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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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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?
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 12
New Board Chair for NCBTMB
By Editorial Staff
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced the addition of new Board Chair, Dr. Leena Guptha, D.O., after the recent resignation of Susan Toscano."For personal reasons," said Toscano, "I have decided at this time to resign as Chair for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. I have decided to pursue alternative professional directions at this time. I express this with genuine appreciation to everyone with whom I have had the pleasure to accompany over many years of dedicated service and contribution to the field of massage therapy and bodywork. I wish you relaxation, peace of mind and wellness — the true work and the real gift of our profession."
Dr. Guptha worked closely with Toscano, previously serving as Chair-Elect for the NCBTMB. "On behalf of everyone at NCBTMB, I express a debt of gratitude to former Chair Sue Toscano with whom I have worked closely for more than a decade. We all wish her well in all that she does and her future endeavors. I am humbled, honored and privileged to take up the challenges and the torch for NCBTMB and I look forward to reaching out to all of you in the very near future."
Steve Kirin, CEO, acknowledged Toscano's contributions. "It has been a pleasure for me to work side-by-side with Sue for the past few months and I wish her tremendous success in her future endeavors. Moving forward, I fully support and look forward to working with Dr. Guptha in this role."
Debunking The Myths
In an exclusive interview with Massage Today, Dr. Guptha shared her belief that the biggest road blocks at the moment are the myths and misunderstandings behind the idea of Board Certification. In May of 2012, the NCBTMB announced it's new board credential. The requirements for obtaining the new board certification credential include passing the Board Certification Exam, 750 hours of education, 250 hours of hands-on work experience (25 hours of community service may be credited toward this requirement), successful completion of a criminal background check and a commitment to adhere to the NCB Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. At the time of the announcement, the NCBTMB said additional qualifications for this credential would be determined based on feedback from the profession.
In making the board certification announcement, NCB also said that those therapists that graduated from a program with fewer than 750 hours of education, would be required to complete continuing education for make up for the difference. These continuing education courses must meet NCB's definition of continuing education and be taken from an NCB assigned school, an NCB approved provider or an accredited college or university. For currently nationally certified massage therapists to achieve board certification, they must meet the board certification eligibility criteria as of their next recertification date and passing the board certification exam will not be required.
"The ultimate goal is to have recognition within the medical community, in working with physicians," said Dr. Guptha. "In my experience in hospitals, the stumbling block with doctors was that massage therapists didn't have a credential to prove that the therapist had achieved the proper educational requirements. Medical professionals understand and want certifications. It is going to take some work on our part to spread the word that there is a higher board certification within the profession for those wanting to work in the medical setting."
In a November webinar hosted by NCBTMB, Dr. Guptha explained her thoughts regarding the higher credential. "Choosing a higher credential is voluntary; it can distinguish the more qualified therapist from an entry level therapist. It shows a commitment to the profession and the consumer. Just like the medical profession uses and recognizes the board certification credentials, in our profession we are at the earliest stage of this process. Board Certification creates a career pathway that usually provides a gateway to specialty certification. Also, I am actually not aware of any other group that has a board certification in massage therapy and bodywork."
In addressing another question during the webinar, Dr. Guptha further explained the difference between entry-level licensure and the higher level board certification. "Board Certification is a higher credential than licensure. It's a commitment to the profession and to the consumer. Board Certification allows a more advanced therapist to distinguish themselves from a from an entry-level therapist. It is modeled on the medical profession, the next step in creating a career pathway for our profession. Board Certification requires advocacy from the Board, the stakeholders and the certificants to disseminate these values, just like it has been in the history for both old and new medical board certifications."
Communication is Key
Dr. Guptha also quickly acknowledged that communication is going to be key to the NCB's activities over the next several months. "I'm 20 days into my role as chair right now, so I'm taking stock of the landscape and what I've seen is that there is a tremendous amount of confusion," said Dr. Guptha. "What I'm realizing is that if people don't understand where we are today, it's going to be very difficult to move forward."
"While I believe there has not been enough communication with stakeholders and certificants, I also believe it is just as important for me to listen to those same groups so I can better understand the questions and concerns that are out there in the profession," said Dr. Guptha. "Staying in touch with our certificants is really vital to our future and the focus and attention has not been there. It's going to take a collective effort because collaboration and support are essential to moving forward."
Editor's Note: Massage Today will continue it's discussion with Dr. Guptha in the January 2014 issue. Dr. Guptha will address the questions surrounding the NCBTMB's approved provider program.
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