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Thursday, 4 June 2015 12:00
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​On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the NHPC Board of Directors approved the modality of STAMINA®. STAMINA® will now be recognized by the NHPC as a specialization modality within the domain of soft-tissue massage.   

To have a new holistic practice recognized, the applicant engages in a process that is very comprehensive and detailed. Over the course of many months, the NHPC has reviewed information and, based on our assessments, we're very pleased to accept this modality to the NHPC.

STAMINA® training provides the knowledge and skills to align key stabilizing muscles in a particular direction which results in improved muscle strength/stability and function. Other treatment benefits of STAMINA® include decreased symptoms, myofascial hypertonus, and trigger points with techniques that require less strain on the practitioner.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:00
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The first part of our "Discover New Dimensions" Conference series was a success. Thank you to everyone who attended. We are looking forward to Part 2 in September in Winnipeg!

Highlights of our Edmonton Conference were:

  • the announcement of a new modality
  • a lively reception and dance
  • a moving and motivational presentation by Dr. Gabor Maté
  • educational workshops for a range of modalities

For those who attended the Conference this past weekend, we want to hear from you! If you did not have the opportunity to fill out a workshop evaluation or would like to share your experience with us, please email events@nhpcanada.org.

Your feedback is important as we take it into consideration when planning future events and conferences.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 12:00
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Throughout 2015, the NHPC attended tradeshows across Canada and the number one question we received from the public was “how can I find an NHPC practitioner in my community?”

A great tool for both practitioners and the public is the Natural Health Directory. The Natural Health Directory allows the public to find a practitioner in their area by practice, city, and province — just to name a few!

By filling out their information in the Natural Health Directory, members create an easy means for the public to access their expertise.

The Natural Health Directory allows members to share:

  • their photo
  • their biography
  • their business address
  • specializations they choose to highlight
  • client testimonials
NHPC members, sign-up for the Natural Health Directory today. You'll be able to manage your listing like a mini-website and give the public access to your services. To setup your listing, login to your account, click "Directory Subscription" on the left-hand menu, and populate your listing to your liking.

 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 12:00
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On May 30, the NHPC kicks off their 2015 Edmonton Conference with Dr. Gabor Maté, the keynote speaker. Dr. Maté is known for his views on health and wellness and has inspired people around the world. The cost for the general public to attend Dr. Maté’s presentation and the breakfast is $75.00 and seating is limited. 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 12:00
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The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada's (NHPC) 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on May 29, 2015, at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre in Edmonton, AB. The AGM will be kicking off the "Discover New Dimensions" 2015 Conference, which starts that afternoon.
 
This is an excellent opportunity for members to meet the 2015 NHPC Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and NHPC staff. The NHPC team will update members on the results of 2014 initiatives and projects, and goals for 2015.
 
Members will also have the opportunity to vote on amendments to NHPC bylaws. The bylaws have been posted on the member section of the NHPC website (requires member login) and will be available at the AGM. 
 
Other documents will be available at the AGM, including the Agenda, Annual Report, Committee Reports, Audited Financial Statements, and the Current Year Budget.
 
Admission to the AGM is free of charge and lunch will be provided following the meeting. By attending the AGM, you will earn five Continued Competency Program credits.
 
For any questions about the AGM, please contact the Member Education and Events team at events@nhpcanada.org.
 
The Board, Executive Director, and the NHPC team look forward to meeting members and delegates at both the AGM and the Conference!

 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 12:00
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The NHPC is participating in the Edmonton Woman's Show, being held April 18 to 19 at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, AB.

For over 25 years, the Edmonton Woman's Show has celebrated women through offering a weekend filled with entertainment, shopping, fellowship, and empowerment.

Weekend entry tickets are $12 for general admission, free for children 12 and under, and $10 for seniors and students.

Visit our booth (#314) and meet our staff and volunteer practitioners, who are providing demonstrations!

Thursday, 5 March 2015 12:00
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Get ready to strike a yoga pose and mingle with fellow yogis! The NHPC is participating in the Yoga Conference and Tradeshow on April 10 to 12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

There will be over 250 different exhibitors, offering over 60 hours of yoga sessions, lectures, and products. Not to mention, the $15 entry ticket lasts all three days! Visit our booth (#534) and meet our staff. 

