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, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
An Open Letter to the Profession From the Medical Massage National Certification Board
By Lori Rolen
I support and encourage the development of a standard of education and experience in the practice of medical massage. My massage practice is in California, and I have been working with medical professionals in my community for several years.I believe I have been able to earn a level of respect, but it has taken time. In the last year, several "massage practices" in my community have been investigated and closed down. Arrests were made and the media coverage was huge. When I attend a lecture or debate with medical professionals, there are always questions, and yes, even jokes about those businesses. There are also many spas in my community, which offer a host of services that are considered massage. Most of these services are very different from the treatment received in my practice. I am often frustrated that there is not a clear distinction between my education, experience and practice, and those of the businesses down the street. Not only is the medical community confused, but according to some of the phone messages I receive, the public is also confused. In your quest for respect and recognition, how will you tell the public that you possess special skills and knowledge? How will you ensure that you are a professional that the medical community can trust with their patients?
The burden is on us to prove our value. Certifications are offered as evidence of distinction in a vast number of industries and professions. Many of our profession's excellent educators offer certification upon course completion. Some certificates are awarded based on class hours attended, while others are awarded upon demonstration of comprehension. The accumulation of certificates may be impressive, but where is the distinction for the quality of continued education? Certificates earned for advanced education with a basis in anatomy, physiology, orthopedic assessment, medical documentation, pharmacology and the like, are far different from certificates earned for advanced education in reflexology or aromatherapy. The Medical Massage National Certification Board (MMNCB) believes that the medical massage therapist has a desire to distinguish him/herself and will ultimately be required to validate his/her knowledge and experience. Establishing a standard through a credible certification process positions massage therapists working in the medical arena for required regulation.
Most professionals prefer to set their own standards rather than be held to standards set by a governmental agency. Massage therapists are better equipped to encourage massage therapists to enhance their skills and gain recognition and credibility. We possess the knowledge, skills, expertise and "intellectual property" that are needed to develop a standard for our profession. When a profession regulates itself, it also retains the right and authority to revoke its credential from certificants who fail to comply with the established standards. The model for setting, measuring and enforcing such a standard should be established by massage therapists. The MMNCB has established an exam to evaluate and document the education and experience of therapists who have continued their education well beyond the 150-hour minimum requirements.
The MMNCB exam was developed to evaluate the level of education in MET, manual therapy, neuromuscular reeducation, orthopedic assessment, documentation, medical terminology, etc. Documentation of work experience is required in order to qualify to take the exam. For therapists who have a desire to work in the medical environment, this is an important distinction. MMNCB is in the process of being accredited by the same national agency that accredits the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). It is a lengthy process of review. We need to be able to prove our credibility. The MMNCB does not recognize any specific educational agency. Educators are encouraged to submit documentation of their educational process for review by committee and will be recognized as "recommended providers" if they meet the established standard. We will continue to work toward instilling confidence in the medical community and the public.
The MMNCB recognizes that not all therapists desire to work within the medical community. We are not suggesting that the MMNCB exam become a standard for all therapists. We have no desire to compete with the NCBTMB. Our desire is to work with other organizations and professional leaders to protect our ability to minister to those suffering individuals who cannot afford or will choose not to seek care outside of their insurance benefits. The MMNCB believes that this certification process will define and validate a standard of excellence and distinction of skills and knowledge for our profession and a level of trust for the public we serve.
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