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October 12, 2014

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #84: October 2014

Policy
-"Never Only Opioids" Policy Brief: The Imperative for Early Use of Non-Pharmacological, Approaches and Practitioners in Pain Care
-Former Army Surgeon General Schoomaker: The Two Reasons There is an "Imperative" for Integrative Health and Medicine in the Civilian Care in the U.S.
-Act Now! IHPC Urges Member to Support HR 4887, Expanding Care to Veteran's Act
-Naturopathic Doctors Score Additional US Senate Endorsement of Naturopathic Medicine Week
-Honoring the Immeasurable Contributions of Retiring Integrative Medicine Champion U.S. Senator Tom Harkin
Integrative Practices
-Cleveland Clinic Announces Partnership with the Institute for Functional Medicine
-Richard Sarnat and the AMI Group: Update on a Trailblazing Data Producer for the Integrative Health and Medicine Field
-Cheng-Tsui Integrated Care Center: "Imbedded" in ACO and Emergent PCMH at Harvard
Research
-NCCAM Announces $21.7-million Project with the VA and Their Families
-Multidisciplinary Group Co-led by Ben Kligler, MD Secures PCORI Grant to Look at Group Acupuncture to Address Health Disparities
Publications
-Kreitzer-Saper team to serve as co-editors for Global Advances in Health and Medicine Journal 
-Explore Commentary: Is there a "Town and Gown" Split Related to Science and Evidence in Integrative Medicine?
Academic Medicine
-Kreitzer's U Minnesota Center Brings in Bronfort, Evans via $500,000 NCMIC Grant to Create Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program
-Maryland University of Integrative Health Launches First Doctorate Programs
-Snapshot: Phoenix's Southwest College Naturopathic Medicine Boasts Record Enrollment
Professions
-Naturopathic Doctors, Integrative Medicine Consortium and Alliance for Natural Health Weigh in on Compounding Pharmacies
People
-Jan Schwartz, MA, BCTMB, recognized as Educator of the Year by the Massage Therapy Foundation
-Integrative Health Leader Mary Jo Kreitzer Honored among Minnesota's Most Influential Women


October 4, 2014

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from September 2014

his typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude of links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." Here are 13 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations and integrative medicine, 12 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices and media, and 13 developments from around the world for September 2014.

September 27, 2014

Gratitude to Integrative Medicine and Health's Retiring Champion U.S. Senator Tom Harkin

The movement for complementary and alternative medicine is famous for its consumer base. In the context of this grassroots uprising of interest, singling out the historic contributions of one person seems inappropriate. Yet for complementary and integrative health policy and inclusion, there is such a giant. This person has flipped open so many switches to cast light on new, health-focused methods and practices that mere human decency suggests we take time to honor him in this, the year of his retirement.  IThis person is integrative health and medicine champion Tom Harkin, the senior U.S. Senator from Iowa. He promotes this movement as an instrument of his larger vision to create a "wellness society" in lieu of what he calls our present "sick care system." (This article was first published on September 27 here in the Huffington Post.)

September 22, 2014

Is the Cleveland Clinic/Functional Medicine Partnership a 'Tipping Point' for Integrative Medicine and Health?

On September 15, 2014, an article in Crain's Cleveland Business propelled news of this pioneering program nationally. The move by the highly-regarded Cleveland Clinic is not merely a dabbling in functional practices. Rather, it's a full partnership with IFM. According to the release from the Cleveland Clinic, IFM's chief medical officer Patrick Hanaway, MD will be on the ground in Cleveland with best-selling author Hyman also serving in leadership. Integrative center consultant Glenn Sabin wonders whether this is a "tipping point" for the field.  (Note: This article was first posted here on Seprtember 22, at the Huffington Post. That post includes a useful response from Institute for Functional Medicine.

