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Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
April, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 04
Entry-Level Analysis Project Publishes Report
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
In March 2012, the Coalition of Natioanl Massage Therapy Organizations initiated the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) with the goals of "defining the knowledge and skill components of entry-level education and recommend the minimum number of hours schools schould teach to prepare graducates for safe and competent practice in the massage profession."
After 21 months of collaboration and more than 500 pages later, the ELAP working group has issued two reports: "The Core: Entry-Level Analysis Project Report" (Final Report) and "The Core: Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint" (The Blueprint).Member organizations who are part of the Coalition include: the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, the American Massage Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the Massage Therapy Foundation and the National Certification Board for Therapeutuitic Massage and Bodywork.
In a statement released after publication of these reports, the Coalition explained that two concerns were at the top of the list in the early stages of the ELAP process, which they cited as "inconsistent quality, depth and focus of entry-level massage therapy education and a lack of licensure portability (professional mobility)." The initial objective of the group was to "identify and gain agreement on what should be core elements of entry-level massage therapy instructional programs - the knowledge and skills an entrant to the profession should possess to be ready to work safely and competently with clients."
And so a seven person working group was formed to address these concerns. Group members included Pat Archer, Clint Chandler, Rick Garbowski, Tom Lochhaas, Jim O'Hara, Cynthia Ribeiro and Ann Williams. According to the Coalition statement, "the ELAP process illuminated some predictable strengths in massage education, but also some wide ranging knowledge and skill gaps." The statement also says that "neither the Coalition nor its constituent organizations endorse every specific recommended sub-topic, activity or propsed weighting in the report." The group found that approximately 625 classroom hours of "capable instruction" would be necessary for students to acquire the core skills.
That number of 625 falls close to the average for most massage regulated states. Most regulated states now require 500 total educational hours, while others require more than the 625 recommended. The Coaltiion does "encourage interested parties to focus less upon the total hours and more on recommended subject matter and sub topics. It is vital to understand what The Core is not - it is not a complete massage school curriculum. The contents of this report are seen as the core - the foundational knowledge and skills every beginning massage therapist should possess - that should be part of every entry-level massage instructional program, but not the entirety."
The Coalition hopes this report will influence several professional groups within the massage profession. For the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, the Coalition hopes they will "use The Core as it builds guidelines for a model practice act." They also hope state licensing boards will use "The Core in setting education requirements for licensees.
The Coalition hopes the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education will "refer to The Core in creating teacher training standards and curricula and that the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork will use "The Core as it identifies beginning vs. advanced knowledge and skills for its Board Certified credential."
The Coalition believes that the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation can use "The Core in evaluating massage and bodywork curricula for programmatic accreditation" and that "schools owners, admimninistrators and faculty can use The Core to strengthen or validate curricula and to adopt consistent learning outcomes."
"We believe that the efforts of work group members have resulted in an extraordinary, ground breaking body of work. Their Blueprint, and the underlying process described in the report, gains strength from its intellectual integrity and independence."
Both reports are available for download at www.elapmassage.org.
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