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Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
March, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 03
Three Tips for Partnering with a Chiropractor
By Daniel Ruscigno
For massage therapists, partnering with a chiropractor is a smart and effective way to further your career. Not only can they give you referrals, collaboration with a chiropractor gives you the opportunity to teach each other about your specialties for a deeper understanding of your client's health, and helps to build your reputation in the field. If you want to build a relationship with a chiropractor but aren't quite sure how to do it, here are some tips to help get you started.
Identify your goal
The approach you decide to take when trying to partner with a chiropractor will largely depend on where you are in your massage therapist career and what your ultimate goals are. If you are just getting started, consider finding an hourly position at a chiropractor's office that allows you to build important relationships and add experience to your resume. Negotiate an agreement that everybody can be happy with before you start - generally an hourly rate, or a split percentage on each treatment. In this scenario, you would be an employee of the chiropractic office and the clinic would largely take responsibility for finding new clients.
If you are interested in owning and operating your own business, you can also consider renting space in a chiropractor's office. The benefit of this relationship is that you are the natural choice when the chiropractor recommends massage treatment for their client. Just remember, when you're running your own practice, you take on several new responsibilities for managing the business – like accounting, marketing, etc. Lastly, if you are already operating your own business, your approach will be a referral approach - where you will refer clients to the chiropractor, and they will refer clients to you.
There are many ways you can go about partnering with a chiropractor. But no matter how you choose to do it, make sure you effectively introduce yourself. First impressions are everything.
Whether you choose to apply for a position in a chiropractor's office, rent space from one, or simply network with the chiropractors in your area, always take a professional approach to your introduction. In your free time, stop at each office in your area and talk to the receptionist. Tell them about your services, give them your letter of introduction and business card, and request a 20-minute meeting with the chiropractor. Even feel free to win him or her over with a complimentary massage.
Alternatively, but less personal, you can call the chiropractic offices in your area. In either case, when you arrive at your meeting, be prepared with a professional business card and specific talking points on how working with you will benefit the chiropractor. Again, this meeting is not about how the relationship benefits you, it's all about how working with you will earn the chiropractor more money, improve their reputation, or further their career in another way.
Maintain your relationships
The end goal when partnering with a chiropractor is to get a steady stream of clients from a reliable source. In order to guarantee your success, make sure you touch base often and keep the relationship close. Networking and creating professional relationships is an important part of growing your business. Take some time each week to expand your network and you'll reap the rewards in the long term.
Networking with chiropractic and other healthcare professionals in your neighbourhood is a very worthwhile exercise. With not too much effort, and a little bit of persistence you can find a steady stream of new clients with the right relationships.
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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