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Issues #127-#130 Sept-Dec 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Issues #127-#130 Sept-Dec 2014

December 17, 2014

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


December 15, 2014


From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from November 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude of links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." Recently the field's cup seems to be running over. Tremendous level of news and developments. This is in part due to my use of a broader inclusion net for what I am selecting. At the same time, the activity level suggests that those who believe the movement is headed toward a "tipping point" may have something. Here are 15 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations and integrative medicine, 10 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices and media, and 21 developments from around the world for November 2014.

Chronicles of Health Creation: Joint Commission Issues New Pain Standards in Response to Integrative Medicine Team[This article was first published here at the Huffington Post.] A Nov. 12, 2014 announcement from the principal accrediting agency for health care organizations could significantly impact access to integrative pain care throughout the United States. The agency is the Joint Commission. The revised accreditation standard will apply to all the institutions under the agency's guidance and review: hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, home health and senior homes. The focus of the change is great news for integrative health and medicine. The Joint Commission significantly elevated the potential value of "non-pharmacologic" approaches. Among those options directly called out are, in the terms used by the Joint Commission, acupuncture therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, osteopathic manipulative treatment, physical therapy, and relaxation therapy. The action was prompted by an integrative team led by Arya Nielsen, PhD, Ac.

November 26, 2014

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


November 25, 2014

Chronicles of Health Creation: Republican Win Strips Integrative Medicine and Health Leaders From Powerful Committee Roles

[This article was first published here at the Huffington Post and has 103 likes and 41 FB shares as of November 25, 2014.]  That integrative health and medicine would lose its top champion in the past 20 years, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), was one foregone conclusion of the 2014 Congressional election. Harkin had announced plans to retire. His contributions have been immeasurable. The shock to national politics regarding complementary medicine and integrative health is that the new Republican majority in the United States Senate will remove from their power positions two additional U.S. Senators: Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). These are the two elected officials who, after Harkin, have been the movement's most passionate and effective advocates. What for instance will happen to funding for the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)?

November 25, 2014

Chronicles of Health Creation: "Never Only Opioids" Urges Imperative for Integrative Health and Medicine in Treatment of People with Pain

[This article was written for the Huffington Post and is available here with 245 likes and 78 FB shares as of November 25, 2014.] Integrative medicine and complementary health practices and professionals have been listed in some pain guidelines of the dominant school of medicine since at least 1999. Usually they are buried, a last resort. If all else fails, try acupuncture. If all else fails, see a chiropractor. A new 8-page, policy brief, Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain argues that it is long past time for the last to be first - to reverse this order and always bring integrative care options up front, as least as complements. A media release is here.st important for the transformation of pain care, the paper comes with a separate set of 13 Recommendations to leverage change: for Educators (3), Federal Agencies (3), Delivery Systems (4) and Research Funders (4) The paper is the product of a major national coalition involving over 40 organizations, the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS). Included in this document are aspects of the Affordable Care Act that promote and support such a shift.

November 9, 2014

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from October 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude of links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." This month the field's cup ranneth over. Tremendous level of news and developments. This is in part due to my use of a broader inclusion net of what I am selecting. At the same time, the activity level suggests that those who believe the movement is headed toward a "tipping point" may have something. Here are 25 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations and integrative medicine, 10 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices and media, and 25 developments from around the world for September 2014.

October 12, 2014

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


October 4, 2014

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from September 2014

his typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude of links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." Here are 13 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations and integrative medicine, 12 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices and media, and 13 developments from around the world for September 2014.

September 27, 2014

Chronicles of Health Creation: Gratitude to Integrative Medicine and Health's Retiring Champion U.S. Senator Tom Harkin

The movement for complementary and alternative medicine is famous for its consumer base. In the context of this grassroots uprising of interest, singling out the historic contributions of one person seems inappropriate. Yet for complementary and integrative health policy and inclusion, there is such a giant. This person has flipped open so many switches to cast light on new, health-focused methods and practices that mere human decency suggests we take time to honor him in this, the year of his retirement.  IThis person is integrative health and medicine champion Tom Harkin, the senior U.S. Senator from Iowa. He promotes this movement as an instrument of his larger vision to create a "wellness society" in lieu of what he calls our present "sick care system." (This article was first published on September 27 here in the Huffington Post.)

