We have an exciting and innovative
program for Daytona Beach.
I'd like to bring your attention to several "hidden gems" and
their implications for AAPB and its future.
you know that research in biofeedback and gaming has been underway
for some time? And did
you know that this work will probably go "public" within the next
year or so? When that
happens, the public's awareness of biofeedback will increase
significantly. We want
AAPB members and guests to learn more about this exciting extension
of traditional biofeedback and to be better prepared to use the
technology in a clinical environment. Don't miss this very
International Stress Management
year, we will welcome members of ISMA to AAPB's meeting. ISMA will have a series of
events on stress management, and we hope that AAPB members will take
advantage of them. As
soon as we can get some government paperwork out of the way, ISMA
will join AAPB as a division.
We welcome ISMA to our meeting.
may have noticed a "Mind-Body Institute" workshop tucked in among
the program offerings for this year and wondered what the "Mind-Body
Institute" was all about.
We all know of individuals who are using biofeedback and
applied psychophysiology as part of their employment within a
specialized clinic or treatment program. Some of these individuals
are licensed professionals, and some are unlicensed
technicians. Some are
using biofeedback effectively, and some are not. Some of these individuals
are AAPB members, and some are not.
In an effort to improve the care that
patients receive within these clinics, we've established the
One of the goals of the Mind-Body Institute is to identify
and train individuals who already use biofeedback to treat a
specific condition or who are interested in adding biofeedback to
the treatments offered by the clinic. Another goal is to focus on
biofeedback and applied psychophysiology for a specific disease
state, not a general training program of biofeedback for multiple
biofeedback will be offered in a clinic, we want to have confidence
that patients are receiving the most up-to-date and empirically
validated techniques available for the disorder.
This year, we will have a Mind-Body
Institute presentation on headaches. The program will be offered
by Frank Andrasik and Steve Baskin. Attendees will read
preparatory materials before participating in the two-day
workshop. A fairly
rigorous post-training examination will conclude the workshop, and
attendees who pass will receive a statement attesting to their
successful completion of the training program.
We will market the program to
neurological clinics in Florida and the southeast. If we're successful, we will
market the headache program in other regions of the country and
develop other, equally rigorous programs.
Through the Mind-Body Institute, we
hope to spread biofeedback's presence in treatment centers and
insure that patients receive high quality care.
nomenclature task force has been hard at work crafting a definition
of biofeedback that is comprehensive and consumer-friendly. This is harder work than you
might imagine. When we
have a definition that acceptable to AAPB, BCIA, and ISNR, we will
be able to work more collaboratively with regulatory agencies such
as the FDA to reign in abuses of some manufacturers that use
"biofeedback" in a way that's confusing to the public and not at all
representative of our vision.
Mark Schwartz, the chair of this task force, will present a
report at the Daytona meeting.
We continue to stay alert to problems
with reimbursement for biofeedback services. From the reports we've
received from members, we've learned that reimbursement patterns can
often be contradictory across the U.S. What works for one provider
in one area of the country may not work for someone in a different
area. We believe these
discrepancies may reflect personal relationships that our members
have built with third-party payers. We know how frustrating it
can be when insurance companies appear to change their
policies. And we know
that no one likes to spend time re-educating a clerk about the value
of biofeedback. On the
other hand, we know that many of our members are successful in their
dealings with companies.
We'd like to hear about your successes. Please share them.
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