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.
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.
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)
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.
June, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 06
AB 1822 Update: CAMTC Certification Expected to Remain Intact
Committee Hearing Friday, May 28
By Christie Bondurant
Strong backlash from the massage community over California's proposed anti-prostitution bill has caused its proponents to back down on the most controversial aspect of the law: local police certification for work permits.
According to the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) and the American Massage Therapy Association California chapter (AMTA-CA), the backers of Assembly Bill 1822 have felt the significant impact of protests from the massage community and have agreed to amend the bill in a more positive manner.These proposed amendments come after recent discussions between CAMTC, AMTA-CA and proponents of the bill.
In a May 24 press release put out by the AMTA-CA, "the CAMTC and statewide certification would remain intact." In the press release, Amanda Whitehead, AMTA-CA government relations chair, states an "expected" amendment to AB 1822: "All investigations for CAMTC certification would be done by the CAMTC."
Whitehead thanks the massage community for their overwhelming support in influencing proponents of the bill. "Please know that your letters, emails, internet postings, and publicity have both influenced lawmakers and inspired those of us whose job it is to deal directly with the legislature," said Whitehead.
Whitehead also credits Assembly Member Sandre Swanson, the author of the bill, for his willingness to work with the massage community and is hopeful that his new amendments will be satisfactory to all stakeholders.
"Assemblymember Sandre Swanson and his staff have shown a real and responsive interest in the needs of the massage community," said Whitehead. "These amendments can absolutely be drafted in a way that both protects the massage therapy profession and strengthens the ability of local law enforcement to control prostitution and human trafficking."
In a letter sent to Massage Today, Ahmos Netanel, CAMTC chief executive officer states that while CAMTC does not officially support the bill as of yet, he also believes that major improvements have been put forward. According to Netanel, the proposed amendments will include:
According to Netanel, the CAMTC is working on proposed amendments regarding massage establishments to discourage owners of potential illicit businesses.
"Even the author of the previous bill (Senate Bill 731) believed the establishment language needed to be revisited," said Netanel. "Obviously, our goal is to cooperate with local law enforcement without creating new disadvantages for the massage therapy profession... CAMTC is obtaining best practices from other states in regards to establishments. We want to craft amendments that resolve local concerns without returning to draconian zoning measures."
Netanel also thanked the massage community's efforts for the expected improved amendments: "The educational effort mounted by CAMTC, AMTA, Massage Today and the rest of the profession made a significant impact on the members of the Appropriations Committee."
Completion of the amendments to the bill is expected this week. The Appropriations Committee hearing will be on Friday, May 28.
The bill would have essentially reverted California back to the failed system that was in place before SB 731, allowing local authorities to issue work permits in each jurisdiction a massage therapist would work.
The political firestorm began after Swanson's office introduced the massage bill on an urgent basis, calling 89 percent of a sampling of CAMTC applicants either prostitutes or persons with questionable backgrounds. Those percentages of CAMTC applicants were reported in a survey compiled by the CPCA, who (after repeated requests by Massage Today) have yet to provide evidence of their findings.
Nevertheless, the thinly sourced survey catapulted the bill through various governing bodies to where it currently sits at the State's Assembly Appropriations Committee.
However, the massage community's strong opposition to the bill and the CPCA's claims were finally heard by the Appropriations Committee. We wait expectantly for the published amendments.
If the bill passes the Appropriations Committee on Friday, it will then have to pass both houses of the legislature and requires the governor's signature to become law. According to Swanson's office they have deleted the "urgency" clause in the proposed amendments, which will now require a majority vote, instead of the two-thirds vote reported in preceding Massage Today articles.
Massage Today will continue to follow this story, providing updates as available. For other Massage Today articles on this issue, read:
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