Monday, 2 March 2015 12:00
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The NHPC is participating in the What Woman Want tradeshow, being held March 13 to 15 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, SK.

There will be over 200 different booths and the $12 entry ticket lasts all weekend long! Visit our booth (#11) and meet our staff and practitioners who will be offering demonstrations and mini-treatments.

Monday, 23 February 2015 12:00
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The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) has moved to a completely automated system for purchasing advertisements (job listings and course listings) on the NHPC website.

This means no more advertising order forms, no more emails, no more phone calls, and simple and easy access for you.

Buy your advertising space today by following the instructions on the online advertising forms. You will receive a receipt by email for your purchase after you submit the online form and payment. 

Ads can take up to 72 hours to appear on the NHPC website. 

If you are an NHPC member, sign in to your website member account to ensure you receive your membership discount on advertising.

Thank you for your continued support. We hope you find this new, completely automated service for purchasing advertisements with the NHPC simple, easy, and convenient.

For more information on advertising, contact us at advertising@nhpcanada.org

Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:00
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We’re visiting Winnipeg for the Wellness Expo

The NHPC is participating in the Winnipeg Wellness Expo, being held February 20 to 22 at the RBC Convention Centre.

The tradeshow organizers have distributed thousands of tickets and expect over 6,000 visitors.

Visit our booth (#51/52) to meet our staff and practitioners, who will be offering demonstrations and mini-treatments.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:00
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The northern third of the planet's natural environment has slowed down for a winter nap, the quiet energy of the winter solstice has passed, and, for some, the festivities of a Christmas season are now memories.  Meanwhile, NHPC staff are energized and looking forward to continuing activities on your behalf in 2015.  

We want to keep the momentum going with our successful lobbying activities in 2014.  Some of the planned activities this year include:

  • discussions with insurance companies and large employers about recognizing different natural health modalities in their health benefit plans 
  • securing recognition of NHPC massage therapists as eligible for third-party billing with a small number of remaining insurance companies
  • writing submissions and making presentations to governments in different provinces on the question of regulation.  As we've previously reported to you, we are neither "for" nor "against" regulation; instead, we consult with our membership in each province and take comments forward to the government for consideration if they decide to proceed with regulation. 


Member Services and Benefits

In addition to our external advocacy work on your behalf, we are also expanding our other member benefits this year. For example, in Member Education, we are planning conferences, workshops, and some online educational events to reach members in several different provinces.

At Connections Cafes this Fall, many of you voiced your interest in an extended personal health care plan. We are currently researching the costs of offering an extended health plan at an affordable rate.


Communicating with Members

We have begun a new "Modalities Catalogue" project, which will be available online and in print. It will highlight many different natural health modalities in order to help educate your clients and the public about the natural health profession and the kinds of services you may offer

And, as always, we are planning to continue to connect with you through the NHPC News, webinars, Facebook, telephone, email, and in-person.


Recruiting New Members

We may be coming to your part of Canada this year doing member recruitment. In addition to school visits, we are promoting natural health at various health trade shows, hosting training events that potential members could attend, and connecting with informal groups that meet regularly.

As always, we are looking beyond the recruitment of massage therapists to practitioners who work with other types of natural health practices. 


Member Relations

Internally, we are continuing to review and update a number of internal administrative processes, including our school credentialing process and membership eligibility requirements.

We have received positive feedback about the process changes we made for membership renewals—particularly about how easy it is to renew online so that you receive your documents immediately. Eventually, the NHPC will be moving to online renewals only (except in very exceptional circumstances), so we encourage you to use the online renewal the next time you renew.

In the meantime, thank you for continuing to email and phone us with your suggestions and questions. Many thanks to the volunteers in the organization, including the Board of Directors. On behalf of the staff at NHPC, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, abundant New Year!

Kelly Sloan
Executive Director
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:00
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Medavie Blue Cross, one of the biggest third-party health insurance providers in Eastern Canada, has announced that it will begin recognizing the services of NHPC massage therapists, effective immediately.

NHPC massage therapy members who meet the 2,200-hour initial education and training requirement can immediately begin taking advantage of all the benefits of recognition from Medavie Blue Cross, including signing up for its direct billing system.

