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All Integrator Round-ups: May 2008- December 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

All Integrator Round-ups: May 2008-December 2015

Summary: In May 2008, the Integrator began publishing a "newsletter-inside-the-newsletter" to subscribers and others as a means of providing a quick scan of action related to integrative practice. Significant organizations in the field now routinely send these out to their members, recognizing their value. Assembling them all here will give anyone a decent overview of what's what since we began publishing these. Here's hoping these prove useful to you. It's fascinating to take a quick scan, particularly recalling that when I began writing a newsletter on the "CAM" field in 1997, the publisher asked me if there was enough going on to fill 8 pages each month. Please join me in thanking Integrator sponsors NCMIC Group, Alternative Medicine Integration Group, Inner Harmony Group, Institute for Health and Productivity Management, Integrative Practitioner/Integrative Healthcare Symposium and Lucy Gonda for making this service possible.  -- John Weeks, Publisher-Editor.

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #98: December 2015

Special Focus: Integrative Practice in Patient Centered Medical Homes
-Integrator Special Report: Prototypes of MD-Led and ND-Led Integrative Patient-Centered Medical/Health Homes


-Lorilee Schoenbeck, ND: Pioneering a Naturopathic PCMH in Vermont's Health Reform (Part 1)
-Center for Natural Medicine: How Portland's Leading Naturopathic, Integrative Center Became a Patient-Centered Medical Home
-Lorilee Schoenbeck, ND: Prevention and Quality Improvement in a Naturopathic PCMH in Vermont (Part 2)
-Casey Health Institute: EVP/COO Tracey Gersh, PhD on Bridging Integrative Health into a PCMH and Accountable Care Organization
Policy
-Health Coaches Introduce Resolution in the House of Representatives
-Office of the Inspector General Announces New Strategy on Over-Utilizing Chiropractors
-New Newsletter from IHPC's CoverMyCare Campaign
Payment


-Michael Traub, ND Reports from Hawaii on Breakthrough with Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plan
Academics & Education
-Terrific Set of Research-Clinical-Education-Policy Pre-Conference Workshops for the May 2016 -International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health
-High, Diverse Enrollment for AIHM's First Interprofessional Fellowship: 4 Slots Still Open
-SCU Partners with and USC for Integrative Care for Men's/Women's Rugby
-SCNM Signs MOU with United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA)
-Bastyr University Offers Masters of Arts in Maternal Child Health Systems Degree
Integrative Centers & Clinical Care
-Making Quadruple the Triple Aim - System, Heal Thy Practitioners
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Organizations and Communities: November 2015
Professions & Organizations
-Dynamic Chiropractic Survey on the Present Status of the Changing Profession
-New Consciousness in Health Initiative Opens Web Portal as GAHMJ Publishes Special Issue on the Biofield
-Global Wellness Summit Declares Top 10 Global Wellness Trends
-NCCAOM Publishes Three Strategic Goals for the AOM Field
Professions
-Health Coaches Introduce Resolution in the House of Representatives
-Dynamic Chiropractic Survey on the Present Status of the Changing Profession
Organizations
-New Consciousness in Health Initiative Opens Web Portal as GAHMJ Publishes Special Issue on the Biofield


-Global Wellness Summit Declares Top 10 Global Wellness Trends
-NCCAOM Publishes Three Strategic Goals for the AOM Field
Natural Products
-American Botanical Council Publishes Two-Part Series from NIH-Funded Group on Botanical Integrity
-Goldenseal and a Form of Aloe Vera Added to California's Carcinogens List
- Council for Responsible Nutrition Published Report on Supplement Use: High Use, High Confidence
International
-Acupuncturists without Borders Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
-Global Integrator Round-up - December 2015
Miscellaneous
-J. Weeks' "Winners History for Integrative Health and Medicine" Podcast Available via Functional Forum/Evolution of Medicine
-James Gordon, Penny George, Mark Hyman on NPR's "On Being" Talking Medical Transformation
People
-Integrative Group Visit Expert Katherine Gergen-Barnett Takes Key Innovation Role at Boston Medical Center Primary Care


Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #97: November 2015

Policy
-Harvard Team Promotes Mind-Body Practice as "Vaccination" after Finding 43% Reduction in Use of Healthcare Services
-American Public Health Association Resolution Includes Language from Chiropractors, Others, Elevating Integrative Approaches against Opioid Overuse
-Take Action! IHPC Joins Campaign to Guarantee Quality GMO Labeling


-APHA Panel Explores Sustainability and the USA Dietary Guidelines Issue, Points to 2020 Redux
Advances on Section 2706/Non-Discrimination
-National Sustainable Business Council, Holistic Chamber and IHPC Host Webinar on2706 and the Value of Integrative Practitioners
-International Chiropractic Association Endorses IHPC's Cover My Care Initiative (2706)
-Oregon Suit by Naturopathic Doctors on 2706 Draws Counterpunch from Health Net
Integrative Care
-Hello Gabby! Boston Group Uses "Embodied Conversational Agent" to Enhance Integrative Medicine Group Visits
-Upper Chesapeake Health Links with Maryland University of Integrative Health for Integrative Care
-Pharmacy Times Offers Financials Portrait of Dallas-Based Integrative Flower Mound Pharmacy and Herbal Alternatives
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: October 2015
-Is Regular Medical Delivery Creating Openness through New "Rules for Radical Redesign"?


Integrative Academics
-Bastyr University Begins First MPH Program in an Integrative Health Institution
Research & Evidence
-David (Katz) vs the Science-Based Medicine Goliath: Who is the Science Denier?
-Character Assassination at Wikipedia? The Battle over Deepak Chopra
-Update on the Council for Ayurvedic Research: Rioux in Two Key Roles
-PERL Webinar Series Explores Important of Competency in Evidence Informed Practice
-Parkinson's Researcher Laurie Mischley, ND, MPH, PhD(c) with Michael J. Fox Foundation
Organizations
-First AIHM Congress Draws 900, Fuels Interprofessional Fellowship, Boosts Membership, Dream-Builders, and Association Leadership Council
-Samueli Institute Reports on Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative in the IHI Model
-NCMIC Foundation's Investments in ACCAHC Initiatives Surpasses $100,000
-Chiropractors Initiate Campaign for Medicare Equality and Full Physician Status


International
-Former Ornish Team Members Scherwitz and Kesten Lead Lifestyle Conference in Ecuador
-Global Integrator Round-Up from Global Advances in Health and Medicine for October 2015
Miscellaneous
-Boston Patriots QB Tom Brady Advocates for Integrative Model
-Is There a Role for You in Right Language to Release the River of Health from the Medical Industry?
People
-David O'Bryon, JD the new Chair of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care
-Anne Doherty, LAc, MPH Chairs APHA Section on Integrative and Traditional
- Gladys Mc Garey, Jean Watson and Deborah Szekely Honored by AIHM


Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #96: October 2015

Policy -Whole System Approach Slapped Down: Federal Panel Rejects Sustainability in Dietary Guidelines
-RAND Report Engages Critical Issue: Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Modalities or Professions?
-From Pills to Pins: Oregon Said to Be Changing Its Approach to Back Pain
Clinical Care
-Cory Jecmen, MAc, LAc: An Acupuncturist/Tech Player in Casey Health Institute's Integrative PCMH
-Chinese Herb Strategy at the Cleveland Clinic: Insights from Jamie Starkey, LAc, Program Director
-Detroit Free Press Profiles the Yoga Therapy Program & School at Beaumont Hospital
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: September 2015
Academics
-Yo San University Receives $1-Million from the Thomas Blount Trust
-Former Watergate Lawyer Sherman Cohn in 15th Year Offering "CAM" Seminar at Georgetown Law
-Canadian Naturopathic College Partners with Rwanda Researchers: Benefit Found for Selenium in People with HIV
Organizations
-AANP Gains Congressional Endorsements for Inclusion of Naturopathic Medicine in Veteran's Health
-Who Is a Doctor, a Physician, a Modality, or a Profession? For AIHM, Language Matters
Awards
-Nobel Prize Based on a Traditional Chinese Medicine Herb & Text: Turning Point for TCM?
-$250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize to University of Toronto Integrative Leader Heather Boon, PhD
Miscellaneous
-Media Bias: Would This Headline Have Said "Chiropractor" or "Naturopath" If One of These Were the Perpetrator?
-Montana's Margaret Beeson, ND Moderates Panel on Marijuana Legalization
People
-Lou Sportelli, DC Exits NCMIC Group Presidency and Now Leads the NCMIC Foundation
-In Memoriam: Pioneering Integrative Medical Doctor Mitchell Gaynor, MD
-Iman Majd, MD, LAc Honored as a Seattle Top Doctor in Integrative Medicine
-Cleveland Indians' Jamie Starkey, LAc: First Acupuncturists Employed by Major League Baseball Team

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #95: September 2015

Policy
-Report Published through IHPC of Policy Day - with Commitments of Participants - to Honor US Senator Harkin
-Dismal Outcomes, New Directions: American Botanical Council Feature on NCCIH's Botanical Strategy - Past, Present and Future
-Glenn Sabin: Names, Nomenclature, Trends - Where We Are Headed?
Economics
-French-German Mixed Results on Homeopathy Costs, Plus Role(s) in Cancer and Public Health
-Botanical Sales up for 11th Straight Year: 6.8% to $6.4 Billion in 2014
-Triple Aim to Trickle Up: Conventional Medical Students (Finally) Being Taught about Cost, Value, and Effectiveness
Clinical Care
-Between Qi and the RCT: Lessons on the Road to Certification of Licensed Acupuncturists at San Francisco General Hospital
-Speed-Dating: A Casey Health Institute Method for Building a High Performing Interprofessional, Integrative Team
-Integrative Medicine in Delaware: Report from Beebe Health's Cheyenne Luzader, MS
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: August 2015
Academics
-Teaching Clinic and National College of Natural Medicine Gains Recognition as a Level 3 PCMH/PCPCH
-Georgetown and Maryland University of Integrative Health Sign Affiliation Agreement
Professions
-New American Society of Acupuncturists Looks to Take on National Mantle for the Profession
-Palmer-Gallup Survey Finds 57% of Adult Americans Would Use Chiropractic; Meeker Comments
-IAYT Promotes Code of Ethics for Yoga Therapists
International
-"In Name and Concept: The Global Uptake of the Movement for Integrative Medicine and Health"
-Global Integrator Round-Up from Global Advances in Health and Medicine - September 2015
Conferences
-Dr. Rogers' Prize Announces Speakers for Award Event & Free Public Colloquium: September 25-26, 2015, Vancouver, BC
-Nordic Integrative Medicine: 8th European Summit on Integrative Medicine and Health Care, September 26-27, 2015, Copenhagen
-Haramati's CENTILE - Promoting Resilience in Health Care Professions: October 18-21, 2015, Georgetown University
-Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine: People, Planet, Purpose: October 25-29, 2015, San Diego, California
-American Public Health Association: Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Section: November 2-4, 2015, Chicago
-SUBMISSION DEADLINE October 2, 2015: Policy, Education and Clinical Proposals for International Congress in Integrative Medicine and Health, May 17-20, 2016, Las Vegas
Media
-Golfer Jordan Spieth Credits Chiropractor, Joins Chiropractic Marketing Effort
-Integrative Health Strategist Ruth Westreich Backs John Weeks' Integrator for 2015-2017

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #94: August 2015

Policy
-Research Priorities: Integrative Consortium (ACCAHC) Finds Decline to 2.27% in NIH NCCIH Grants to Licensed "CAM" Institutions
-Two Opportunities to Influence: NIH Plan and a National Academy of Medicine Guidance to the New Administration
-The Intersection of Integrative and Community Health: Accountable Communities 2015, September 9-10, 2015
-AANP Pushes Federal Legislation (S. 1406) to "Save Access to Compounded Medications"
-Respond by August 17, 2015: US Veteran's Affairs Seeks Clinical Lead for Integrative Health
Employers and Economics
-American Sustainable Business Council Promotes Action on Section 2706, the ACA's Non-Discrimination in Healthcare Provision
-Harvard Pilgrim Begins Covering Acupuncture Treatments in a Step toward "Eastern Harmony"
-Global Wellness Institute Reports 10 Recommendations from Corporate Summit to "Redefine Workplace Wellness"
-Insurance Giant Aetna Is Hiring a "Chief Mindfulness Officer"
-Saying Good-Bye to Traditional Medicare: Useful 3-Page Primer Explains U.S. Medicine's Shifting Economics
Research
-Two Journal Clubs: AIHM's David Riley, MD-led Initiative and Researcher Joshua Goldenberg, ND's DrJournalClub.com
-Oberg and Rioux: Dialogue on the Systematic Review of Whole-system Naturopathic Medicine in select Chronic Disease Conditions
Clinical Care
-Two Steps Backward for Integrative Pain Care: Kaiser Patients Not Sharing Who They See, AMA Still Not Elevating Teams
-Chiropractors Push Conservative Treatment in Campaign to End Prescription Painkiller Abuse
-Portland Tribune Profiles Naturopathic Physician-Owned Patient-Centered Medical Home
- Special to the Integrator: Lori Knutson, Duke Leadership Faculty Member and Integrative Pioneer, on Working with Health System Values and Culture
Organizations
-Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) Forms Partnership on Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Fellowship
-Two New Medical System Members at ACIMH: Beaumont and U Hospital/Connor
-NABNE and CHI in Partnership with ACCAHC to Explore Integrative PCMHs
-IHPC Debuts Bi-Weekly CoverMyCare Newsletter on 2706/Non-0Discrimination in Health Care 
-AIHM Co-Executive Director Nan Sudak, MD Interviewed in Acupuncture Today
-AANP Partners with Foundation for Care Management to Provide Naturopathic CME to Multiple Other Professions
Integrative Academics
-First Chiropractic Residents in the Veteran's Health Administration Share Their Experiences
International
- John Weeks' GAHMJ Global Integrator Round-Up for July 2015
Miscellaneous
-Is Your City One of the Most Zen in the United States?
-"Crone & Sage School" Seeks to Create Sacred, Interprofessional Space for Integrative Practitioners
People
-Integrative & Hospice Strategist and Philanthropist Ruth Westreich Honored
-Liza Goldblatt-Martha Menard Team Named to Co-Direct ACCAHC
-AANP's Annual Naturopathic Physician Awards to Snider, Parker, Schleich and Labriola

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #93: July 2015

Policy
-Turn toward Darkness: Regular Medicine Takes Hits on Evidence and on Industry Influence
-ABC Publishes Report on the NY Attorney General and His Campaign Re Supplement Quality
Integrative Care
-Health Affairs Features Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD on BMC's Integrative Group Visits Program
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: June 2015
-Northwestern Health Sciences University Sells Woodwinds-Based Integrative Care Center
Research
-National College of Natural Medicine Announces $3-million of NCCIH Research Grants
-Natural Medicine Journal Integrative Medicine Research Series: Dugald Seeley, ND on Whole System Research and the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center
-Acupuncture Group's Response to 2014 Article Questioning Acupuncture for Chronic Knee Pain Published in JAMA 
Academics
-AIHM Starts Historic Interprofessional Fellowship with Tieraona Low Dog, MD as Director
-American College of Lifestyle Medicine Offers Training in Lifestyle Competencies
-Metabolic Medical Institute Offers Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine
-AAMC Looks at Mindfulness in Medical Schools: From a Disease to a Health Focus?
Professions and Organizations
-Midwifery, Education, Regulation and Association (MERA) 2015 Report and Priorities
-Chanda Plan Foundation Integrative Program Receives Continued Medicaid Funding in Colorado
Philanthropy
-New Jersey's Riverview Medical Center Receives $10-Million for Integrative Center
- Emerson Ecologics Announces $25,000 of Grants: Projects of Natural Doctors InternationaI, Michigan NDs and Maryland University of Integrative Health Benefit
International
-John Weeks' GAHMJ Global Integrator Round-Up for June 2015
-Wellness and Yoga between War and Work: AIHM's Friedland Promotes the Annual June Event on Turkish TV
People
-Susan Samueli Honored for Her Visionary Work by UC Irvine System
-Haramati Receives Honorary Doctorate from Maryland University of Integrative Health
-Mimi Guarneri, MD Listed as Top Female Physician in Integrative Medicine in Newsmax 100 List
-NCNM Grants Integrator's John Weeks an Honorary D.Litt.

