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Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
January, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 01
Using Technology to Gain New Clients
By Daniel Ruscigno
Advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier. Your work life is no exception, as there has been significant growth in technology that affects the day-to-day life of a massage therapist.
First, consider the impact of technology on your clients and potential clients. In the past, they may have looked in the phone book to find a therapist, today they turn to the Internet. You need a website so potential clients can find you online.
There are plenty of DIY website options and web design companies with affordable pricing. When visiting your website, potential clients want to know who you are, where you are located, what services you offer and how to get in touch with you. However, truly savvy clinics go above and beyond a basic website to grow their business by taking advantage of a current trend in the massage industry: online appointment scheduling.
With self-serve options becoming commonplace, many customers expect the convenient option of online scheduling. By catering to your clients' wants, you're setting yourself up for repeat business – the key to a successful clinic.
Online appointment scheduling allows your potential client to book an appointment directly from your website. There is no risk of a missed call and a potential client visiting your website at 11 p.m. still has the ability to schedule an appointment, even though your office is closed. When it comes to your online calendar, the best systems are no longer local desktop applications, but are rather "cloud" based, so you can access your schedule from anywhere.
Practice management software will help reduce no-shows with email appointment reminders. A transition to email reminders can reduce your administrative workload by up to an hour each day – time better spent with an extra appointment or other administrative work.
One business practice often lost is tracking which clients have not visited recently. The more advanced practice management software will automatically track which clients are due for their next visit and send them an email to request they book their next appointment online. This process is known as "recalls" and automating it allows you take advantage of a previously untapped business-growing strategy without any extra effort.
Using technology reduces the amount of manual effort required to operate your clinic, reduces stress and keeps things organized. We can't ignore the option to submit insurance claims electronically.
There are three options for submitting online insurance claims: 1. Connect directly via the insurance company website; 2. Sign up for a clearinghouse which allows you to submit to several (usually thousands) of different insurance companies from one place; or 3. Sign up for a practice management software that partners with a clearinghouse so everything you need is in one place.
Integrating new technology to improve clinic management does require you to go through a learning curve, but it's clear an investment in technology today will reap benefits for years to come.
Daniel Ruscigno is the co-founder of ClinicSense (previously PatientCal). ClinicSense offers practice management software that helps with scheduling, soap notes, billing, electronic insurance claims and more. For more information, visit www.ClinicSense.com.
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