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AMTA: Supporting Massage Therapists for the Affordable Care Act (or Not?)

July 10, 2013
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The Affordable Care Act goes into effect on January 1, 2014. This stands to have a major impact on the ability of massage therapists to be reimbursed by insurance. The 1300+ page document includes language prohibiting discrimination against licensed integrative health care practitioners.   Diana Thompson, well-known educator, author, long-time AMTA member and past...
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The Elap Flap Continues

June 2, 2012
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Earlier this week I received the ELAP (Entry-Level Analysis Project) Description from ABMP. I’ve been blogging about this for several weeks, first because I was upset that it was shrouded in secrecy; then last week because I finally got word of who is serving on this work group. While that information didn’t exactly smooth...
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

February 12, 2012
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Most of the time when the media, or Hollywood, casts a light on massage, it seems to be a paraphrase of Rodney Dangerfield’s classic line, “We don’t get no respect.” The latest hue and cry is over the upcoming new lifetime series, The Client List, in which Jennifer Love Hewitt is a massage therapist/prostitute...
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Ethics Violation, or Communication Breakdown?

December 31, 2011
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This year I wrapped up five years of service on the North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy. Anyone who has ever sat on a board will probably agree with me that disciplinary hearings involving massage therapists are one of the most stressful parts of that job. It was for me. I estimate...
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“Ownership” of Clients

December 6, 2011
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If you’re an employer of massage therapists, or you are a massage therapist who’s is employed by someone else, who “owns” the client? The short answer is, no one. People have the right to go where they choose, and to patronize whatever massage therapist they choose to patronize. The long answer is a little...
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What If You Get Injured?

January 31, 2011
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What If You Get Injured?

Meet my “mallet finger”.  That’s what it is called when the DIP joint of your finger decides to curl up on its own.  Actually, it is a severed tendon and I woke up with it like that the other day.  No trauma, no injury, no fastastic story to go along with this deformity.  In...
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