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #92: June 2015

Policy
 -If I Ran the Zoo: Quality Measures in Accountable Care and the Fit with Integrative Health and Medicine 
-HHS Corrects FAQ on 2706/Non-Discrimination: IHPC's Traub Calls It a Victory
-North Dakota Becomes 45th State to Regulate Acupuncturists
-Maryland Becomes 29th State to Regulate Direct-Entry Midwives
Research Advances
-Systematic Survey of Naturopathic Whole Practice Research Published
-"To Pause and Protect" - Mindful Police Work Featured at Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine SPARC Research Conference
Integrative Services
-Casey Health Institute: Marrying Integrative Health and Values-Based Medicine
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: May 2015
Integrative Academics
-University of Western States in Partnership with Veteran's Group for Chiropractic, Functional Medicine and Massage Services
-Puerto Rico's University of Turabo the 8th Naturopathic Program to Gain Federal Recognition
-Midwifery Education Accreditation Council Seeks Executive Director
Organization and Professions
-Ryan Cliche, MBA, FAE Named Executive Director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
-AAAOM Creates Three New Committees in Additional Priority Areas
-F4CP and the IAYT/Yoga Therapy Version of Five Stages of Professional Development
-Integrator's John Weeks Leaves ACCAHC Executive Directorship after 8.5 Years
Philanthropy
-It's Official: Bravewell Collaborative Sunsets after $30-Million of Investment
-A Case of Ethical Relativity: Australian Natural Products Giant Blackmores Funds $1.3-million Chair in Integrative Medicine at University of Sydney
International
-The Global Integrator Blog Round-up from Global Advances in Health and Medicine: May 2015
-Guara Workshop: Traditional Midwifery and Holistic Medicine in Urubamba , Peru
People
-Robert Rountree, MD is the 2015 Linus Pauling Award Recipient from IFM
-AOM Pioneers Robert Duggan and Dianne Connelly Retire from MUIH, Formerly Tai Sophia Institute
-Bastyr University Names Charles "Mac" Powell as New President
-CAM Critic Wallace Sampson, MD, Dies

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #91: May 2015

Policy
-YOUR PERSPECTIVES NEEDED: Comment Periods End for NCCIH Research Strategy (May 18) and HHS Pain Strategy (May 20)
-HHS Shuns Congressional Intent on "Non-Discrimination in Health Care" and Refuses to Clarify Position
-PETITION: Congressman Ryan, Hyman, Promoting Measure to Force Nutrition Education in Medical Schools
-Change from the Inside Out: Berwick Group's Pushes New Delivery Principles "Beyond the Triple Aim"
Economics
-Health Creation Economics: IHPC Publishes Cost-Effectiveness Booklet
-Integrator Columnist Michael Levin: How $2.00 of Vitamin C Can Save Thousands of Dollars for Patients Following Cardiac Surgery
Research
-Bravewell Publishes Promising Results of PRIMIER Practice Based Research Network in IM
-Where the Rubber Meets the Road:  AANMC, AANP and ACCAHC Urge Interprofessional Make-up of NCCIH Advisory Council
-Oregon's Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary OCIM Hosts June 2015 SPARC Conference; Sternberg Featured
-$4.5 Million in Templeton Grants to Fund Research Literacy for Hospital Chaplaincy
Integrative Delivery
-Four Major Delivery Systems Contract with Healthways for the Ornish Heart Program
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: April 2015
Integrative Academics
-Duke Leadership in Integrative Medicine Program Strikes up Deal with Today's Practitioner
-Two Presentations from Integrative Health and Medicine Academic Programs and Bridgeport and Arizona Featured at an IOM Forum
-Can a Naturopathic Degree Be a "Bridge" for an International Medical Graduate?
-New England School of Acupuncture to Combine with MCPHS University
-American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine to Merge with CIIS
-Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) Initiates "COMTA-endorsed Curriculum Status" Program
Organizations
-60 Minutes Features James Gordon's Center for MindBody Medicine's Gaza Work in "Lessons of War"
-New Website of Consortium of Academic Centers Announces Organization as "Collective Voice"
-Sutter Health Systems Joins Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
-AIHM Portrayal in IMCJ Interview with Executive Director Nan Sudak, MD
-GAHMJ Special Report: Foundational Work of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches
International 
-The Global Integrator Blog Round-up for April 2015 from Global Advances in Health and Medicine 
Miscellaneous
-Harmonic Emergence?  The Late 1970s Birth of the Organized Movement for Integrative Health and Medicine
People
-Meg Jordan, RN, PhD in Co-Presidency of the National Wellness Institute
-Honoring Dan Cherkin, PhD in His (Partial) Retirement and New Consulting

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #90: April 2015

Policy
-Comment Period until June 22:  FDA Calls for Comments and Announces April 20-21 Hearing on Regulation of Homeopathics
-Comment Period until May 20: HHS Publishes DRAFT National Plan for Pain Care
Economics
-Column Available: "Perverse Incentives and the Triple Aim: Overcoming the Troubled Path to Economic Integration for Integrative Medicine and Health"
Clinical
-Erik Goldman's Fascinating Portrait, for FON Consulting, of the Cleveland Clinic's Integrative Program
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: March 2015
Research
-Briggs Blast Over-Prescribing of Opioids and Announces NCCIH Initiative to Explore "Misplaced Fear" of Drug-Botanical Interactions
-$3-million Grant to Ottawa Integrative Center for "Real World" Look at Outcomes of Advanced Integrative Oncology
-Regarding Dugald Seely, Polarization-based Medicine Bloggers, and the Integrative "Mud Smudge of Courage"
-AANP President Pournadeali's Letter to NCCIH Requesting Increased Licensed Complementary and Integrative Practitioners on Advisory Council  
-Award of $415,000 Supports Research on Via CCNM and Toronto's Brampton Hospital on Naturopathic Care for Type 2 Diabetes
Academics
-Bastyr President Dan Church, PhD: The Natural Medicine Journal's Candid Exit Interview after His 10 Years at the Helm
-Naturopathic Mothership NCNM to Add Bachelors' Programs to Expanding Graduate Offerings
Organizations
-American Medical Student Association/ACIMH Open LEAPS Program to Students from Non-MD Fields
-IAYT Takes Next Steps in Certification Program for Yoga Therapists
International 
-John Weeks' The Global Integrator Blog Round-up for March 2015 from Global Advances in Health and Medicine
-Australian Agency: "No Good Quality Evidence that Homeopathy is Effective in Treating Health Conditions"
Miscellaneous
-The 30-Year, International Reach of Pizzorno-Murray's Textbook and Their Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
People
-Penny George Institute's Greg Plotnikoff, MD Honored as an "Inspiring Physician" by the Minnesota Medical Association
-Tieraona Low Dog, MD Granted Herbal Insight Award by the American Herbal Products Association
-Frank Nicchi, DC, MS Honored by the Association of Chiropractic Colleges
-Loren Israelsen Receives American Botanical Council's Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award
-Terry Lemerond Honored by American Botanical Council with Inaugural Champion's Award

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #89: March 2015

Policy
-Going, Going, Nearly Gone: Licensed "CAM" Practitioners Disappearing from NCCIH Advisory Council
-NCQA Plan Will Accredit the Healthcare Neighborhood Including Chiropractors, Others
-Chiropractic Section Leads Effort to Promote APHA Position Statement on Non-Pharmacological Approaches for Pain
-Taylor Walsh: CoverMyCare Report on State Legislative Action for Non-Discrimination in Healthcare (Section 2706)
-Supplement Industry Battle with NY Attorney General over DNA Testing Issue Expands
Integrative Care
-Opportunity for Additional Health Systems to Join Samueli Institute/IHI Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative 
-Through the Looking Glass:  Perspective of an Integrative Medicine Newbie, Medical Student Pooja Shankar, MS
-Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: February 2015
Professions
-Physiological Birth: HRSA Grants $100,000 for Data Project of the Midwives Alliance of North America
-HMS' Harvard Health Respects Whole Practice of Chiropractors
Organizations
-American Board of Integrative Medicine Announces First 121 Fellows
-Yale IM Leader Katz and American College of Lifestyle Medicine Working on "True Health Coalition"
-Critical Mass: Samueli Institute to Join Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium
Anthropologist Nurse Leader at CIIS Meg Jordan Attempts a Definition of Integrative Health
Integrative Academics
-New MS Integrative Mental Health Marks Further Evolution of the ND "Mothership"
-University of Western States Program Brings Chiropractors into Legacy Health Emergency Rooms
International
-Integrator's John Weeks Joins with GAHMJ to Produce The Global Integrator Blog
-Quick Links to Global News in Traditional, Alternative, and Integrative Health and Medicine for January 2015
Miscellaneous
-TEDMED Has IHPC's Wostrel Speak on Non-Discrimination in Patient-Centered Care Webinar
-Default Mode Uptake Inhibitors: Michael Pollan's Essay on Psilocybin and LSD for Health and Medicine
-Responses to a Blog on Connecting Integrative Health and Medicine with the Environment
People
-Wayne Jonas, MD Honored at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium
-Davis Lamson, MS, ND Given Lifetime Achievement Award by Oncology Association of Naturopathic physicians
-Maiers and Lisi among Chiropractors Receiving 2015 Awards for Contributions
-American Botanical Council Announces 2105 Awardees
-Update on a Leader: Marc Micozzi, PhD, MD

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #88: February 2015

Policy
-Toward Patient-Centered Federal Funding: Chiropractors Going After Participation in Federal Student Loan Repayment Program
-Michael Levin: "NY Attorney General Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Retailers and Supplement Companies - Using a Screwdriver to Hammer a Nail?"
Organizations
-The Gift That Keeps on Giving: New Publication on Care Outcomes from the Penny George Institute
-Another Perspective on SIO Founder Cassileth's View of the Maturation of Integrative Oncology
Academics
-Albert Einstein College is the New Coordinating Center for the BraveNet Research Network
-Report Puts Economic Impact of New York Chiropractic College at $67-Million
Integrative Care Industry
-Consumer Use of Complementary Health Approaches Drops in Recent NCCIH Data; Increases for Yoga, Melatonin, Probiotics, Fish-oil
-Experience-Based Medicine: Share Practice App Continues to Pick-up Steam as Integrative Care Communicator for Clinicians
-The Most Visible PR for Integrative Medicine: Advertisements from Cancer Treatment Centers of America
-Home Depot Founder Gives $14-Million Gift to Jefferson's Myra Brind Center for Integrative Medicine
-Two More Children's Hospitals Announce Integrative Programs: Cleveland Clinic and U Minnesota
-City of Asheville Continues to Promote Itself as Destination for Integrative Care
-FON Consulting Publishes Updated Lists of 2015 Integrative Conferences
Identity
-Analysis of Multiple Definitions of Integrative Medicine and Health Finds Significant -Differences
-While We Are at It (The M-Word): The Distinction Between "Modalities," "Therapeutic Procedures," and Human Beings
-Consortium of Integrative Medicine Academics Changes Name from CAHCIM to ACIMH and Takes on New Partners for 2016 Congress
-Don't Want to Be Part of Any Club That Would Have Me Department: Chiropractic Students See Themselves as Mainstream not CAM
People
-Tom Newmark Elected Board Chair at the American Botanical Council
-Richard Miller Named Acting Executive VP of American Chiropractic Association
-Standard Process Selects Ibrahim Abou-Nemeh, PhD as New Director of Research and Development

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #87: January 2015

Policy
-NCCAM-"Alternative Medicine" is Dead, Long Live NCCIH-"Integrative Health"
-AIHM Urges NCCIH to Remain True to Mandated Diversity in the Make-up of its Advisory Council
Exhibit A on Why We Need "Alternatives" - Errors Linked to 440,000 Hospital Deaths
Natural Products
-Hatch and Harkin Anoint Heinrich as the Next Democratic Leader on Supplements
-American Botanical Council: Update on Adulterants Program
Integrative Medicine
-Seattle Children's Hospital Boasts Inpatient Acupuncture Program
-From Google Alerts:Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems, Communities and Internationally from November 2014
-Quick Links to Integrative Health News in Medical Systems and Communities: December 2014
Primary Care
-AANP's Natural Medicine Journal Offers Multiple Voices on Primary Care
-Center for Optimal Integration Builds Content on Integrative PCMHs and FQHCs
-Group Promotes Broad Scope Chiropractic via "First Chiropractic Physician Association of America"
-Michael Cohen: "Integrative Medicine Physicians Must Decide if You Embrace, or Disclaim Primary Care"
Education/Academics
-U Toronto Engages Inter-institutional Relationship with Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
-ICIM Promotes New Integrative Medicine Fellowship
-AOMA: First AOM Single Purpose School to Achieve Regional Accreditation Gains 10 Year Re-Affirmation
Organizations/Professions
-American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists Passes Resolution on Dry Needling
-Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) Receives $150,000 Samueli Foundation Commitment
-Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Nets $100,000 Match Grant from Standard Process
-Calls for Comments: AAAOM's Competency Model for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Education
International
-EUROCAM Takes on Role of CAM in Microbial Resistance
-Global News Quick Links in Traditional, Alternative and Integrative Health: December 2014
-United Nations Declares June 21 International Day of Yoga
-Canadian IN-CAM and Global ISCMR Explore Merger
Looking Forward, Looking Back
-Michael Cohen's Top 5 Legal Issues for Integrative Medicine Practitioners in 2015
-The Integrator Blog Offers Top 10 for Integrative Policy and Action for 2014
People
-Gail Christopher, DN Receives Top Grantmakers in Health Award
-Acupuncture and Public Health Leader Sommers in Book on AIDs

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Health and Medicine Round-up #86: December 2014

Policy
-Joint Commission Elevates Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage and Relaxation in Pain Care in Response to Integrative Team
-Herb Industry Pleased with Pallone as New House Commerce Minority Leader
-Educating Oregon's Medical Home Policy Leaders on Integrative Medicine and Health
-British Agency Urges Homebirths for Uncomplicated Pregnancies
Costs
-Website on Cost Studies Offered via ACCAHC's Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim (PIHTA)
Integrative Services
-Survey of AIHM Attendees Finds 67% of Integrative Practitioners Using or Planning to Use Telemedicine
-Silver Linings: Update on the Closure of Pathways to Wellness from Beth Sommers, LAc, MPH, PhD
-Reiki Gets a Little Respect in U.S. News and World Reports
- From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from November 2014
Academics
-Update: The IFM-Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program
-Maryland University of Integrative Health and National College of Natural Medicine Announce Partnership
-Bastyr Initiates MPH and Two Additional Public Health Degrees
Research
-Not Exactly What We Anticipated Department: NCCAM GMOs Yeast into Opioids
Professions & Organizations
-Breakthrough Agreement between State Massage Therapy Boards and National Certifying Group
-Professional Self-Care:  Chiropractors Promote Bill to Improve Chiropractic Medicare Documentation
-From Holism to Love: Marking the Transition of the 36 Year-Old AHMA into the Emerging AIHM
-Wikipedia and Homeopathy: Ullman Makes Case for that Prejudice in Its Whole Form is Rampant
Miscellaneous
-Say What? Average Office Visit Lengthens Over Past 20 Years
-Consumers-Practitioners Together: Ann Fonfa's 9th Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies Conference

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #85: November 2014

 Policy
-Republican Senate Win Sweeps Key Integrative Health Leaders from Powerful Roles
-IHPC Opens Much Needed CoverMyCare Campaign for Consumers on Non-Discrimination in Health Care
-IHPC on HHS Missing Deadline for Response to US Senate Demand That It Follow Congressional Intent on Non-Discrimination in Health Care
-Veteran's Health Administration Initiates Integrative Health Coordinating Council to Set System-wide Plan via Gaudet's Office
-Does the Concept of the Commons Have a Role in the Future of Integrative Health and Medicine?
-The Bridge to Health Creation through "Community Development" Workers/Organizers
Integrative Centers
-Former Scripps Integrative Leader Mimi Guarneri Opens Pacific Pearl in La Jolla, Consults on Huge Atlantic Health
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from October 2014
Academic Health
-Touchstone/Wilder: Footholds for Integrative Health in the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
-Community Clinical Training Programs at Southern California University and Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Noted in IOM Report
Resources
-Society for Integrative Oncology Publishes Practice Guidelines/Report Care for Integrative Breast Cancer Therapies
-CAHCIM and SIO Team Up to Publish Monograph on Integrative Cancer Care Via NCI's Journal
-New Text on Integrative Nurse Coaching by Dossey-Luck-Shaub Trio
-Integrator Editor John Weeks Posts Regular News via Center for Optimal Integration: Creating Health and ACCAHC Facebook Pages 
Organizations
-NCCAOM Steps Up to Fill National Leadership Gap for the Acupuncture Profession
-Breakdown on Turn-out for the First Conference of the Planned Multidisciplinary Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine
-Bravewell-Funded Duke Program in Leadership in Integrative Health Has Triple the Target Applicants
-Veterans Health Administration Joins Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
-Campaign Underway to Create ISHAR as Wikipedia-like Archive of Energy Medicine Information and Research
Professions
-The White Folks Hate the Black Folks Department: The AAFP's Formal Position against Naturopathic Physicians
-IAYT Focuses on Clarifying the Distinction between a Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Therapist
People
Leading Whole Systems Researcher and Dr. Rogers' Prize Winner Marja Verhoef, PhD Retires

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


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

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










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"



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)

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

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
People
-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

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #75: January 2014

Policy
-Chiropractors (and other licensed disciplines) make gains under Federal Employee Health Benefits via BCBS on Section 2706 "Non-Discrimination in Health Care"
-Jud Richland, MPH on the impact on the naturopathic medical profession of the BCBS FEHB decision
-The Integrator Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Health and Medicine for 2013
-Is PCORI meeting its "CAM" mandate? Only one integrative health and medicine grant in recent funding announcements
Payment
-Glenn Sabin on the status of third party payment for group services
Research
-When a Whole Practice Model is the Intervention: the leading edge Dodds/Herman research design at the U Arizona Center for Integrative Health
-Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH challenges NCCAM's dismissal of dietary supplements for people with diabetes
-A question of self esteem? Report finds just 4% of CAM studies in 2012 used "mixed methods" models
-Institute for Integrative Health receives $1-million to explore nature's effect on wounded warriors
Clinical Practices
-Janet Kahn, PhD: regarding massage therapists and the primary care workforce
-Integrative pain competencies group at UC Davis sponsors Maui conference
-From Google Alerts: Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Around the World - December 2013
Academics
-New York Chiropractic College announces participation in two of five of the historic VA chiropractic residencies
-Chiropractic accrediting agency receives federal approval for 3 years, despite battle
Organizations and Professions
-Update: collaborative gathering of major massage organizations
-Update: massive Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine project rounds bend toward 2014 completion
-Data on A4M the evolution of "anti-aging medicine"
Miscellaneous
-Public Radio's The Search for Wellbeing focuses on integrative health and medicine contributions
-Update on the remarkable work at UTS-Austrialian Research Center in Complementary and Integrative Medicine
People
-Integrative psychiatrist Robert Koffman, MD granted U.S. Special Operations Command Patriot Award
-Leena Guptha, DO the new board chair for massage certification organization
-In Memoriam: Society for Integrative Oncology backer Helen Moss
-In Memoriam: integrative health consumer activist Charles B. Maclean, PhD

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #74: December 2013

Policy
-WHO publishes Traditional Medicine Strategy for 2014-2023
-IHPC adds voice to chorus of coalitions opposing HR 2817 effort to maintain discrimination in health care
-Taylor Walsh on Health Affairs-AAMC Briefing: Continued non-inclusion of licensed integrative health and medicine in the workforce
-Oregon chiropractors take non-discrimination fight (Section 2706) to Governor Kitzhaber
-Washington States naturopathic doctors begin optional role as Medicaid providers
Research
-NCCAM-funded study on EDTA chelation therapy shows compelling value for people with diabetes
-Clinic led by Dan Labriola, ND receives $560,000 Takeda grant to test naturopathic protocol for limiting adverse effects of firm's Velcade
Academic Medicine
-Entrepreneurial Maryland University of Integrative Health announces "philosophy in action" certificate plus a deal with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Organizations
-Beth Sommers: Report on Alternative and Complementary Health Practices content at the APHA 2013
-American Botanical Council blasts USA Today and BMC Medicine for falsehoods on the herb industry
-Institute for Alternative Futures, a key player in the integrative health and medicine movement, declares a new vision statement
Philanthropy

