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.
October, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 10
First Educational Congress a Success
Leaders chart a path for the future of massage therapy education.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Massage therapy education has proven to be a challenging landscape. Declining enrollments, school closures, federal aid money issues, varying hour requirements and differences in curriculum have fueled debates over the last several years.The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) recently joined forces to host the first Educational Congress, July 23-25 in Minneapolis to discuss solutions to the many challenges facing the massage therapy education today.
The Congress provided an environment where the more than 200 school owners, educators, staff and massage therapy businesses could discuss and address solutions to the issues facing massage education. The AFMTE has long been committed to overhauling massage education and launched the National Teacher Education Standards Project several years ago to propose core competencies for massage educators. These core competencies include leaner development and well-being, the differences and integrative approaches, different leaning environments, content knowledge, application of content, instruction planning, strategies and delivery, observation and assessment, professional development and ethical conduct and collaboration.
Among the many discussions was the impact of franchises on the profession and the recent U.S. Department of Education regulations that eventually led to some for-profit massage schools closing their doors (see "Investigations Force Corinthian to See, Close Campuses," Massage Today, Aug. 2014 and "For-Profit Chain Schools Find Themselves Under the Gun," Massage Today, Nov. 2014). And the professions leading organizations were all a part of the discussion. Several organizations provided updates about the current state of their projects including the AFMTE, COMTA, the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and the Society for Oncology Massage.
The AFMTE, BioFreeze and Bon Vital awarded CE Provider Ariana Vincent and Teacher Juliebeth Mezzy the 2015 Educator of the Year Awards. Educational Congress speakers included David Lauterstein who addressed "The Destiny of Massage Therapy," Sandy Fritz who shared "Teach Yourself to be a Teacher," Linda Derick who discussed "Redesigning Curriculum: Touch Education for Our Changing World," Susan Salvo and the "21st Century Classroom and Virginia Cowen who shared "Secondary Data Analysis: An Untapped Resource for Massage Research." Other educational sessions included Reinventing the Lecture by Ann Williams; Research and Evidence Informed Practice: Bringing the Big Picture into the Classroom and Clinic by Whitney Lowe, Martha Menard and Jerrilyn Cambron; Writing Great Exam Questions by Mary O'Reilly; Mobile Solutions to Everyday Needs by Jeffrey S. Harmon; Education Research in Massage: How Can We Move it Forward by Martha Menard; The Science and Soul of Teaching by David Lauterstein; Student Outcomes: A Conversation for Establishing Best Practices by Dr. Tony Mirando and Creating Exciting Social Media Content by Stephanie Beck.
The next Educational Congress will be held in Tucson, Arizona in July 2017. To view several videos about the various Congress sessions, click here. For information about the AFMTE and the advantages of being a member, visit www.afmte.org.
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