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.
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Does Dairy Cause Dampness?
The topic of dairy consumption was brought up at a scalp acupuncture seminar I recently attended.
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.
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 Certified Practitioner
Certified Chinese herb practitioners often identify themselves with the credentials "LAc" (Licensed acupuncturist).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
November, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 11
CA Governor Signs Massage Therapy Reform Act
Board Structure And Educational Requirements Change
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1147, also known as the Massage Therapy Reform Act into law, passing specific measures to give local cities greater control over massage establishments, reauthorizing but reducing the size of the board of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) and elevating the professional standards requirements. The bill also authorized the CAMTC to approve schools.
The CAMTC, originally established in 2009 under SB731, will continue through January 1, 2017. The Board of Directors has been reduced to 13 members and will no longer be led by a majority of massage industry leaders. At most, and depending on which organizations exercise their right to appoint, the board will consist of only three to five members from the massage therapy community. Without those voices from the massage therapy community, it remains to be seen how this will affect the direction of the massage therapy profession in California moving forward. CAMTC CEO, Ahmos Netanel said, "the CAMTC will be better able to serve massage professionals and consumers with a board that includes a wider variety of stakeholders."
AB1147 does extend the voluntary statewide certification of massage therapists, however the qualifications to become a Certified Massage Therapist have changed. According to the CAMTC, applications for certification as a Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP), will no longer be accepted on January 1, 2015. In addition, applicants for certification as a CMT must now have 500 hours of education from an approved school and have passed a CAMTC approved exam.
For those currently operating as a CMP, the changes mean that anyone wishing to upgrade to a CMT must have all 500 hours of education from a CAMTC approved school and passed a CAMTC approved exam by January 1, 2015. The following exams are CAMTC approved: the MBLEx, the NCETMB, and the NCETM. According to the CAMTC, if your request to upgrade to CMT is received in 2014 and you have already taken and passed one of the approved exams, under current law you may be upgraded without having to meet the new 2015 educational requirements. Active CMP's will be able to continue to renew every two years and keep their status. Any massage therapists currently holding a conditional certified massage practitioner certification will be able to continue to work toward their CMP.
In a Notice to CMP's, CAMTC states, "While CAMTC will no longer accept applications for CMP certification in 2015, if you are already certified as a CMP, you can continue to be certified as a CMP as long as you do not allow your certification to lapse for six months or more. Those whose certifications lapse for six months or longer will be treated as new applicants upon re-application and must meet the current certification requirements existing at the time the application is received."
AB1147 also now gives CAMTC the authorization to approve schools, rather than just pursue the un-approval of problem schools and so-called diploma mills. According to CAMTC, the official list of approved California massage schools should be completed by 2016.
Cities have gained greater control in enforcing local ordinances, but are prohibited from zoning massage businesses as adult entertainment. Fingerprinting and background checks have been standard since the inception of CAMTC but the new law does alter the way CAMTC processes applications from registered sex offenders. AB1147 requires that ll registered sex offenders who apply for certification be denied and any current certificate holders who are registered sex offenders must have their certification revoked.
"Today marks a historic step in our fight against prostitution and human trafficking in massage businesses," said bill co-author Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). "These bad actors hijacked the massage industry and overwhelmed smaller cities who felt their hands were tied when dealing with the proliferation of these businesses. This bill will change the landscape of the massage business by helping legitimate therapists operate while eliminating the shady characters."
"The sunset review is a healthy and welcomed exercise. It provides an opportunity to make substantive improvement to the law. We are especially pleased that the Legislature and the Governor unanimously affirmed the right of CAMTC's certificate holders to practice anywhere in California without having to obtain local permits or be subject to local background checks or medical exams," said Netanel. "The new law also explicitly states that massage can never be treated as adult entertaining by any city or county. The right to work anywhere in the state using a CAMTC certificate and the right to be treated with respect, are two important values the law affords to all CAMTC's certificate holders."
If you are unsure where you stand with your CAMTC certification, you can contact the CAMTC at www.camtc.org or call (916) 669-5336. According to Netanel, "in the next few weeks, we will be notifying all of our certificate holders regarding the new provisions of the law as well as making sure that our operations and protocols will be in compliance with the new law as it will go into effect on January 1, 2015."
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