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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Certified Practitioner
Certified Chinese herb practitioners often identify themselves with the credentials "LAc" (Licensed acupuncturist).
#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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does Dairy Cause Dampness?
The topic of dairy consumption was brought up at a scalp acupuncture seminar I recently attended.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
Industry News for American Massage Therapy Association
AMTA Releases Annual Research on Massage Therapy Profession at AMTA Massage Schools Summit
The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) seventh annual summary research on the state of the massage therapy profession indicates mixed indicators for the massage therapy marketplace. A detailed report focused on the meaning of the research for massage therapy schools and their students was released and discussed today at the AMTA 2014 Massage Schools Summit in San Diego, CA.
As the demographics of the U.S. change, the opportunities for massage therapists continue to evolve, and the dynamics of massage therapy employment and private practice interact, this compilation of research is a vital resource for all in the massage therapy field. This is reflected in both the data on how massage therapists practice and how consumers accept massage.
“This research and analyses can be very important for our members and everyone in the profession,” says AMTA President Winona Bontrager. “Our profession and how massage therapy is accepted by consumers and those in health care continues to change and we all need to understand how it is changing. Knowing the realities of the marketplace is essential if we want to be successful in our profession.”
Based on four surveys conducted for AMTA in recent months, and data from government agencies, the research continues to show that consumers ultimately determine the health of the massage therapy profession and that they accept the value of massage therapy as part of health and well-being.
Consumer research indicates Americans continue to strongly believe in the efficacy of massage therapy, but the economy affected how many massages they received. The percentage of adults who received a massage stayed steady at 16 percent in 2013 while the average number of massages received went from 4.2 in 2012 to 4.1 in 2013. Approximately 34.9 million people had a total of 143 million massages in 2013, a 1.3 percent decline from the 145 million massages received in the U.S. by 34.5 million people in 2012. Although most age groups saw declines in use in 2013, those 18 to 35 and those 55-64 did see slight increases.
Americans continue to believe in the efficacy of massage as 88 percent consider massage to be effective in reducing pain and 88 percent believe massage can be beneficial to health and wellness. The primary reason people received massage continued to be for medical purposes – pain relief, soreness/stiffness and recovery from injury - with 43 percent of massage consumers getting massage for these reasons.
Practicing massage therapists reported working, on average, the same number of hours this past year, while the health care industry continued to offer employment opportunities for massage therapists in a variety of settings. On average, massage therapists worked 21.2 hours per week in 2013, similar to the 21.6 hours per week in 2012. They saw an average of 43 clients each month, up from 41 clients per month the year before. Their gross annual income from massage therapy also increased to $21,871 per year in 2013 vs. $20,789 in 2012.
Between 2012 and 2013, the estimated number of massage therapists grew by 4 percent to 319,870. The number of massage therapists has increased 47 percent over the past ten years, but the number has increased only 11 percent in the past five years indicating a slowing of growth in the number of therapists. Most massage therapists continue to be female (88 percent), had a different profession prior to becoming a therapist (82 percent), have formal education beyond a high school diploma (88 percent) and are sole practitioners (62 percent).
The health care industry continues to offer employment opportunities for massage therapists in a variety of settings. The industry added 19,000 jobs per month in 2013, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. Twenty-six percent of massage therapists reported working in a health care setting in 2013 (18 percent in a chiropractic office / integrated health care clinic and 8 percent in a hospital / medical office or clinic) slightly less than the 27 percent of therapists working in health care settings the previous year.
More massage therapists received referrals from health care professionals in 2013 with particular increases from chiropractors and integrated health clinics (70 percent in 2013 versus 67 percent in 2012) and from other healthcare professionals (73 percent in 2013 versus 69 percent in 2012).
The increasing number of referrals from health care professionals in recent years continues to indicate growing integration of massage therapy in health care environments.
Read AMTA’s 2014 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet at www.amtamassage.org/industryfactsheet.
The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.