Art of the Associateship: It's OK to Trust, But Verify
Trust is a valuable part of any business relationship. It serves as the foundation for all business operations and ultimately long-term success for owners, employees and customers. This is especially true in the world of health care.
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WFC Among Founding Members of Global Rehab Alliance; HealthSource Selects GoChiroTV as Exclusive Digital Signage Partner; Western States' Online Degree Programs Among Best in the Nation; Logan University, University of Missouri-St. Louis Forge Partnership.
Treating Pain With Nutrition
Back in 1910, when D.D. Palmer published The Chiropractor's Adjuster and introduced the world to what he called the "triad of health" – thoughts, trauma and toxins – he explained that the body can only be made optimally healthy if all three aspects of health are addressed.
The Classical Texts & Integrative Medicine
The acupuncture profession has been undergoing many changes in the past years. There has been a shift towards a more integrative approach to medicine as more hospitals include integrative departments.
Confessions of a Former Drug Rep: Statins Are Endangering Your Overweight Patients
As I sit at my desk on the sixth anniversary of my successful liver transplant, I can't help but reflect on what caused that life-threatening ordeal. Looking back on my personal situation, I want to offer my insight into what is happening routinely to many patients.
Why the Automatic Denials for Modifiers 25 and 59?
Your experience is one shared by many chiropractic providers who bill through those plans. It appears to be the national trend, but by far is more prominent in Texas and Illinois.
The Secondary Insurance Plan
I have a patient that has Medicare, but also has a secondary insurance plan that does cover acupuncture. How do I bill Medicare to get a denial so that I may bill this secondary payer?
Vaccines & Autism (Part 1)
It turns out chronic inflammation is the driver of autism expression. Unfortunately, those who emotionally embrace the vaccine issue rarely, if ever, consider this relationship, which hinders a rational view of the vaccine issue.
Why Take X-Rays When You Already Have an MRI?
Let's clear up the issue regarding the efficacy of plain-film studies when an MRI study has already been performed. I review imaging studies primarily for chiropractors, and often their patients have been to other health care providers before finding their way to a DC.
The Certified Practitioner
Certified Chinese herb practitioners often identify themselves with the credentials "LAc" (Licensed acupuncturist).
Blockchain Health Records?
Keeping data secure has become a nightmare for the average consumer. Just consider general user account hacks on Yahoo (3 billion records compromised), eBay (145 million records compromised) and Facebook (87 million records compromised), to health record breaches involving Anthem Blue Cross (78 million records compromised) and TRICARE (almost 5 million records compromised).
Does Dairy Cause Dampness?
The topic of dairy consumption was brought up at a scalp acupuncture seminar I recently attended.
Trending: CBD / Hemp Oil
A recent survey of DCs regarding cannabidiol (CBD) / hemp oil provides food for thought as to the viability of CBD-based products as a component of chiropractic patient care. Here are some observations from the executive summary of the survey:
CBD for Athletes: The Advantages of Cannibidiol
For athletes, pain is often part of their sport or activity. And to a certain extent, it is to be expected. However, after pushing themselves to the limit, soreness and fatigue set in, hampering their ability to perform and recover.
It's All About That Ki
As an industry are we shifting too much toward a Western mind set? We strive to understand how acupuncture works using imaging and extensive studies. We spend numerous hours of our training learning Western medicine and learning to speak their language. What happened to our core though?
Valuable Adjunctive Therapies
Based on the latest CDC statistics, more than 795,000 Americans have strokes per year, 140,000 of which are lethal. Approximately 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic with an estimated health care and missed work cost of $34 billion annually.1
NCCAOM: A Route to National Certification
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is offering a route to achieve national certification—without having to take any of the NCCAOM exams. This is specifically for California licensed acupuncturists that meet the eligibility requirements.
Doc, Are You a Social Media Holdout? Your Future Is Now
Whether you like it or not, to compete in any business, even chiropractic, you really should know and consider using social media. It is no longer a small, sleepy, local world we live in; it has become a far-reaching community.
A Bold Strategy to Take Chiropractic to New Heights
Building public awareness of an entire profession requires strategic planning – especially when it pertains to the exploration of ground-breaking marketing tactics that target new audiences with key messaging about the value of chiropractic care.
The Hidden Hip in LBP: Critical Screening Tests
In 1998, Harvey used this test on 117 elite athletes and found excellent interrater reliability to differentially assess iliopsoas, quadriceps or TFL/ITB tightness.
#TechPain: Causes, Solutions
For the past several decades, the science of ergonomics has blossomed. The workplace is much safer and life is generally more pleasant thanks to the application of ergonomic principles.
Help Shape the New Neck Pain Best Practices Guideline
The Clinical Compass (originally the Council on Guidelines and Practice Parameters – CCGPP) has issued a call for interested chiropractic clinicians to help shape a new best practices guideline for chiropractic care of neck pain.
End of Life Treatment
TCM looks death in the face. We do not camouflage it as if it were poisonous. "We must allow our patients to die but we cannot allow them to perish," was my first lesson the day I met my teacher as a teenager.