September 14, 2014

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #83: September 2014

Policy
-Is any other organization or group also considering "a big honking lawsuit" on Section 2706?
-Applying a Health Lens to Decision-Making in Non-Health Sectors: in-laying "health performance measures"
Research
-Samueli, IONS, Chopra and MIRAGLO team to create collaborative think tank to forward Biofield Science Research
Business News
-GreenSurace takes a strange membership strategy to build health plan for "alternative medicine"
-Class action lawsuit filed against Whole Foods to stop sale of homeopathic medicines
-Emerging integrated practice department: CVS officially ends sales of cigarettes in all of its stores
-American Botanical Council reports herbal sales up 7.9% in 2013
Academic Health
-Arizona Center awarded $1.7 million HRSA grant to develop integrative medicine in primary care
-Massage educators and institutions collaborate for major Educational Congress, July 2015, Minnneapolis
-Parker Serves: remarkable community program at a chiropractic university
-NYCC, SCUHS, and Logan recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as "Great Places to Work For"
-Huntington College of Health Sciences offers Doctor of Health Science in Integrative Healthcare
Integrative Practice
-Interprofessionalism: teaching acupuncturists to work with doctors regarding brain chemistry
-What Wayne Jonas shared with Grantmakers in Health in a March 2014 plenary address on "Giving Healing a -Voice"
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems, Communities and Internationally
Organizations
-Data on acupuncture profession from the 2013 Job Task Analysis of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
-AIHM offers certification in integrative health for executives and administrators
-National Consortium gathering endorses Job Task Analysis for health/wellness coaches
-IAYT is taking steps to develop a certification program for yoga therapists 
-Institute of Integrative Health moves into health and wellness offerings for its Maryland community
-American Holistic Medical Association offers live streaming of historic (sold-out) conference to students and practitioners of all types, September 18-21
Opportunity
-IFM hiring a new director of medical education; Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine seeks director
People
-Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO selected as AANP Physician of the Year
-Early University of Washington integrative medicine leader Nassim Assefi, MD curator of stage content at TEDMED


September 13, 2014

Michael Levin on Academic Medicine and Hospitals in Their Campaign to Protect the Medical Industry

Integrator adviser and columnist Michael Levin read the brief in the August 2014 Integrator Round-up entitled "Hospital group begins campaign promoting its role disease as an economic engine." The subject is an organization of U.S. hospitals and academic health centers, the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care (CPAH). The organization was created to protect economic life as hospitals know it. Their strategy leads with calling attention to the jobs they create and their economic impact on communities. I questioned whether this strategy is ethical of nominally "healthcare" organizations. Levin, the founder of the Health Business Strategies consultancy, dives into CPAH and share details: over $14-million of marketing and lobbying revenues from 2011-2013. He particularly notes the role of academic health centers in this self-protective work.

September 3, 2014

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from August 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude of links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." Here are 8 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations and integrative medicine, 3 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices, and 7 developments from around the world for August 2014.

August 26, 2014

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #82: August 2014

Policy
-Whole System Health: Consider donating to the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign of former CMS administrator Don Berwick, MD!
-American Herbal Products Association urges lawmakers to include "CAM" in new veteran's legislation
Research
-NCCAM-ipedia: agency responds (sort-of) to corrective appeal on acupuncture and chronic pain
-Regarding Christine Goertz, PhD, the "licensed integrative health practitioner" on the PCORI board of governors
-NCCAM advisor Jane Guiltinan, ND and Bastyr University on the NCCAM's proposed name change
Integrative Practice
-Naturopathic research group publishes data on naturopathic primary care based on 300,000 patient visits at teaching clinics
-Michael Cohen offers thorough exploration of "fee-splitting" in integrative practice for FON Therapeutics
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from July 2014
Academic medicine

-Health reform stimulates U Minnesota to offer Masters in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching
-Without Medicare, naturopathic doctors offer residencies to 17% of graduates
Organizations
-The 213 professionals certificated by the Institute of Functional Medicine
-APHA gives elevates complementary/integrative/traditional medicine group to section status
-Hospital group begins campaign promoting its role disease as an economic engine
-American Acupuncture Council offers seminars to bring acupuncturists up to speed on insurance changes under the Affordable Care Act
Professions
-American Herbalists Guild celebrating its 25th year
-Nutritionists win first battle, in Michigan, following federal opening to non-RD nutritionists
-Naturopathic organizations to form World Naturopathic Federation with sights on W.H.O.
People

