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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.
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.
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.
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.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 07
The ABC's of Meeting with Physicians, Part 2: The Meeting
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
You only need one minute to introduce yourself to a doctor and ask for patient referrals. You must function with confidence and surgical precision. Doctors frequently meet with pharmaceutical and medical equipment representatives that deliver professional and informative presentations.Some pharmaceutical representatives' stop by 60 doctor offices a week; 12 a day, five days a week. They know their product, which patients benefit and the best practices for the doctor to follow when prescribing. The first article of this series covered setting goals, performing research, compiling lists, attire and common questions. This article will focus on the details of the meeting and how to prepare.
Practice Makes Perfect
So how do you practice? The answer is simple, get dressed like your going to a physician meeting, walk into every business in town, except a doctor, introduce yourself, explain who you are and the type of patients that benefit from your treatment. People will ask the same questions as a doctor, for example, what are your fees and do you accept insurance? How do your treatments help? Practice makes perfect and you will quickly get comfortable speaking with people about your practice. This process will refine the delivery of your answers and help with the integration of visual aids.
Doctors and the general public know that pain can be caused from myofascial trigger points. A picture is worth a thousand words and a powerful educational tool. Know your visuals and common pain patterns, muscles like the upper trapezius can create head pain and the glutues minimus can create iliosacral and lower extremity pain.
Doctors are trained, from the first day of medical school, to make a quick assessment based on a combination of variables including: visual observation, subjective reporting and objective findings. During the meeting, the doctor is assessing how you are dressed and the delivery of your presentation. They are asking themselves a few questions: Is this person knowledgeable? Do I have confidence in their abilities? Could this person help my patients? Will patients be safe or could they be harmed, causing legal exposure?
Keep it Simple
It's important to stick to the basics. Here's a script I use: "Hello doctor, I'm David Kent with Kent Health Systems and I'm here today asking you to consider referring patients suffering from myofascial pain to my clinic for treatment. I would like to show you a few common patterns patients subjectively report that could have a myofascial component. I am located in Justin Square on Deltona Blvd. I do not accept insurance. Here is my Prescription/Letter of Referral, with a map on the back with directions to the clinic. Thank you for you time. If you have any questions please contact me."
Now that you have a plan and a few examples of how I implement my meetings, get out there a start practicing. The next article in this series will address how to conduct proper follow-up after this initial meeting.
Click here for previous articles by David Kent, LMT, NCTMB.
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