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Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
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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