-John Tew, MD selected to head University of Cincinnati integrative medicine
-Chris Cassirer, PhD named president at Northwestern Health Sciences University
-Lynda Balneaves selected as founding director of the U Toronto Centre for Integrative Medicine


August 8, 2014

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from July 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude of links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." Interesting to see in one months strong pieces supporting lifestyle for cardio risk, "CAM" during treatment for brain surgery, and "CAM" for MS. Also a number of announcements of new IM centers or clinics in health systems. Here are 17 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations in integrative medicine, 11 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices, and 8 developments from around the world for June 26-July 31. 2014.

July 20, 2014

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #81: July 2014 

Policy
-CMS gives Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNS) parity with RDs for delivering hospital nutrition
-Getting consumers active on Section 2706: IHPC to roll-out CoverMyCare campaign
-IHPC's thorough response to HHS on practitioner and consumer experiences relative to Non-Discrimination in Health Care
Academic Health and Medicine
-Duke opens applications for Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare - scholarship advertised
-International Association of Yoga Therapists announces its first accredited yoga therapy programs
Research

-NIH NCCAM 2.0: Taylor Walsh reports on the renaming dialogue at NCCAM's June 2014 National Advisory Council meeting
-NCCAM's Dr. Edwards' reflects on the posters at the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health
Integrative Practice
-Exit interview: Peter Amato to shut down Scranton's pioneering, 17-year-old Inner Harmony Wellness Center
-Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine seeks new director
-From Google Alerts: Integrative Medicine in Health Systems, Communities and Internationally for June 2014
Employers and Payment
-Link-up!
New Linked-in group explores opportunities for integrative health and medicine in emerging payment models
-Trek Bicycles announces integrative employee health center
-Does measurement of "patient experience" in the Triple Aim parallel the limited meaning of "prevention" in health system outcomes? 
Perspectives
-Bethany Hayes, MD comments on "medical industry" influences on integrative health and medicine practices
-Additional note on the "medical industry" and use of language from Beth Sommers, LAc, PhD
Preventive treatment
: when doctors are "more like a life insurance sales team"
Organizations
-New Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) broadens its leadership team: Wisneski, Snider and Weeks join board
Miscellaneous
-Larry Dossey, MD's latest book - the exceptional One Mind
-Dr. Oz on the Congressional hot-seat on weight-loss claims
People
-Dawn Hague, LMT is new chair of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
-Marcia Prenguber, ND the new chair of naturopathic medicine at University of Bridgeport


July 13, 2014

Chronicles of Health Creation: Exit Interview with Integrative Medicine Clinic Pioneer Peter Amato

After 17 years in the integrative medicine tough-lands of coal country Scranton, Pennsylvania, Peter Amato is calling it quits with his ground-breaking Inner Harmony Wellness Center. On July 31, 2014 the clinic will provide the last of an estimated 34,000 patient visits. The immediate cause is the loss of two integrative medical doctors. The final tally: 7 years in the red, 3 in the black and 6 at break even. Amato reflects on his highlights and low-lights of his various models, his relationship with a Mercy hospital that became part of a for-profit, and a productive stint as chair of a policy arm of Andy Weil, MD's growing empire in the late 1990s when he had a hand in vastly increasing NCCAM's funding. The heavy lifting of finding, training, and moving new integrative docs converged with some "soul searching" about his next life steps to prompt the change.
[This article was first prepared for the Huffington Post.]