-Column honors Bravewell Collaborative at the time of their announced "sun-setting," with an appearance by Hillary Clinton
-Robert Wood Johnson funds Kaptchuk's placebo work at Harvard
Miscellaneous
-
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine enters 20th year with huge increase in reach
-Smithsonian Galleries, yoga group and GWU integrative medicine co-sponsor Medical Yoga Symposium
People
-Sandi Amoils, MD the president-elect of the American Medical Acupuncture Association
-Integrative pain pioneer Heather Tick, MD' Holistic Pain Relief published
-Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, first naturopathic president of the Society for Integrative Oncology


Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #73: November 2013

Policy

-President's Planning Budget for VHA focuses on "Whole Health" for 2016-2021
-Side-note: Veteran's clinician in Washington state seeks to connect with others working to advance integrative programs in the VHA
-Coalition for Patients Rights joins chorus of practitioner organizations against maintaining discrimination in health care
-Following Washington GMO vote, Herbal Products Association calls for federal standard on voluntary disclosure
-Herbalgram looks at Obamacare's impact on those with Health Savings Accounts

-Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth issues report on naturopathic doctors as primary care providers

Insurance & Payment
-Aetna CEO Bertolini goes to bat for yoga, acupuncture, naturopathic doctors, yoga and other integrative practices
-Chiropractic policy leader Gerry Clum, DC lays out perspectives on chiropractic payment under the Affordable Care Act
-Major Hawaii insurer opens to naturopathic doctors and other licensed "CAM" practitioners
Hospitals and Health Systems
-Herb organization enters into Children's Hospital of Philadelphia dispute over banning supplements
Organizations
-ABIHM to morph into international, multidisciplinary certification and political advocacy organization
-Global Spa and Wellness Summit keynoted by the Dalai Lama with Kenneth Pelletier moderating
-International Association of Yoga Therapists, American Botanical Council and Pacific Symposium hit 25 year marks

-Canadian Massage Therapy Research Fund invites submissions for $40,000 in grant awards
Academic Medicine
-University of Toronto integrative medicine program accepted into Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
-Study reports barriers to incorporation of CAM into family medicine residencies
-Accreditation group for homeopathy opens comment period for doctoral program standards
-Midwifery Education Accreditation Council opens new website
People
Nurse-researcher Mary Jo Kreitzer honored with Consortium's Bravewell Distinguished Service Award
More

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
People
-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

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #72: October 2013

Policy
-U.S. Senate offers powerful, supportive statements on naturopathic medicine in declaration of "Naturopathic Medicine Week"
-State of Oregon Health Authority creates "Integrative Medical Advisory Group"
-The Physicians Foundation reports (positively) on MD-medicine's scope campaigns against other disciplines
Charting the Mainstream
-Study puts annual deaths from regular medicine at 210,000-440,000 - the nation's 3rd largest killer
Organizations
-National, multidisciplinary certification group for health coaches gains not-for-profit status
-Boston Medical Center group receives $1.6-million PCORI grant to explore group-delivered integrative medical services
-National Center for Homeopathy "re-booting" under new executive director
Natural Products
-Council for Responsible Nutrition report estimates billions saved via appropriate use of dietary supplements
-Israelson's UNPA and Bland's PLM link for exploration of dietary supplement-personalized medicine opportunities
Professions
-AAAOM declares ambitious plan for 5 pieces of federal legislation

-American Chiropractic Association House of Delegates focuses on guidelines, evidence
-Naturopathic doctors face regulatory challenges over prescription rights in Vermont, Alaska
-American Holistic Nurses plans cruise to explore the "evolution of integrative health and holistic nursing"
Perspectives
-Calling the Question: Is battle over non-discrimination in health care (Section 2706) rightfully spoken in the same breath as battles for people of color and women?
-Update from Dana Ullman: Indian Institute of Technology delivers compelling evidence for homeopathy/nanomedicine
Awards
-Integrative pediatrician Sunita Vorha, MD awarded 2013 $250,000 Dr. Rogers' Prize
-Integrative researcher-clinician Dugald Seely, ND chosen one of Ottawa's Top 25 People
People
-Horace Elliott to step down after 27 years with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

-Disease Proof: new book from Yale integrative and preventive medicine leader David Katz, MD, MPH
-American Chiropractic Association selects James Potter as new CEO
More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #71: September 2013 

Policy
-PARCA coalition sends letter to oppose removal of "non-discrimination" clause from the Affordable Care Act
-Integrative MD leader Delia Chiaramonte in key role in Maryland win for chiropractors on manipulating children
-Getting into the Nation's team-care movement: HRSA-funded Center opens website and invites participation
Publications
-NCCAM's Briggs calls for "more nuanced" conversation about complementary and integrative medicine in JAMA editorial
-American Journal of Medicine features positive review of integrative medicine from Sierpina and Dalen
Academic Health and Medicine
-Chiropractor Joe Brimhall, DC, elected to chair the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
-Incoming Parker University president Brian McAulay, PhD turns the ritual of investiture into a dedication to community service
Business and Economics
-American Specialty Health to move corporate headquarters to Indiana
-Former Alliance for Natural Health chair Sherri Tenpenny, DO in critical position at work with Fortune 250 firm Parker-Hannifin
-Standard Process in new engagement with the acupuncture and Oriental medicine community
-Sabin on Steps to Negotiating Integrative Medicine in Institutional Settings
Organizations
-Bravewell Collaborative extends its sun-setting to 2015, declares legacy projects
-Society for Integrative Oncology publishes paper on integrating top10 supplements into cancer care
-Massage Therapy Foundation publishes free e-book on pediatric massage
Professions
-American Massage Therapy Association explains its watch-and-see role toward non-discrimination/Section 2706
-Naturopathic professional organization sponsors "Naturopathic Medicine Week," October 7-13, 2013
-Cochrane review paper boosts care from midwives: happier Moms, fewer adverse effects
Creating Health and Health Coaching
-Mayo Clinic innovation leader speak of "creating health" as medicine's goal
-Health coaching the subject of exceptional series in Global Advances in Health and Medicine
-Role of integrative nurses in health coaching featured
People
-Jeffrey Feldman, PhD the new director of the Wake Forest Baptist Health Center for Integrative Medicine
-Award-winning film producer Kevin Miller seeking crowd sourcing to complete Letters from Generation RX
-Georgetown's Hakima Amri, Marc Miccozi and Mones Abu-Asab team for translation of 1000 year-old  Avicenna's Medicine
-Integrator
publisher-editor John Weeks' commencement talk to integrative health and medicine graduates
More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #70: August 2013

Policy

-Harkin pushes back on HHS for broader interpretation of "non-discrimination in healthcare" (Section 2706)
-IHPC posts briefing by former Washington insurance commissioner Deborah Senn on Section 2706 (non-discrimination in healthcare)
-Kaiser Health News feature on Obamacare and alternative medicine stirs significant media interest
-Chiropractors announce positive steps toward VA residency, expansion of VA services, and an opening with Medicare
Integrative Practice

-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from July 2013
Economics and Business

-
Dean Ornish, MD links with Healthways to promote his pioneering integrative heart health program
-Health creation? Former CEO of Henry Ford Hospital takes over as CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America

-RAND group reports "considerations" from expert panel on economic analysis of complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine

-Medical tourism in Portland, Oregon? Tribune says "Global patients, wellness tourists seek out city's naturopaths"

Academics
-Chiropractic accrediting agency calls for public comments on residency standards

-CAHCIM announces Patty Wilder as new executive director, replacing Janet Polli

Research

-Bravenet's outcomes on prospective study on integrative pain treatment

-NIH NCCAM announces David Shurtleff, PhD as new deputy director

Professions
-National association for AOM announces goals in $3-million drive to support 2013-2016 strategic plan
-Naturopathic physicians' association announced new PR message: Natural Medicine. Real Solutions

Natural Products

-United Natural Products Alliance reaches out to practitioner groups as partner organizations

-AHPA publishes second edition of Botanical Safety Handbook online

People

-
Integrative doctor Melinda Ring, MD selected one of Chicago's 100 most influential women
-Health freedom warrior Clinton Miller dies at 91
-AANP announces 2013 awards: Clark, Gazella, Anderson, Brinkman, Marinelli, Ayush Herbs

-Ethnobotanist Rosita Arvigo, DN lectures for the American Holistic Medical Association

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #69: July 2013

Policy
-Advisory Group on Prevention urges Surgeon General to issue guidance to states on non-discrimination (2706)

-Georgetown University group's Affordable Care Act implementation check list notes 2706, non-discrimination

-Integrative health academic consortium injects health and well-being into Institute of Medicine workshop
 

-Senator Harkin as pitch man for the naturopathic medical profession

-Obama administration issues rules on employment-based wellness; are employers hand-cuffed?

Research & Publications
-Iris Bell, MD leads team in JAMA Internal Medicine publication on systems outcomes in integrative medicine

-NCI calls for submissions on the role of integrative medicine in cancer survivorship
Integrative Practice

-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities for July 2013
-Second major pain group creates focus on integrative pain strategies

-Update: Role of Arya  Nielsen, PhD, LAc in the Joint Commission's interest in non-pharmacological approaches

Academic Medicine
-UCLAArts and Healing to offer Social Emotional Arts Certificate Program

Professions
-Washington State massage team publishes paper on massage in Essential Health Benefits 

-Hassles of midwifery customers in getting care covered featured in New York Times

-Naturopathic doctors  move into key roles in medical homes in Oregon
-Foundation for Chiropractic Progress continues to gather strength as chiropractic visibility group

Natural Products
-Cancer Treatment Centers of America reports outcomes of quality examination of dietary supplement suppliers

Conferences

-Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine hosts National Student Conference in Integrative Medicine, October 26-27
-Integrative Medicine for the Underserved offers 3rd annual conference in Santa Clara

-International Research Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health now accepting session proposals
Dr. -Rogers' Prize names Irving Kirsch, MD as keynote speaker for September 26, 2013 Gala Award Dinner

People
-Michael Smith, PharmD, ND joins Samueli Institute team as Senior Fellow
-Integrative medicine researcher Heather Boon, PhD appointed interim dean in Toronto pharmacy department
-Joe Stiefel, MS, EdD, DC selected a 6th president of National University of Health Sciences


Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #68: June 2013

Policy
-Commentary on non-discrimination in health care (Section 2706) urges exploration of "big honking lawsuit"

-Congressional supporters of licensed midwives and naturopathic doctors introduce legislation 
-Interview with chiropractic lobbyist John Falardeau provides look behind the curtain
Integrative Medicine
-American Board of Integrative Medicine opens application process for new medical specialty, affirms interprofessional definition
-Gaudet honors naturopathic physicians as pioneers of "integrative medicine," explains the need for integrative MDs in system change
-From Google Alerts: links to integrative medicine in health systems and communities for June 2013

Academic Medicine and Health
-Ben Kligler, MD, MPH on recent accomplishments of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine

-Texas Tech becomes 53rd academic health center to join the integrative medicine consortium
-"Integrative Medicine" in the names of acupuncture and Oriental medicine academic institutions
Organizations
-Joint Commission to create expert panel to further develop non-pharmacological pain standards

-"Consensus" Core Competencies for Pain Management published; acupuncture the only non-conventional field invited into the room
-Samueli Institute shares a decade of research on healing and complementary and integrative approaches
-New AHA study puts hospital CAM inclusion data point 50% lower than 2010 survey
Professions
-American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) calls for comments on its position statement on "dry needling"

-Naturopathic doctors celebrate breakthrough with state regulation in Colorado
-U.S. MERA conference brings nurse-midwives and certified professional midwives closer to a single voice
-American Chiropractic Association boasts "cultural authority" with a Vermont Blues plan
Economics & Business
-Two resources published on economic evaluation of complementary and integrative medicine

-Jill's List merges with MindBody, Jill Shah to remain with combined firm
-American Specialty Health subsidiary gains full accreditation of disease management program
People
-Health Forum's Kathryn Johnson joins Samueli Institute board
-Ron Glick, MD takes reins from James Lake, MD at International Network of Integrative Mental Health
-Anthony Hamm, DC re-elected  co-chair of key AMA review board

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #67: May 2013

Policy
-US Senator Saunders introduces bill to expand complementary and alternative medicine services in the military
-Harkin battles the Obama administration to protect prevention and public health funds
-Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 introduced by Lautenberg, Gillibrand with 27 co-sponsors: first overhaul
-European Union group CAMbrella publishes final report on legal status and regulation of CAM in Europe
Health Creation
-Institute of Medicine web-accessible  workshop includes focus on health and well-being in "transdisciplinary professionalism"
-Wisconsin's integrative medicine leader David Rakel, MD collaborates to produce free ibook called "Project Health"
Research
-Positive whole person naturopathic cardiovascular risk study provokes editorial in Canadian Medical Association Journal
-JAMA posting on Low Back Pain suggests chiropractic, acupuncture
-May 2014 International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health Announces Keynoters
-European Journal of Integrative Medicine publishes special journal on public health
Integrative Care
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities: May 2013
-Integrative Medicine for the Underserved announces July 2013 3rd annual conference
Academics
-Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) expands to include broader allied health and CAM groups as "supporting organizations"
-Update from the Medical Library Association has CAM Special Interest Group
-New program in integrative health characterized as preparing professionals for "the Great Hand-Over"
Natural Products
-National College of Natural Medicine adopts natural products quality program promoted by Emerson Ecologics
-Integrator joins large coalition supporting ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program
Organizations & Professions
-Controversy erupts when TED drops "consciousness issues" from site
-American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine names Denise Graham as executive director, Beth Clay as lobbyist 
-Massage Therapy Foundation names Gini Ohlson as first executive director
Media
-ABC's Blumenthal challenges New York Times on Gingko's cancer effects in lab animals
-Breakthroughs with Martin Sheen to focus on alternative therapies
People
-Haramati to "educate the educators" as leader of new Georgetown Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education
-Herbalist Cascade Anderson (Geller) honored in her death
-David Mercier's A Beautiful Medicine selected as a Grand Prize Winner in the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards
More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #66: April 2013

Policy
-PCORI appoints leaders from the integrative health community
-Consumer disobe
dience: Hyman urges "Eat-in" to change health and food practices in America

-Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) offers first in series of open webinars on the campaign for nondiscrimination
Clinical
-From Google Alerts: links to integrative medicine in health systems and communities: April 2013
-Deadline approaches for submissions to first big clinical conference from academic integrative medicine group

-FON Therapeutics' Glenn Sabin offers marketing booklet for integrative centers
Academics
-University of Arizona Center considers integrative health academic program for allied health
-Temple University becomes 52nd academic health center in integrative medicine consortium

-Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) to offer online courses, degrees

-Update: Kansas University Integrative Medicine adds pediatric components
-Bastyr University partners in new line of teas with Choice Organic Teas
-Family physicians grant CMEs for MDs who watch Escape Fire; incorporating integrative medicine is among learning objectives

Research
-Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research: 2012 Report
Professions
-E
ligibility requirements, definition and principles for MD/DO Board Certification in Integrative Medicine
-Acupuncture accreditation body approved first professional doctorate standards

-Chiropractic association focuses on integration in new 10 year vision statement

Organizations

-American Pain Foundation offers NIH/NCCAM-backed pre-conference session on complementary treatments
-American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) votes to accept naturopathic physicians as full voting members

-Institute for Functional Medicine conference to focus on "the energy that drives our biologic activity" 
People
-Lou Sportelli, DC honored by chiropractic profession as Humanitaran of the Year
-Jan Bruce, former Integrative Medicine Communications and Body & Soul now with meQuilibrium
More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #65: March 2013

Policy
-Perspectives of 8 clinician leaders offer whole system view of the policy priorities for the integrative medicine and health community

-Website open for muti-stakeholder campaign promoting IOM's recommendation of integrated pain care
-Loan repayment: DCs, LAcs and NDs in Indian Health Services program renewal; NDs cut by CMS from Oregon rural health program

Integrative Care
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities: March 2013
-Academic i
ntegrative medicine leaders top list of new advisers to American Botanical Council

-Integrator adviser Glenn Sabin on the branding of integrative centers

-Communications primer for "CAM" professionals seeking relationships with conventional MDs
Philanthropy
-Bravewell to honor Tracy Gaudet, MD and Miles Spar, MD at final awards banquet

-Nominations open for 2013 $250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize
Academic Medicine
-IOM workshop reveals that integrating interprofessional education has kindred challenges with integrative care
-Naturopathic doctor selected to direct HSA-funded National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine
-Alliance for Massage Therapy Education publishes teacher standards
-Student leads naturopathic medical school (Bastyr) and conventional medical school (UCSD) to form joint integrative medicine club
Industry
-Forbes portrays new "patient engagement" movement as powered by big industry
-The CHP Group recognized as a top place to work in Oregon
Professions
-Holistic and environmental medicine associations join forces for Gateway Medical Conference in St. Louis, April 17-21
-The bull by the horns: naturopathic association engages member survey on vaccination practices
Research
-Nine integrative centers in BraveNet launch patient outcomes registry
-Mayo study of cardiac patients shows 82.5% use "CAM" and 31% use chiropractors
Media
-Burn down the mission: conventional medical system torched again in Time article
Natural Products Industry Awards
-American Botanical Council's Blumenthal honored; ABC announces its 2013 awards
-American Herbal Products Association announces herbal industry awards for 2013
People
-David Eisenberg, MD now executive vice president at the Samueli Institute

-Jeffrey Bland, PhD, shifts professional center to Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute
More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up: February 2013

