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International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
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MASSAGE ENVY SPA® INTRODUCES NEW EXECUTIVES
MASSAGE ENVY SPA® INTRODUCES NEW EXECUTIVES
- New Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Join Corporate Team -
Scottsdale, Ariz. (Nov. 4, 2013) – Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today they’ve added to their executive team with a new chief operating officer and new general counsel.
As Massage Envy Spa’s new chief operating officer, Joe Luongo is responsible for the company’s day-to-day franchisor operations and leads profitable growth for franchisees. In addition to operations, Luongo oversees training, information technology, and real estate and development. In this new role, he’ll help create a strategy for continued domestic growth, as well as international brand building.
“My job is to help put systems and tools in place to support the franchisees as they continue to drive revenue across the network,” Luongo said. “This includes everything from training plans to customer service, all while leveraging technology across every department to help increase performance and results.”
Luongo has 22 years of experience in the franchise industry, including Pizza Hut, and most recently Peter Piper Pizza. Throughout his career, he has worked for three Fortune 500 companies and has global experience from his time at FedEx Kinko’s, when he led locations worldwide outside of the United States. Additionally, he served for six years as a C-130 navigator in the U.S. Air Force.
“It’s exciting to be involved with a brand that’s opening more than 100 locations a year, and to think, we haven’t even tapped into the international market yet,” he said. “We’ll soon have more than 1,000 locations nationwide, and I’m looking forward to being part of that growth story.”
Melanie Hansen joins Massage Envy Spa with extensive legal expertise; she began her career practicing tax and corporate law. In 2003, Hansen served as general counsel for Cold Stone Creamery before joining the Target Corporation where she held full product and liability responsibility for the Fortune 50 Company’s Northern Arizona district, generating $300 million in annual sales. Just prior to joining Massage Envy Spa, Hansen worked as the chief operating officer and general counsel for Esio Franchise Company.
Hansen is responsible for all legal affairs for Massage Envy Spa, including franchise disclosure and compliance, corporate transactions and litigation, trademark protection and enforcement, and procurement.
"I am thrilled to join the Massage Envy Spa team,” Hansen said. “Massage Envy Spa is legendary in the franchise and massage industry, and I look forward to supporting the company from a legal perspective on the exciting strategic growth initiatives that are planned for the future."
Today, Massage Envy Spa is one of the country's fastest growing wellness brands, serving a membership base of more than 1.3 million members. With more than 910 franchise locations operating in 48 states, Massage Envy Spa just sold its 1,200th license.
Open seven days a week, each Massage Envy Spa offers convenient times and locations to fit any guest’s needs. Visit Massage Envy Spa on Facebook or on Twitter. For healthy living and wellness tips, visit Massage Envy’s blog. Additional information, including a list of all clinics, can be found at MassageEnvy.com.
About Massage Envy Spa?Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchised locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has more than 910 franchise locations in 48 states and 1.4 million members. In addition, the average unit volume for a franchise location is $1.3 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $2 million in three, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #88 in Franchise Time’s Top 200, #81 in Entrepreneur's 2013 Franchise 500 and #29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
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