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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
Reducing Hip, Knee & Shoulder Replacements (Part 2)
In the first article in this series, "Early Detection Reduces Hip, Knee, & Shoulder Replacements," I described time tested screening procedures and perspectives as indicators of when to encourage your patients to seek further medical evaluation.
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.
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.
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 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.
#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.
The Certified Practitioner
Certified Chinese herb practitioners often identify themselves with the credentials "LAc" (Licensed acupuncturist).
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.
News in Brief
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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:
"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.
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 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.
UnitedHealthcare Can't Seem to Keep Chiropractic Down
AA decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven.
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.
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.
Does Dairy Cause Dampness?
The topic of dairy consumption was brought up at a scalp acupuncture seminar I recently attended.
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.
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
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
How to Say "No," Continued...
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB
I am absolutely overwhelmed with the volume and heartfelt quality of your replies to my last challenge ("How do you say 'No' when your client says 'Yes'?").I received dozens of letters from all over the country, from people with extraordinary stories to tell. I was so excited to share with you the wonderful ideas and experiences people have sent me. And then my hard drive melted. I was able to salvage some things, but not, alas, any of my e-mail. It disappeared into the ether. It is gone, gone, gone.
I quickly (well, as quickly as I could think of it) sent a letter to Massage Today, asking if they could put a squib in the July issue to request that my respondents resend their wonderful letters --but of course, I missed the deadline.
So, wonderful letter-writers, if you still have copies of the letters you sent me, could you please send them again? I promise I'll be conscientious and save them not only in an e-mail file, but also in a place where they can be restored if necessary.
In the meantime, I did have a few letters that I have been able to save. It's hard to choose what topic to address, since so many rich ones came up, including...
This month, I decided to try to address the most common theme I heard. Here's an excerpt from a registered massage therapist in Texas:
I respond to these clients by educating them on the effects of a deep tissue massage on a body that has not been prepared for it (extreme soreness, nausea, headaches, flu like symptoms, and the process of how the body eliminates metabolic wastes and toxins from the body, etc.). I tell them that this is not the type of massage they will receive from me, as it is not in the best interest of their body at this time. If a deep tissue massage is what they want to work towards, then we set up regular scheduled appointments to accomplish that.
I refuse to do any type of bodywork, on any client, that I feel is not in their best interest at that time. I would rather lose that client.
My advice is, the massage therapist is the professional and educated person in these situations, and the client relies on us to know what we practice and what is in their best interest. We need to act like the professional educated people that we are, and say "no" when we know it's the right thing to do for that client.
Our profession loses many potential clients due to negative experiences resulting from a therapist not saying "no" when they should have.
Among many important issues raised here is who is in charge of a session. This therapist absolutely nailed my point: in the client-therapist relationship, the therapist is the authority. We are obligated to make decisions for our clients' best interest, even when it's not what they think they want. This writer went on to describe another situation in which massage therapist complied with a client's wishes for a deep tissue massage, against better judgment. The client was injured, she required extensive physical therapy to recover, and she will never seek massage again. How much damage is done to our profession when this happens?
Many writers had wonderful insights about how to frame difficult conversations with clients. Based on these and my own experiences with clients, students, and active listening skills, here are some basic guidelines that are pretty universally applicable:
This is a simple format for difficult conversations that can be applied to a wide variety of problems, from health concerns, to chronic lateness, to someone who has a habit of canceling appointments at the last minute. Sadly, when we're on the spot, sensible communication skills go right out of our heads. That's why it can be useful to have a simple, clear-cut formula for dealing with these difficult situations. In my next article, I'll outline some other communication guidelines that can make these relationships nurturing, fruitful experiences that can allow both therapists and clients to grow and benefit. I will also describe some of the other alarming scenarios that therapists have described to me in recent months.
Again, to those of you who wrote last time, and to any other readers who have problems they would like to see addressed, please, please, please resend your letters! Until then, good health and happiness.
Click here for previous articles by Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB.
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