July 13, 2013

Re-Naming NCCAM: Taylor Walsh Covers Discussion of "NCRCI" at the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The proposed re-naming of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a powerful cultural moment for the field.
In this article, Integrator columnist and integrative health and medicine consultant Taylor Walsh documents the dialogue on the topic at the June 2014 meeting of the - what may soon also be renamed -  National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Here are views of Josephine Briggs, MD, Brian Berman, MD, Tracy Gaudet, MD, Scott Haldeman., MD, DC, Dan Cherkin, PhD, and others. Fine job from Walsh. The Integrator comments touch on: the limits of the dialogue since the non-MD "CAM" profession representation has been reduced to 6% of those on the Council; whether "integrative" is a term most recognizable to consumers; and whether "erasing the conflicts" that may come when "complementary" or (heaven forbid) "alternative" is in the title may also be airbrushing our history.


June 27, 2014

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from June 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude for links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." The gem here is discovering thw existence of the "Reflexology Section" of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Slovenia. While my original focus was on integrative medicine in health systems, the later search term often nets developments from around the world. Here are 11 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations in integrative medicine, 7 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices, and 16 developments from around the world for June 1-26. 2014.

June 15, 2014

Integrator Special: Gratitude & the Wild Back-story to My Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award/Book

When I mentioned to a colleague my odd feelings in writing a newsletter piece about the Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award and wonderful book of 150+ tributes presented to me at the gala of the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, she said simply: "Let your freak flag fly!" I've taken her suggestion. It turns out that day included threat of cancer (not), association with a Samurai Data Poet, visits of family, living and dead, an affinity with Scrooge mcDuck, and more, all of which I share here. If you'd rather see the book, just click here. In Living Tribute: John Weeks, The Integrator - Three Decades as an Integrative Health Connector, Crusader and Chronicler. Thanks, each of you Integrator reader people who had a hand in this - and many did!
 
June 15, 2014

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #80: June 2014

Policy
-IHPC with 15 Partner Organizations Weighs in on NCCAM Name Change, and an Integrator Response
-A perspective on the reason to keep "alternatives" from Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH
-Take the Pledge: Don't say "healthcare system" when describing "disease treatment" or the medical industry"
Research & Resources
-Josiah Macy Jr Foundation funds  ACCAHC Project to Enhance Research Literacy for Licensed Integrative Health and Medicine Fields
-Terrific plenary webcasts from the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) available for free
-Khalsa and Weber: NCCAM elevates chiropractic and naturopathic researchers to key leadership positions
-Capturing the growth of a field: family photo of the naturopathic researcher community at IRCIMH
Useful Data Points
-Use of "CAM" providers among monthly health and medicine choices for US citizens
-UPMC leader: "Only about a quarter of what we do has strong evidence and we only do that about half the time."
International
-World Health Organization approves new traditional medicine strategy
-A taste of international news in traditional, complementary and alternative medicine
Professions
-Acupuncturists prevail in Oregon battle with chiropractors over dry-needling
-Naturopathic doctors thank World Federation of Chiropractic for hosting them at the WHO General Assembly
-Christine Goertz, DC, in useful short video and perception surveys about chiropractors on Quantia MD
Miscellaneous
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from May 2014
-Ullman on "nanopharmacoloy" firm HEEL's decision to pull out of the U.S. market
-Calls for Abstracts: IN-CAM, Oregon NDs in interprofessional effort, chiropractic leadership conference
People
-Adi Haramati, PhD honored by CAHCIM/ISCMR with special award for his leadership of international research meetings
-David Wickes, DC selected as new president of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
-Integrator's John Weeks given Lifetime Achievement Living Tribute Award at IRCIMH 2014

June 10, 2014

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative and Alternative Medicine in Health Systems, Communities and Internationally for May 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude for links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." While my focus is on integrative medicine in health systems, the later search term nets developments from around the world. Here are 9 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations in integrative medicine, 12 from integrative medicine in community non-system practices, and 10 from around the world for May 2014.

