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
July, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 07
Don't Advertise What You Do, But What Your Client Receives
By Cary Bayer
Last year, I was teaching a series of classes in our nation's capital and, wanting to get some fresh fruit for a post-seminar snack, I went into a giant grocery store in Silver Spring, Maryland.Unlike just about every other supermarket and retail outlet that I've ever walked through throughout this vast nation of ours, it surprisingly did not have a customer relations department. But don't be shocked. That's because this giant had already awakened its own inner giant: it had a Solutions Center. The difference is quite palpable. Customer relations is what stores offer; solutions are what customers desire. Going into a store that sports its own department for solving your problems is a fresh breeze that would make anyone a loyal and devoted customer.
As a business coach for massage therapists and alternative healers, I often tell such practitioners that they can benefit immeasurably from this significant distinction when it comes to preparing advertising for their services, developing the proverbial 30-second elevator speech, and learning how to effectively talk about what they do. When I teach throughout the country, I come across dozens of different wellness magazines. As I peruse these (usually) monthly publications, I see ads from many therapists and virtually every single one of these, with rare exceptions, are usually just business cards plunked down in the publication. Each of these "so-called" ads makes the same basic mistake, and makes it in a big way.
I say "so-called" ad because it's not an ad at all, but a business card. What these messages do is communicate to a reader what the therapist will do for him, rather than what the prospective client will receive from the therapist. Advertising in this way is a huge missed opportunity for therapists and a big waste of the money they work so hard to get. What most alternative healers need to understand is that most of the people who could possibly find their way to their couches, tables and offices wouldn't recognize their shadow or their own myofacial if it hit them in the head.
Therapists would benefit enormously by realizing they'll be far more successful if they engage in technical shop talk only with other therapists, but use plain and simple English to clients and prospective clients. This holds true whether the healer is communicating through an ad, newsletter, brochure, website, or in an elevator, at a party, or in line at Starbucks. It's one thing to talk modality to other healers at a continuing education training or state convention; it's quite another thing to talk that way to a layman in physical or emotional pain who is simply looking for much-needed relief. To paraphrase the old acronym: Keep it Simple Therapist (KIST).
I'm not saying there's no value in discussing what you do and the technical aspect of the modalities you practice. They serve the valuable function of providing rationale for the rational side of your prospective client's nature. It intelligently explains the value of your work when telling potential clients the benefits they can receive. It speaks to the left side of their brains.
Commercials for wise marketers do this on television, on radio and in movie theaters. Print ads for savvy businesses do this in magazines and newspapers. A car spot, for example, might describe rack and pinion steering, anti-lock brakes and deployment of airbags. This explains how and why if you buy that vehicle, you can rest assured that your kids will be safe. The best of these commercials will analyze the features of the car but they'll demonstrate safe braking on icy roads, keeping your little ones safe. This speaks to the right side of your brain and your feelings.
A commercial for a vacation in Israel, for example, will show images of historic synagogues, churches and mosques for Jewish, Christian and Muslim viewers. It will provide the feeling of ancient peace in the Holy Land. This reaches your heart and the right side of your brain. If the creative team at the ad agency is smart, they'll also convince the left side of your brain that increased security and anti-terrorism forces will make you feel safe while you're there.
If you meet me at a party, a continuing education training, or your state convention and you ask me what I happen to do, I won't tell you that I'm a life coach. This is despite the fact that this is clearly what my business card says that I do professionally. Instead, I'll tell you that I regularly help people create breakthroughs in their finances, in their businesses, in their relationships and in their spiritual lives. I'll tell you that I have privately helped more than 150 different massage therapists and dozens of other alternative healers create breakthroughs in their business and their personal lives. In other words, what you'll hear me do is describe the results that someone can expect by working regularly with me. If you don't think this gets people's attention far more quickly and persuasively than falling into the trap of saying the type of service you provide, then you haven't been paying close attention to how people listen. Very few people care what you do while you're going into your description. They're far too busy listening for what benefits they can receive from you.
So, if I happen to meet you at that party or convention, and I ask you what you do, you don't have to say that you're a massage therapist. You could tell me that you give people the beautiful feeling of well-being. Or you could tell me that you relieve pain from people's bodies and souls. And if my feet are killing me from teaching all day or I'm feeling some other pains in my body, you can bet your sweet myofacial, if you're a massage therapist, that you'll have gotten my attention in a proverbial New York minute.
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