A Resting of the Soul
In my pursuit of being a skilled health care provider, I focus on reading journals, attending classes, staying current on medicinal research, and choosing the correct billing codes. However, most of us would never have started down this career path if there wasn't something more.
Facebook Marketing 101
Many of the health care practitioners we work with have smaller practices. The provider tends to wear many hats – office manager, salesperson and healer.
"Community Care" for Vets: It's Really a Big Deal!
As a preamble, while I regrettably never served in the military, I have the highest respect for those who did and those who currently serve.
Reducing Hip, Knee & Shoulder Replacements (Part 2)
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Autoimmunity, Gut Health and Diet: Connect the Dots
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), autoimmune disease is recognized in approximately 24 million individuals in the U.S., consisting of more than 80 various disorders that contribute to the top 10 causes of death in female children and women of all age groups.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How much do you pay annually for liability insurance?
Total Respondents: 209
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Right now I don't carry liability insurance at all. Massage is very safe, and the chance of being sued is negligible. The only reason (IMHO) to carry insurance is that some employers require it to cover their own assets. Since my net worth is low, I'm not worried about it.
A study published in the Nov. 11 1998 issue of JAMA compared the claims rates and average settlement amount for several health professions. MT's had a claims rate ranging from 0% to .3% per practitioner (not per client), including general liability like slip and fall. The average settlement amount was on the order of $4000. In other words, liability insurance for MT's is so inexpensive because the liklihood of needing it is infinitessimal!
That said, the poll question is unfair and misleading because comparing insurance costs to full membership packages of professional organizations assumes that the only reason people join these organizations is for the insurance, which is obviously false. I'd call this a "push-poll" for your insurance advertiser.
Donald F. Schiff, BS
NM LMT #8
NM RMTI #I-112
$150 - $200 I get my insurance through 2 sources. I have lots of coverage. I believe it is important today in business.
Under $100 In more than 20 years of practice, I have never carried liability insurance. All clients are by personal referral. I have a relationship with all clients. In the few instances someone has been unhappy with my work, I have given additional sessions for free, made sure they saw someone else, and kept in contact. Dr. Patch Adams has interesting ideas on the down side of malpractice insurance, check out the philosophy of the Gesundheit Institute.
$150 - $200 This amount is part of my ABMP annual dues. It's expensive, but less than AMTA (after the three year "required upgrade" to professional level) and part of why I switched. Same amount of insurance coverage.
$150 - $200 I am an L.P.N. also and this includes liability coverage for nursing.
$200 - $250 bravo to the previous respondant!!! Well said. I think Massage Today has crossed ethical boundaries with their two recent issues. Up until those two issues I thought it was a pretty good newspaper. Talk about causing division in our profession!
Under $100 Who has a great deal on insurance?
Gee, what a coincidence your latest issue had a prominent front page chart showing (or should we say designed to show) a certain company offering the cheapest insurance AND had a full back page ad from the SAME COMPANY!! What an expose that insurance chart was! What hard hitting journalism! But I'm sure it was all a mistake and it was AMTA's fault. After all, according to your articles and editorial line, isn't everything?
$200 - $250 It's part of the total AMTA package. I would be interested in learning of lower competitive pricing as my 5 year membership with the AMTA comes to an end.
$150 - $200 I would not be involved with the AMTA for any reason whats-so-ever!!! ABMP is the best!!!! They are so helpful and I don't believe they would ever do anything to hurt our profession such as the current laswsuit going on!! How unprofessional can the AMTA get???
$100 - $150 I would ask WHY you are wanting this vote to list the ENTIRE amt of dues paid if only a portion of it is for liability insurance. This confuses the issue if in fact you are only wanting to see what someone pays for liability insurance. You also need to ask HOW MUCH insurance this $ amt. buys. Printing these figures as statistics is not ethical in my opinion if you do not tell all the facts. Feel free to contact me. I really like your paper but do not like the way you have handled this thing with the AMTA.
$150 - $200 As a member of the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists (NYSSMMT),I have insurance with the IMA at a reduced rate.
$200 - $250 It amazes me that so many people are willing to condem the AMTA when they hear only one side of a story.. I hope none of these people ever sit on a jury. The point that so many seem to be missing regarding "insurance" is the insurances listed are just that,, insurance. The AMTA insurance cost is only 25% of the fee paid, the rest goes toward research, grants, public awareness, education, chapters etc.
When I read people complaining about continuing education requirements I hope no one I know ever happens to make an appointment with one of these so called therapists. 500 hours or less does not make one a professional. If you think it does, you are deluding yourself. Becoming a professional takes years of dedication and training, there is not a profession out there that does not require continuing education.
As massage therapy continues to increase in popularity and acceptance as a legitimate form of healthcare the standards will continue to increase. Those who do not accept this basic fact and get with the program will be left behind. PTs, Chiropractors and others have all gone through this, you do not see any chiropractors practicing without a license or excellent insurance and network suport.
I've always had a "bad feeling" about AMTA, I could never put my finger on it, so I went with another insurer even though some of my co-workers thought I was crazy. Now, They don't think I'm so crazy.
