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Issues #94-#95 Integrative Medicine and Integrative Health News - Nov-Dec 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Integrative Medicine and Integrative Health News -- Issues #94-#95, November, December 2011

January 6, 2012

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  

December 26, 2011

Top 10 for Integrative Medicine Policy and Action in 2011

2011 was a good year for integrative medicine. Many of the developments reported here grew out of the mandated inclusion of integrative and complementary and alternative medicine practices in the Obama-Pelosi Affordable Care Act. Here is the Top 10 for Integrative Medicine Policy and Action for 2011. (Those interested in highlights for the years since 2006 will find links here.) This article is posted here at the Huffington Post. Join the dialogue!

December 16, 2011

Berwick's Exit from Medicare a Loss of a Brother-in-the-Trenches for Integrative Medicine

[First posted here in the Huffington Post. Be part of the larger dialogue. Click here to read, comment, tweet, or FB from that site. Thanks.] The forced exit of Don Berwick, MD as administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services was a double whammy for the emerging field of integrative medicine. Berwick's participation in a 2009 Institute of Medicine Summit on Integrative Medicine gave him a depth connection with the community. This deepened a philosophical alignment that he shared in his Basic Principles for Integrative Medicine. Berwick's more important contribution to the field may be his leadership in shifting the incentive structures in the payment system toward one that will support health. More

Issue #94 - December 8, 2011

December 8, 2011

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

December 6, 2011

10 Years After: "Design Principles for Healthcare Renewal" Still Resonate for Integrative Medicine's Future

Recently long-time integrative health author, system-consultant and pioneer Roger Jahnke, OMD urged me to "resurrect" a document from the early years of integrative health called the Design Principles for Healthcare Renewal. This is almost exactly a decade since these were well-received in October 2001 as a clarifying document by the members of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Jahnke's request also resonated with a presentation at Bravewell Integrative Medicine in Action event November 10, 2011 in which it was suggested that we might yet see an economic incentive structure to support a "thriving industry of health creation" (Principle #9). Here are those 10 principles, borne out of a Task Force on Principles from the 2000 Integrative Medicine Industry Leadership Summit. Do they have useful resonance for you? More

November 29, 2011

Rick Kirschner, Author of "Click!" on the Debate over ABIM and the MD's Integrative Medicine Specialty

Best-selling author and speaker Rick Kirschner did not know, until I told him, about the debate over the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine's decision to create a formal MD specialty in integrative medicine. For 25 years Kirschner has made his living through teaching communication and relationship strategies. He's written such books as How to Deal with Difficult People and, most recently, How to Click with People: The Secret to Better Relationships in Business and Life. Kirschner has skin in this game. A 1981 graduate of then National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Kirschner is a licensed but non-practicing doctor of naturopathic medicine. He'd heard from others about efforts of family practice docs, in a coincident irony, to keep naturopathic doctors from practicing at full scope. I asked Kirschner for his perspective on "clicking" in a context like this. Here is his column. More

November 17, 2011

Bravewell Event: Health System & Military Leaders Say Economic Costs and Pain are Motivating Inclusion of Integrative Medicine

When it comes to motivation, money may be the queen among carrots and pain the king among sticks. Both financial gain and human pain may soon be promoting more rapid uptake of integrative medicine by mainstream organizations according to representatives from a major health system and the US military. The perspectives were shared during a forum entitled Integrative Medicine in Action sponsored by the Bravewell Collaborative of philanthropists in integrative medicine. If true, the long-standing struggle over misalignment of incentives between the health-oriented approach of integrative medicine and the disease-focus that spawned the $2.6 trillion medical industry may be finding a positive resolution. Obama's health reform and prescription pain-killers may be integrative medicine's best friends. More
November 9, 2011

Ira Zunin, MD & the Manakai O Malama Center: An Integrative Medicine Model in a Patient Centered Medical Home

Many in integrative medicine view the payment and delivery structure of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) as exceptional for realizing an integrative medicine model. A leader, if not the leader, in implementing an integrative PCMH model is the Oahu-based Manakai O Malama Integrative Group and Rehabilitation Center led by Ira Zunin, MD, MPH, MBA. In this Integrator interview, Zunin describes the challenges and benefits of the new payment and electronic medical records initiatives. His center is engaged as PCMH with HMSA, Hawai'i's dominant insurer, and on "the same electronic footprint" with the state's leading hospitals. Zunin, a sometimes consultant, also offers his perspective on whether the 5-practitioner integrative clinic model proposed by Integrator adviser Bill Manahan, MD can work in the emerging PCMH environment. More

November 8, 2011

Healthpoint's Tom Trompeter: Opportunities for Integrative Medicine in a Patient-Centered Medical Home 

Some integrative medicine leaders view the patient centered medical home (PCMH) as an optimal environment for expressing an integrative practice. Obama's Affordable Care Act included specific language that invited operators of PCMHs to include chiropractors, and licensed complementary, alternative and integrative practitioners. An exceptional resource in this area is Tom Trompeter, MHA, the CEO of Healthpoint. The 12 center network, formerly the Community Health Centers of King County, is not only quite advanced in its development of what Trompeter prefers to call a "patient-centered healthcare home." For 15 years, Healthpoint has included diverse natural medicine offerings such as acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy and behavioral health care. Trompeter offers his reflections on the nature of the PCMH paradigm and what it asks of both practitioners, and those who would educate them for participation in this emerging model. More

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