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Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
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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