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PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
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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