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Issues #3 and #4 - May 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

May 3, 2006 mailing - Issue #3

Image May 3, 2006

Historic Scientific Meeting May 24-27 on IM-CAM to Draw 500+

An unusually multi-disciplinary and inclusive flavor marks the upcoming, US-Canadian research meeting on CAM-IM. IBN&R spoke with program chair Adi Haramati, PhD, on this historic, not-to-miss meeting which, given the preparation, is unlikely to be held again for another 3-4 years ...

May 3, 2006

AOM School Initiates "Integrative Medicine Certification" for Acupuncturists

Working in the IM field calls for new competencies for CAM professionals. The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College-Berkeley has initiated a new program to certify AOM professionals for this new world. But what will this program achieve? What do we want to see from an optimal IM certification for CAM professionals?

May 3, 2006

Brief Notes, Links and Personnel News -- May 3, 2006

Former directors of two Midwest IM programs make new lives for themselves; Sita Ananth, MPH, reports on participation at the Health Forum conference on integration into health systems; snapshot of a robust Oregon IM center, and more ..

May 3, 2006

Forum Feature: Christy Lee-Engel, ND, LAc on Making a Center Truly Collaborative
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Christy Lee-Engel, ND, LAc

Researcher-clinic developer "Sophie" set up an IBN&R Forum to ask for help in creating quality collaboration in an integrative setting. Lee-Engel, a deeply experienced practitioner in integrative settings (as well as a director of the  integrative CAM Camp at Bastyr University, offered wisdom from her experience.

May 3, 2006

IBN&R Blog Notes for May 3, 2006 -- Participant/Reader Use Patterns

Site use grows (thanks to all of you who helped with IBN&R's outreach), Manahan forum note and IBN&R's People section are hits, blog poll and forum on DeFacto CAM agenda each a bust ...

May 1, 2006

ImageAMA Group to "Thwart" Practice Expansions of Others, and a Challenge to the CAM-IM Fields

A concerted push by the AMA works to limit scope of practice expansions of allied health and CAM disciplines. Easy to complain, but are "holistic" CAM-IM fields showing behaviors that might product reform between disciplines or are they merely recapitulating the turf-orientations which have fragmented and harmed health care?

April 28, 2006

Lessons from a Clinical Network Business Organized to Foster Collaboration
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Lisa Yater, MSW

A review of a Chicago professional Lisa Yater's network business experience suggests that a Rotary Club service mission may be a missing ingredient in this informal effort to create integration without walls ...

April 25, 2006

Trends in Natural Health Care as Captured in Time Magazine's 2005 Review
Extracts from Time magazine's year in medicine from A to Z gives some indications about what research is being prioritized for feeding to the general public by one significant mainstream magazineregarding CAM, natural health care and supplements.

Let me know if you have an article or poll idea, interest in starting a forum, or news to report.


May 19, 2006 mailing - Issue #4



May 19, 2006

ImageIAYT Sponsors IBN&R Series on the Future of Yoga Therapy: Part 1 - Context and Current Initiatives

The upswelling of popular and institutional interest in Yoga is provoking an exploration among leaders of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) of steps to advance the role of Yoga in health care - without losing the field's best qualities. The IAYT is sponsoring an IBN&R series which will explore the possible futures for Yoga therapy through the lens of the good, the bad and the ugly of the sometimes-felt-as Faustian bargains which other disciplines have cut in their integration with the medical industrial complex.



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David Mercier, LAc, Shore IM leader
May 19, 2006

Shore Health System: Exploring CAM-IM's Economic Value in Nurse Retention

The Integrative Medicine Center of the Shore Health System quickly shined on the outcomes of the nationally-used Press Ganey patient survey. The system's chief IM leader, David Mercier, LAc, then led theclinic to an operational break-even and an award-winning inpatient Reiki program. Mercier is now exploring an unusual strategy for enhancing CAM-IM's economic role for the health system - savings on the $50,000-$80,000 hospitals must spend to bring in new nurses.





May 16, 2006

ImageProposed Employer-Physician "Contract" Suggests Cost-Case for CAM-IM

The chief medical officer for a top employer health and wellness organization, the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, calls for a new "contract" with physicians under which they would significantly increase their focus on outcomes like increasing functionality, lowering side-effects, and limiting the debilitating effects of pain and fatigue. Wouldn't most CAM-IM practitioners sign up in a minute?



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Ira Zunin, MD
May 15, 2006

Ira Zunin on CAM-IM Clinical Services in Healthy Living "Age-Targeted" Communities

Boomers are aging. Thoughtful developers are beginning to create new communities which target this new set of, demanding and health-conscious seniors. A feature of these communities is often a health center which may have diverse integrative medicine offerings. IBN&R contacted integrative clinic founder and healthcare consultant Ira Zunin, MD, MBA, MPH, for his insights into this phenomenon and the opportunities for integrated health care.



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Milt Hammerly, MD, CHI IM leader
May 13, 2006

Medical Errors, Mistreatment of Nurses, and Hope in Integration's Hard Context

Long-time integrative medicine leader and author Milt Hammerly, MD, is now working under the title of vice president for medical operations and integrative medicine for 19-state healthcare system Catholic Health Initiatives. The new role has thrust him into the national effort to combat our #3 killer -- medical intervention. What are the implications of this hard context for integrated health care? Is there opportunity in this crisis for CAM-IM?



May 9, 2006

NCCAM Fellow Tilburt on Bioethical Challenges in Integration

The NCCAM's first bioethics fellow in CAM, Jon Tilburt, MD, MPH, outlines his views of top ethical issues facing the field. His refreshing perspective shows respect for how much the most significant integration dialogue is not around therapies, per se, but around whole practices and distinct disciplines.




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