June 8, 2014

Take the Pledge: Never Say "Healthcare System" When You Are Describing "Disease Care" or the "Medical Industry"

Language is a virus, as Laurie Anderson sings. This column argues that we spread a kind of sickness when we routinely refer to the form of medical delivery in the United States as a "healthcare system," which it is not. This is not new - but what is also true is that neither is what we have a "disease management system," which in itself is a good an necessary function of optimal medical delivery if done well. What we have instead is a "medical industry" driven largely by production and profit. We have areas where we manage disease well, and also some emerging hope around focused "health creation." Might a critical step toward an actual system that produces health be to start practicing a language that is conscious of which of these we are referencing in any given moment? Here are some reflections, beginning with a parallel language issue that mystifies reality amidst the horrible economics in my present home in Puerto Rico. [This article was first written as a column in Alternative Medicine.]

June 8, 2014

NCCAM Name Change: IHPC/Partners Weigh in, plus Integrator on the Name is Not the Mandate

Following an extensive dialogue between many of the best informed policy leaders in alternative, complementary and integrative health and medicine, the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) submitted the letter printed here in full to NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine director Josephine Briggs, MD. Briggs had requested public comment on her proposal that the name be changed to the National Center for Research in Complementary and Integrative Health. IHPC's 13 Partners for Health range from massage to integrative medical practice organizations. Their letter is followed by comments on Integrator wishy-washy behavior on name but clarity on what the mandate still means.

May 24, 2014

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #79: May 2014

Policy
-Three Federal agencies announced a request for comments on Section 2706, Non-Discrimination in Health Care-respond by June 1
-AAMC's leading workforce research conference switches focus from "physician" to "health workforce," includes integrative health and medicine disciplines
-RWJF report finds limited impact of Choosing Wisely campaign in combating the 30% of the medical industry that is waste
Integrative Pain Treatment
-Samueli studies in Pain Medicine underscore new directions in integrative pain treatment
-U.S. Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs examines alternatives to pain drugs
-US Health and Human Services on combating opioid addictions: Use more drugs!
-Twitter chat on CAM and back pain produces surprising dismissal of "CAM" from NCCAM tweeter
-Canadian firm urges multidisciplinary approach to pain treatment, but with limited team
Surveys
-AANP survey of Medicare recipients finds high interest in use of naturopathic  doctors and in non-pharma treatment
-CDC report stimulates flurry of news accounts on regional trends in "CAM" use
Integrative Care

-Cleveland Clinic Chinese herb program with Crane Herb makes huge waves in media
-New School in New York City pioneers auricular acupuncture and acupressure in university setting
Professions
-A snapshot of the size and maturation of the licensed integrative health and medicine fields
Philanthropic Partners
-Emerson Ecologics grants funds to IHPC's cost-effectiveness project, Foundations Project and NY NDs
-Health Partners, BCBS and Tufts make grants to Pathways for Wellness
Academic Health
-IOM workshop features presentations on community-based integrative health education led by Southern California University of Health Sciences Robb Russell, DC
-Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine opens clinic in Adelante Health System
-George Washington University launches online integrative medicine program
-NUHS chiropractor Daniel Straus, DC chairs Florida medical district board of directors
-Ohio State University (OSU) integrative medicine program hosts the mindfulness Congressman, Tim Ryan
-National College of Natural Medicine announces Masters in Global Health
Miscellaneous
-Persevering in cause work: Paul Loeb's The Impossible Will Take a Little While and how "hope is not the same thing as optimism"

April 27, 2014


From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from April 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude for links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." While my focus is on integrative medicine in health systems, the later search term nets developments from around the world. Here are 13 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations in integrative medicine, 8 from integrative medicine in community non-system practices, and a half-dozen from around the world for April 2014. The big news this month: the Cleveland Clinic's new herb program, the CDC data on  regional use patterns and the Australian report concluding there is no value in homeopathy.

