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By Samuel A. Collins
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service. I have several different fees for many types of patients, as I do belong to a lot of plans, and I am concerned that I can be audited for illegal practices by having dual or actually multiple fees for the same code. Is what I am doing correct or against the rules?
By Shai White-Gilbertson, PhD, MSCR, Dipl Ac, CTR
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
By Shellie Goldstein, MS, LAc (NY), PA (FL)
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty. Chinese medical physicians were employed to perform acupuncture and herbal medicine on Empresses and Emperors' concubines to enhance natural radiance, delay signs of aging, and maintain a youthful and lustrous appearance.
By Elizabeth Sommers, PhD, MPH, LAc and Kristen E. Porter, PhD, MS, MAc, Lac
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand. The public health trip was led by Dr. Maisha Amen, founder of the Maat Center in Newark, N.J.
By Felice Dunas, PhD
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?" Let's go with the idea that energy moves from your skin inwards, towards your "self" and organs (yin) and outwards from your skin towards "others" the world, (yang). What percentage of the energy in your life goes in each direction?
By Sze K. Chan, MSTCM, LAc, Dipl OM
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him. I shadowed Dr. Zhang at his hospital, Beijing Tai Ji Tang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, listening to patient intakes and observing his treatments, as well as watching him explaining the cases to his students.
By Gary Wagman, PhD, LAc
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health. While methods such as the Atkins and South Beach diet have their proponents and research-based components, as time passes, they slowly get pushed aside as new diet plans arise.
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