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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.
November, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 11
The Evolution of Massage: PRN Massage
By Velvete Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI
In the past few articles, we've been discussing how to take massage therapy to the next level of professionalism, which also included a technique to use to ensure that YOU were ready to accept yourself as a full-blown professional.
There are many different reasons individuals become massage therapists, but no matter what your reason for becoming a therapist may be, you are still responsible for maintaining the integrity of the profession. And,it is also our responsibility to be "the light" and hold ourselves to a higher standard of practice to help inspire and motivate other therapist to do the same.
But how do we take our profession to the next level of professionalism as a team; as trusted and cooperative therapists? If you've been exposed to the medical world or studied medical terminology, then you are aware of the abbreviation PRN [Latin: pro re nata], which means whenever necessary or needed. As a therapist, we are missing out on this valuable practice that will evolve our practices and FREEDOM.
Operating a PRN massage practice has so much potential and endless possibilities that you are absolutely limitless in creative ideas and energy. One of my greatest adventures was the day I opened my very own PRN massage practice. My mind was blown by the number of physicians, therapists, chiropractors and even businesses that offered massage and that called for my services on a regular basis. There is no greater feeling in the world than when you fill your schedule book and are turning down three to four clients a day. That's when you realize just how you can be of service to mankind. So you find another therapist and offer them the same possibilities you have.
I have enjoyed all the therapists who have worked for (no, with) me! Together, we have promoted and built an even bigger and stronger foundation for the profession. Some moved on to do the same as I did and hired therapists that now work with them, paying it forward.
In most states, massage therapy has its own governing body and it is a must that you contact yours before you start so you can learn the rules and regulations that will be important to running a successful PRN practice. In texas, as it might be in your state, if you are a solo practitioner without an establishment license, then NO ONE can substitute for you. If you are not an establishment in Texas, you are not welcomed to even offer a room to another therapist to rent or have someone come in on the weekends. This rule might seem a bit harsh at first, but once you realize the importance of the paperwork, the responsibility of protecting your clients and their privacy, you get it. We are professionals, folks!
In Texas, you are able to hire or work for another as a PRN therapist if they hold a medical or professional license that is medically related, such as chiropractors or physical therapists; or if the person you are working for holds an establishment license. This does not mean you can hold an establishment license and run a PRN practice and work for another therapist while they are on vacation; they must hold the establishment license. However, if you have multiply therapists working for you in your PRN practice in Texas, you are required to have an establishment license for your business.
Records are extremely important in any profession and massage therapy is no different. It's upsetting when a therapist knows they need to do SOAP notes, but refuses on the premise relaxation isn't something that needs to be documented. It's extremely important to understand many therapists are the only folks witnessing changes that occur on their clients' backs, necks, head, feet, skin and a whole list of others areas. Such events and occurrences are extremely important, and the therapist needs to be aware and make sure it's well-documented.
Regarding records, it's also important to understand who is responsible for client records. If you are working PRN, then it needs to be within your contract that you are making sure the owner or the business you are working for is responsible for the client records, and that you are released of any liability for such records, outside of making sure you do your SOAP notes. It needs to be well-documented who owns the client records so there is no confusion in the future.
To establish yourself as a professional offering PRN services, it is a must that you communicate with your local physicians, physical therapists, nurses, other therapists and businesses to let them know you are ready to provide them with relief. At first, you'll just want to make sure people know you are available and build a reputation with them. They'll want to know what kind of work you currently do and will want some kind of references. It helps to have established yourself with a booming chiropractic or rehab businesses; they'll be your best marketers.
In order to better assist you in building your own PRN practice, I provide the following guidelines:
Also be sure to add to the contract that if your pay exceeds $500 in services, they must supply a receipt for services rendered.
If you have multiple therapists working with you, then you'll want to be sure you are also keeping excellent records because the business will only need to provide the "PRN business" with documentation, not each therapist. The contract should be signed and placed in a secure filing system so you will not have to repeat the procedure. Once a therapist or business signs a contract with you then you'll just need to do business with them until the life of the agreement is over or renewed.
If you are contracting with another therapist, you are responsible for all records, payroll and 1099s. Make sure you have a solid contract that clearly covers:
Maintain accurate records for tax purposes; this will be your responsibility because you are contracted with the company. It's important to stress here that all successful therapists must market themselves. If you are not strong in this, then PRN might not be for you. However, if you love working on different people each day and meeting new people every day, then this will be a win/win for you.
When I first started my PRN practice, I was concerned about the money and whether it would really pay the bills. The first thing I discovered was that my expenses only consisted of lotions and auto; they supplied everything else I needed. They were my receptionist, they did the laundry; they were my office manager and took care of all my client records; and they had to bill insurance and pay me the day of service ... no waiting for the money. I quickly discovered I could offer my services at a wonderful win/win rate because I had no expenses, and I wanted to be completely fair and honor that part of the deal as well.
But that's not all. Not only did many of the physicians / chiropractors pay me for what they said they would, but they also tipped me. And this didn't even include the tips the clients/patients would offer me, depending on the situation I was working in. If I worked for the chiropractor, patients were used to tipping; working for the physicians or PT, not so much. These clients were completely medical-based (insurance pays, not me), not service minded (I'm responsible for my own health and wellness).
It is with great joy and happiness that I provide this gift to other therapists to be the success they were born to be. You are all so very important to the evolutionary process of our profession. May life be just as good to you as you are to life.
Dr. Velvete H. Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI, is a published author, inventor, licensed massage therapist and wellness coach. With more than 35 years in corporate American, and in the medical and holistic field of health and wellness, Dr. Womack strives to provide individuals tools that will aid in balance and stress reduction. For more information, visit www.massagebyvelvete.com.
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