$100 - $150 I am curious if you have comparable information about insurance policies for massage therapists and the product liability. We use so many different products - what is our liability and which policies would protect us?
$150 - $200 I changed from AMTA to ABMP this year, driven by the need to cut expenses, not only on dues but on outlay for education requirements (ABMP makes a certain level of continuing education the criterion for a higher level of membership but does not require it of all insured members). At the time I hadn't had the benefit of reading in MT a comparison of all available associations and insurance. I had talked to ABMP members before making my switch, but truly, I was not aware of my other options. I may change again after having the opportunity to evaluate further information about the different associations and perhaps glean comments from other members of these groups.
$100 - $150 insurance provider is healthcare Providers Liability Insurance
$200 - $250 AS WITH ANY ORGANIZATION THERE ARE UPS AND DOWNS. I DO NOT SUPPORT THE AMTA USING MY DUES FOR A LAW SUIT THAT IS TRUELY A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. I ENJOY YOUR PAPER AND HOPE TO CONTINUE TO DO SO. AS WITH ANY MAIL IF I DO NOT WANT, IT ENDS UP IN THE TRASH (LIKE ALL THE CREDIT CARD APPS FROM THE AMTA). NO PROBLEM. I KNOW THAT ANYONE CAN GO ON THE INTERNET AND FIND A LIST OF PROFESSIONALS AND USE IT TO MAIL TO THEM.
BUT I AM ALSO SICK AND TIRED OF MASSAGE THERAPIST COMPLAINING OF THIS OR THAT AND YET THE STAY UNINVOLVED. AS AN ACTIVE AMTA MEMBER I GO TO THOSE MEETING AND OF A MEMBERSHIP OF 1900 OR SO AND 800 PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS, WE GET AN AVARGE OF 30 TO 40 MEMBERS SHOWING UP AT MEETINGS. I HAVE TALKED WITH MANY MASSAGE THERAPIST OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND THEY GET INSURANCE AND A MAGAZINE. WE AT THE AMTA HAVE HAD TV, NEWS MEDIA ALL PROMOTING MASSAGE AND THE AMTA MEMBERS. THE LOCATOR SERVICE OF THE AMTA HAS SET ME MANY CLIENTS. AND AS A MEMBER WE GET CONTINUEING EDUCATION OFFERED AT DISCOUNTS. BESIDES THE INSURANCE AND MAGAZINE. THE AMTA PROMOTES GROWTH AND EDUCATION OF MASSAGE THERAPIST. SO DOES MASSAGE TODAY. IF YOU LOOK AT THE ORGANIZATIONS, FOR THE MONEY YOU ARE GETTING WHAT YOU PAY FOR. AS ANY SMART BUSINESS PERSON KNOWS "YOU HAVE TO SPEND MONEY TO MAKE MONEY"
More than $250 I currently pay over $250/yr. through AMTA. Although I have enjoyed my relationship with this organization, I am seriously considering finding a more cost effective source as many of my coworkers have already done. They are still involved, to a point, with AMTA, but not paying the high dues of that organization. I would love to know where the person paying only $100/yr. for AMTA dues is living, and if they are a professional member or merely a student.
More than $250 I currently pay over $250/yr. through AMTA. Although I have enjoyed my relationship with this organization, I am seriously considering finding a more cost effective source as many of my coworkers have already done. They are still involved, to a point with AMTA, but not paying the high dues of that organization. I would love to know who the person paying only $100/yr. for AMTA dues is living, and if they are a professional member or merely a student.
More than $250 I have recently elected to not renew my membership dues, liabiilty insurance coverage from the AMTA. It was even more convincing after seeing the lawsuit in your last two issues (my lastest newsletter from the AMTA finally mentioned it).
I was paying $275 a year for the dues for the main organization and the state one combined. I also felt that I was getting very little for it. Now I am starting to look into more affordable (for me) insurance that will benefit not only my clients, but my bank account as well.
I was having to raise my rates in order to cover the cost of the insurance. Just like the health insurance, the only one that seemed to be getting rich are the ones who can control what goes on in our practices, possibly affecting the quality of work that we can provide.
Catherine A. Yezak
Under $100 The AMTA is the most professional active group in the world
today. Their efforts and ethics have established massage as an
acceptable alternative option to help the public establish and
maintain their health.
my opinion of MT has been molded by their negativeity, bias
and skirting the ethical boundrys that the quest for money
power and acceptance can encourage.
i have although enjoyed in particular the informative and
ethically appropriate articles by Ben Benjamin.it is my opionion
that it is his input and only his input that has given your
credibility; but that is not enough i feel your organization will in
the long run do more damage to the profession in it's drive for
political power.why dont you just sell massage related
products. and ensure quality to the consumer.
your political posturing is reprehensible!
my vote continues to support the AMTA!!
$200 - $250 My total fees include money for research in massage, foundation grants, grants for licensing efforts, public awareness campaigns, scholarships, member services, excellent publications, low cost education and on and on. The insurance itself is a bargain. AMTA Professional Member.
Associate Members pay much less.