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Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
Can CAM Help Slow the Growth in National Health Care Spending?
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
A recent report from Health Affairs entitled, "U.S. Spending on Complementary and Alternative Medicine During 2002-2008 Plateaued, Suggesting Role in Reformed Health System," sheds light on some interesting spending trends for CAM.
According to study authors Matthew Davis, Brook Martin, Ian Coulter and William Weeks, CAM is an approximately $9 billion market in the U.S. each year, which they say is equal to three percent of national ambulatory health care expenditures. The authors examined trends in the demand for CAM as reported in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey during 2002 through 2008. According to the report, the authors believe that, "should some forms of complementary and alternative medicine be proven more efficient than allopathic and specialty medicine, the inclusion of complementary and alternative medicine providers in the new delivery systems such as accountable care organizations could help slow growth in national health care spending."
In terms of national spending on CAM, "inflation-adjusted expenditures on chiropractic care increased 11 percent from $6.2 billion in 2002 to $6.9 billion in 2008. Inflation-adjusted expenditures on acupuncture, massage therapy and other complementary and alternative medicine services were stable." Another interesting finding was the amount spent per patient on specific services. The authors found that "the mean annual inflation-adjusted expenditure per user decreased for acupuncture (from $260 to $325) and other complementary and alternative medicine services (from $301 to $214), while it increased for chiropractic care (from $447 to $582) and massage therapy (from $259 to $305)."
According to the study, the number of CAM users held steady except for one specific service: acupuncture grew by 16 percent from 950,000 in 2002 to 1.1 million in 2008. Overall, the number of adults who visited a CAM provider at least once during the year increased by six percent, from 15.2 million in 2002 to 16.1 million in 2008. "Chiropractic care accounted for 77 percent to 82 percent of total ambulatory visits to complementary and alternative medicine providers from 2002 to 2008, while massage therapy accounted for 10 percent to 14 percent; acupuncture 4 percent to 6 percent and other services, 3 percent to 4 percent."
The authors acknowledge the historically poor communication between CAM providers and providers of other medical services. However, the authors note that new opportunities to stabilize spending could come from including CAM services in accountable care organizations. "Considering that complementary and alternative medicine appears to be relatively inexpensive when compared to allopathic medicine, if medical care providers are willing to collaborate with local complementary and alternative medicine service providers, offering at least some complementary and alternative medicine services could help accountable care organizations achieve their objectives."
In conclusion, the authors believe that, "as health care policy makers, payers and other stakeholders attempt to reduce waste in health care systems, they should recognize that excluding currently covered complementary and alternative medicine services would, at best, produce only meager cost savings. Operating under more free-market conditions, the pricing of complementary and alternative services appears to be more self-regulating than that of the conventional health care sector. This difference suggests that payment systems that encourage consumers to make educated decisions under the constraint of a budget may help constrain health care spending growth.
"Examination of the U.S. complementary and alternative medicine market is useful in understanding consumer response to a more cash-based health care economy, which can inform future benefit design. If certain types of complementary and alternative medicine services are proven to be efficient in managing health conditions, those who provide these services may find opportunities to participate in new delivery system models such as accountable care organizations, resulting in a more collaborative approach to health care delivery."
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