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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
May, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 05
Marketing Your Practice: A Lesson in Press Release Writing 101
By Cary Bayer
There are certain things to bear in mind when creating a press release. At the top left, indicate who is sending out the release; in other words, the name and contact information (email address, phone number) of the person who will be in charge of receiving any phone calls from inquiring press members.Also, indicate the date that the release is being sent out. This enables members of the press to know how timely the release is should they not happen to attend to it for some weeks.
Underneath the contact information at the top of the press release is the headline. This is an important part of the release for the press because it summarizes the gist of the story. It does so in just a few bold-faced words in capital letters, and in a larger font size than the body of the press release — say 18 point versus 14 point. If the story concerns a licensing of a new massage therapist in Florida, for example, a sample headline might read:
Notice the use of all capital letters for the first part of the headline, and upper and lower letters for the second part, which is called the subhead and which explains the kind of work she'll focus on and where she'll practice. Notice also the use of a skipped line (return) between the headline and the subhead, to make it easier for a reporter to read. After that, to the left, will follow the dateline (see below), and then the body of the release. This text will explain the who, what, where, when and why of the release, and will do so as quickly as possible. As a former journalist, I can tell you with absolute certainty that members of the press never have enough time to do all the things that they are required to do. As a result, they hate when their time is wasted by PR people or people who know little about PR who are attempting to perform that function for a business. Consequently, they want to be able to quickly get the essence of a story. The first paragraph — or the second at most — should convey all the highlights of the story. (See sample press release below.)
A sample press release about the addition of a new therapist at an existing massage office follows below.
Press Release Post-Game Report
Let's take a moment to analyze the sample press release that I wrote above. If you study it carefully, you'll discover that, in 10 words, the headline tells the reporter instantly the name of the new therapist and the name of the office that she'll be joining. The sub-head indicates where the office is based, the modality the new therapist is noted for and how that modality complements the two other modalities of that office. It does all this in just 11 words. To paraphrase a well-known aphorism, brevity is the soul of headline writing.
Then the press releases first paragraph (known in the trade as the lead) tells the journalist the name of the new therapist, her age, where she's joining from and the kind of modality that she's noted for practicing, reinforcing a point made in the subhead. In some cases, this is all that the publication may report on. Depending on the nature of the publication in question, it may also have room for the contents of the second paragraph which quotes the owner of the company that the therapist is joining and also fleshes out, in a succinct manner, how Ms. Doe's addition rounds out the massage business's offerings.
The third graph is pretty superfluous, but the quotation might be picked up by monthly wellness publications; the free weekly community newspaper that reports on the Las Olas neighborhood and Florida's two statewide newsletters, one of which is a bimonthly (every two months), and the other comes out three times a year. The fourth graph is also quite unnecessary for most reporters, but could also be picked up by the state newsletters, as well as the community paper.
The -30- at the end that finishes off the press release is trade talk that lets the reporter know that the release has come to an end. It will also let the reporter know that you know what you're doing. Even if you really don't know that much about what you're doing, the -30- will make the journalist think that you do.
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