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Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
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.
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