Policy
-US Senator Harkin, Champion for Integrative Health and Medicine, to Retire in Two Years
-Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) Announces Campaign on Section 2706, "Non-Discrimination in Health Care"
-Acupuncturists Hit 25,000 Signature Goal in Petition to White House for Inclusion in Social Security, Medicare
-Academic Integrative MD Organization (CAHCIM) Promotes Licensed Acupuncturists' Petition to the White House
-Oregon Evidence Committee Includes "CAM" and Herbs in Back Pain Guidelines
Research
-"Health" Makes the Agenda of the National Institutes of Disease
Economics
-Back Surgery Incidence at a Fraction for Those Who First Visit Chiropractors
-Money in Medicine: "Economic Impact" of Teaching Hospitals Increases - Is This a Good Thing?
-Growth in Bucks Spent on CAM Practitioners Flattens
Integrative Practice
-"Embrace" of Yoga Therapy at Cleveland Clinic; plus Program at Swedish Hospital, Seattle
-Samueli Institute's Pledge to the Clinton Foundation: "Build the Optimal Healing Environments in the Home"
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities: February 2013
Professions
-American Journal of Nursing
Honors Coaching Book, Linda Bark's Wisdom of the Whole
Education

-Tai Sophia Institute Become Maryland University for Integrative Health
--Have Tables, Will Travel: Palmer College of Chiropractic West's "Portable Clinics" in the South Bay Area
-Website Goes Live for Clinical Care Conference Sponsored by CAHCIM
- Bastyr University: Two Articles on the Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on the "CAM" Professions
Miscellaneous
-IBIS Database Made Available for Free  
People
-In Memoriam: Rick Marinelli, ND, MAcOM (1954-2013)
-To Be Honored: Larry Dossey, MD and Mehmet Oz, MD
-Clay MacDonald, DC, MBA, JD Selected as President of Logan College of Chiropractic/University


Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #63: January 2013

Po
licy
- Powerhouses behind integrative health policy, Mikulski and Harkin, take key U.S. Senate Appropriations roles

- PCORI's Selby credits presentation for inclusion of CAM in funding announcement; two projects funded

- Sebelius letter is
first HHS push for the non-discrimination Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act
- AMA House o
f Delegates reiterates interest in continuing to foster discrimination and prejudice against certain healthcare providers
- FDA approves first botanical drug for oral administration

Integrative Clinical Care

- Resources to support the emerging field of hospital based massage therapy
- From Google Alerts: links to integrative medicine developments in hospitals, health systems and community - January 2013
Academics & Education
- Exiting the Ivory Tower #1: Focus on "practice" in the interprofessional education (IPE) movement
- Exiting the Ivory Tower #2: Student-faculty-practitioner combination at Oregon College of Oriental
- Medicine opens state Medicaid program to acupuncture treatment

- Heal the healers: Samueli and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences team to teach medical students good lifestyle habits
- Selected Conference Links
International
- Special issue of journal captures findings of the work of the European CAMbrella
- Europe-wide CAM group issues call for action following meeting in European Parliament
- Canada's IN-CAM posts 2012 keynotes for member access
Philanthropy
- Murdock Trust in $220,000 award for NCNM's Helfgott Research Institute
- Integrative medicine philanthropist Penny George delivers keynote on her integrative health and medicine work and vision
People
- Former US Army Surgeon General Schoomaker "coordinates his work" with Samueli Institute
- Bryan McAuley, DC, PhD appointed president of Parker University


Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #62: December 2012

Policy
  • Essential benefits: New York Times reports chiropractors included in most states, acupuncturists in six
  • Integrative medicine in accountable care: report from Oregon naturopathic physician Bill Walter, ND
  • Holistic MDs collaborate as NDs cross 25,000 signature threshold in petition to the White House
Employers and Costs
  • MEPS study from Group Health/Kaiser/Dartmouth/OHSU/Missouri/Palmer group finds significant cost savings among CAM users for low back pain
  • Engaging a new audience: can the CAM/IM community cross the chasm to employers?
Integrative Clinics and Services
  • From Google Alerts: links to integrative medicine in hospitals, health systems and community centers in December 2012
  • Principles for limiting opiods use fail to mention complementary and integrative therapies
  • Case report on successful integrative medicine primary care clinic in Sydney, Australia
  • Boston's Visions Healthcare, led Edward Levitan, MD, to move to 21,000 square foot integrative clinic facility 
  • "When naturopaths help people with diabetes to change their ways, what's the 'secret sauce'?"
Education
  • ACPM's National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine seeks director
  • National Ayurvedic Medical Association and Bastyr collaborate to offer Masters in Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Twenty-one integrative medicine fellowships recognized by the American Board of Physician Specialties
  • CAHCIM to sponsor International Clinical Congress for Complementary and Integrative Medicine
  • AAMC opens portal with links to interprofessional education and practice tools, resource and solutions
  • Series to feature hospital-based massage programs in five leading health systems
Professions and Organizations
  • Yoga therapists publish emerging guidelines for grandparenting as standard advance
  • AHMA executive director's report helps sorts the convergence of emerging integrative and holistic organizations
  • Academic integrative medicine doctors reach out to support IM doctors with legal issues
  • Obstetricians' challenged on bad science in their effort to deny value of planned home births
  • Society for Integrative Oncology seeks new executive director
  • American Chiropractic Association "retracts" challenge to International Chiropractic Association on pediatrics program
  • American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation to provides two new certification exams in 2013
Miscellaneous
  • Roberti di Sarsina on the link between CAM and personalized, predictive, and preventive medicine
  • Selected Conference Links
People
  • Healther Tick, MD appointed to endowed chair in integrative pain management
  • Mark McKenzie, LAc, MAOM becomes executive director of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Barbara Bakus, DO to be new president of the American Holistic Medical Association
  • Jo Anne Yanez, ND selected as first, full-time executive for naturopathic colleges group More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #61: November 2012

Policy
  • Do state-by-state Essential Health Benefits decisions violate the non-discrimination clause in the Affordable Care Act?
  • Oregon publishes useful report on navigators, wellness coaches and health workers in Coordinated Care Organizations
  • New Hampshire mandates coverage of services of naturopathic doctors
Employers, Economics and Business
  • Fortune 500 firm Parker-Hannifin CEO pumps "alternative medicine" as a solution to the health crisis
  • Glenn Sabin: Self-insured employers and integrative medicine are a "perfect marriage"
  • "Trillionaire Wellness Industry" highlighted with alternative medicine projected to reach $115-billion in 2015
  • Samueli Institute and Herman partner for book on Evaluating the Economics of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
  • Jill's List employer initiative promotes partnership with Huddleston's Prepare for Surgery as big money saver
  • Health promotion leader Michael O'Donnell chosen to head Michigan center
  • National Business Coalition on Health: chiropractic presents on the addition of DCs, LAcs and PTs to medical home
  • California Institute for Integral Studies promotes employee wellness certification
  • "To Cure Health Care, We Must Think Bigger, Much Bigger" - another CFO promotion of CAM corporate exploration
Integrative Centers
  • A profitable integrative mental health venue: A look at Scott Shannon's Wholeness Center (and a forthcoming book)
  • Mayo Clinic offers module to train massage therapists for work in hospitals
  • From Google Alerts: links to integrative medicine in hospitals and health systems in November 2012
Academics
  • NCCAM to announce new grant that "encourages partnerships" between CAM schools and medical schools for training purposes
Natural Products
  • American Botanical Council enters its 25th year, Herbalgram approaches its 100th issue
  • American Herbal Products Association KeepSupplementsClean.org efforts endorsed by consumer group
Professions
  • American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) posts eligibility requirements for MDs/DOs in integrative medicine
  • Holistic nurses in "Joining Forces" initiative for Veterans
  • Chiropractic group rescinds recognition of pediatrics certification program
Miscellaneous
  • Consumer Reports jumps on bandwagon supporting acupuncture for chronic pain
  • Goldman interviews Escape Fire director for Holistic Primary Care
  • Readers invited to participate in poll regarding shaping healthcare system from "a vitalistic frame"
  • Society for Integrative Oncology begins monthly webinar series 
People
  • Adi Haramati, PhD, awarded the first Bravewell Distinguished Service Award by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
  • Naturopathic physician Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH takes second key integrative medicine position
  • Stanford Integrative Medicine director David Spiegel, MD, elected to the Institute of Medicine More

 

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #60: October 2012 

Policy

-American College for Preventive Medicine wins $774,000 HRSA grant to create National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine
-U Minnesota receives $4-million from HRSA as the first National Coordinating Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
Costs, Coverage and Employers

-Key data for policy leaders published in Herman-Eisenberg systematic review of cost-effectiveness in CIM
-Washington Post
touches on state decisions relative to chiropractic and acupuncture in essential benefits
-IHPC's Wisneski speaks on integrative medicine to over 400 employers on CFO Magazine webinar
-Employer group IHPM takes over global wellness initiative from World Economic Forum
Integrative Centers

-October 2012 Integrator Google Alerts extracts from academic and health system action in integrative medicine
-Chiropractic House of Delegates passes resolutions on a chiropractor's role in integrative centers
Businesses

-Data collected by Jill's List available free for academic research; firm moves into employer market
-Canadian business launches national directory of integrative health clinics
-Massage Envy, with now 800 locations, (re)sold to Roark Capital Partners
Organizations

-Samueli Institute's "Patients at the Crossroads" to explore intersection of integrative, evidence-based and patient--centered health
-Pathways to Wellness begins drive to support move to new location for serving the under-served in Boston
-Detailed plans for November 2-4 IN-CAM Symposium in Toronto include massage summit, exploration of optimal benefits
-Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine begins forum for residents interested in -integrative medicine
-Portrait of growth in an AOM school: Five Branches University
-Historic International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine close to selling out
Professions

-Battle in New Mexico over advanced practice certification program for chiropractors deepens division between two forces in chiropractic
-Washington state massage organization pushes inclusion in essential benefits package
Media

-Meta-analysis of individual patient data on acupuncture for chronic pain drives significant positive media
-Escape Fire
opens across country, highlights Weil, Berwick, integrative medicine
-Taylor Walsh seminars for Integrative Practitioner on social media in integrative practice
-Report says NFL great Larry Fitzgerald uses Peter D'Adamo, ND's genotype diet to extend career
-Research on naturopathic approach to diabetes gives that field significant positive attention in key diabetes publication
People

-Esther Sternberg, PhD to lead research at University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
-Acupuncture and ACCAHC leader Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD featured in Institute of Medicine Spotlight


Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #59: September 2012

Policy
  • IOM "horizontal" workshop on interprofessional education and care (IPE/C) urges "holistic perspective" and "widening the circle"
  • Functional medicine physician and author Mark Hyman, MD offers exceptional holistic prescription for health creation
  • Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) posts 2012 Report and future plans
  • Data points in the A.C.A. on the uses of key terms
Business
  • ASH, dominant provider of licensed CAM benefits, opens South Carolina Technology Center
  • Cheesecake Factory Medicine: Atul Gawande's New Yorker piece goes inside corporatized, Big Brother medicine
  • American Botanical Council reports that herbal dietary supplement retail sales jumped 4.5% in 2011
Integrative Centers
  • Briefly noted developments on health system integrative medicine programs
Education
  • Milestone: Ornish program credited for allowing first CME-approved conference to teach MDs to do yoga
Research
  • NCCAM's Briggs wonders about surprising practices that enter the mainstream
  • Canadian research organization adds new measures to Outcomes Database 
  • Peering in on "CAM" in pediatrics in Germany
  • Integrator "did not get it right" about new NCCAM pain leader Catherine Bushnell
Professions
  • Organizations at DNC's Presidential Experience Marketplace support acupuncture access 
Media
  • Alschuler-Gazella team link for Five to Thrive, daily internet radio show on integrative cancer care
  • Doctored (formerly Medical, Inc.) to premier in New York City, features Wilk case, integration
  • Medical Coding & Billing site publishes perspective on top 10 cities for "alternative medicine"
  • Modern Heathcare Professional stakes out new business model in integrative publishing arena
  • Joseph Pizzorno, ND's publications update: new editions of influential texts, plus Clinical Pathophysiology
People
  • Integrative health philanthropist Ruth Westreich joins Bastyr University and Samueli Institute boards
  • AANP 2012 Awards Announced: Rodriguez Malave, Stargrove, Breed, Morstein, Pure Encapsulations and Weeks

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #61: November 2012

Policy
  • Do state-by-state Essential Health Benefits decisions violate the non-discrimination clause in the Affordable Care Act?
  • Oregon publishes useful report on navigators, wellness coaches and health workers in Coordinated Care Organizations
  • New Hampshire mandates coverage of services of naturopathic doctors
Employers, Economics and Business
  • Fortune 500 firm Parker-Hannifin CEO pumps "alternative medicine" as a solution to the health crisis
  • Glenn Sabin: Self-insured employers and integrative medicine are a "perfect marriage"
  • "Trillionaire Wellness Industry" highlighted with alternative medicine projected to reach $115-billion in 2015
  • Samueli Institute and Herman partner for book on Evaluating the Economics of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
  • Jill's List employer initiative promotes partnership with Huddleston's Prepare for Surgery as big money saver
  • Health promotion leader Michael O'Donnell chosen to head Michigan center
  • National Business Coalition on Health: chiropractic presents on the addition of DCs, LAcs and PTs to medical home
  • California Institute for Integral Studies promotes employee wellness certification
  • "To Cure Health Care, We Must Think Bigger, Much Bigger" - another CFO promotion of CAM corporate exploration
Integrative Centers
  • A profitable integrative mental health venue: A look at Scott Shannon's Wholeness Center (and a forthcoming book)
  • Mayo Clinic offers module to train massage therapists for work in hospitals
  • From Google Alerts: links to integrative medicine in hospitals and health systems in November 2012
Academics
  • NCCAM to announce new grant that "encourages partnerships" between CAM schools and medical schools for training purposes
Natural Products
  • American Botanical Council enters its 25th year, Herbalgram approaches its 100th issue
  • American Herbal Products Association KeepSupplementsClean.org efforts endorsed by consumer group
Professions
  • American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) posts eligibility requirements for MDs/DOs in integrative medicine
  • Holistic nurses in "Joining Forces" initiative for Veterans
  • Chiropractic group rescinds recognition of pediatrics certification program
Miscellaneous
  • Consumer Reports jumps on bandwagon supporting acupuncture for chronic pain
  • Goldman interviews Escape Fire director for Holistic Primary Care
  • Readers invited to participate in poll regarding shaping healthcare system from "a vitalistic frame"
  • Society for Integrative Oncology begins monthly webinar series 
People
  • Adi Haramati, PhD, awarded the first Bravewell Distinguished Service Award by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
  • Naturopathic physician Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH takes second key integrative medicine position
  • Stanford Integrative Medicine director David Spiegel, MD, elected to the Institute of Medicine More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #58: August 2012

Policy
  • Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine declares support for Affordable Care Act's non-discrimination section urged by licensed CAM professionals
  • American Herbal Products Association and Senator Durbin engage dialogue on good manufacturing practices (cGMPs)
  • Certified professional midwives celebrate three new sponsors in Medicaid inclusion bill
Corporate Health and Integrative Health
  • Integration from the demand side: U  Maryland Integrative Center moves into corporate wellness
  • Book from Tai-Sophia co-founder Robert Duggan focuses on "Reducing Health-Care Costs in Corporate America"
Academic Medicine
  • Translating research: Haramati/Harazduk mindbody train-the-trainer program influences health professional education on both sides of the Atlantic
  • UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM) offers new fellowship in East-West Primary Care
Integrative Centers
  • Integrative medicine team at Columbia publishes Integrative Cancer Strategies for Cancer Patients
  • Briefly noted developments on health system integrative medicine programs
Research
  • Neuroscientist Bushnell appointed scientific director for NCCAM's Division of Intramural Research
  • Group Health researcher Dan Cherkin, PhD in joint appointment as Bastyr research director
  • Naturopathic and chiropractic researchers top 2012 awards from Canadian CAM Research Fund (CCRF)
Professions and Organizations
  • Over 50 chiropractors working as clinicians in London's Olympic village
  • Discussion items for AANP House of Delegates Stakeholder and State Leadership Summit August 14, 2012
  • 9th International Conference for the Society for Integrative Oncology: October 8 -10, 2012, in Albuquerque
  • 2nd Annual Integrative Medicine for the Underserved,  September 6-8, Santa Clara
Practice Building
  • Comment on Clements/Gignac The Practitioner's Journey: The Path to Success for Holistic, Alternative and Integrative Health Professionals
Media
  • Brief review of various media from Google Alerts
People
  • Helen Erickson selected as AHNA Holistic Nurse of the Year for 2012
  • NUHS student Dana Madigan the first chiropractic student to win the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
  • Robert Bonakdar, MD elected to presidency of the American Academy of Pain Management

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #57: July 2012

Policy
  • HRSA offers $3.3-million in grants related to new National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act, maintains key footholds and opportunities for CAM and integrative health
Integrative Care & Health Systems
  • Mayo Clinic encourages MDs with integrative medicine training to apply for new internist positions
  • Acupuncturist Christian Nix explores optimal skills for acupuncturists in hospital practices
  • Briefly noted developments on health system integrative medicine programs
Patients and Employers
  • Bastyr Center for  Natural Health ranks highest among 46 primary care practices in major survey of patient experience by the Puget Sound Health Alliance
  • Afraid to speak up: study suggests medicine's "patient-centered" efforts are more thought than action
Education
  • International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ICECIM) draws outpouring of 244 proposals for October 24-26, 2012 meeting
  • NYCC partnership with University of Rochester brings chiropractors and acupuncturists into NIH-funded pain center
  • Institute of Medicine Global forums offer huge opportunity for interprofessional mixing plus innovations in health professional education
Research
  • International Research Congress follow-up - next iteration 2014 in Miami
  • Naturopathic doctors report positive outcomes from review of whole person, multi-modality treatments
  • NCCAM deputy director Jack Killen, MD to step down
  • Briggs' NCCAM blog on the meaning of "integrative" pulls significant, polarized dialogue
Professions
  • Dumoff: Community integrative MDs concerned that inclusion criterion of the new American Board of Integrative Medicine will favor fellowship graduates
  • AMA considers additional resolution in favor of discrimination against non-MD health professions
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA) joins the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC)
  • Interview provides insight into perspectives of new AANP CEO Jud Richland
  • Jim Winterstein, DC to step down from NUHS presidency in 2013
Media
  • Grey's Anatomy takes swipe at naturopathic doctors
  • Glenn Sabin on the use of social media in growing an integrative medicine practice
People
  • Mimi Guarneri, MD receives Lifetime Achievement from the Institute of Functional Medicine
  • Michael Murray, ND receives Presidents' Award from Natural Products Association

