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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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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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