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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 06
Till Debt Do Us Part
By H. William Wolfson, DC, FICC, MS
Individuals may view the concept of debt differently. The ability to eliminate debt may prove to be daunting due to the lack of understanding the true and final costs of borrowing and not setting goals on how best to approach the task of its elimination.
When I graduated from chiropractic college in 1981, loan rates at banks were 18% to 21%. However, the need to obtain money was an important and necessary action step to open an office. It is the same goal for you when you finish your massage education and are thinking about opening your own massage practice. Realizing it takes time to establish a practice, the decision to open with bare bone (no pun intended) necessary equipment and making the office as inviting and functional as possible vs. grandiose and opulent was paramount. As earned income became available, better equipment, decorating, more staff, etc. could be added. One's goal is to meet monthly expenses. This entails becoming diligent by keeping expenses low and saving where possible, but without sacrificing quality of service.
A priority after paying all monthly expenses is developing a financial cushion for unexpected expenses by funding a three to six month emergency account. Opening and depositing into separate bank accounts for office, personal, tax and emergency expenses allows for paying and funding specific needs. Reducing debt, i.e., credit card balances or school and office loans can be the next goal. An option is to get rid of smaller amounts of debt, even if it is at a lower interest rate vs. paying down larger debt at higher rates. The ability to reduce debt and the number of loans may serve as a catalyst to help you remain on track and further reduce remaining debt owed. Essentially, beginning the process entails adding an additional payment earmarked specifically to principal thereby reducing the outstanding loan and ultimate payoff period. In addition, make sure to pay the required monthly payments of all outstanding loans.
Ultimately, reducing debt and continuing to save requires staying the course; paying credit cards in full when due, exploring life insurance opportunities by leveraging the premium for necessary coverage and possible cash value, saving for your children's education, contributing to a retirement fund, etc. If you are self employed or have access to a company plan, it is prudent to begin participating in a qualified retirement plan as early as possible. Becoming diligent and aware of income vs. expenses and modifying your plan as needed, allows for being profitable and remaining aware of investing and saving opportunities. Asking for help and guidance from professionals including a Certified Financial Planner, accountant or an estate attorney may prove to be a wise decision. After a thorough review, everyone should understand your needs, goals and risk tolerances for investing, saving, estate planning or charitable giving.
Despite some pundits stating debt is okay to maintain, becoming debt free allows you to share time and thoughts freely without fear of being buried under the burden of debt. Volunteering your time and giving financial assistance to causes which align with your mantra is good for you and the charity. Financial health may be compared to being on a diet. If you spend more than you earn, you develop debt. If you save more than you spend, you have a surplus and possess opportunities to explore and share. Placing yourself on a financial diet takes commitment, diligence, fortitude and goals. The journey begins after you take the time to examine where you are and where you want to be, speaking with professionals who understand your goals, and sticking to your plan!
H. William Wolfson, DC, FICC, MS, obtained his Masters of Science (MS) Personal Financial Planning from The College for Financial Planning and is a candidate for CFP® professional certification. Dr. Wolfson remains active and engaged in chiropractic by volunteering his time as NY Delegate to the American Chiropractic Association and serving on assorted committees. He is also a board member of the New York State Chiropractic Association. Dr. Wolfson participates on assorted committees with the Financial Planning Association LI chapter. Dr. Wolfson retired after twenty seven years of active practice and may be reached at
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