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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
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.
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.
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.
Pack Your Bags and Open Your Mind
Continuing education without geographical boundaries.
Prior to beginning their practice, or treating clients professionally, massage therapists should first receive a sound therapeutic background and education. However, many professionals begin their practice and do not keep up with their education. It may seem that there is no need, as you are already licensed/certified and your state doesn't have any specific continuing education guidelines to follow. However, whether your state requires continuing education or not, in order to be up to date and safely learn new techniques and modalities, a therapist should never stop learning.
Continuing education is an essential part of certification and training programs are designed to provide appropriate skills to massage therapy professionals across the United States. Each state may have a board of massage therapy who designs the specific guidelines for continuing education and therapist competency. Minimally, a therapist must meet those requirements and should always verify the educational programs selected do meet those minimal requirements.
Aside from just the subject matter, when making your decision on selecting a course for your continuing education, the instructor of the course is also an important consideration. This vetting process can take some time, as you want to review the instructor's background, knowledge base and if possible speak with them, hear a short lecture, or take an introductory course, prior to committing to an entire workshop/seminar.
Most states have requirements for continuing education providers/instructors which often include;
The common areas of required continuing education focus for most states include state massage practice guidelines and professional ethics/boundaries workshops. Training in these areas is important to keep a therapist up to date on policies, legislation and any potential issues related to misconduct considerations.
In addition to the required continuing education from their state board, many massage therapists are looking for unique and specialized continuing education that not only helps them increase their professionals skills, but also helps them to attain a competitive edge, and help set them apart with their community. A variety of specialized courses are not always available in the therapist's area, which may cause the therapist to seek education in another state, and in some cases abroad.
As you are considering training in another location, it is important to first review your state's guidelines to ensure they will accept the continuing education credits earned.
Most state boards will accept continuing education offered outside of the therapist's practicing/licensed state if such education meets specific requirements, such as approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Once you have explored the variety of opportunities available, and verified the course will meet your state board's continuing education requirements, you can choose to attend a course anywhere in the world. Get ready and pack your bags. Whether you dream of learning at a sunny resort on a tropical island, snowy mountain village or even on a cruise, you are welcome to learn and earn education credits, while enjoying a new and exciting environment at the same time.
There are many benefits to choosing a course outside of your community. When you study in another state, or abroad, you will find incredible new foods, social atmospheres and experience different educational styles. Massage therapy is not practiced in the same manner in other countries, as it is in the United States. Therapists have different levels of base education and you might be excited to learn more about how therapists practice around the world.
A major benefit of studying in a new place, is taking the time to explore. Whether you like to visit the local historical landmarks, have a meal with new friends from class or explore a local shopping area - there's always something more to experience when you are studying in a new location. This unique option of educational travel can inspire a new approach in your practice in many ways!