslam for his willingness to work with massage therapy stakeholders to ensure an outcome that benefits everyone involved. We applaud the Governor for his commitment to massage therapy as a health-related profession and to protect both the public and our profession."
The state of Tennessee now has a bill before its state legislature that will have a significant impact on the massage therapy profession and its standing with consumers.
The current bills before the Tennessee General Assembly (HB2387/SB2249) would change the current law which classifies massage therapy under the Department of Health Related Boards and move massage therapy under the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce and Insurance. The change is difficult to detect if looking to find this information on the General Assembly web site. Even the language in the bill refers readers back to other state codes to hunt for the change.
They key change appears in Sections 11 and 12 of the bill where it states, "Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63, Chapter 18 is transferred in its entirety to Title 62, Chapter 45." The change is buried beneath other changes and even the summary makes the bill sound harmless. "As introduced, decreases the size of the board of directors for the Duck River Development Agency from 17 to 12; authorizes the commissioner of environment and conservation to appoint an executive to carry out the purposes of the Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2005; revises other various provisions governing certain state agencies, committees, boards and commissions..."
Kris Bour, a massage therapist and instructor for Anthem Education Group in Nashville believes massage therapists, "need to be regulated by the board of health because we are a health care provider. This devalues us and everything we as a profession strive for. Moving us will make it impossible for us to ever bill for insurance and could have an impact on massage therapists working in hospitals. It may also make us a taxable service, putting massage that much further out of the public's reach and could have a higher attrition rate for therapists who just don't want to deal with getting nickeled and dimed to death anymore."
Laura Allen, who posted this and other important legislative information on the Massage Today Women in Business Blog, believes therapists must communicate their opposition to this bill with their legislators. "What this does is basically reclassify massage therapy from being a health profession to a ‘trade.' Insurance companies don't pay tradespeople; they pay health care professionals. I cannot urge you enough to pay attention to this, no matter where you are. When something detrimental like this happens, it just paves the way for other states to follow the leader."
At this time, no amendments have been added and the AMTA Tennessee Chapter has posted a sample letter that massage therapists can send to their elected representatives to ask that sections 11 and 12 be removed from this bill. At this time, it's unclear how massage therapy was included in this bill. To find your Tennessee legislator or read the bill summary and text, visit www.capitol.tn.gov/.
Editor's Note: There are additional legislative actions being taken in Iowa and Florida that will impact the massage therapy profession. Look for additional coverage of this legislation in the next issue of Massage Today.
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