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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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 Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 12
CAMTC Begins Sunset Review Process
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The California Massage Therapy Council, which was created by the legislature in 2008 to establish state certification for trained massage therapists, is beginning preparations for the council's sunset review process.Unless renewed by the legislature, the CAMTC is due to sunset at the end of 2014.
According to CEO Ahmos Netanel, the CAMTC will receive its customized sunset questionnaire from the legislature in March of 2013, and has until December to submit its answers. As a part of this process, the CAMTC board spent considerable time at its September and October meetings to address the sunset review process and whether or not the structure, fees or current voluntary certification process should be altered or if things should remain as they are. "On October 12, 2012 the Board voted to recommend keeping CAMTC certification voluntary, however the Board may reconsider it in the future," said Netanel. "Keeping certification voluntary helps keep cost down and fees reasonable."
One potential change the Board did discuss was the possibility that the CAMTC would be moved from an independent entity to falling under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Netanel said, "the Board has reviewed this option and has taken a position against it. The lean and efficient way by which CAMTC has been operating already made it the new model for professional regulation, making such a scenario highly unlikely."
Another issue the CAMTC has faced since it's inception has been creating positive relationships with cities and counties and their local law enforcement agencies. Prior to the CAMTC's creation, there was no statewide standard for massage certification, rather it was up to local jurisdictions to decide what ordinances and regulations were established and enforced. This created situations where massage therapists were required to obtain certification on a city-by-city or county-by-county basis, depending on where they were in the state. In creating the CAMTC, the bill specifically prohibits a city or county from enacting an ordinance that would regulate the practice of massage therapy by a certificate holder. However, according to the bill, cities and counties did retain the right to enforce local ordinances regarding zoning, business licensing and health and safety requirements for massage businesses.
According to Netanel those relationships have improved since the Council's early days. "CAMTC has worked hard to educate cities, counties and their law enforcement agencies about the legitimate massage therapy profession and I'm happy to say that we now have relationships that are respectful and cooperative," said Netanel. "Since CAMTC's inception, we had more than 40 meetings with individual cities, presented in more than 10 city council meetings and conducted more than 10 workshops for local government officials. In addition, CAMTC published an article in the League of California Cities monthly magazine, as well as worked with the League representatives. We also worked with the California State Association of Counties and presented at the California Police Chiefs Association. Three of our senior staff members work daily with local government officials on matters of public protection, compliance with the state massage law and development of local regulations that may affect certified professionals."
As of mid-October, the CAMTC has certified 35,309 massage professionals, with 1,251 applications pending. "We believe that sunset review is a healthy and important part of the organization's growth. Everyone at CAMTC is excited and optimistic about the future of CAMTC and the massage profession."
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