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Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
May, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 05
Establishing Your Own Success Squad
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
In 1996, Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote It Takes a Village, discussing the impact individuals and groups outside the family have on a child's well-being. The country reveled in the concept and the catch phrase immediately became common vernacular.Long gone are the days of stay-at-home moms where undivided attention to homework and play helped to shape a child's future. The nuclear family spends less time together, leaving day-care providers, athletic coaches and teachers to pick up some of the responsibility of raising a child. Grandparents, neighbors and friends often round out the village circle. It is the way of the world. In fact, pressed to describe my own upbringing, I would list at least 20 individuals who had a hand in my nurturing and development. I am grateful to all of them for shaping me into the woman I am today. This "village" concept is so widely accepted that it has transcended familial boundaries and now applies to many areas, including the business model.
If you speak to any successful business person, I am sure each one can share a story of someone who helped them along the way. No one succeeds alone. Sure, there are solo entrepreneurs but there had to be a "helping hand" or "leg up" during the initial phase or when things got difficult. I recall my own early days in business. Armed with everything I learned in practice management classes in massage school, I found I was still clueless. I made a ton of mistakes and often ponder how much faster my success would have been if they hadn't been made. About a year into my private practice, I was fortunate enough to meet a very special person who shaped my future. Andy became my mentor and rather than make mistakes, I learned from his. I followed in his shoes and path for ten years and to him I credit a large part of my success.
In addition to someone like Andy, there is a lot of help at your disposal. A wise person said, "Being smart is not having all the answers, it is knowing where to find them." The trick is to know where to look and whom to ask. At this point, I will mention the term "dream stealer." I don't mean the kind of person who steals your idea and runs with it. I mean someone who paints themselves as a devil's advocate and often has your best interest at heart; someone who maybe suggested you wouldn't be happy as a massage therapist or is currently second guessing your employment choices. They are often our family, friends and loved ones and while I don't want you to shut them out, I would suggest that you refrain from putting them into your Success Squad.
The Success Squad is analogous to Hillary Rodham Clinton's village but in the business sense. The Squad can encompass a couple of people or can be as large as a football team. There are no rules about who is in the Squad. The Squad consists of all the resources you rely on to help make business decisions. It can be websites, people, groups, higher powers, books, recordings, paid personnel, family, friends and heck, even your dog, Spot. Everyone in your Squad must be your biggest fan. Everyone in your Squad must truly want you to succeed. Everyone in your Squad must celebrate you, enliven you, cheer for you and propel you toward your highest business goal. If not, please consider not including them in the Squad.
Up until the day he died, my dad was my "dream stealer." I could talk to him about almost anything ... sports, food, politics, gardening, relationships. But when it came to business matters, he was old school. He was the type of man who worked at the same company for 40 years, retired with the gold watch and couldn't understand why I was "wasting" my college degree. It took me years of trying before I finally realized I couldn't share my business goals and dreams with Daddy. My Mother, on the other hand, is my personal cheerleader and would jump off a building with pom-poms if I asked her. She will always be part of my Success Squad and I still consult her on many of my business decisions. Consider who currently supports you in your life and if they are not your cheerleader, leave them off this particular list.
So who can you add to your Success Squad and how do you go about finding them? Ideally, you are looking for resources that inspire you and celebrate you, but also have some business sense and common sense. They don't have to necessarily be in the massage industry but knowledge of the service and/or healthcare industry is a plus. Here is a quick list of resources to help you get started:
This list is just a small sample of the resources that are at your disposal. Start with your immediate circle and ask for references or mentors. Start with those you know and trust and then go to who they know. Keep expanding the circle until you find the resources that can help. Chances are there are recommendations waiting for you, if you open yourself up and ask for help.
Most folks with entrepreneurial spirit like the idea of flying solo. We wish business success could come from us alone. It is our nature, but it is also foolish. It is the wise business person who recognizes resources, asks for help and accepts it. There is no excuse for not being successful, especially when there is so much help at your disposal. So pick up the phone, text a friend, write an e-mail or open your window and shout to your neighbor; start creating your Success Squad this very minute.
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