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #56: June 2012

Policy
  • IHPC Congressional Briefing-Where Health Care is Headed: Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Integrated Healthcare
  • The Need to Change the Nation's Therapeutic Order: Senate Committee Examines Close Relationships Between Pain Groups and Pharma
  • Rand Corporation holds policy forum' on integrative medicine
  • W.H.O. Invites ACCAHC Executive Director as Outside Adviser for 2014-2023 TM/CAM Strategic Plan 
  • Videos of CAM/IM Policy Presentations Posted by Life University's Octagon Institut
Philanthropy
  • Hugely influential Bravewell Collaborative announces plans to sunset operations in 2013
  • Foundation consortium in $8.6-million boost for new National Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice
Employers
  • WebMD pumps health coaching to employer community
Integrative Clinics
  • Briefly noted developments in health system integrative medicine programs
Education
  • Consortia of medical schools (CAHCIM) and CAM educators (ACCAHC) jointly sponsor International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Georgetown, October 24-26
  • University of Calgary medical acupuncture program for MDs enters 22nd year
  • Organization called "the official voice of CAM in the United States" featured in Redwood's Healthy Insights Today
  • Input invited on core competencies in integrative pain management for primary care physicians
Natural Products
  • Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine endorses American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Authentication Program
Research
  • NCCAM begins research blog: Briggs' early offering explores meaning of "integrative"
  • IN-CAM Research Conference November 2-4, 2012: Abstract submissions close June 29, 2012 
  • Massage Therapy Research Conference
Professions
  • IAYT board of directors approves education standards for Yoga therapy 
  • Massage group engages Entry Level Analysis Project (ELAP) to clarify appropriate length of massage education
  • NY Beth Israel Integrative Medicine Leader Kligler Offers Strong Support for Naturopathic Licensing
Media
  • Economist poll 2-1 in favor of "alternative medicine" being taught in medical schools
  • New York Times writer excoriates the annual physical and routine testing as sources of over-performance of waste and harm
  • Nominations open for IMCJ's new "Award of Excellence" in Integrative Medicine
  • Taylor Walsh makes case for integrative medicine
People
  • David Mercier's A Beautiful Medicine a finalist in the International Book Awards
  • Prevention leader Jud Richland named CEO of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
  • Patricia Herman, MS, ND, PhD takes research position at RAND Health division
  • Moira Fitzpatrick, PhD, ND selected to head of Bastyr Sand Diego campus
  • Dana Ullman's Homeopathic Family Medicine


Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #55: May 2012
Policy
  • PCORI Changes Language to Include Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Providers
  • Kahn: Prevention Fund under 6th attack by Republicans
  • Integrative oncologist Donald Abrams, MD takes public position for legalization of marijuana

Education
  • CAM educator consortium ACCAHC to represent integrative health in the 3 year IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education    
  • Surveyed acupuncturists back educational requirements for experience in integrated environments and team-care

Employers
  • National Business Coalition on Health CEO offers 10 suggestions for integrative care players approaching the employer market

Professions
  • What the naturopathic doctors sought on their Washington, D.C. Lobby Day
  • Transition in leadership at the American Holistic Nurses Association
  • CAM/Integrative Medicine Panel At The Yale Healthcare 2012 Conference

Organizations
  • Massage Therapy Foundation develops useful evidence tool-bar
  • Multidisciplinary coaching group announces websites, next steps toward educational standards, credentialing

Integrative Centers
  • Philanthropist-backed Casey Health Institute to feature integrative medicine in a PCMH model; medical director sought
  • Group acupuncture at Cleveland Clinic's integrative center highlighted
  • Briefly noted developments related to health system integrative medicine clinics

People
  • Charlie DuBois, Standard Process' president, granted honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Robert Downey, Jr received award from YoSan University for advocacy of acupuncture

E-Letter in response to a past articles
  • Tai Sophia Institute vice president Judy Broida, PhD on the institution's move toward university status

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #54: April 2012

Policy
  • Washington State pushes to double Medicaid home births: disruptive innovation of the first order
  • New SAMHSA addictions guidelines includes CAM
  • Holistic Primary Care convenes e-forum of holistic practitioners on the ACA's individual mandate
  • Alyssa Wostrel named executive director of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium
Insurance
  • Duke integrative medicine moves to insurance model
  • Portland, Oregon's managed CAM business announces high patient satisfaction, suggestions of cost savings
Academics
  • Anne Nedrow, MD to leave Oregon Health Sciences to launch primary care program at Duke Integrative Medicine
  • Team care, interprofessional education and the move to give medical schools ownership of collaboration
  • National College of Natural Medicine reports the institution's $56-million contribution to Portland, Oregon economy
  • Frank Vitale's frank explanation of Tai Sophia's transition from the "academic wellness institute" toward university
  • Horse needling: LSU veterinarian school goes integrative
  • New York Chiropractic Colleges announces the Veteran's Administration's first chiropractic clinical residency
Natural Products
  • Proctor & Gamble buys herb company New Chapter
Integrative Care
  • Article suggests "integrative oncology" is often non-integrated, parallel practice
  • The (intense) home birth midwifery model of integration with other CAM fields 
  • Mayo Clinic takes alternative medicine to Mall of America
  • Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine opens oncology research center
  • Bravewell Collaborative makes November 2011 symposium talks available
  • University of Toronto awards spine professorship to chiropractor
  • Acupuncture association reaches out to secure more submissions to their professional journal
  • Short Notes on integrative care in the nation's hospital and health systems
Media
  • Can community hospitals learn integration from the military?
  • Wallstreet Journal boosts massage as medicine and as stress reduction More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #53: March 2012

Policy
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute draft plan comment period ends March 15: No CAM-IM presently included
International
  • Dana Ullman, MPH: Swiss government finds homeopathy cost-effective, covers in national health plan
  • Update: Marilyn Allen and the advancing effort to place TCM in World Health Organization's ICD11 codes
Integrative Centers
  • Bravewell publishes landmark Integrative Medicine in America (but does the subject matter reflect the title?)
  • University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Health sets sights on "whole systems healing"
Academic Health
  • Six profession organization enters the team care/interprofessional education space: from dictatorship to oligarchy?
  • Consortium of academics in licensed fields of chiropractic, AOM, naturopathic medicine, massage and midwifery receive a breakthrough $100,000 grant from the Westreich Foundation
Costs & Coverage
  • Aetna's mind-body programs developed in partnership with Duke, Viniyoga and e-Mindful
  • Swiss analysis finds those with CAM services cost the same or less than conventional care, with higher patient satisfaction
  • Insurance coverage of alternative therapies on the rise ... for pets!
Professions
  • NCQA to "score" Vermont's naturopathic doctors in medical homes, according to report from Vermont's Lorilee Schoenbeck, ND
  • American Chiropractic Association House of Delegates chastise some chiropractors in effort to position the profession for primary care role
  • Notes from the 2010 annual report from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • Effort underway to revitalize National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists
  • Foot Levelers, major donor to chiropractic PR effort, pledges additional million dollars
Business
  • Global Advances in Health and Medicine, launched by veteran team, to focus on case reports
  • The Joint ... a chiropractic place: Massage Envy franchise model developed to offer low-cost adjustments
  • An early peer-reviewed publication in this space, Alternative Medicine Review, faces challenges
People
  • Kara Kelly, MD elected to presidency of Society for Integrative Oncology
  • Christine Goertz, DC, PhD honored as Chiropractor of the Year
  • Botanical resource from Roy Upton and the American Herbalist Pharmacopoeia honored by the American Botanical Council
  • Daniel Redwood, DC begins new health policy blog

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #52: February 2012

Policy
  • In which the integrative medicine/health community, as Puer Aeternis, enters the Year of the Dragon
  • Indian Health Service includes naturopaths, acupuncturists and chiropractors in loan repayment programs
  • AAAOM leads campaign to get acupuncture listed as Essential Health Benefit
  • IHPC mounts Congressional briefing on policy discrimination against CAM institutions 
  • Alliance for Natural Health leads campaign to protect CAM-friendly Health Savings Accounts 
  • Institute of Medicine's "Living with Chronic Pain" report minimizes values of complementary and integrative approaches
  • Kazarian Foundation's $36-million Health Corps proposal for integrative medicine homecare approved via CMS Innovations program 
  • Lessons on making a Beltway impact: American Chiropractic Association's Congressional line-up on their grassroots legislative day
  • Life University's Octagon Institute to Sponsor Follow-up Policy Conference on the Affordable Care Act, April 12-14, 2012
Research
  • Report finds NIH invests over $120-million in CAM-related cancer research 
  • Institute for Integrative Health offers workshop on research methods, March 29-April 4, Baltimore, Maryland 
  • Huge outpouring of proposals for the International Research Congress on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, May 15-18, 2012, Portland, Oregon
Integrative Centers
  • Jefferson-Myrna Brind begins integrative pediatrics program
  • Pathways to Wellness reports remarkable pattern of community and public health participation
  • True North celebrates 10th year with "Empower Me" initiative 
Professions
  • Update from holistic nursing leaders Susan Luck and Barbara Dossey on the nurse coach certification process
  • Report finds homebirth is making a comeback 
  • Acupuncture accrediting body calls for public comment on standards for new "First Professional Doctorate" 
  • Super Bowl: Chiropractors Help Patriots, Giants (and 30 other teams) "Prepare for Battle"
Academic Medicine
  • Author-clinician Peter D'Adamo, ND and University of Bridgeport establish Center for Generative Medicine
  • Brian Berman, MD joins Tai Sophia Institute Board of Trustees
  • Data points on a decade of growth in naturopathic medical education
  • International effort? Organized attacks on CAM programs in UK universities surface in Australia
Media
  • Article by Sita Ananth in Hospitals and Health Networks synopsizes latest hospital-CAM study
  • Niemtzow leads special issue of Medical Acupuncture on acupuncture in the military
  • Kreisberg-edited special issue of the Journal of Integral Therapy and Practice on integral medicine
Business
  • Jill's List marks deal with Massachusetts Chiropractic Society
People
    • AHPA's McGuffin receives Nutrition Business Journal's industry award
    • Haramati and Harazduk: Is mindfulness positioned as bridge-builder in Middle East?

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #51: January 2012

IHPC publishes integrative care stakeholder report on Affordable Care Act ... Center for Practical Bioethics forms national group to promote Institute of Medicine pain blueprint ... Huffington Post publishes Top 10 lists for 2011 ... Grassroots efforts help protect National Prevention Fund ... Certified Professional Midwives get backing from Barney Frank ... Harkin and Hatch ask FDA to redraft guidance on New Dietary Ingredients ... Lori Knutson steps down from Allina/Penny George Institute position to lead The Marsh ... U Wisconsin free clinical module for hypothyroidism ... Huge drop off in number of CAM educational programs in Britain ... Chiropractors take battle over accreditation to the Department of Education ... Article examines standards debate in massage therapy ... University of Western States begins MS program in functional medicine ... Ted Kaptchuk featured in New Yorker article on placebo ... Chicago Tribune reporter goers after NCCAM ... Military turns to integrative medicine ... Dieticians in Functional Medicine established, sets standards ... After 8 years, IN-CAM begins charging dues ... Australian CAM-public health research organization reports exceptional year of growth ... Chiropractors call for presentations for public health conferences ... Carla Wilson, LAc, DAOM honored by SF Mayor Edwin Lee ... Joseph Pizzorno honored by Natural Products Association More 

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #50: December 2011

AMA's influence on payment attacked in court and by McDermott in Congress ...  Allina's accountable care organization (ACO) CEO calls integrative medicine financial asset ... Trompeter and Zunin: new economics of patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) favors integrative teams ... Integrative medicine loses brother in the trenches as Berwick steps down ... New York-based insurance program for unions offers integrative therapies in patient-centered medical home ... Grand Rapids ER pilot for high-utilizers projects $300-million in savings from "integrative medicine center" ... Coors Foundation backs integrative medicine clinical pilot partnering Maricopa County and Weil's Arizona Center ... Donna Karan's Urban Zen integrative therapies goes bi-coastal to UCLA medical center ... Update on consultant-author Roger Jahnke, OMD's work in integration ... Design Principles for Healthcare Renewal given a 2nd look 10 years after submission to White House Commission on CAM Policy ...  Why integrative disciplines should get on the interprofessional education/care (IPE/C) bandwagon ... Pacific College of Oriental Medicine initiates holistic nursing bachelors program with Carla Mariano, EdD, BC-HN ... First naturopathic medical student accepted to Weil's Arizona Center month-long integrative medicine elective ... Grandfathering expectations of integrative MDs for the planned board certification in integrative medicine ... Battle over "dry needling" sees key Medicare and court decision in Vermont and Oregon ... Gaudet's CAM booklet re-published by OBGyns ... Army job posting for licensed acupuncturists at Madigan sets salary at $73,000-$95,000 ... Model naturopathic ethics and standards of practice to be in Hawai'i law ... Industry groups ask FDA to withdraw new dietary ingredient standards; chiropractic organization weighs in ... Marc Micozzi, PhD, MD co-authors Your Emotional Type, a guide to personalizing appropriate integrative therapies ... In Memoriam: Roger Hayward Rogers, MD, of the Dr. Rogers' Prize and InspireHealth More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #49: November 2011

Integrative community dialogue on board certified integrative MDs and the direction of "integrative medicine" ... Congressional Wellness Caucus established with bipartisan backing ... Obama names Kahn and Ornish to Advisory Group for National Prevention Council ... IHPC's Parters for Health group expands ... Integrative medicine not featured at TEDMED 2011, moves to the Beltway in 2012 ... Knutson urges response to US Preventive Medicine Task Force ... Dartmouth researcher Davis breaks down $$$ in CAM market ... Bastyr reports $136-million of economic impact ... CHP Group offers case statement for CAM integration ... Steiner Leisure purchases Cortiva Group ... Sabin on role of philanthropy in integrative medicine ... Chesney in line to chair conventional academic consortium ... Acupuncturist Beau Anderson gains faculty appointment at Albert Einstein ... Taylor Walsh adds perspective on debate over whether alternative medicine killed Steve Jobs ... IAYT's John Kepner addresses the Group Health findings relative to "sham yoga" ... Report on naturopathic profession's Science & Policy Summit ... Chiropractors push inclusion in loan repayment ... New Hampshire Republicans cross party line to support mandate to cover naturopathic doctors ... Acupuncture Without Borders in tough financial position ... American Medical Student Association leader is a naturopathic medical student, SCNM's Rebecca Snowden ... Zunin's Manakai O Malama, Hawai'i's most significant integrative center, seeks additional integrative MD/DO ... Christina Jackson named the 2011 Holistic Nurse of the Year ... Rita Bettenburg takes position at CHP Group. More

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #48: October 2011
Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) hears from complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) group, pushes research culture change ... IHPC's Kahn appointed to Advisory Group to National Prevention Council ... Canadian survey suggests cost effectiveness of naturopathic services ... Weil's Arizona Center announces move to formally develop integrative medicine and medical specialty ... American Academic of Family Physicians pass resolution against naturopathic physicians in primary care ... Chiropractors pass resolutions against AMA activity that fosters discrimination ... Family doctors fighting against doctors of nursing ... Massage summit identifies needs in education and licensing standards ... National acupuncture group announces strategic planning ... National College of Natural Medicine begins naturopathic medicine for chiropractors programs .. Tai Sophia Institute in new medical herbalism offering ... New York Chiropractic adds sports medicine certification ... PBS "Curious George" engages curiosity about acupuncture and naturopathic medicine ... Growth in employment in MD-academic medicine ... Columbia pediatric oncology group publishes book ... Marja Verhoef wins $250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize ... Mimi Guarneri, MD to be honored with Bravewell's leadership award ... Berkley Bedell and Gladys McGarey, MD highlighted at Samueli Institute 10th anniversary event ... Tabatha Parker, ND with Natural Doctors International one of 25 leaders featured by Utne Reader ... In Memoriam: Lee Lipsenthal, MD ... Pharmacognocist and medicinal plant researcher and long-time American Botanical Council trustee Norman Farnsworth, PhD dies at 81 ... Keith Overland, DC elected president of the American Chiropractic Association ... Linda Bark, RN, PhD, MCC publishes whole person coaching book More

Integrative Medicine and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Round-up #47: September 2011

American Hospital Association/Samueli Institute find growth in hospital CAM use ... Allina group shows health workers use CAM more than typical consumers ... Consumer Reports finds high use of CAM, high value for chiropractic, massage, yoga ... Dr. Rogers' Prize symposium September 23 focuses on integrative centers ... Blog strategy for business enhancement explored by Glenn Sabin via FON Therapeutics ... Significant integrative center activity noted via Google Alerts ... Naparastek on getting coverage for mind-body interventions ... Inc. 5000 fastest growing includes Standard Process, American Specialty Health, GNC, Massage Envy, others ... Alternative Medicine re-launched ... "Distinction Track" in integrative medicine approved at U Arizona ... Tai Sophia find quick uptake of Masters in Nutrition program ... Bastyr University's California campus to be near Scripps in San Diego ... Chiropractors produce white paper on their role in patient centered medical homes (PCMH) ... Work to set standards for health coaches advances ... International Association of Yoga Therapists completes "hat trick" with $30,000 NCCAM grant ...  Team led by Steven Stumph, Ed collates report on acupuncturist income and debt ... International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health opens website, online program applications ... Association of Chiropractic Colleges announces March 2011 meeting ...  Tracy Gaudet, MD's's view featured in Modern Healthcare video ... Guru Sandesh Khalsa, ND selected as Boucher Institute president ... Oldest university in the West to offer CAM course with Paolo Roberti Di Sarsina, MD ... Society for Integrative Oncology seeks first executive director ... Palmer Colleges seeks 2 research faculty... MorIntegrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #46: August 2011 PCORI seeks input on definition of patient-centered outcomes research ... Bill would allow payment for supplements under Health Savings Accounts ... NCCAM-funded team explores role of CAM practitioners in Accountable Care Organizations ... Homebirth midwives in gains with CMS ... Glenn Sabin/FON Therapeutics offer marketing white paper on integrative center marketing ... Adam Perlman chosen to head Duke Integrative Medicine ... Greenwich Hospital terminates integrative medicine program ... Cancer Treatment Centers of American approved for 4th integrative cancer hospital in Atlanta  ... Spa 4 the Pink charity links with Colorado integrative medicine center ...   Denver Nuggets coach George Karl stumps for integrative medicine ... American Holistic Medical Association renews focus on healing the healer ... Yoga therapists present draft educational standards ... Massage organization lists institutional relationships with key health care relationships ... Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium gains new Partners in Health ... Chiropractors focus on primary care in September conference ... Midwifery accreditation group seeks executive director ... Medscape stimulates dialogue on whether "CAM is a scam" ... Medical school consortium promotes October 2011 one-day research symposium and major May 2012 conference ... Holistic Primary Care offers 3rd Heal Thy Practice conference ... In Memoriam: Konrad Kail, ND ... Edzard Ernst leaves Exeter post early ... Clem Bezold, PhD honored with lifetime award by futurist group ... ACCAHC adviser John Gilbert, PhD named to Order of Canada.

