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Thinking About Cohen's Kappa
Let's think about some notions of reliability and validity, and about what it means for diagnostic examiners to agree in meaningful ways. Diagnostic tests must obviously be both reliable and valid.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Why More Patients Don't Come to Your Office
Every so often, something turns out to be much easier than anticipated. It's like ordering a piece of furniture or a child's toy that comes in 167 pieces.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
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.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
We Get Letters & Email
It was with great interest that I read "Trouble in the Wellness Waters?" in the May 1, 2015 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic. I heartily applaud Dr. Hayes for his insightful and informative article.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Managed Care Subverts Chiropractic
A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care underscores why so many chiropractic patients go out of network in order to get the care they need: Managed care may be effectively locking them out.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do You Have a Post-ICD-10 Strategy?
Post-ICD-10 planning is critically important to the health of a practice, in part because ICD-10 is brand new to providers, payers and related affiliates alike.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update and Review of Mechanisms
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.
Active Care for Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain is a common injury, since this joint is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking. In fact, 10 percent of all emergency-room visits are ankle-sprain related and an estimated 25,000 ankle sprains occur in the United States daily.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Troubleshooting: Billing Multiple Fees for the Same Service
I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot bill different fees for the same service.
A Tribute to a True Chiropractic Leader
President of Texas Chiropractic College (alumnus, class of 1950) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Board of Governors. President of the Texas Chiropractic Association and twice-appointed member of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)
Recently, a new patient told me about what I thought was a novel twist on the doctor-patient relationship. She felt she had to lie to her DC to discontinue her treatment.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
WIBB Exclusive: Customer Service Gone Bad
By Cherie Sohnen-Moe
I recently had one of the worst customer service experiences in my life! I placed an order with a company on October 15th. They state that all orders will be shipped in 7 to 14 working days.This company is only one state away and is open seven days a week, so I figured I would have my order in less than three weeks – even if we only count five working days per week. Three weeks pass and no order and no e-mail notice of the shipment.
So, on Monday, November 5th, I called and talked with someone at the company. He was very apologetic, said he would look into it and call me back. So far, so good. I figure that sometimes glitches happen, but what's critical is how they are handled. He calls me back and says the reason that my order had been held up was that a few of the 21 items had been on back order. I asked him why I wasn't contacted and given the option to have a partial (in actuality a majority) order shipped. He said that should have happened but didn't. Then, he assured me that everything was there and my order would ship out that day and that I would receive it by the following Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.
Wednesday comes and no order. I call and get voice mail. I leave a message and send an e-mail.
Thursday morning, still no response. So I call again and talk with the same person. He claims it's out of his hands, but he will follow up. More than five hours elapse and no word. So, I call him back. Again, all I get is apologies. I ask him if there's anyone else I can talk with (sometimes going up the chain of command works). I was essentially told that there was nobody else. He promised to get this handled.
Friday comes and goes. No response. I talked with a friend who had gone in on the order with me. She went to Facebook and posted a quick note about her disappointment. Within minutes she received a response with a name and e-mail address to contact (different than the person I had contacted). So, I sent an email. I realize that not everyone reads their e-mail daily, but I expected to hear from someone by Monday. Nope.
This company held my money hostage for a month! They had multiple opportunities to make amends. They should have sent some of my order (even if it was just one item) next day delivery, when I first talked with them. Most importantly, they should have contacted me and explained what the delay was (even though supposedly everything was ready when I called on November 5th) and given me options. Instead, I had to initiate all of the communications and all I got was empty apologies.
On November 12th, I sent an email stating that I needed a response in an hour or I would contact my credit card company to get the charges reversed, contact the Better Business Bureau and post my story on my blogs and every social media outlet that I am on. In just under an hour, I received a lovely e-mail with a tracking number that my order is on its way. While this is good, the only apologies were for the delay, not the poor communication once they knew about the problem. And that was the most frustrating part of the whole experience.
I wholeheartedly endorse companies that incorporate a proactive customer service program. Unfortunately, many companies don't anticipate potential problems and how to handle them if they arise.
What circumstances do you think might occur to cause a client to be unhappy? What steps will you take to repair the relationship?
To read other posts from our expert panel, visit the WIBB blog at www.massagetoday.com/wibb/
Click here for previous articles by Cherie Sohnen-Moe.
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