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Issues #137-#139 July-Sept 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Issues #137-#139 July-Sept 2015

September 30, 2015

Casey Health Institute: Marrying Integrative Health and Values-Based Medicine

This article was first published in the June 2015 Integrator Round-up. As an overview of Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Casey Health Institute, it is highlighted here as part of a recent partnership between the Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim (PIHTA) and the Casey Health Institute (CHI) for which the Integrator is providing media support. At the time of the interview, CHI had "met almost all of the criteria for a Level 3 PCMH." The Center employs four primary care integrative medical doctors, one nurse practitioners, two licensed acupuncturists, one naturopathic doctor, two psychologists ("we do a lot of mindfulness, and mind-body work"), a full time Reiki master/massage therapist, a full-time Yoga therapist, a full-time nutritionist, and a full time nurse care coordinator.  The goal of the PIHTA-CHI partnership is to stimulate understanding of integrative primary care medical homes (PCMH) via a multi-faceted look at the model CHI is creating. PIHTA is an initiative of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC).

September 28, 2015

Integrator Forum: What Are Your Views on NCCIH's Past and Future for Botanical Research?

In the most recent issue (#107) of its well-respected international publication, Herbal Gram, the American Botanical Council published a short paper by NIH NCCIH botanicals lead Craig Hopp, PhD that I previously characterized as "gutsy." Yet here is an organization closely tied to the herb industry publishing a chart in which 15 of 16 NIH-funded research trials fail to show value from the herb studied. The article is entitled "Past and Future Research at National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) with Respect to Botanicals." The past findings and future directions each called out for perspectives from the broader Integrator community. To participate, accessed here the article (after signing in at ABC). Take a look. Consider sharing your views!

September 19, 2015

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

September 19, 2015

Global Integrator Round-Up from Global Advances in Health and Medicine for September 2015

Some truly wonderful news this month on multiple fronts. In South Africa we see model inclusion of traditional healers in a public health effort relative to communicable diseases. In the United States, a conference focuses on the intersection between integrative health and medicine and community health – a rich yet under-developed vein of possibility. Meantime, in India, two wins for the AYUSH legacy again corporations that were seeking to own the traditional knowledge. Fun, also, to see the work of the integrative psychiatry network in the Netherlands. And a tea company appears to be seeking to partner responsibly in the Amazon. Plus, 77 Quick Links. Enjoy, and do share your news and stories: .

September 4, 2015

Between Qi and the RCT: Lessons on the Road to Certification of Licensed Acupuncturists at San Francisco General Hospital

The business of credentialing a licensed acupuncturist for practice in a hospital or health system can seem like a slam dunk. Somewhere in the chasm between Qi/Chi and the RCT, the route can take heroic dimensions. This article describes the remarkable four-year road to certification for licensed acupuncturists, led by Richard McKinney, MD at San Francisco General Hospital and, as it turned out, the surrounding public health system. McKinney and his colleague Hali Hammer, MD have generously provided information that should be useful to both licensed integrative practitioners of all kinds, and medical delivery organizations. The generously included resources on the SFGH MOU with LAcs and the SFGH Standardized Procedure for Licensed Acupuncturists. This article is part of Integrator media support for a partnership between the Center for Optimal Integration: Creating Health of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

September 1, 2015


Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: August 2015


This Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from stories on the web relative to integrative medicine in the prior month. Here are 20 involving medical delivery systems and 11 more in communities. Of particular note are a widely picked up article on integrative care for the elderly out of Thomas Jefferson University; publication of research on acupuncture and its potential role in managing blood pressure, led by John Longhurst, MD at the Susan Samueli Institute; and a review of whole system research on integrative health and medicine in systems from Australia's Alan Bensussan, PhD that shows how little quality information we have on the topic. (Note that Global News Links are now posted at The Global Integrator Blog for Global Advances in Health and Medicine Journal.)

August 27, 2015


Speed-Dating: A Casey Health Institute Method for Building a High Performing Interprofessional, Integrative Team

"We're spending enormous time and effort to get highly-coordinated processes down to operationalize true collaborative, integrative health." The comment was made by Casey Health Institute (CHI) co-founder David Fogel, MD. One unusual method CHI is using to create these teams takes from unusual sources -- the "discipline" of match-making plus that of co-counseling. They call it speed-dating and the interprofessional CHI team practices it every Thursday morning from 9:00-10:00 AM. This interview with CHI integrative practitioner Nicole Farmer, MD looks at the methods, benefits, challenges and applications of this strategy and includes a perspective that the strategy may be of great use even if no integrative practitioners are involved. The article is offered via a partnership between CHI and the ACCAHC Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim, the mission of which is to share information on CHI's effort to model an integrative patient-centered medical home. The Integrator is a CHI-PIHTA media partner.
 
