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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
July 22, 2010
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Responds To Statements Made By IMA Owner Will Green On Closure Of IMA Group
(July 22, Golden, Colo.) -- Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) today released a statement on an e-mail widely distributed last night to massage therapists by Will Green, owner of the now-defunct International Massage Association (IMA).His e-mail appeared to be a response to an article in a massage therapy professional publication. ABMP's response, distributed to the media and its members, follows
Within the past 24 hours, Massage Today magazine published an article titled, "What Became of IMA?" and IMA's owner, Will Green, sent to former International Massage Association (IMA) members a lengthy statement in response. As you may have heard, IMA Group, an insurance provider in the field, recently went out of business due to financial difficulties. In communicating the news to his former members, Mr. Green characterized some aspects of the insurance industry, and in particular Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), in a way that was not entirely accurate.
ABMP is a full-service professional membership association, which provides liability insurance as one primary benefit of that membership. Insurance is an important piece of a practitioner's portfolio -- you want to make sure that you're protected in the event a claim is filed against you -- but insurance is not the sole valuable support a massage professional should expect from an association.
In his comments, Mr. Green stated the following about liability insurance policies:
All the other associations have master policies. The members are added to the policy with their limits. Here is what I have learned ... these master policies have a limit. Most limits are $10 million. Each member is told they have a $1 million to $3 million limit but that is not really true. If the entire policy reaches $10 million in claims they have no ($0) coverage at all ... ABMP is with the same company the IMA had. Does their policy have a limit? Good question if you have their coverage.
Mr. Green is partially correct. And he raises a good question. Many providers of liability insurance to massage professionals, including the other full-service association, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), do have master policy limits. If combined payments to settle claims filed against all insured members in any policy year reach the $10 million threshold, there is no coverage left for the next member filing a claim.
ABMP's insurance policy has no such master policy cap. Each insured member has coverage up to the full policy limits stated on their insurance certificate -- $2 million per incident and $3 million aggregate for each of three types of liability -- professional, general, and product. That coverage is not limited by the claims experience of other ABMP members. In fact, we have been talking about this liability insurance policy difference in our advertisements and promotional materials for more than a year.
Mr. Green and IMA ran into trouble, as he admits, by not focusing on the fundamental aspects of his business, including not keeping up with his obligation to pay his insurance carrier. By contrast, ABMP's current leadership team has been managing the organization for 14 years. In that time, ABMP became the largest professional association in the field, all while maintaining a stable membership fee and dramatically increasing the value of our membership.
Unlike IMA, which shuttled among multiple insurance companies, ABMP has enjoyed a solid, strong relationship with our A.M. Best "A" rated insurance underwriter for the past decade, and our insurance broker for the past 13 years. While others claim to offer unsurpassed coverage, ABMP's member liability insurance policy truly is the most comprehensive policy available in the field -- measured both by its policy limits and by its "occurrence form" nature, rather than the more limited "claims made" type of coverage offered by some others.
Mr. Green reached out to ABMP in March, when he knew his organization was in trouble. We paid attention because we did not want to see 15,000 massage therapists be left out in the cold. But, after investigation, we determined we were not prepared to potentially put at risk the health of our own organization and our 72,000 members, considering the problems surrounding the IMA Group.
What really matters to members of a professional association is having an organization and leadership they can rely upon, an association that backs up their words with actions. ABMP is such an association, a community -- not solely an insurance provider. We have 43 staff members possessing diverse professional skills who come to work every day with the same focus: "What can we do to make our members' careers more successful?" A few of them specialize in insurance matters, providing supportive help whenever a claim arises. Most of the staff focuses on a wide variety of other services -- including magazines, websites, webinars, legislative support, and other assistance -- to keep ABMP's members abreast of developments in the profession and focused upon what it takes to build and sustain a successful practice.
Source: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
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