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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
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.
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.
January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01
IMTRC Keynote Speakers Announced
Massage Therapy foundation hosting May conference in Seattle
By Editorial Staff
The Massage Therapy Foundation recently announced the details for its triennial International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC).Registration is now open and the conference will be held in Seattle May 12-15, 2016 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. This is the fourth research conference hosted by the Foundation and attendees are expected from around the country and abroad.
"The 2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC) is an event designed to bring you up to date on new knowledge, meet research professionals, share your insights with your massage and bodywork colleagues, and potentially impact the direction of future research. Registration is now open. Come learn about the latest cutting-edge research and embrace the future of massage therapy," said Massage Therapy Foundation President Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD.
The Foundation has secured an impressive lineup of keynote speakers for the IMTRC. Friday's keynote speaker is Dr. Wayne B. Jonas, MD, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Samueli Institute, a non-profit medical research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes and their application in health and disease. He is a widely published scientific investigator, a practicing family physician, Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University, and Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army.
Dr. Jonas was the Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 1995-1998, and prior to that served as the Director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. His current research interests include projects on Information Biology, the placebo effect, cancer, biological effects of low level exposures (hormesis), homeopathy, spirituality, methods for enhancing stress resilience in military personnel and the impact of optimal healing environments in health care.
Saturday's keynote speaker is Dr. Brent A. Bauer, MD, the Director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Bauer is board-certified in Internal Medicine, a Professor of Medicine and has been on staff at the Mayo Clinic for 23 years. His main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies that patients and consumers are using with increasing frequency. He has authored several book chapters and more than 100 papers on this topic, and is the Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Bauer is a member of numerous scientific review panels and is currently collaborating on more than 20 studies being conducted at Mayo Clinic evaluating CAM therapies ranging from acupuncture to valerian. He is the Medical Director of Rejuvenate, the first spa at Mayo Clinic. He is also the Medical Director of the Well Living Lab, a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, which is exploring the impact of the indoor environment on wellness. His work is at the forefront of the emerging field of Integrative Medicine which combines the best of conventional medicine with the best of evidence-based complementary therapies.
Sunday's Keynote speaker is Dr. Jo Smith, the Program Manager for years two and three of the Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage (BTSM) at the Southern Institute of Technology and co-leads the New Zealand Massage Therapy Research Center. Having developed the first Bachelor's degree in massage therapy in the Southern hemisphere, she is now focusing on developing a culture of research within the BTSM and the New Zealand massage industry.
Her PhD research focused on the culture of care and practice patterns within New Zealand and she has also carried out research into outcomes, professionalization and educational issues pertinent to massage therapy. Prior to becoming a massage educator and researcher, Dr. Smith worked as a massage therapist and physiotherapist.
Registration Now Open
IMTRC attendees will include massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, researchers and allied health professionals. "The conference is an incredible opportunity for massage therapists and allied health care providers to learn about new research findings that contribute to the massage therapy profession," said Cambron.
Early bird registration is available until April 12, 2016 for $450. Registration after the early bird date is $500. A one-day pass can be purchased for $250. For more information about the Massage Therapy Foundation or the IMTRC, visit www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/2016-international-massage-therapy-research-conference/. To register for the conference, visit https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=145674.
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