Massage therapists in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and New Brunswick must be registered with the regulatory college in their respective province to be an eligible provider for Medavie Blue Cross.

This great news comes at the end of a successful year for the NHPC in advocating for its members’ practices all across Canada.  This summer we were pleased that our negotiations with TELUS Health Services resulted in eClaims for massage therapy members across Canada. The NHPC is looking forward to developing more relationships and expanding on its advocacy work across Canada.

For more information on other insurance updates and information with the NHPC, contact Paul Donovan, Insurance Relations Coordinator, at pdonovan@nhpcanada.org or (toll-free) 1-888-711-7701 ext. 222.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:00
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Medavie Blue Cross will begin processing all claims for Veterans Affairs of Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2015.

Beginning on January 19, 2015, Medavie Blue Cross will begin processing all claims for Veterans Affairs of Canada (VAC), the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). This includes all claims from recognized massage therapists across Canada.

Claims from VAC, CAF, and the RCMP previously were submitted to the provincial Blue Cross organizations for reimbursement. Medavie Blue Cross is hoping to make the process of covering VAC, CAF, and RCMP easier by having all claims go to one source.

Any paper claims can be mailed to Medavie Blue Cross directly:

Medavie Blue Cross
Federal Administered Programs
644 Main St.
PO Box 220
Moncton, NB  E1C 8L3

Anyone with questions about this new claims process for VAC, CAF, and RCMP with Medavie Blue Cross are encouraged to contact them directly at 1-888-261-4033.

For more information on other insurance updates and information with the NHPC, contact Paul Donovan, Insurance Relations Coordinator, at pdonovan@nhpcanada.org or 1-888-711-7701 ext. 222.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 12:00
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STAMINA® Academy Inc. is continuing to offer its free introductory workshop, this time in Medicine Hat, AB, on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

This workshop is presented by the most talked about presenter at the 2014 Annual National Conference. It provides both demonstrations and hands-on experience on the signature STAMINA® techniques focussed on the impact of fibre directional movements on muscle function and stability.

Participants in this free introductory workshop will learn how STAMINA® massage techniques quickly reduce myofascial hypertonus, trigger points, inflammation, and joint restriction while down regulating the ANS reflex response. The treatment techniques address the root cause of MSK pathologies with less strain on the therapist and are applicable to all massage styles.

To attend this free introductory workshop, register online or by phone directly with STAMINA® Academy Inc. at 1-855-320-2177.

Friday, 14 November 2014 12:00
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Prime 124 Street Location at a Great Price

Located in the popular 124 Street area of Edmonton, this renovated Princeton Place space offers unique advantages to the right small business or association.

1,500 square feet of open space facing ast, with the option of an additional 550 square feet that includes an office and work area. 

  • Potential for subdividing into offices and/or work stations
  • Surrounded by bright East-facing windows
  • Kitchen sink/counters
  • Sixth floor with great views
  • Variety of restaurants for hosting clients and just enjoying your lunch

For a tour of the space, contact the office:

Natural Health Practitioners of Canada
6th Floor, 10339 124 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5N 3W1

Phone: 780-484-2010 ext. 221

 

Monday, 8 September 2014 12:00
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​We are very pleased to report that the TELUS Health eClaims Solution final written agreement with the NHPC has been signed and TELUS Health is now preparing to launch this service to the NHPC membership.


Who is eligible?

The insurers have approved NHPC massage therapy members with a minimum education of 2,200 hours. In addition, we are particularly pleased that the insurers have also extended their approval to include NHPC members who have successfully completed the Competency Equivalency Exam (CEE).


Who is not eligible?

At this time, members who have been exempted by insurance companies are not eligible for the eClaims service. However, we will continue to advocate to the insurance companies on their behalf. As well, TELUS Health has informed us that all Quebec massage therapists are not eligible.


How to qualify

If you are a massage therapist and are not eligible for this service, we encourage you to consider the CEE. Visit the Centre for Learning for details on applying, receiving credits, and insurance provider policies.


Next steps for a two-phase launch

Members in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Maritime Provinces, and the Northern Territories can register for eClaims starting September 15, 2014.

Members in Alberta can register for eClaims starting September 30, 2014.