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #45: July 2011

Integrator Special Report shares 15 key areas where complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and related terms are explicitly included in IOM's major report on pain care, education and research ...  Segments identified where 125 page National Prevention Strategy references "complementary and alternative medicine" ...  Dietary supplement industry worried by S 1310, Durban's plan for additional regulation ... ACCAHC report finds CAM schools received just 4.6% of NCCAM's $1.29-billion (1999-2010) ... 4 new members added to National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  ... Canadian government in major, multidisciplinary look at safety of spinal manipulation ... Bravewell meets the military around comprehensive pain program ... The Institute for Functional Medicine's formal certification of functional medicine practitioners ...  Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Parker University team for chiropractic internship ... What parts tuition, grants and donations? Inside the budget of a leading university of natural medicine ... Alliance for Massage Therapy Education continues to stake claim toward education leadership for massage's 1440 programs ... Roberti di Sarsina announces unique Italian master course in CAM in business, policy and and practice  ... Physical therapists in push for embrace of psych factors realted to physical maladies ... Freedman's Atlantic feature, Triumph of New Age Medicine, raises storm of debate, possible re-frame of science-CAM issues ... Jackson-Coker physician employment group sends 2 CAM/IM reports to 200,000 MDs ... Reports document dietary supplement use by various specialists and by diabetics ... Notes on the meetings of the International Association for Yoga Therapists (September 2011), Society for Integrative Oncology (November 2011) and Integrative Healthcare Symposium (February 2012).

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #44: June 2011

British Columbia government partners with InspireHealth to expand integrated cancer care to 5 new clinics ... U.S. panel seeks to implant complementary and integrative services in US prevention and health promotion strategy ... HRSA-backed push for team care announces collaboratively-developed competencies; opportunity for integration ... Jill's List invites massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors into integrative pilot with Boston Medical Center, others ... "CAM" academics publish Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments ... New NCCAM site for conventional providers includes 25 practice-guidelines with CAM; Briggs notes value of CAM use in promoting health-focused dialogue between MDs, patients ... Major oncology group includes integrative care track ... Penny George Institute offers focused integrative practitioner programs for AOM, massage professionals and administrators ... Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine a marketing jewel for Jefferson Health System ... Bermans' U Maryland program celebrates 20th year with $20-million campaign, $7.5-million committed ... Alliance for Massage Therapy Education promotes significant changes in mechanisms for massage certification ... Haramati's Georgetown program and Winterstein's National University of Health Sciences in collaborative agreement ... Tai Sophia celebrates growth and commitment to a wellness paradigm at 30 year mark ... Naturopathic leader reports on AMA meeting with Coalition for Patient Rights ... NCCAM focuses on real world research at Advisory Council meeting ... Deloitte study finds CAM expenses a key portion of "hidden costs" of health care ... New Yorker writer names provider income as major cause of cost growth ... Anthony Hamm, DC named to leadership of key AMA cost panel ... Natural Products Foundation turns in 13 companies to FTC/FDA for false advertising ... American Botanical Council reports 3.3% growth in botanical sales in 2010 ... Wayne Jonas, MD and InspireHealth to be featured at September 2011 Dr. Rogers' Prize event ... Jeff Bland, PhD honored by Institute for Functional Medicine's with Linus Pauling award ... University of Arizona Center's integrative medicine residency honored by Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #43: May 2011

Opportunity for input on CAM/IM practices and practitioners in the future of primary care ... Brief report (assisted by Taylor Walsh) on the integrative health themes in the first Advisory Group meeting on the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy ... Organization on Integrative Medicine for the Underserved formed ... Somali women benefits from massage and Yoga in Seattle's Harborview Hospital ... 353,000 treatments is just one data point in co-founder Lisa Rohleder's reflection on the growth of community acupuncture ...  AMTA partners with Penny George Institute in analysis of massage in inpatient care ... Cancer Treatment Centers of America honored by Newt Gingrich ... North Dakota the 16th state to license NDs ... American Interprofessional Health Collaborative incorporates as led agent in moving interprofessional education and care ... Educators for medicine, nursing, dentistry, osteopathy, public health and pharmacy agree on competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice ... MD Anderson and Allina offer programs to educate licensed "CAM" providers to deliver in-system services ... Alliance for Massage Therapy Educators in collaboration with massage licensing boards on national CE vetting strategy ... Update on Grantmakers in Health CAM group ... International reports on CAMbrella in Europe, chiropractic education in South Africa, herbs in the UK and new networking in New Zealand ... US News declares medical schools are "embracing alternative medicine" .. Program offered to limit pollution txins from unused pharma ... Job opportunities in integrative programs at UMDNJ and Kansas ... Tracy Gaudet, MD named one of Top 26 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare .. John Weeks awarded honorary doctorate by National University of Health Sciences

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #42: April 2011
Obama appoints U Arizona IM fellow Sharon Van Horn to key prevention panel ... Brian Berman, MD and Jane Guiltinan, ND to join NCCAM Advisory Council ... Weeks' powerpoint on 2010 policy and cost developments available via Integrative Healthcare Symposium ... Aetna-Duke-Kraftsow in major yoga trial on effectiveness and cost ... Asheville, North Carolina suggesting integrative medicine for economic development ... Daniel Redwood, DC offers additional resources on cost benefits of integrative practices ... Sierra Tucson, Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation back new International Network on Integrative Mental Health ... $250,000 Dr. Rogers' Prize announces applications, September 23, 2011 set for awards dinner ... Data on the remarkable 2010 contributions of the Wake Forest integrative medicine program ... "Integration theme" presented as reason for record turnout at conference of chiropractor educators and researchers ... Bonnie Horrigan offers exceptional resource on IM fellowships in Explore ... Tai Sophia offers new nutrition MS program ... Congresswoman Carolyn Pingee (D-ME) sponsors bill to for Medicaid coverage of Certified Professional Midwives ... American Chiropractic Association priorities on health reform ... Public visibility work of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians ... Suzanne Somers' Dateline appearance shows rift between alternative cancer treatment doctors Gonzalez/Bryzynski and interviewed integrative medicine leaders ... Reiki effectiveness in health condition published ... American Botanical Council and American Herbal Products Association announce 2011 awards ... Seattle Business honors Bastyr community medicine program led by Melissa McCarty, ND ... Richard Brassard, DC selected to head Association of Chiropractic Colleges ... Integrative medical doctor Shay Pintov, MD leads Israeli delegation to help in Japan ... In Memoriam: Michele Eustache More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #41: March 2011

\Nutrition Business Journal estimates size of integrative practitioner market by discipline ... Patients of general practitioners who use CAM cost less and live longer than those of conventional doctors in Netherlands study ... Clinicians note: NCCAM's 3rd strategic plan begins to honor "real world" mandate ... CAHCIM changes name of 2012 research conference ... Palmer-Rand-Samueli group receives $7.4 million for study of chiropractic in the military readiness ... Sebelius in strong endorsement of chiropractors ... New York Times articles describes how Colorado medical society and mail-order NDs combine to oppose naturopathic licensing ... Hospitals and Health Networks column proposes value of integrative health care in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) ... ESPN viewers give thumbs up to yoga for professional sports teams ... Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine sets up integrative mental health group ... Medical dean and past dean at U Minnesota offer articulate defense of integrative medicine program at the Center for Spirituality and Healing ...  Samueli Institute launches nurse training at VA medical centers ... Urban Zen continues promoting new "integrative practitioner" training ... Seattle's Swedish Hospital educates to foster MD-ND relationships in chronic disease management ... Data on total number of Board Certified Holistic Nurses ... Bravewell to host 5th leadership award dinner in November 2011 ... AAAOM takes steps to right its course ... MD and DO groups push back against IOM-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report promoting independent practice by nurses ... Homeopathic accreditation agency changes name to Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America  ... Herbal organization appoints integrative media leader Frank Lampe to communications post ... Data on growth of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association ... More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #40: February 2011

The Institute for Functional Medicine begins state of Florida-backed $1.2-million pilot with Tallahassee residency program ... Holistic Primary Care survey finds holistic and conventional practices converging ...  Graduates of University of  Arizona IM Fellowship struggling to establish IM practices, survey finds ... Integrative practice organizations urge additional integrative health expertise before finalizing National Prevention (and Health Promotion) Strategy ... Obama appoints acupuncturist-nurse Charlotte Rose Kerr to "integrative practitioner" slot for National Prevention Council Advisory Group  ...  No integrative health researchers named to PCORI Methodology Committee, despite Congressional intent ... Former Duke IM leader Tracy Gaudet, MD appointed to head up new national VA office ... Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium offers policy-makers a statement relative to integrative practitioners in workforce planning ... InteractionsGuide.com developer Mitch Stargrove, ND, LAc named to leadership group for HRSA pharmacy initiative ... Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine publishes strategic priorities ... "Integration" used as a draw for prospective students at New York Chiropractic College ... Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine seeks new president ... Philanthropic organizations invited by team Samueli-Kellogg-Ripple team to explore an integrative medicine interest group at upcoming Grantmakers in Health conference ... National College of Natural Medicine receives $1.35 million from from owners of Bob's Red Mill organic foods  ...  Integrated Chiropractic Outcomes Network created to capture real world outcomes, including health and wellness ... New Yorker article by Atul Gawande highlights role of health coaches ... Swiss government reverses, will test 5 key "CAM" practices' NCCAM may be arbiter ...  James Wheedon, DC examines possible data biasing in Medicare chiropractic demonstration project ... Peter D'Adamo to offer May 2011 Generative Medicine seminar ...  Minnesota Medicine runs Bill Manahan, MD's health reform suggestions, originally published in early 2009 in the Integrator ... More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #39: January 2011

Change in CPT codes relative to payment for time could be major opening for integrative, life-changing practices ... Acupuncturists credentialed for embryo transfer unit at Colorado hospital ... 25 news items on cost, cost-savings, and economics of integrative care in 2010 ...  Draft National Prevention Strategy needs community response to maintain law's inclusion of integrative care, integrative practices ... Chiropractors mount strong response on need for more inclusion in accountable care organizations (ACOs) ... Weil Foundation support IM program for medical students ... Bastyr's Simkin Center furthers work of doulas, other natural childbirth support practitioners ... UCSF Osher Center for integrative medicine moves into large new facility, receives $2.5-million challenge grant ... Naturopathic accrediting agency gains 5 year approval ... ALLEGRA certificate programs recognized by holistic nurses, others ... Results from Ping Ho's UCLArts & Healing drumming program for at risk students featured in Time ... Council for Responsible Nutrition and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in significant partnership on supplements, promotion of role of nurses ... Controversy on IOM recommendations on Vitamin D ... Donna Karan reviews Urban Zen partnerships for 2011 ... Homeopaths ring bell at NASDAQ. That's right ... Some integrative health Top 10 lists for 2010 ... Ernst gets bottom-feeder award .. Molly Roberts, MD is AHMA president-elect .. Kathi Kemper, MD publishes ADD Naturally ... In Memoriam: Elizabeth "Lisa" Kimbrough Pradhan, MPH, PhD

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #38: December 2010

IOM Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care and Education includes Rick Marinelli, ND, LAc and integrative MD Lonnie Zeltzer ... Did integrative practice organizations step up to participate in federal policy comment periods on prevention, benefits plans and ACOs? ... Comparative cost analysis of Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee low back pain data finds 20%-40% savings via using chiropractors first ... Spine comparative effectiveness analysis also thumbs up for chiropractors ... Primer on strategies for cost analysis of "CAM" published ... World Health Organization publishes benchmarks for training TCM, NDs, DOs, others ... Certified Professional Midwives push for Medicaid inclusion ... Mark McKenzie, LAc offers "progress report" for AOM field ... George Lundberg column shows battle over independent practice by non-MDs ... Samueli Institute in major wellness role at Big Task Weekend ... Alliance for Massage Therapy Educators publishes results of survey on standards ... AANP exec Karen Howard lays out federal priorities for naturopathic doctors ... AHRQ-publishes report that finds only modest value for CAM in back/neck pain ... Little headway in battle against medical errors, medical deaths ... Massage researcher Tracy Walton offers candid comment when major integrative pediatrics trials comes up negative ... Fox Business pumps integrative medicine ... AMA board chair Ardis Hoven, MD promotes interprofessional collaboration, with MDs in the center ... Walgreens seeks to "own 'well'" ... Barrie Cassileth's International Integrative Medicine conference ... Integrative Healthcare Symposium likely to draw over 1500 in New York ... Peter D'Adamo's Institute for Human Individuality to focus on "Generative Medicine" at May 2011 meeting ... Vanessa Esteves takes position with Elements Wellness.

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up #37: November 2010

 Flurry of opposition to AMA ownership of CPT codes amidst report of AMA's $70-million of annual royalties ... Center for Public Integrity reports "secretive" AMA committee that guides Medicare priorities on billions of dollars ... AAAOM, CRN, ACCAHC, NPRI and AHMA in follow-up statements on NIH NCCAM strategic plan ... Update on Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium federal action for integrated health care: PCORI and workforce issues  ... "Mother of holistic medicine" Gladys McGarey, MD takes on changing federal policy, at age 90 ... True North Center turns SmartMoney lemons into lemonade ... Guarneri-led Bravewell team publishes pamphlet on cost-effectiveness of integrative medicine ... Multidisciplinary effort led by Harvard's Marilyn Moore and U Minnesota's Karen Lawson, MD moves to set national health coaching standards ... Massage certification group NCBTMB sets stage to offer advance practice certification program ... ACA part of Sharecare internet play that includes Mehmet Oz, MD, Dean Ornish, MD and nursing groups ...  A call to "put integrity into integration" from Daniel Redwood, DC ... Report leads to reconsideration of whether some placebos were placebos ... Huffington Post expands its integrative medicine-focused health portal ... Michael Cohen in new law firm ... Charles DuBois honored ... Lori Knutson, RN in expanded role ... Shelly Johnson new interim director role at American Massage Therapy Association.

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: October 2010

IHPC, others convene stakeholders for policy action plan on integrative practices in reform law ...  Goertz named to influential Board of Governors of PCORI, significant new, national comparative effectiveness research institute ... AANP urges members to weigh in on endocrine disruption bill ... Australian study reports cost savings from acupuncture and 3 natural products ... Disturbing national data on incomes of licensed AOM practitioners stimulates soul-searching ... Two-thirds of massage therapists note downturn in practices in lagging economy ... Supplement sales hold steady ... Managed CAM and wellness firm American Specialty Health hits $147-million in revenues ... Penny George Institute/Allina publish 2010 outcomes report ... Donna Karan's Urban Zen expands nationally with Kent State partnership in program for nurses ... Georgetown and Bastyr initiate novel agreement between naturopathic and conventional academic programs ... Marino Center links with Mass Medical Society for integrative medicine training ... True North Healing Center's Dahlborg brings integrative business model to Dartmouth Medical School ... Alliance for Natural Health examines Wikipedia biases against natural health and medical alternatives ... Foundation for Chiropractic Progress a useful model for fund-raising a discipline's national initiative ... AAAOM breaks pattern in naming medical doctor Niemtzow to board ... Riley and editorial team resign from Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine citing differences with new owners ... Publication opportunities in new peer-reviewed Topics in Integrative Health Care/Hawk and in special integrative health issue of Patient Education Counseling/Rakel ... 2011 Integrative Health Care Symposium to be held in New York, March 4-6 ... Horace Elliott, Ad Haramati and Sherman Cohn honored

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: September 2010

NCCAM issues DRAFT 2011-2015 strategic plan, includes "real world" and health-promoting outcomes; Briggs on researching complex approaches; Canada Post outcomes show effectiveness and cost-savings from whole practice of integrative naturopathic medicine; Medicare to reimburse Pritikin for onsite services; Medicare to investigate chiropractic billing; doulas lay infrastructure for reimbursement; NYU integrative urology program led by naturopathic doctor Geovanni Epinosa; Mayo Clinic embraces Alexander Technique; 4 integrative medicine organizations link for April 2011 iMosaic conference; holistic nurses endorse new coaching program; American Chiropractic Association and National Wellness Institute partner for wellness certification for chiropractors; Helbig's Institute for Therapeutic Massage pioneers oncology massage certification and services for the under-served in collaboration with Perlman's UMDNJ; U Minnesota offers first nursing doctoral program specialty in integrative practice; National University of Health Sciences' innovative integrated DC/ND/AOM programs featured; George Family Foundation grants $556,000 for nurse leadership in integrative practice; former HHS secretary Thompson visits, lauds Standard Process; Alternative Therapies offers all nursing issue; and a note on Rustom Roy, 1924-2010.

