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Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
February, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 02
Inspired By Service and Proud to be a Part of the Massage Community
By Angie Patrick
I do not know about you, but it has become so difficult to watch the news lately. There are so many people who find themselves in distress this time of year and then compound it with freakish natural disasters, and you have a SCI-FI channel movie of the week.
I have read so many stories of those who have lost all and are trying to fight their way out of a hole. It is on the news nightly, on the web, on my news feed on Facebook, simply everywhere. I am constantly inspired to do something, although the answers as to what to do don't come as easily. Were I of the financial means to reach out to every case I saw, I would absolutely be the one to do it. But, while I have some to share for those in need, it does not even begin to come close to helping everyone.
Today, I have never been more proud to be a part of a community like our massage community. I have seen people mobilize and organize and make a difference in the means and ways they can. I have watched organizations born, watched as manufacturers, resellers, therapists, internal and external stake holders in our profession digging deeply and doing what they can to provide assistance for those who they can reach and assist. This is awe inspiring.
It is not new to this industry, however. I can name 15 organizations created by therapists off the top of my head that are in perpetual outreach benefiting others. Therapists, as well as those affiliated with our industry, are by nature giving souls and caretakers. It is with this rare penchant for helping others that they go further than most, act more often than most and are first to extend a helping hand in a time of crisis. In fact, I know of those helping in the far reaches of Nepal, Dubai, South America, Haiti, Japan, Korea and New Zealand. This is not "our backyard" so the press isn't as prevalent, but the needs are similar. And it is without hesitation these people organize and provide help, often at great personal costs.
I am inspired by the acts of kindness and philanthropy I see around us. I would be quite hard pressed to look within any other industry and find so many like minded people determined to make a difference and leave a positive stake where they once stood. They make a vow to better circumstances for their brothers in need, even if that brother is on the other side of the planet. And recently, so many have rallied to support hurricane victims so close to home. I am awestruck by these people, and by their tenacity to improve the human condition in the only means they know. They rally, they convene, they persuade, they invite, they enlist and they call on every person they know to help make a difference. This is a feat that is not small by any standards, and it is a giving of themselves that you do not see as readily elsewhere.
Why am I sharing all of this with you? I am glad you asked. I would like to celebrate those who give of themselves, and who are the self appointed caretakers of the planet. This is not a job they were given but rather one they claimed as their own. They were not voted in, they volunteered. They did not rise to the occasion for self promotion, but rather out of the spirit of doing something for others, without expecting in return. This kind of individual deserves celebrating, as they are the changers of the world.
I can tell you, nothing feels as good as helping others. NOTHING. No money, no gift, no riches, no perks, no celebrity ... NOTHING. Helping others provides a sort of inner fulfillment and self assurance that a job, a chorus, a fan, a friend, a fan club could never provide. It is a high you have to try to understand. And this time of year, you need not look far to find someone who could use a little help. Being a point of hope and unexpected benefit to another person is within itself its own reward, and it will fill your soul to the brim with joy. Being able to see the relief on a troubled soul's face as you help provide means for them to achieve is something you will never soon forget. It does not take much, so even if you have little, you have more than someone else. And be it monetary, inspirational, or in the form of a gift, the recipient will never forget your act of kindness and will likely continue the swell and pay it forward.
I am proud to be in this industry. I am honored to be lucky enough to provide help where I can. It makes me proud my daughter sees her Mommy and Daddy caring for others, because she will want to do the same. Maybe it's a can of corn for the canned food drive, maybe it's spending some time packaging boxes at the local food pantry, or maybe its a few dollars in the Fireman's boot at the stoplight. EVERYTHING COUNTS! No amount of gift is too small, and a gift of your time as a volunteer is PRICELESS. And in the end, your heart will fill with joy and someone's needs will be met.
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