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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
May, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 05
NCBTMB Announces New Credential
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) recently announced the creation of a new board certification credential, as well as a 12-month plan to improve its overall product offerings and communication tools and support."We are totally changing everything we do," said Mike Williams, NCBTMB CEO. "In the past, we have over promised and under delivered. With these improvements, at every point where NCB and the profession intersect there will be significant upgrades."
According to the NCB, the massage industry is at an interesting crossroads. There are therapists practicing under stringent standards similar to other health care providers, and then there is illegal and fraudulent activity undermining the profession’s efforts. Williams believes the best way to establish greater credibility for therapists is by raising standards. Over the course of the next 12 months, NCB will launch a board certification credential, an online career management system, a new continuing education program and an online education resource.
Of each of these new endeavors, the new board certification credential has produced the most questions for therapists. According to NCB, beginning with the first quarter of 2013, the new credential will go into effect, thus phasing out the current National Certification credential. This change has prompted many therapists to question just how this impacts them, whether they are up for recertification or in the process of being initially certified by NCBTMB. To determine how this change effects you, see the chart below:
Board Certification Criteria
The requirements for obtaining the new NCB board certification credential include passing the Board Certification Exam, 750 hours of education, 250 hours of hands-on work experience (25 hours of community service may be credited toward this requirement), successful completion of a criminal background check and a commitment to adhere to the NCB Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. According to the NCB, additional qualifications for this credential will be determined based on feedback from the profession.
For those therapists that graduated from a program with fewer than 750 hours of education, they will be required to complete continuing education for make up for the difference. These continuing education courses must meet NCB’s definition of continuing education and be taken from an NCB assigned school, an NCB approved provider or an accredited college or university. For currently nationally certified massage therapists to achieve board certification, they must meet the board certification eligibility criteria as of their next recertification date and passing the board certification exam will not be required.
Once board certification is achieved, recertification will need to be completed every two years and must be completed within 90 days of the expiration of a therapists certification. According to NCB, in order to retain an active board certification status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years and 100 hours of hands-on work experience or massage-related volunteerism, administration, teaching, curriculum development or writing and publishing of research. For therapists who are unable to meet the recertification requirements due to extenuating circumstances, inactive status is available for up to four years. While in an inactive status, therapists may not identify themselves as a Board Certified Therapist.
In instituting this change, NCB believes that the new credential - by including additional education, hands-on experience and a background check - will ensure that therapists achieving this credential will have the proper foundation to better serve their clients. NCB will also determine additional qualifications for this credential based on feedback from the profession.
The NCB also announced some additional changes that will go into effect throughout the year. In the summer of 2012, they will launch what they are calling a new career management system, a new online portal where all interaction with NCB can be accomplished, as well as a new website to showcase this new technology. Once complete, applications for all exams, recertification, approved providers, school reviews and payment for all NCB services and products can be done through the new portal. Also in the summer of 2012, all continuing education courses will be vetted for approval, based on feedback obtained through the Massage Approved Provider Panel (MAPP). Instructors will be required to submit their qualifications to teach each course.
NCB also announced that effective immediately, they are discontinuing the online practice exam and they will launch a new online educational resource offering thousands of questions to help candidates test their knowledge of many specific practice areas. The NCETM and NCETMB, currently accepted for licensure in 39 states will be retained, according to NCB. According to the press release, "the exam may now be taken at any time prior to graduation; however, formal notification will be released only upon proof of graduation from a minimum 500-hour massage therapy program. State licensing requirements are dictated by the individual states."
"All of the programmatic and operational enhancements that NCBTMB is making have the full support of the Board of Directors," said Alexa Zaledonis, NCBTMB Board Chair. "This is exactly what the massage profession needs to elevate practitioners to a higher level in order to earn the respect and trust of the health care community. The bottom line is that certification needed advancement and we listened to the public and we learned a lot."
CEO Mike Williams summed up the new offerings by saying, "we are committed to creating a career path for massage therapists by delivering the highest quality programs possible."
Massage therapists who are currently Nationally Certified are already on the pathway to Board Certification and can transition to the new credential beginning in 2013 by meeting the eligibility requirements. They will be exempt from taking the Board Certification exam as long as their National Certification credential is active. It is important to note that the National Certification credential is valid through the expiration date printed on each individual s certificate. This chart illustrates the necessary steps to achieve Board Certification based on the year of recertification.
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