September 22, 2014

Chronicles of Health Creation: Is the Cleveland Clinic/Functional Medicine Partnership a 'Tipping Point' for Integrative Medicine and Health?

On September 15, 2014, an article in Crain's Cleveland Business propelled news of this pioneering program nationally. The move by the highly-regarded Cleveland Clinic is not merely a dabbling in functional practices. Rather, it's a full partnership with IFM. According to the release from the Cleveland Clinic, IFM's chief medical officer Patrick Hanaway, MD will be on the ground in Cleveland with best-selling author Hyman also serving in leadership. Integrative center consultant Glenn Sabin wonders whether this is a "tipping point" for the field.  (Note: This article was first posted here on Seprtember 22, at the Huffington Post. That post includes a useful response from Institute for Functional Medicine.

September 14, 2014

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #83: September 2014

Policy
-Is any other organization or group also considering "a big honking lawsuit" on Section 2706?
-Applying a Health Lens to Decision-Making in Non-Health Sectors: in-laying "health performance measures"
Research
-Samueli, IONS, Chopra and MIRAGLO team to create collaborative think tank to forward Biofield Science Research
Business News
-GreenSurace takes a strange membership strategy to build health plan for "alternative medicine"
-Class action lawsuit filed against Whole Foods to stop sale of homeopathic medicines
-Emerging integrated practice department: CVS officially ends sales of cigarettes in all of its stores
-American Botanical Council reports herbal sales up 7.9% in 2013
Academic Health
-Arizona Center awarded $1.7 million HRSA grant to develop integrative medicine in primary care
-Massage educators and institutions collaborate for major Educational Congress, July 2015, Minnneapolis
-Parker Serves: remarkable community program at a chiropractic university
-NYCC, SCUHS, and Logan recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as "Great Places to Work For"
-Huntington College of Health Sciences offers Doctor of Health Science in Integrative Healthcare
Integrative Practice
-Interprofessionalism: teaching acupuncturists to work with doctors regarding brain chemistry
-What Wayne Jonas shared with Grantmakers in Health in a March 2014 plenary address on "Giving Healing a -Voice"
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems, Communities and Internationally
Organizations
-Data on acupuncture profession from the 2013 Job Task Analysis of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
-AIHM offers certification in integrative health for executives and administrators
-National Consortium gathering endorses Job Task Analysis for health/wellness coaches
-IAYT is taking steps to develop a certification program for yoga therapists 
-Institute of Integrative Health moves into health and wellness offerings for its Maryland community
-American Holistic Medical Association offers live streaming of historic (sold-out) conference to students and practitioners of all types, September 18-21
Opportunity
-IFM hiring a new director of medical education; Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine seeks director
People
-Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO selected as AANP Physician of the Year
-Early University of Washington integrative medicine leader Nassim Assefi, MD curator of stage content at TEDMED


September 13, 2014

Michael Levin on Academic Medicine and Hospitals in Their Campaign to Protect the Medical Industry

Integrator adviser and columnist Michael Levin read the brief in the August 2014 Integrator Round-up entitled "Hospital group begins campaign promoting its role disease as an economic engine." The subject is an organization of U.S. hospitals and academic health centers, the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care (CPAH). The organization was created to protect economic life as hospitals know it. Their strategy leads with calling attention to the jobs they create and their economic impact on communities. I questioned whether this strategy is ethical of nominally "healthcare" organizations. Levin, the founder of the Health Business Strategies consultancy, dives into CPAH and share details: over $14-million of marketing and lobbying revenues from 2011-2013. He particularly notes the role of academic health centers in this self-protective work.

September 3, 2014

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities from August 2014

This typically monthly Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from the multitude of links that flow in daily via Google Alerts for "integrative medicine," "complementary and alternative medicine" and "alternative medicine." Here are 8 selections related to hospitals and medical organizations and integrative medicine, 3 from alternative and integrative medicine in community non-system practices, and 7 developments from around the world for August 2014.

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