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: August 2010

The AMA's resolution in favor of discrimination against other providers as amended ... Licensed midwives take one from OB-GYNs in New York ... Legislation introduced to get DCs into US Public Health Service ... Samueli Institute links with Joint Chiefs of Staff for magazine supplement on "Total Force Fitness" ... True North shares paradigm with MGMA group ...  Cavallo Point hotel-spa and integrative center opens with Bradly Jacobs, MD, MPH in key role ... Massage therapists beat back nasty allegations from local police to protect new law in California ... New integrative dietetics practice group in the American Dietetics Association ... Author-clinician Ilene Serlin, PhD makes headway in introducing whole health practices at APA ... University of Chicago becomes 45th member of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine ... Bastyr now home to a leading midwifery school and Simkin Center doula training ... Mail order Clayton College shuts doors, to delight of naturopathic doctors ... 6th IN-CAM Research Symposium in November 2010 ... Group Health Institute team identifies diverse positive outcomes from CAM-IM not typically captured in studies ... Research finds health in "forest bathing" ... PMG Data Services purchases Innovision ... Holistic Primary Care marks 10th year of publication ... Consumer Reports blasts "dirty dozen" of dietary supplements; Blumenthal responds ... Natural Foods Merchandiser reports modest growth in industry in 2009 ... Briggs and NCCAM in media whipsaw ... Comments on Krakow's "alternative medicine as a free market approach" ... Lewis Bazakos, DC given another significant award, this from New York Chiropractic College

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: July 2010

Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium calls for input in next phase of national policy work for integrative care ... AMA to urge repeal of Section 2706/non-discrimination; chiropractic organization says "over our dead bodies" ... Holistic doctors offer useful review of prevention language in federal healthcare reform law ... Yoga therapy in the Navy's new medical home in Bethesda ... Naturopathic doctors as primary care boosted in publication ... Bravewell opens applications for integrative medicine fellowships, takes more control of selection ... Integrative Therapeutics-funded ND residency update ... National University of Health Sciences receives $500,000 from Standard Process ... New organization of massage educators in hopeful start with first conference, election of new Board ... Consortium of educators from licensed complementary healthcare disciplines announces top-flight Council of Advisers to help with integration strategies ... New NCCAM fact sheet on credentialing CAM practitioners ... Explore article on American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine describes new directions for this standard-setter for integrative medical doctors ... AMA officially endorses "personalized medicine" ... Homeopathic accreditation and certification organizations organize summit to position field ... E-CAM now part of Hindawi ... NDNR reaches 5th year as key publication for NDs, other natural medicine doctors ... Information Television Network initiates new DVD series on natural health approaches ... Joyce Frye, DO reports on LIGA, the international homeopathic conference ... Philanthropist-author Bill George and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche to co-lead conference on Mindful Leadership ... Conference on integrative pediatrics explores environmental influences ... Knowles and Hall to lead Natural Products Foundation ... Blumenthal honored by pharmacognosy group with Varro Tyler Award ... Jean Watson selected as AHNA's Holistic Nurse of 2010.

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: June 2010

AMA specialists seek continued discrimination against integrative practitioners in effort to repeal Section 2706 of healthcare overhaul ... Ornish program receives penultimate boost toward full coverage from CMS/Medicare ... AANP proposes a definition of "integrative practitioner" to shape federal policy post reform .. Integrator publishes resource on the mentions of CAM/IM in the healthcare overhaul law ...  Notes on the overhaul's impact on health psychologists and LAcs from Bastyr University ... Brief comment/update on the Integrative Medicine Clinic of Santa Rosa ... Medical schools begin offering tenure to integrative medicine leaders ... College links with integrative medicine clinic to offer certificate course for "patient navigators" ... Duke's Integrative Health Coach program booked solid, certification program begins soon ... NCCAM begins publishing priorities for the 2011-2015 strategic plan, holds session on CAM and behavioral change ... Botanical sales up in 2009 to over $5-billion .. Survey finds MD knowledge of herbs remains low ... Standard Process honored for commitment to advancing integrative medicine ... Bravewell publishes 50 page booklet on integrative medicine ... Helfgott's Tippens reports socio-demographic data on clients of community acupuncture model .. Fall 2010 American Public Health Association conference will include 16 segments on alternative healthcare practices and chiropractic ...  Integrative medicine featured in Minnesota Monthly and group visits in the Denver Post ... Micozzi's pioneering Fundamentals of Complementary & Integrative Medicine textbook in 4th edition with forward from former JAMA editor George Lundberg ... Mark Hyman, MD takes role as chair of the Institute for Functional Medicine ... Integrative behavioral health leader Joseph DeNucci announces new retreat center ... More 

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: May 2010

HHS Secretary Sebelius and former DNC chair Howard Dean, MD comment on acupuncture, homeopathy other natural healing methods ... US Congressman Tim Ryan champions mindfulness-based stress reduction programs in hearing; Sebelius responds ... Josiah Macy Foundation urges lifting of obstacles for nurse practitioners in primary care; roles of DCs, NDs, LAcs commented upon ... Washington state data show insurance costs for individuals using CAM for back pain, fibromyalgia, menopause symptoms are less than those who don't use CAM ... NCCAM references only "products" research in key message on 2011-2015 strategic plan; Briggs responds ...  1993 Seattle Post Intelligencer letter from by Integrator publisher-editor submitted as defense for impatience with reductive research on integrative practices ... White paper on research for holistic nurses articulates critical importance of complex modeling ...  Bastyr's Boutin on 8 reasons why healthcare overhaul is good for nutritionists ... Chiropractic educator/researcher conference draws record turnout; college presidents group shares top 6 strategic initiatives ... Update on Georgetown Masters Degree that links basic sciences and CAM ... Stamford Hospital begins 2-year integrative medicine fellowship ... Bastyr to award honorary doctorates to Mehmet Oz, MD and to Lisa OZ ... Correction on the first regionally accredited "stand-alone" AOM school ... White paper on regulatory issues for Yoga, Ayurvedic fields ...  Naturopathic doctors push Congress for inclusion in loan repayment programs ... Real Simple features integrative medicine; distinguishes this category from DOs and NDs ... Mathews to head Yoga Alliance ... Hangee-Bauer the new AANP president ... More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: April 2010

What integrative practice associations are saying about healthcare overhaul ... CMS/Medicare nominee Berwick and his principles for integrative medicine ... Patient outcomes from Penny George Institute inpatient integrative care ... Ground-breaking Healthpoint expands integrative model in community health; Breed comments ... NCH's Gahles reports on meeting of top homeopathic researchers with NCCAM team ... Anti-NCCAM bloggers take invite from NCCAM's Briggs ... Outcomes of Medicare chiropractic demonstration project confusing, under examination by ACA ... Ford pilot shows lowered use of drugs by acupuncture and mind-body group ... Merrell and integrative medicine featured as cost-saving in NYT ... Update on action at Wake Forest integrative medicine ... First inpatient acupuncture fellowship at New York's Beth Israel ... Maizes clip highlights decade plus of changes at Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine ... Western States Chiropractic College becomes University of Western States ... Tri-State Acupuncture College publishes white paper on inter-professional education ... Ornish challenges thinking in New York Times piece ... Bravewell leaders in Vanity Fair ... Acupuncture positively portrayed in Wall Street Journal ... Robust SPARC/OCIM gatherings in Portland, Oregon ... Massage Therapy Foundation receives $30,000 NCCAM conference grant ... Educators Schwartz and Lowe team for online education business ... Caldwell heads AHMA ... O'Connell to exec post with ACA ... Naturopathic doctor Cronin in the cover of Phoenix Magazine "Best Doctors" issue ... Marchiori selected as new Palmer chancellor ... Huggins elected to AHPA presidency, plus more ... More 

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: February 4-March 6, 2010

McCain-Dorgan bill stirs battle over supplement regulation McCain backs off ... Action urged to support "licensed integrative practitioners" in federal legislation ... Senator Mikulski salutes Integrative Healthcare Symposium attendees ... Bill George pushes reform at personal and state levels .. Brent Bauer, MD reports on Mayo's growing integrative medicine initiative ... True North patient survey featured in American College of Physicians' publication ... Naparstek's Health Journeys CD sent by DoD to help soldiers in war zone ... Acupuncture accreditation agency moves ahead with "first professional doctorate" ... A first: Chiropractic faculty members credentialed to teach in VA facilities via NYCC relationships ... Washington state legislature announces annual Bastyr Day ... Oregon naturopathic doctors included in loan-forgiveness program for service to the underserved and in rural areas ...  Chiropractors explore role in public health ... NJ chiropractors add homeopathy, nutrition to practice; Gahles comments ... Hawai'i medical association seek to strip scope additions of state's naturopathic doctors ... AMI seeks expansion of integrative Medicaid pilot into Arizona ... ABC blasts peer-reviewed piece on drug-herb interactions ... Newsweek rips anti-depressants as "Tic tacs" ... Stargrove and MedicineWorks release electronic interactions guide ... Olympic athletes sponsored by supplement lines ... Profootball chiropractic association in 4th conference ... Integrative Healthcare Symposium up 40%, gains status as community gathering ... Arizona Center's integrative mental health conference sells out ... Ann Fonda reports on the Annie Appleseed Project ... Pelletier takes vice president role at American Specialty Health ... Miller-Read takes over as AMTA president ... More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up:  January 5-February 3, 2010

Allina Hospitals initiative finds $2000 savings per patient stay with integrative care ... JAMA column from Ralph Snyderman, MD reports that Duke Prospective Health created $2200 per employee per year in savings associated with personalized, integrative approach ... NIH workshop to explore cost effectiveness of dietary supplement interventions ... MD academics urge NCCAM to support non-MD CAM investigators in 2011-2015 strategic plan ... "Licensed integrative practitioners" included in Senate reform language on comparative effectiveness research ... U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recognizes naturopathic doctors as primary care .... US Senator Mikulski pitches "integrative health care" as key health reform principle in constituent letter ... AMA News reports trends in AMA campaign to restrict the scopes of NDs, DCs, AOM practitioners, midwives and others ... AANP and ACA send letters to members relative to the AMA campaign to restrict their practices ... Widely reported survey led by UCLA's Michael Goldstein, PhD shows strong support for CAM among 75% of medical school student respondents ... New York Chiropractic College offers online nutrition Masters degree ... Mayo Clinic integrative medicine educates team about aromatherapy, Qi Gong and other certificate programs via local community college ... Tai Sophia gains state approval for 5 new certificate programs to help create a wellness workforce ... Update on massage educator not-for-profit start-up ... Acupuncturists Without Borders and Natural Doctors International respond to Haiti disaster ... Standard Process sales hit $100-million mark; a look at its corporate citizenship ... Yale integrative medicine conference to feature NCCAM's Briggs plus CAM-basher Novella ... Conference notes ... plus more

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: December 4, 2009-January 5, 2010

Two Integrator Top 10 lists for integrative care from 2009 ... LA Times article on licensed CAM practices and non-discrimination provision in Harkin's Senate health legislation ... George DeVries' transformation of American Specialty Health into a health and wellness firm ... Academy of Oriental Medicine of Austin becomes first AOM school to gain regional accreditation ...  Adam Perlman, MD, MPH and Ben Kligler, MD, MPH take over as chair, vice chair for CAHCIM ... AOM accrediting agency still seeks comments on "First Professional Doctorate" standard for the field ...  Frank Nicchi, DC, MS honored for strengthening chiropractic-public health ties ... Bravewell, the IOM and the AARP join to found Healthy Nation Partnership; inputs solicited ... American Association for Health Freedom becomes Alliance for Natural Health-USA ... New York Beth Israel creates no-cost, online Prepare for Surgery program ... Seattle-based Alternative Health Access Campaign seeks to meet growing demand among the homeless ... Oregon's largest natural health clinic opened by National College of Natural Medicine ... Chiropractors in campaign to regain recognition as providers by Boy Scouts of America ... Integrative Healthcare Symposium sponsors major conference in New York, February 25-27, 2010 ... North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine set for May 15-18, 2012 in Portland, Oregon ... New American Holistic Medicine Research Institute formed with led venerable Robert Anderson, MD in lead; sets sights on first multicenter project ... Massage accrediting agency seeks public member ...  H1N1 lifts dietary supplement sales ... Michael Cohen re-frames his legal services.

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up:  November 3, 2009-December 3, 2009

Examination of Congress' mandate to NCCAM shows gross misalignment ... Synopses of submissions on NCCAM strategic plan from 8 organizations: IHPC, AHMA, AANP, MTF, IAFT, ACCAHC, AANMC and NCH ... New information (and rumors) on inclusion of CAM and integrative practices in US Senate and House versions of health reform legislation ... Nurses urge Harkin against changing NCCAM to "National Center for Integrative Medicine" ... IOM's Summary Report on the February Summit the perfect holiday gift for an integrative practice wonk ... Family Medicine article shows clarity emerging on integrative medicine in residencies ... Joint meeting of two academic consortia celebrated as key moment ... Umbrella specialty Board of Comprehensive Medicine under exploration jointly by AHMA, ACAM, AANP, ICIM, ABIHM, AAEM and IFM ... National acupuncture groups announce 5-year strategic plan ... Holistic medical group AHMA back from the brink ... Rick Rosen, MA, LMT provides excellent overview of the evolving massage "field" ... Nurses add 5-point acupuncture detox to inpatient treatment at Longmont United Hospital ... IAF and Samueli explore whole person "total fitness" for the military ...  Information on the $1-million real world research project with Obama stimulus money going to Marino Center and University of Arizona ... Samueli Institute publishes white paper on cost-savings from a sampling of integrative, wellness and public health interventions ... Kolata's New York Times integrative cancer article draws rejoinder from the Society for Integrative Oncologists' Abrams ... Anti-CAM/IM crusader Novella co-founds new institute dedicated to the same mission ... Gazella expands Community Partners group of the Natural Medicine Journal to 11 professional associations, 8 educational institutions and 3 industry associations ... UCSF-Osher has opening for new fellow ... Info on cost-effective integrative MD practices sought ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up:  October 7-November 4, 2009

Respond now! NCCAM seeks stakeholder comments on 5 year plan ... IOM publishes report on February 2009 Summit ... FTC/FDA cracks down on dietary supplement sites, including DrWeil.com, for "fraudulent" H1N1 claims such as are made in many kitchens every morning ... Update on action relative to LAc, certified professional midwives, "non-discrimination" and ABC Codes in federal health reform ... 2009 consumer use data on massage (more each year for medical purposes) ... Council for Responsible Nutrition survey info on use of dietary supplements ... MSNBC stirs antagonism to integrative medicine programs in medical and nursing schools ... School yoga champion creates new not-for-profit organization to support advance of programs ...  AMTA responds to Integrator comments the termination of its Council of Schools ... International CAM: Brief reports on recent developments in Switzerland, Italy, England and South Africa ... Harvard professor, key employer leader find chiropractic cost effective for low back and neck pain in new review study ... Congressional amendment stimulates debate over financial incentives for healthy behaviors ...  November is a time for giving of thanks to the Integrator sponsors ... Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreat shifts to donations-based business model ... Integrative Medicine Alliance announces new website ... JACM in deal with Natural Standard.

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: September 4-October 6, 2009

Andrew Weil, MD offers 7 point action plan on health reform, community responds ... IOM report on Summit due out in November ... 47 members of Congress send letter backing non-discrimination among provider categories ... Academic Medicine article blasts R-25 integrative medicine programs in medical schools, U Minnesota responds ... Shifting landscape for massage educational organizations ... Group to issue educational standards for Yoga therapists ... NCCAM distributes portion of its Obama stimulus funds ...  Beth Clay on controversy over trial of Gonzalez' integrative pancreatic cancer treatment ... FCER, the former spearhead for chiropractic research, ends 60 years of visionary action ... Women legislators back anti-discrimination approach toward licensed acupuncturists ... Blue Cross Blue Shield federal employees program continues to list chiropractic doctors as physicians ... Holistic nursing certification agency marks upbeat in interest ... Employer's story shows how prejudice may restrict appropriate use of workplace massage as cost-saver ... Review paper of cost-related studies of acupuncture ... Economist Herman clarifies how she selected studies used in her reported presentation on areas for cost-savings from CAM ... Philanthropist members in Bravewell Collaborative show some change since 2007 ...  Ricki and Gunn big winners with $250,000 Dr. Rogers' Prize in complementary medicine ... Taylor Walsh shares integrative medicine tweeters ... Unique Hawaii Consortium for Integrative Health Care selects Wong as exec ... Dana Ullman, MPH now blogging at influential HuffPo ...  Pathways to Wellness expanding, seeks new executive director ... John Scaringe, DC chosen as president of Southern California University of Health Sciences ... Tim Birdsall, ND, FABNO honored as AANP Physician of the Year.

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up:  August 6-September 3, 2009

Top NCCAM-funded researcher Berman founds Institute for Integrative Health ...  Walsh's examination of inclusion (or not) of CAM/integrative practitioners in US House healthcare reform bill ... Economist/researcher Herman reports 9 therapies/21 conditions where use of CAM is shown to be cost saving ... Response to Integrator from NCCAM director Briggs shares reasons for 10th anniversary symposium theme, coming priorities ... Janet Polli selected as first executive director of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine ... Key AOM researcher Hammerschlag retires ... Guiltinan selected to chair naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University ... Center for Integrative Medicine in the Public Health forges relationships with network of 13 clinics to provide integrative services to the underserved ... Chiropractic professional forge links between the American Public Health Association and US Bone and Joint Decade ... Inner Harmony Wellness Center selected University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine fellow Phaythoune Chothmounethinh, MD as medical director ... AMA's Scope of Practice Partnership targets 30 ND, DC, LAc and certified professional midwife scope expansion legislative initiatives in 2009 ... Naturopathic physicians report legislative gains in HI, OR, WA, CT, NH, VT and elsewhere ... MD starting salaries: Are they part of the problem in the health of the nation? ... Chiropractic organization raises $1-million for autumn ad campaign to promote the role of DCs in health reform ... Huffington Post selects Dean Ornish, MD as its medical editoror ... Author and integrative medicine policy enthusiast Dana Ullman, MPH shares letter exchange with Washington Post writer regarding coverage of anti-NCCAM story ...   