TELUS Health contact information:

  • You can access eClaims registration after the launch dates at telushealth.com/eclaims.
  • If you have any questions about TELUS Health eClaims, please contact them after the launch dates at provider.mgmt@telus.com or 1-866-240-7492.


Please note: Eligible members that practice in regulated provinces (BC, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador) must register under their provincial regulatory body, not under NHPC. 

Thank you for your patience while we waited for the final written agreement. 

Monday, 18 August 2014 12:00
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Alberta Blue Cross has contacted the NHPC with information about fraudulent activities that massage therapists may not be aware are considered illegal. They have shared a list of common claims that they are urging all message therapists not to make:

  • Claiming facial treatments as massage therapy treatments. Facial treatments are not covered by Alberta Blue Cross.
  • Submitting claims for services never rendered to the patient.
  • Submitting claims prior to services rendered. Claims should only be submitted after or at the time of service.
  • Submitting claims under a spouse or dependant’s name when the patient receiving the service has reached his or her benefit maximum.
  • Submitting claims for missed or cancelled appointments. Cancelled appointments do not constitute a rendered service and cannot be claimed.
  • Registered clinics claiming for services rendered by ineligible practitioners. As defined in the online agreement, eligible providers are qualified, licensed and operate within the principles of a governing professional college and/or association. They also operate within the laws of the province where the services are delivered. Registered clinics can only claim for services rendered by eligible providers that meet the above criteria.

Alberta Blue Cross would also like to remind all massage therapists that they actively investigate and pursue all fraudulent activities, which can result in losing eligibility status with Alberta Blue Cross and Civil or Criminal prosecution.

To help ensure that all claims made by massage therapists remain legitimate, please keep proper Client/Patient Health Records. These should include the client’s name and ID number; the date, time, and duration of treatment; the fee for treatment; the results from assessment techniques used by the therapist; and a summary of techniques used and areas treated.

Confidential reports for fraudulent activity can be made directly to Alberta Blue Cross at fraudtips@ab.bluecross.ca or the Alberta Blue Cross Fraud Hotline at 1-866-441-8477.

For more information on what Alberta Blue Cross considers to be a fraudulent claim, contact Alberta Blue Cross directly toll-free at 1-800-588-1195.

Monday, 11 August 2014 12:00
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Join the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) and STAMINA® Academy Inc. at the NHPC's Knowledge Centre (6th floor, 10339 124 St., Edmonton, AB.) on September 26, 2014, for a free introductory course from the most widely acclaimed workshop provider from the 2014 Annual National Conference.

This free two-hour introduction will show you how STAMINA® massage techniques quickly reduce myofascial hypertonus, trigger points, inflammation and joint restriction, while down-regulating the Autonomic Nervous System reflex response.

At the 2014 Annual National Conference, the STAMINA® workshop was one of the first to sell-out and had one of the largest waiting lists. STAMINA® Academy Inc.'s two-day workshop at the NHPC Knowledge Centre was one of the quickest events to sell-out at the NHPC's headquarters.

Register directly with STAMINA® Academy Inc. online or by phone at 1-855-320-2177.

Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:00
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The NHPC was pleased to meet with Saskatchewan members and visit a massage therapy school on our visit there last month. We are currently taking actions related to matters that our members said were important to them.   

We would also like to provide information on the use of the term "Registered Massage Therapist" (RMT) in Saskatchewan. Currently, the Government of Saskatchewan does not regulate the practice of massage therapy and there is no regulatory College in Saskatchewan. Therefore, no association has claim to the designation "RMT" over any other organization in the province.

What this means is that if you are a massage therapy practitioner registered with the NHPC in Saskatchewan, you can refer to yourself as a registered massage therapist because you are registered with the NHPC.

We look forward to supporting all our members through insurance and advocacy work throughout the next year and beyond.

Monday, 7 July 2014 12:00
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The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada and TELUS Health Solutions have reached an agreement for the TELUS Online Billing Service. For the agreement to be finalized, it requires the insurance companies' legal departments to do a final review of the agreement.

 

We're currently waiting for that process to be completed and for the formal written agreement to be sent to us by TELUS Health Solutions. Once it has been signed, we will release all the details to our members.

 

We appreciate your patience while we wait for the written agreement to come from TELUS.

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