April 17, 2014


Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #78: April 2014

Policy

-VA's integrative pain initiative shows early positives in limiting opioid dependency
-Is a major threat to integrative medicine practice rolling south and west from Nova Scotia's medical board?
-IHPC Brings 2706, CAHCIM and Allina to Congressional Briefing on "Easing the US Healthcare Crisis: The Role of Integrative Health Care"
-Doctors of chiropractic and naturopathic medicine on National Quality Forum panel
Organizations

-American Academy of Pain Management calls on insurers to cover integrative approaches as part of team approach to chronic pain
-American Academy of Neurology issues guidelines for CAM and multiple sclerosis - cannabis high on list
-IN-CAM Research Network announces 10th Anniversary Research Symposium: The Next Wave
-Massage Therapy Foundation engages research systematic review with Samueli Institute
-American Public Health Association's "CAM" group changes name
-AHA, hospital transformation and leadership via the CEO of Hospital Corporation of America: health creation?
Integrative Centers
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities-March 2014
-Chiropractor on integrative practice at the Casey Health Institute's patient-centered medicine home
-Attorney Michael Cohen offers insights into "fee-splitting" business strategies in integrative centers
-Guarneri's Pacific Pearl La Jolla officially opens May 10 with top naturopathic doctors in key clinical roles
Academia
-UCLA Arts and Healing advances leadership in the creative arts/health connection with series of grants
-Chiropractors form Consortium of Evidence-Informed Practice Educators; LeFebvre named to head
-$5.5-million grant to bring Vanderbilt into the family of Osher-funded centers; Northwestern to follow
-Early notice: July 2015 conference on the "Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) for CAM Educators"
Professions
-AHMA exploring merging into new Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine
-Trends and "Tremors in the Massage Industry"
-Transition at AAAOM: Jabbour steps down as president of national acupuncture association
-National Association for Certified Professional Midwives accepted into International Confederation of Midwives
-Maryland becomes 18th state to regulate naturopathic doctors
Resources
-ACCAHC, a consortium of integrative health and medicine educators,  posts free presentations, posters, papers, newsletters from 2005-present
-Naturopathic Doctors News & Review releases free, online directory of 9 years of back issues
-ACCAHC's 2nd edition of heralded text on integrative health disciplines in team care era available in e-versions, book, and as free PDF
Miscellaneous
-Former FDA official Daniel Fabricant, PhD named to direct Natural Products Alliance
-Community acupuncturists respond to community stress from the Oso, Washington mudslides
People
-In Memoriam: Tanya Edwards, MD (1960-2014)


April 11, 2014

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities around the World-March 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature reflects a quick capture of highlights from the multitude for links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." While my focus is on integrative medicine in health systems, the later search term nets developments from around the world that I began to share for November 2013. Here are 15 selections related to hospitals and medical organization in integrative medicine and 8 from the community, for March 2013. Chose to not include information from around the world this time.

April 10, 2014

Second Edition Acclaimed Text to Support Interprofessional Teams Via Integrative Medicine and Health Published

[The following was sent as an April 10, 2014 press release from the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC).] Nationwide, hospitals, health systems, medical homes, employers and insurers are increasingly opening their minds and work environments to the important contributions of complementary and integrative health and medicine practitioners in enhancing patient experience, improving population health and lowering costs.The second edition of an acclaimed resource guide for these explorations is now available: ACCAHC has released and updated an improved edition of its acclaimed Clinicians' and Educators' Desk Reference on the Licensed Complementary and Alternative Health Professions.

March 16, 2014

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #77: March 2014

Policy
-Department of Defense report to Congress details military use of CAM therapies and practitioners
-NCMIC Foundation supports presence of licensed integrative practitioners in the nation's workforce debate
-Anti-discrimination petition filed at Change.org by expectant mother seeking a midwife; IHPC endorses, and KHN covers


