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A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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?
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
April, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 04
Legislative Changes in Several States
Bills In Tennessee, Iowa And Florida Have The Profession Taking Action.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
A series of bills across the nation have put the spotlight on massage therapy and the profession is making its voice heard.Massage therapists in Tennessee, Iowa and Florida are getting involved in the legislative process. As of press time, here are the updates to the legislative battles happening in each of these states.
The Tennessee bills 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, have 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."
Iowa House File 2342 has generated quite a bit of discussion regarding education requirements and how those requirements effect portability. In its current form, the bill states that: "In order to be licensed under current law, a massage therapist must complete a massage education curriculum at a school approved by the board of massage therapy requiring at least 600 hours of supervised academic instruction. This bill eliminates the 600-hour requirement and substitutes specific educational requirements and requires approval of massage therapy schools by the board of massage therapy."
The bill is sponsored by Representative Matt Windschitl and at this point the language doesn't make it clear why the change in educational requirements and what this change seeks to accomplish. It doesn't spell out what those new specific requirements will be and without a benchmark, how does a school obtain "approval by the board?" Without a specific hour requirement, would it be possible for anyone who can learn to take a national certification exam to obtain a license without having many hours actually performing massage therapy? These and other questions have been swirling around social media and massage therapy blog sites. Massage Today will continue to follow this legislation and provide updates as it progresses.
Keith Eric Grant, a board member of the California Massage Therapy Council said he "doubts that the original intent of the bill was to eliminate the educational requirements. On the other hand, legislators often don't realize how sensitive such issues are within the massage community. There's been too many instances of massage bills being pushed that didn't have prior consensus. There is certainly naivete, at best, in considering pushing for legislation without getting all massage stakeholders aware and onboard."
The bill was submitted to the commerce committee for a reading where it currently sits. To read the bill in its current form and to track its progress, visit http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=billinfo&Service=Billbook&frame=1&GA=84&hbill=HF2342. To find our who your state representative is and contact them to share your thoughts on this bill, visit https://www.legis.iowa.gov/Legislators/house.aspx.
Massage therapists and acupuncturists have been drawn into the battle over Florida's personal injury protection (PIP) insurance fraud problems. PIP fraud costs Florida drivers hundreds of millions of dollars annually and Gov. Rick Scott has made reforming this problem one of his top priorities. The Florida House passed the bill (HB119) on Friday, March 2, 2012, and it was under debate in the state Senate as this issue goes to press. Senate Bill 1860, in its current form, puts no time limit on treatment but eliminates massage therapy and acupuncture, now covered under PIP, after an accident.
Massage Today columnist and massage therapy insurance expert, Vivian Madison Mahoney believes "excluding massage therapy is not only discrimination, but will not solve the fraud, accident staging and money making schemes caused by organized criminals." Mahoney believes this bill further limits the health care options for Florida residents without really addressing the loop holes used by those engaging in fraudulent insurance practices. To view the bill as it was debated, visit www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/1860/BillText/c2/HTML.
As this issue goes to press, SB1860 is scheduled for a vote on Friday, March 9, 2012. Visit www.massagetoday.com for the latest on this legislation and how it will impact Florida massage therapists.
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