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Issues #105-#107 October-December 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

Issues #105-#107 October-December 2012

January 6, 2013

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

- 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
- 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
- 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
- Former US Army Surgeon General Schoomaker "coordinates his work" with Samueli Institute
- Bryan McAuley, DC, PhD appointed president of Parker University

January 6, 2013

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Hospitals, Health Systems and Community: - January 2013

This monthly report includes 28 short segments on integrative medicine developments in health systems and the community for December 12, 2012-January 5, 2013. One might have expected fewer in a month in which one's audience has little capacity to receive anything new.  The new initiatives at USC, Banner MD Anderson and Uniformed Services University may top the list, while the reach of Mayo's program, funded originally via a grant from Lucy Gonda, is notable in four areas. More

December 20, 2012

The Coming of the Light! Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health for 2012

Happy Solstice! One of my more enjoyable practices each year since 2006 is reviewing the prior 12 months to develop a Top 10 list. Here it is for 2012, featuring numerous individuals who, typically acting in collaborative efforts, had major impacts this year in energizing the integrative health and medicine movement. Among those spotlighted are AAAOM and Jeannie Kang, LAc, Mark Hyman, MD and the Daniel Plan, CFO Magazine and Don Washkewicz, ICECIM and Adi Haramati, PhD, Ruth Westreich, Cherkin-Sherman-Bradley-Oberg and the GHRI-Bastyr nexus, Christy Mack and Bravewell's move, HRSA's newly funded IM center, ABPS and the board certification, plus more. Here it is at Huffington Post (where you can comment, like, forward via Facebook or twitter, etc.) or here on the Integrator site. It was a good year. Enjoy. Here's to more advances in 2013!

December 16, 2012

Columnist Michael Levin: Finding Opportunity for Integrative Medicine Amidst Healthcare Chaos - The Concierge Model

Healthcare business strategist and Integrator columnist Michael Levin was one of the earliest players in the integrative health field who sought to focus attention on the importance of establishing the business case for integration and inclusion. With a background as an executive in both Pharma and natural products companies, Levin's early focus was on pharmacy substitution strategies. Business models were needed to require payers to explore. Here Levin speaks to another sort of business model, this time extolling a direction that is outside the box of the payment system. More 

December 12, 2012

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

  • 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'?"
  • 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
  • Roberti di Sarsina on the link between CAM and personalized, predictive, and preventive medicine
  • Selected Conference Links
  • 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

December 9, 2012

Integrative Medicine in Accountable Care: Report from Oregon Naturopathic Physician Bill Walter, ND

Bill Walter, ND of  Golden Apple Healthcare has been on a quiet campaign for months to create a place for naturopathic doctors and other complementary and alternative healthcare services in the emerging payment and delivery model called Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in his home base ofLane County, Oregon. The county includes the liberal university town of Eugene and its working class sister city of Springfield. Walter's participation in care delivery as a naturopathic physician has been supported by a handful of clinic medical leaders ... More

December 9, 2012

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Hospitals, Health Systems, Media and Communities in December 2012

This monthly report includes 35 short segments, with links, on developments in integrative medicine in hospitals, academic health centers and health systems from mid-November through December 9, 2012. This month's reports includes some from the non-health system community of integrative practices to provide more balance on the range of developments associated with integrative medicine. Included are centers in New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, California, Texas, Colorado and much more. More

December 4, 2012

CFO Magazine Urges Fortune 500 Firms to Explore Cost Savings Via Alternative & Integrative Medicine

CFO Magazine would seem an unlikely source of cheerleading for more inclusion of complementary and integrative medicine practices and providers into U.S. health care delivery. Yet the magazine that targets chief financial officers (CFOs) of Fortune 500 firms has been shaking those pom poms in recent months. There is a smart economic alignment that connects these stakeholders at the economic hip. They may even be a perfect marriage, as one writer recently put it ... To read on here on the Integrator site click here or at Huffington Post, click here.
November 11,2012

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

  • 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
  • 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 efforts endorsed by consumer group
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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

November 10, 2012

Taylor Walsh: ACCAHC, Integrative Health and the Path to Patient-Directed Transformation

Integrator adviser and columnist Taylor Walsh was a guest at a daylong training to help leaders in integrative health disciplines become better ambassadors for integrative health to the mainstream community. The training was developed by the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC). Walsh subsequent reflected on ACCAHC's work and published a piece entitled "Multiple Paths to Patient-Directed Health Care Transformation" in the mainstream Altarum Institute Health Policy Forum. Walsh approved my re-posting it here. More
November 8, 2012

FON Therapeutics' Glenn Sabin Promotes "Marriage" Between Integrative Medicine and Self-Insured Employers

On his FON Therapeutics site, integrative center consultant, blogger and Integrator adviser Glenn Sabin recently posted a piece on perhaps the most hopeful yet unrealized partnership that integrative health and wellness interests can forge: with self insured employers. Sabin approaches it as a match-maker, listing the value first to the employer and then to the integrative medicine community with which he consults. I add links to a half dozen articles that further explore the employer/integrative medicine relationship. More

November 8, 2012

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Hospitals and Health Systems in November 2012

The following 20 short segments, with links, are briefly noted developments in integrative medicine in hospitals, academic health centers and health systems from mid-October through October 6, 2012. These were selected from scores of Google Alerts postings during that time period. They are meant to serve as a quick scan of developments in the rapidly evolving medical doctor-focused areas of integrative medicine in hospitals, health systems and academic health centers. More
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