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The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
August, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 08
Investigations Force Corinthian to Sell, Close Campuses
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
It all started to unravel quickly last fall when California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian Colleges Inc. accusing the company of using false advertising and predatory tactics to convince potential students to enroll in its for-profit schools.In her suit, Harris claimed Corinthian was targeting low-income people with promotional campaigns that actually misrepresented how many of its students obtained jobs. Corinthian is the parent company of Everest Institute and Everest College among other brands. Corinthian has approximately 75,000 students spread out across more than 100 campuses across the U.S. and according to federal officials, receives about $1.4 billion annually in federal student aid.
Corinthian is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America and their program areas include health care, business, criminal justice, transportation technology and maintenance, construction trades and information technology. Complaints against Corinthian go back as far as 2007 when the California attorney general filed a civil compaint with similar allegations of false advertising. Corinthian settled those charges by paying a $6.5 million fine but admitted no wrong doing. The current suit claims Corinthian repeatedly falsified job placement rates, publishing rates as high as 100 percent when in some cases, not a single student in the program obtained employment.
Last year, U.S. Senate investigators found that half the students enrolled at 30 of the largest for-profit schools in Corinthian's portfolio left without a degree or diploma within four months. The Senate investigation also uncovered the fact that Corinthian students have defaulted on their loans 64% more than the industry average. Harris' suit also claims that Corinthian committed securities fraud by misleading investors and telling them the overall placement rate was 68% in 2011, even though they knew it was much lower than that. Several states attorneys general, the Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau were investigating Corinthian due to its marketing and recruiting practices.
In June, the government decided to limit access to the federal funds Corinthian was receiving. Corinthian claimed its cash balances would be insufficient after federal authorities forced it to wait 21 days between submitting student enrollment data to regulators and drawing down money for federal student aid. A normal delay would be one to three days. An agreement was then struck with the U.S. Department of Education to give Corinthian access to $16 million in student aid funds as it sought buyers for the majority of its 107 campuses. This agreement allowed Corinthian's students to continue their studies during the transition.
Finally, on June 22nd, Corinthian entered into memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Education to maintain uninterrupted daily operations at its schools until a more detailed transition plan can be finalized. Corinthian and the Department of Education will enter into an operating agreement that will allow Corinthian to proceed with its plan to put some of its campuses up for sale and teach-out of schools in a manner that protects students, factulty and staff.
Under this agreement with the Department of Education, Corinthian is responsible for determining which schools will be for sale and which will be "teach-out" schools. Also according to the agreement, "Corinthian will begin a sales process for the sales schools with the intent to execute definitive sales agreements with one or more third parties within approxiately six months. Corinthian will discontinue enrollments of new studentsin the schools identified as teach-out schools and will also provide prompt notice to all students attending teach-out schools of the intent to teach out those schools. Corinthian will also identify and appoint an independent third party compliance and business monitor acceptable to the Department of Education who will have full and complete access to Corinthian personnel and budgets, including financial forcasts, results of operations and cash receipts and disbursements and any and all documents Corinthian is providing to potential buyers, accreditors and the Department of Education."
The Massage Community
The closure of 80 massage programs around the country will have a ripple effect in the educational world as well as in the consumer market. "The closure of education giant Corinthian Colleges will affect many industries and professions. Massage therapy supply houses, textbook publishers and CE providers will have 80 fewer locations to serve. While this many have an initial negative effect for vendors, this could be the turning point in a field that has been over run with low quality massage programs staffed by poorly qualified instructors," said Pete Whitridge, President of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.
While market forces could be corrected with this restructuring of Corinthian, there is a human toll on faculty, staff and students who commited no wrong. There are Everest campuses that turned out many massage therapists who have gone on to successsful careers.
"My experience with Everest Schools across the nation has been mostly positive. I have had the pleasure of visiting dozens of Everest campuses through my eight plus years with Massage Envy Spa. From the campus directors, to the faculty to the students, I have witnessed so much dedication to the craft and profession. Many of these schools have done an incredible job educating and graduating qualified massage therapists," said CG Funk, Vice President of Industry Relations for Massage Envy. "Today, there are thousands of working Everest graduates who are successfully making a difference through healing touch."
Massage Today will continue to monitor how Corinthian adhears to the agreement in the months ahead. For the latest information, visit www.massagetoday.com.
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