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: July 18-August 5, 2009

Controversial NCCAM report suggests use of CAM practitioners may be down 50% between 1997 and 2007 ...  IHPC offers opportunity for integrative practice community to participate in federal policy work, starting with thanking US Senator Sanders ... Homebirth midwives make huge commitment to lobbying Congress for inclusion under healthcare reform ... Boston Globe says Harkin, others are pushing for coverage of licensed CAM practitioners in reform package ...  Invite to September 25, 2009 Dr. Rogers' Price gala where $250,000 will be awarded to a top integrative practice leader ... Health Journey's Belleruth Naparstek shares significant advances of mind-body approaches in the military ... James Gordon, MD to chair new College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University ... Obama team convenes group of employers to explore progressive health and productivity program for federal employees ...  Pelletier examines 2004-2008 employer studies of cost-benefits of health promotion programs ... Holistic nurses name Hines to national presidency ... Renaud steps down after 16 years managing acu-detox association, new manager sought ... Abrams/Weil Integrative Cancer book becomes standard textbook for the field ... Example of integrative center inside a private medical group sought. More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: June 19-July 17, 2009

Integrative services double at Providence Integrative Cancer Care ... NCCAM clarifies position on homeopathy research following Zicam fury ... CAM gains mention in IOM and Obama Council's report on directions for comparative effectiveness research (CER), plus Calabrese comments ... Licensed CAM, integrative practice and wellness in the US Senate reform bills ... NCCAM clarifies position on homeopathic research following Zicam study and National Center for Homeopathy request ...  States move to regulate yoga schools ... Israelson on FDA, dietary supplement firms and adverse event reporting ... IAYT convenes effort to clarify definition, scope of practice, guidelines for Yoga therapy ... ACA announces formation of specialty Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition ... Huffington Post runs 2 articles relative to functional medicine as health reform model ... NCCAM announces portion of Obama stimulus funds ... International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine re-launched ... New York Times article underscores how the NIH review process may keep the best research unfunded ...  New positions for Michael Wiles, DC, MEd and Patricia Wolfe, ND ... New York Chiropractic College acknowledged in Chronicle of Higher Education ... Eric Goldman offers review of first Physician Heal Thy Practice conference. More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up:  May 29-June 18, 2009

Poll on health reform finds public favors investment in prevention over treatment by 4 to one margin ... Obama on acupuncture and prevention ... U.S. Senator Murray goes to bat for expanding chiropractic to all VA facilities ... Bravewell Collaborative announces "important evening" in Washington, D.C. November 4, 2009 ... AAAOM renews push for acupuncturists in medicare, federal employee benefits ... Chiropractors challenge Office of Inspector General Report on over-payments ...  Massage accrediting agency names Henrioulle as executive director, Schwartz as top volunteer ... Association of Chiropractic Colleges in expanded role internationally, meet with Sebelius at WHO meeting ... International organization of health services researchers in complementary and integrative medicine meets in Brisbane, educator meeting in England ... Society for Integrative Oncology focuses on whole systems, interdisciplinary practices, at November 2009 meeting ... MSNBC series negative on CAM, 76% of in reader poll "skeptical" about alternative medicine ... Oregon Public Broadcasting stimulates online debate over prescriptive rights and primary care in naturopathic practices ... Gawande's New Yorker article on money-making corrupting medicine makes Obama's must-read list ... 2.5-year-old community acupuncture clinic, Communi-chi, provides 5000th patient visit ... Educators offered free access to online version of American College of Physicians CAM book. More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up:  April 29-May 28, 2009

Vicki and Ron Simms back ambitious new integrative oncology center at UCLA ... U Virginia adds acupuncture to employee benefits ... California budget crunch sweeps acupuncture, chiropractic, other services out of Medicaid ... Sullivan column presents employer booklet as key guide to health reform ... Cherkin acupuncture-toothpicks study generates significant press ... Minnesota Medical Association dedicates entire monthly magazine to integrative medicine in its state ... NARCCIM research conference draws over 800 from 24 countries ... Massage Research Foundation under Diana Thompson, LMP makes strides in stimulating research in that field ... Tai Sophia Institute: snapshot of a growing budget ... Holistic nurses expand certification offerings ... AANP, the naturopathic professional association, announces new journal and website ... Natural Products Foundation publishes data on the $60-billion that the dietary supplement industry contributes to the economy ... American Botanical Council reports growth of the botanical industry in 2008 to $4.8-billion ... Frank Nicchi, MS, DC elected president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges ... Researcher Gert Bronfort, DC, PhD honored, plus transitions for Crites, Schwartz and Corcoran. More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: April 8-April 25, 2009

Holistic nurses take on Catholic Bishops over Bishops' position against Reiki ... Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, nation's top inter-institutional effort in integrated care, expands action ... Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing strikes strategic alliance with Alternative Medicine Clinic of Hennepin Faculty Associates ... Community Acupuncture Network seeks NADA alliance in opposing first professional doctorate for acupuncture and Oriental medicine field ... Survey shows low uptake of key NCCAM research by internists, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors and rheumatologists ... Significant CAM/IM chapter by Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care in new textbook, Collaboration Across the Disciplines in Health Care ... AAAOM hires DC lobbying team, including former NIH and Congressional staffer Beth Clay ... Chiropractors set up ChiroVoice.org to foster patient communication with members of Congress during reform era ... Pioneering work of Joe Chang, MAOM, LAc shows initial penetration of licensed acupuncturists in military services ... IHPM/Intel pilot of onsite manual therapies program show positive outcomes. More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up:  March 3-April 7, 2009

NCCAM challenged in Washington Post piece ... Consumer Reports finds highest satisfaction with chiropractors for back pain ...  Economic downturn and consumer-directed healthcare appear to be good for supplements sales ... American Health Journal and AANP team for 6-part PBS series on naturopathic medicine ... Massage licensing boards under attack in 2 states ...  InnoVision, publisher of ATHM and other peer-reviewed journals in integrative practice purchased, exits Chapter 11  ... Lobbyist Peter Reinecke and Jeanne Drisko, MD on Obama's HHS nominee, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius ... Disease management giant Healthways appoints Mark Nolting, ND, LAc to head up integrative medicine ... Andrew Weil's foundation scores coup in appointing former medical school dean James Dalen, MD, MPH to executive director ... Two Integrator contributors, Stephen Bolles, DC and Erik Goldman organize conferences on key integrative practice themes, the Vis Medicatrix Naturae, and business success, respectively. More

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up:  February 18-March 2, 2009

Plan on the North American Research Conference, May 12-15, Minneapolis! ... New Jersey med school and massage school for tie in accredited massage program for service to the underserved ... Resource on school-based yoga ... Northwestern Health Sciences University has unique opportunity for new VP/provost ... Licensed acupuncturists beefing up "action agenda" ... Educator Steiner Leisure in huge contract for massage, acupuncture, spa, fitness services ... IM leader and Integrator adviser Bradly Jacobs, MD, MPH, re-emerges at Sausalito-based Carvallo Point ... More on policy: Does the Obama $634-billion for healthcare reform include a real shift toward wellness? ... Congrats to TAI for an investment in a relationship with U.S. Senator Mikulski, plus AP article on IOM, Redwood on Jonas' WIN, and Peer Barry Chowka tearing down the house. More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: January 30-February 17, 2009

The list of IOM-contracted paper, and authors for the IOM Summit ... U Kansas program announces 2nd Fellow, and opens applications for third .. LAc-led clinic approved by UC Regents as internship location for medical students, others ... Holistic nurses elevate field research in their professional agenda ... Move in massage therapy profession may lead to split in organizations responsible for licensing exams and that for certification exams ... AAAOM to add focus on military medicine at its April conference ... Wendy Weber, ND, PhD becomes first naturopathic physician to be hired as a program officer at NIH NCCAM ... Key mover in creating Continuum Center, Barbara Glickstein, MS, MPH, RN, selected for prestigious media program More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: January 17-29, 2009

Impact of the Integrator campaign against defunding NCCAM at Obama's www.change.gov ... U.S. Senator Harkin pushes $1.1 billion of "effectiveness research" money into nation's economic stimulus package ... CEO Todd Linden's view of an integration strategy in a rural hospital ... Integrative clinic and employer wellness consultant Nancy Hart offer "teleclass" on integrative strategies ... Yoga's impact at NIH and HHS expands as National Yoga Month declared ... 25 distinct organizations become Participating Organizations for the May 12-13 North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine ... Bland, Karan to be honored at Integrative Healthcare Symposium, February 19-21 in New York City ... ND school in grant from First Nations and Intuit health Branch of Health Canada ... Briggs to speak at APHA conference ... Triad's Hillary Davis starts new healthcare blog. More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: January 1-15, 2009

Wall Street Journal column positions integrative medicine as key direction in health reform ... Religion Newswriters group advancing education of journalists on integrative practices ... Hello President-elect Obama: links to letters from the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and American Association of Naturopathic Physicians ...  IOM announces full run-down of speakers and panelists for the February 25-27, 2009 Summit. Harkin to headline economics group ... Boston Foundation surprises Pathways to Health with $75,000 grant ... New integrative cancer center open in Providence system in south Puget Sound ...  Do we need a new therapeutic order for the nation? Take a look at this plan for aligning resource investment ... Plus, new Osher-NCCAM award, a special something from HealthMath in these stressful times, and more ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: Dec. 1-Dec. 31, 2008

New CDC report shows CAM use at 38%, but over 50% among our indigenous ... AARP, US Chamber and Prince's Foundation join Bravewell-led coalition to promote health-oriented reform ... More on Dasche/Obama community discussions from Jonas'/Samueli gathering, Hawaii Consortium, ND group in Connecticut, a Reiki leader and the ACA ... URAC names first accredited wellness programs ... Institute for Functional Medicine leader David Jones, MD leads Integrative Practitioner discussion on the role of the randomized controlled trial ... Naturopathic physician-run wellness program for automobile dealers earns Vermont Gold Medal award for 3rd straight year ... Oprah opens a page to homeopathy ... Former American Whole Health integrative medicine director and SCNM founder Michael Cronin, ND takes board roles at National University of Health Sciences and the AANP ... Samueli Center and Arizona Center offer CME programs ... Nursing site lists top 100 herb-related blogs ... More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: Oct 16-Nov 28, 2008

Cleveland-based Manufacturer Parker Hannifin created a rich CAM benefit which has stimulated the development of a national CAM PPO of America network with affiliations with the AANP and Massage Envy ... Integrative Practitioner tops 5000 members, earns Stevie nomination, names Jacobs, Blumenthal to advisory roles ... Day-late, dollar-short: McCain weighs in on chiropractic ... UCSF Osher seeks medical director: Obama-esque leader needed ... Helfgott Research Institute update ... Tai Sophia and Johns Hopkins nursing advance their relationship; AANP's Howard benefits from program ... Naturopathic policy action in Washington State: hard to imagine this in state's where NDs are not licensed ... Georgia chiros get parity boost from insurance commissioner ... AHPA's Dentali in appointment, $100,000 grant for healthy aging to Bastyr, plus ... More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: October 1-15, 2008

MGMA says some MDs turning to alternative medicine, supplement sales, for business reasons ... Naturopathic specialty board established to promote aesthetic medicine ... American Acupuncture Council promotes programs to get acupuncturists and chiropractors to explore anti-aging medicine ... NCCAM names NIH veteran Jack Killen, MD as Deputy Director ... Institute of Medicine announces agenda for its February 2009 National Summit on Integrative Medicine, not yet much sign of "integration" ... New American Hospital Association report finds 37% of hospitals offering some CAM, a 40% increase in the percent since 2005 ... Yale-Griffin integrative medicine center in new facility ... Donna Karan's Urban Zen initiative brands "new category of integrative practitioner" ... Thumbs up for natural childbirth in Milbank study, and article by obstetrician Bethany Hays, MD ... USA Today features Pentagon's exploration of alternatives ... Plus, Annie Appleseed, patient-centered integrative cancer conference and Integrative medicine Alliance practitioner-centered weekend ... Three of Calabrese's mentees earn NIH awards ...  More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: September 16-30, 2008

New 18-practitioner integrative clinic and robust growth at Samaritan Health Services ...  Inner Harmony celebrates 10th year and moves to new space at Scranton's Mercy Hospital ... HRSA in $310,000 grant to Palmer College of Chiropractic and Jefferson's integrative medicine prorgam for multidisciplinary practice-based CAM-IM research network ... National College of Natural Medicine expands ... AHEC grant funds scholarship for fellowship at Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine to help serve underserved ... Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, a research-education-integration leader for AOM marks 25th year ... Board of NADA, the acu-detox group, affirms value of 5-point protocol for stress, pain management, not just detox ... Report on national massage therapy clinical practice guidelines funded and developed through Massage Therapy Foundation ... American Chiropractic Association announces policy-related action of its House of Delegates ... Signature Supplements gets high tech business development loan from state of Maryland ... Update on Minnesota-based Collaboration Health Care group started by form American Chiropractic Network team, plus more. More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: September 1-15, 2008

CCAOM backs move in the acupuncture profession toward "First Professional Doctorate" ... IAYT reports data on the emerging Yoga therapy field ... ND students set quality standards for nutraceutical partners ... Hopkins opens integrative clinic with GI focus ... Hawaii Consortium for Integrative Healthcare begins monthly television program ...  New ACOEM guidelines for chronic pain elevate role of acupuncture, yoga ...  Employer group IHPM begins worksite metabolic health initiative ... American Specialty Health receives awards ... Standard Process' president Charlie DuBois joins board of chiropractic research group ... Council for Responsible Nutrition selects naturopathic physician Douglas MacKay, ND as vice president for regulatory and scientific affairs ... Changes at the top for American Association for Health Freedom ... Primary care needs to be aggravated by disappearing interest among med school grads, plus more

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Healthcare Round-up: August 16-31, 2008

Data on total number of AOM students ... Hawaii med school opens complementary medicine center ... Ralph Snyderman, MD, a top influencer of medical school-based integrative medicine, tells academic medicine to "lead, follow or get out of the way" of what he calls "prospective health care" ... Bradly Jacobs, MD, MPH leaves a Revolution on the decline ... Physician staffing firm reports survey on MD views of CAM ... Delaware gets medical association's support in successful licensing campaign ... AHPA firms look good in JAMA study ... Integrative Medical Consortium formed of half-dozen other national professional associations ... Yoga leader Terri Kennedy selected for American Heart Association role ... Integrative program for the disabled seeks information on other models ... plus more  More ...


Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: August 1-15, 2008

A Medscape piece on pharma and medical professional organizations has its natural products parallels ...  Integrative medicine programs at U Kansas and New Mexico expand to new clinical facilities ... Quinn assists U Kansas in establishing a unique fellowship program for an MD, DO or ND ... Pelletier's CHIP program adds Pfizer, Pepsi and GlaxoSmithKline as participating firms in exploring integrative medicine in employee health ... Boston's Integrative Medical Alliance teams with Tufts to give experience in complementary therapies to conventional health professions students, clinicians ... Rafal's "mind heals" program in Rhode Island ... Alexander technique expert Jean Louis Rodriguez shares a widely reported BMJ trial which could launch expanded interest in the little utilized but powerful patient-centered approach ... Big kudos: population-based, group-oriented mind-body program for adolescents led by James Gordon, MD shows positive outcomes in Kosovo ... Team co-led by Moshe Frenkel, MD publishes a dozen integrative oncology papers in Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America ... Bethany Hayes, MD is looking for practitioners for True North Center ... More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: July 16-31, 2008

Report shows hundreds of million in savings to states from wellness model ... Center for Disease Control director Gerberding calls for "changing the conversation" in order to make the U.S. the "healthiest nation" via new CDC campaign ... Licensed complementary healthcare practitioners still not included in healthcare workforce dialogue ... Debate at the University of Bridgeport to focus on whether chiropractors should follow the New Mexico model of primary care chiropractic with limited prescribing rights  ... NCCAOM pushes to get acupuncture and Oriental medicine recognized as a profession by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ... AMA and OB/Gyn opposition to homebirth sparks debate on ABC news site  ... Chiropractic lobbying may open a door for all "CAM" colleges ... Wake Forest integrative medicine's Kathy Kemper, MD, MPH shares new integrative clinical services ... True North's Bethany Hays, MD honored by the Institute for Functional Medicine with the 2008 Linus Pauling Award ... More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: July 1-15, 2008

Commonwealth Fund reports double cost, horrible outcomes of US medicine ... Expansion of low-cost community acupuncture models featured by AAAOM and in Philadelphia weekly ... Alaska's Native-owned, community-focused, team-oriented healthcare approach approach shows huge cost savings, increased practitioner satisfaction through a relationship-centered approach ... Ian Coulter, PhD offers insight into strengths and shortcomings of health services research as the "holy grail" for integrative practices ... Holistic board requires self-care knowledge in re-certification ... AHMA celebrates 30th birthday ... Chiropractic organization and NCMIC clarify manipulation/stroke evidence for 16,600 neurologists ... Cohen and Dumoff combine for webcast seminars on legal issues for integrative clinics and spas. More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: June 16-30, 2008

Kaiser Permanente models natural pharmacy in managed care ... American Acupuncture Council offers acu-coding book ... Successful Massage Envy franchise operation purchased by huge Indian conglomerate with strong wellness interest ... URAC developing accreditation standards for wellness programs - comment period now ... Details on the AMA's Scope of Practice Partnership campaign against expanding scopes of other disciplines: NDs and midwives taking heat ... Healthcare advisers for presidential campaigns have loose links to integrative practice movement .. IOM puts annual waste in US healthcare at over $1,000,000,000,000 (that's one trillion wasted, or a lot of what might have been fully-reimbursed integrative care) ... A few words about Penny Simkin, a quiet hero of empowering healthcare, plus more. More ...

Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: June 1-15, 2008

Among those noted University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine designated a Center of Excellence by Arizona Regents ... Council on Naturopathic Medical Education gains 5 years from the USDE ... US/China accord on traditional Chinese and integrative medicine ... Integrative MD/ND/LAc Goshen Cancer Center awarded ... Trustee features integrative medicine for Boomers ... Integrated community care leader Community Health Centers of King County becomes HealthPoint ... The debate over the JAMA St. John's wort for ADHD article ...  National advertising campaign for chiropractic and the IOM use the Alternative Medicine Inc. study on cost savings ... AMI's state partnerships grow ... Chiropractic associations in agreement on pediatrics specialty ... More ...

Integrative Medicine & Integrated Healthcare Roundup: May 15-31, 2008

The pace of action in integrative medicine and integrated healthcare picks up monthly. This article begins a new, regular feature of the Integrator. I scan the incoming and offer quick links on the business, academic, research, professional, integrative, media and employer actions relative to these fields. You click into the longer stories of interest to you.   20 short notes here. I hope this new services is useful. More ...



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