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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
May, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 05
The ABC's of Meeting with Physicians
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Have you decided it is time to market your practice to physicians? It is inspiring to know that many physicians see fifteen or more patients a day and some practices have two or more doctors on staff.Depending on the doctor's specialty, a high percentage of their patient's pain could benefit from your treatments. Just one physician referring new patients on a regular basis will quickly build your practice. So, how will you meet the doctors in your area? What sets your practice apart from the competition? How will you explain the type of patients the doctors should consider referring to you?
Since 1992 I have been meeting with physicians and asking for patient referrals. This article is the first of a three part series with insights that will help you avoid stress, save time, energy and money while marketing to physicians. Learn how to prepare and schedule the meeting, focus on the meeting and the use of educational tools and provide tips for future follow-up.
Attaining and sustaining a successful practice requires you have systems in place to efficiently market and handle the increased business as you grow. The saying, "you never have a second chance to make a good first impression," is important to keep in mind when marketing to physicians. From the beginning, I have modeled the successful techniques of other professionals, like pharmaceutical and medical equipment representatives, because they have proven methods for scheduling and "closing the deal" during those meetings.
Each of these groups shares common similarities in their approach that you can emulate. For example, they dress in business attire, utilize visual aids to educate the doctor and clinical staff and they answer questions clearly, precisely and with confidence. Leave support materials and samples. Handout business cards with your name, phone, e-mail address and website. Don't forget to schedule a follow-up meeting.
Take a little time to do research online, in phone books, directories, and local news publications. List the doctor's name, location, specialty, etc. Print out photos of the doctor and staff to review before entering their office.
You will collect the most accurate data going into the field by performing the research yourself. Frequently, clinics relocate, doctors retire and other practices add new doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to handle demand. The only way to locate all the doctors in your community is to hit the streets, look, listen and learn.
"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." So, what are your specific goals and the steps necessary to achieve them? By what date will you: have compiled a list of doctors? Determined what you are wearing, bringing and saying? Go out and start making cold calls?
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation that leads to a long-term relationship is by taking the time and energy to make in-person cold calls. Most people dislike or, more accurately, are afraid of making in-person cold calls. Some even feel the process is undignified. Think of the in-person cold calling process as a learning adventure. You get to see new places and meet interesting people while marketing your practice. The bottom line is your odds of scheduling a meeting increases significantly when you walk through the door and stand face-to-face with the person that schedules the doctor. The goal is to meet the person who controls access to the doctor.
Smile while approaching the reception window, introduce yourself and tell them why you are there. For example: "Hello, I'm David with Kent Health Systems, whom must I speak with today to schedule a one minute meeting with the doctor to introduce myself, let them know of my services and answer any questions?"
Remember you are making a cold call and need to be flexible. Depending on the situation you will be: scheduled for a pre-screening meeting with the office manager or head nurse, told to leave your card and materials, scheduled for a future appointment with the doctor or told to have a seat and the doctor will see you in a few minutes.
The doctor and clinical staff will often ask the following: where are you located; what type of patients do you accept; does Medicare and insurance cover your services; how much does a treatment cost; what is done during a treatment; how often does a patient need to be treated; Where did you train and how long have you been practicing; and how do we refer patients?
The next article in this series will focus on the details of the meeting. In the meantime, do the research, compile your list, set your goals and get ready for growth.
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