Integrative Clinics

-An ND-LAc shares experience as a Medicaid-covered practitioner for Healthpoint FQHC
-Academic integrative centers in Ohio open doors to TCM
-Boise's St. Alphonsus Medical Center begins referral service for prenatal yoga therapy
-Manahan and Snider respond to article on the Secret Sauce and Positive Side-Effects Via Whole Person Integrative Medicine
Academic Integrative Medicine
-Bastyr teaching clinic ranks among the top among all Puget Sound primary care clinics
-Consortium publishes standards for competencies for integrative medicine fellowships
-Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine receives award from Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Professions and Organizations
-National acupuncture association and president Michael Jabbour taken to task in "AAAOM - Making Promises it Can't Keep"
-Holistic medical organizations AHMA and ABIHM link together in new Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine
-ACAM grants first physician membership and advisory position to chiropractor, CTCA's James Rosenberg, DC


-International College of Integrative Medicine offers $20,000 planning grant for a major chelation study
-Naturopathic profession's organ, Natural Medicine Journal, publishes special oncology issue
-From "drugless" to "drug-free" - American Chiropractic Association endorses position of Chiropractic Summit
-National, multidisciplinary certification for health coaches advances
Books
-Holistic nurse Lucia Thornton, BC-HN publishes Whole Person Caring
-Norton publishes Scott Shannon, DO's Mental Health for the Whole Child
People & Awards
-James Gordon, MD and Tieraona Lowdog, MD receive 2014 awards from the Integrative Healthcare Symposium
-Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, PhD elected president of the Massage Therapy Foundation
-American Botanical Council and American Herbal Products Association announce 2014 awards
-Payment expert Anthony Hamm, DC elected president of the American Chiropractic Association


March 2, 2014

Hooking Up: Don Berwick, Integrative Medicine and His Call for a Radical Shift to "Health Creation"

[This column was first published here at the Huffington Post.) The concept that the U.S. medical industry needs a radical shift away from profiting off disease toward a system that focuses on health creation is deeply imbedded in the movement for integrative health and medicine. Now the policy leader who is perhaps the most influential player in U.S. medicine over the last 20 years, Don Berwick, MD, is urging all leaders of hospitals and health systems for just such a "far more radical shift than we have imagine" toward a system organized toward "creating health" in the individual and communities served. More

February 15, 2014

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #76: February 2014

Policy
-Shifting paradigms: Berwick urges "radical shift" in medical industry toward "creating health"
-White House responds to petitions from the acupuncture and naturopathic medicine communities
-Events to honor Senator Harkin: Samueli Institute and American Chiropractic Association
-Mark Guimond offers new resource on acupuncture legislation via National Policy Group
-Not yet "creating health" but "historic" Maryland plan shifts perverse payment incentives in hospitals
Research
-Employer-focused Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine publishes report showing cost savings from naturopathic care
-NCCAM's Briggs speaks of her agency's involvement in the "paradigm shift" toward pragmatic trials
Public Health
-Credit CVS Caremark: APHA calls on all drug stores to end cigarette sales
-Sommers reports on CAM/IM at the APHA meeting
-Massage groups publish group statement supporting the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP)
Academic Medicine
-U Kansas and Cleveland Chiropractic College faculty meet in joint session on pain
-Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) receives Building Bridges of Integration award
- International group of medicinal plant researchers endorses ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program
Opportunities
-Aurora Health Care has job openings for acupuncturists, chiropractors, and massage therapists
-Homeopathy accreditation group ACHENA call for commissioners
-U Kansas Medical Center opens applications to MD or DO for its eighth integrative medicine fellowship
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-Kasra Pournadeali, ND takes over as president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
-AHPA view - supplement critic Congressman Henry Waxman to not seek re-election


February 15, 2014

Secret Sauce and Positive Side Effects in Treatment Via Whole-Person Integrative Medicine

Those who grow up experiencing medicine and medical treatment as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic procedures, and surgery can have trouble with the idea of "positive side effects." Hard evidence is building to support these claims of "positive side effects." Group Health Research Institute senior research scientist Dan Cherkin, PhD, is a specialist in integrative health research. His team published their findings as: "Unanticipated benefits of CAM therapies for back pain." (This article was first written as an as-yet-to-be published column in the consumer magazine, Alternative Medicine. It was first published on the internet here at the Huffington Post.






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