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It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
December, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 12
2013 Heroes of the Profession
Defending Massage Therapy In a Florida Court of Law
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
For more than a year now, attorneys Luke Lirot and Adam Levine, massage therapist Vivian Madison-Mahoney and CEO of Advanced Diagnostic Group, Kevin Johnson, have been waging a legal battle against the state of Florida on behalf of the massage profession.The fight to stop the harmful affects of HB119, which prohibits the state's massage therapists and acupuncturists from billing personal injury insurance, continues today as the appeals process winds its way through the Florida court system. With no end yet in sight, these four have vowed to continue the fight until justice is served. And that's why they are the 2013 Massage Today Heroes of the Profession.
The Florida PIP Defense Fund, a group assembled specifically to fight this bill, learned in the waning days of 2012 that the federal court canceled its hearing scheduled for December 27, 2012, and issued an order denying its motion for a preliminary injunction.
Attorney's Luke Lirot and Adam Levine then filed a motion to reconsider and they are also filed a response to defendant Kevin McCarty's request for dismissal on the day the case was due to be heard in Federal Court.
Lirot and Levine explained that, "we believed that these health care provider's rights, which are protected to due process and equal protection, were violated when Florida determined that in order to prevent fraud, all licensed massage therapists and acupuncturists should no longer be permitted to provide care to those injured as a result of a motor vehicle collision."
In April, Circuit Judge Terry P. Lewis issued a partial injunction against the Florida Personal Injury Protection law, putting a halt - at least temporarily - to the portion of the law that requires a finding of an emergency medical condition as a prerequisite for payment of PIP benefits and that prohibits payment for services provided by massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors.
The state's Office of Insurance Regulation quickly filed an appeal, which meant claims could not be filed and payments could not be received on PIP cases until the next ruling was rendered.
Fast forward to September 17th, where Adam Levine, appearing with Luke Lirot, argued before a three judge panel to uphold the ruling by Judge Terry Lewis vacating the automatic stay in his previous ruling. Levine presented the argument that "the Act is unfair because it singles out licensed massage therapists and acupuncture physicians to deny compensation for providing care and because they limit the care a chiropractor may provide. The Act is unjust, because it requires all citizens to purchase $10,000 in coverage, but only requires the insurer to provide $2,500 in benefits. Finally, the Act is unreasonable because the limitations and restrictions imposed by the Act have nothing to do with fraud prevention or good medical care."
Fighting the Good Fight
So, why did these four individuals come forward to challenge this law? "I am a first hand witness as to the phenomenal benefits of our valued hands on work to improve or correct soft tissue damage. I've been accepting a variety of insurance cases since my first week of being licensed in 1984, treating hundreds of injured patients referred by physicians," said Madison-Mahoney. "When it became very obvious that our leaders were not standing up for us, who could not see the potential damage and did not hear the cries of those who needed our help, I searched for a Constitutional, First Amendment Rights Attorney."
"I have always viewed myself as a staunch defender of 'the little guy' and I have fought governmental abuse in every aspect of my practice for over 25 years," said attorney Luke Lirot. "The 2012 PIP Act looked like a complete deprivation of the rights of medical professionals and consumers for the benefit of insurance companies, driven by political expediency. This was a constitutional case right down my alley."
"In this case, getting involved was an easy decision because this case is one excellent example of how the government has lost track of its most basic mission - to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of its citizens," said attorney Adam Levine. "Here, the government appears only interested in supporting private business interests to the detriment of its citizens."
Where the Case Stands
According to Lirot, "on October 23rd, we received the decision from the First District Court of Appeals reversing the lower courts order for Temporary Injunction. This is something that we expected because, when the lawsuit was filed, it was predicated primarily on the healthcare providers 'right to work' theories. The 'access to the courts' argument was based on a facial constitutional challenge, which, at the point in time when the case was filed, since the legislation was not yet in effect, we had no one that had been denied coverage. The trial court based its injunction order on this important issue, but did not remark on any of the other primary arguments, thus the appeal went up on this sole issue."
"For the last year we have had our share of wins and losses, but the overriding fact is that our legal challenge is based on constitutional issues that affect providers and consumers alike. In its decision, the 1st DCA reversed the temporary injunction because they concluded that the Plaintiff healthcare providers lacked sufficient standing for an injunction on the sole issue of access to the courts. They said nothing about the merits of the other important issues raised, and, from an ideological standpoint, they actually recognized that the arguments raised were entirely correct, it was just the fact that the healthcare providers had not themselves been the victims of not having had their own 'access to the courts' rights limited. The decision essentially held that an injured person adversely affected by the 2012 PIP Act could bring their own constitutional challenge based on a violation of the constitutional right of access to the courts. We intend to file a Motion for Rehearing with the First District Court of Appeals."
A Team of Heroes
"We were/are simply doing what we think is right. The real heroes are those that stood up, like Vivian Mahoney and Kevin Johnson, and said - wait - this makes no sense. Those heroes are the ones that work tirelessly trying to raise support for our work. Unfortunately, we are facing both the government and the largest, most heavily funded lobby in Tallahassee that the government prefers to support over its citizens," said Levine.
"I don't feel I am any kind of a hero, I could just see the big picture, the handwriting on the wall if you will. I want to add a very special thank you to each and every donor, those who shared our information and who believed in us and our fight. It doesn't cease to amaze me how many massage therapists and chiropractors from out of the state of Florida (from 42 states) donated as well," said Madison-Mahoney.
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