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Issues #99-#101 Integrative Medicine and Integrative Health News-April-June 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Issues #99-#101 Integrative Medicine and Integrative Health News-April-June 2012

July 6, 2012

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

July 1, 2012

Alan Dumoff:  Inclusion and Grandfathering in the Move to Gain ABPS Recognition of Board Certification in  Integrative Medicine

"Given the stakes, watching the ABoIM/ABPS process from the outside is a bit angst-inducing." So goes the opening sentence of the article by Alan Dumoff, JD, MSW, on the status of the effort of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine to establish an American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABoIM) through the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS). Dumoff is an attorney-adviser to a consortium of 8 integrative physician organizations. He continues: "The eligibility criteria ... will have a dramatic effect on the future of integrative medical practice." The Arizona Center and the ABPS have been officially mum on developments since the September 2011 announcement. Here is Dumoff's perspective. I add some comments on new paradigms, old thinking, and historicide. More 

June 27, 2012

Taylor Walsh on "Health Week" in DC and the Green Ribbon Schools: Addressing Social Determinants

 Integrator editorial adviser and columnist Taylor Walsh shares a hopeful U.S. Department of Education program that has everything to do with "integrative health." To be awarded as a "Green School" by the U.S. Department of Education means implementing a whole system view of health. As Walsh explains, this can mean engaging the nation's childhood obesity epidemic. While not regular Integrator fare, the story is not only interesting but raises questions about the optimal role of integrative practitioners and their related organizations in urging public health approaches, including in elementary school education, that influence the pervasive and powerful social determinants of health. More

June 26, 2012

The Supreme Court and Health Reform: Much Is at Stake for Integrative Medicine

I have never favored single-issue politics. Life and legislation are typically too complex for decision-making based on one position. Yet as we wait on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I find myself focusing on the meaning of full repeal to a limited but growing part of U.S. health care: integrative medicine  ... Posted here at the Huffington Post.

June 13, 2012

How Naturopathic Doctors Are Proving the Value of Integrative Medicine

In the mid-1980s, leaders of the reemerging naturopathic medical profession faced a tough challenge. They had to make the case for a scientific basis for their field prior to any history of federal support for naturopathic research. Many of their references were gleaned from conventional medical literature. Bottom line: The re-emergence of naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) owed a significant debt to research of their medical doctor (M.D.) colleagues. Now it looks like present day naturopathic researchers may be paying back this debt -- at least as far as their medical doctor colleagues in integrative medicine are concerned. Please read, link, FB share, comment, twitter here at Huffington Post.

June 9, 2012

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

May 12, 2012

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

May 8, 2012

ACCAHC Represents Whole Person Health and Complementary and Alternative Professions on the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education

The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) is a founding sponsor of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. According to the release, IOM established the forum to operationalize recommendations from two significant reports produced in the centennial year of the Flexner Report that both revolutionized and polarized health professional education after its publication in 1910. ACCAHC joins over 30 other education and health professional organizations in sponsorship. ACCAHC anticipates "bring(ing) core values of whole person, wellness-focused, patient-centered, integrative practices to this Global Forum with our academic colleagues from other disciplines and other nations." More

May 6, 2012

PCORI Changes Language to Include Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Providers

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research institute (PCORI) has listened to public input and made a series of responsive changes to their draft National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. Included is new language that explicitly includes "integrative healthcare providers" and "complementary and alternative medicine providers" as part of a list of allied health professionals. The inclusion is in the context of "Improving Health Systems" and is associated with "alternative strategies to the composition of health teams." The link and precise language is here. Credit PCORI for their open process and responsiveness. I follow with comments on a value of inclusion. More

May 6, 2012

Casey Health Institute Announces an Integrative Health Care PCMH as an Evolving Model of Practice

The elements are these: a philanthropist in the nation's Beltway with an interest in integrative medicine, her faith in an integrative-minded physician, and an opportunity to occupy a large building site near a medical corridor. Such was the opportunity offered by Betty Casey to David Fogel, MD in 2010. In this article by long-time integrative health leader Alan Dumoff, JD, MSW, a consultant to the project, readers have a chance to see the decisions 2010-2012 via an array of consultations in a cross-country exploration of best practices. Their decision was to develop the new Casey Health Institute as a model patient centered medical home (PCMH) that could influence developments across the country as PCMH's expand. There is a position open, by the way, for a top-notch medical director. See the job description at the bottom of Dumoff's article. More
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