August 24, 2015

Ruth Westreich & the Westreich Foundation Partner with the Integrator for 2015-2017

I write with the terrific news that integrative health and medicine strategist Ruth Westreich has stepped up to partner with the Integrator Blog News and Reports as a sponsor for a two year period through mid-2017. Westreich has been a creative marketing and strategic planning director in the non-for-profit and for profit sectors for over 30 years. She is co-author of the soon-to-be-published FLASH: Why Creativity Changes Everything. Her contributions to the integrative health and medicine field have been wide-ranging. Her mission: to create new models of care for the whole person, preventing illness, creating well-being and resilience for people, communities and the planet. Energizing Ruth's activity is her view that to maximize contributions, integrative health and medicine stakeholders need to get out of their silos and build a bigger tent. Ruth puts her money and her skin in the game to connect and collaborate for lasting change. Through her engagements, she has gained a rare, high level perspective of the field and its multiple players.  I am excited and honored to have Ruth's investment to buy me the professional time to again make the best use of the Integrator, the Integrator community for each of you.

August 13, 2015

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

August 10, 2015

Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: July 2015

This Integrator feature is a quick capture of highlights from stories on the web relative to integrative medicine in the prior month. Here are 26 involving medical delivery systems and 10 more in communities. Of particular note are: a culture-clash on the import of Ayurvedic products with perspectives offers by Rob Saper, MD, MPH from Boston Medical Center; a well-deserved honor to integrative care strategist and philanthropist Ruth Westreich; and the $1.2-million center bringing integrative care to a Wyoming delivery organization.

August 10, 2015

Global Integrator Round-Up from Global Advances in Health and Medicine - August 2015

The SciDevNet review offers a terrific problem set for anyone who is interested in exploring where the broader integrative health and medicine field might connect with efforts to properly value traditional medicines throughout the world. On that line, an over-eager writer made a surprising link in her write up of a talk from the head of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention that seemed to suggest the importance of such integration for global health security. Along this line, kudos to the Italian authors for their assertion that person-centeredness requires inclusion of traditional practices. If you did not catch the story about the South African San people and the respectful relationships in marketing internationally of their cornerstone herb, this one holds lessons for all of us. Finally, all who believe that we need to be shifting focus to whole systems research will find the review by the naturopathic team useful. Do share your news and stories: .

July 25, 2015

Special to the Integrator: AIHM "Crone & Sage School" Seeks to Create Sacred, Interprofessional Space for Integrative Practitioners

The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) has an emerging structure through which to impart some of the wisdom of the field's elders. In this special article for the Integrator, AIHM writer and staffer Kelsey Misbrener writes on her experience with AIHM's "Crone and Sage School." AIHM is "an interprofessional membership and education organization committed to the transformation of health care on a global level." The Crone and Sage School are ceremonies that are part of the Academy's annual conference. "During these events," writes Misbrener, the wisdom of the elders is honored as they lead a group of healers to share in reflection and come together to celebrate our shared humanity and holistic heritage." The conference will be held this year on October 25-29 in San Diego, California. The theme is People, Planet, Purpose. The leading "crone" is the godmother of holistic medicine, Gladys McGarey, MD.

July 10, 2015

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.

July 8, 2015

Special to the Integrator: Lori Knutson, Duke Leadership Faculty Member and Integrative Pioneer, on Working with Health System Values andCulture

If one measures a professional's integrative health wisdom based on the total number of integrative visits engaged under one's watch, Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HNB-BC stands head and shoulders above the rest of the field. The former director of the Penny George Institute guided the development of the nation's most significant inpatient and outpatient initiative in integrative care. The initiative's processes and outcomes have served as the foundation for start-up pitches and plans for scores of programs in other systems around the country. Knutson's present work is as the founder/president of Integrative Healthcare Solutions LLC. She is also a core faculty member of the Duke Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare. This column from Knutson features some of the measured wisdom from her experience, a sample of what participants in the Duke program will learn. An honor to present it here. 

July 5, 2015

Quick Links to Integrative Medicine News in Medical Systems and Communities: June 2015

This typically monthly Integrator feature is, for June 2015, a quick capture of highlights from the stories that flow in daily from various sources relative to "integrative medicine," 23 in health systems and 10 more in communities. Great Health Affairs piece on integrative group visits from Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD. A fascinating strategic investment of that from the Georges to allow Minnesota Native Americans to learn via JamesGordon's Center for Mindbody Medicine to provide mind-body services to their members. Philanthropist Susan Samueli was honored for her investment in the advancement of IM. Yet another New Jersey center is benefitting from huge phlanthropic investment. (Note that Global News Links are now posted at The Global Integrator Blog for Global Advances in Health and Medicine - see related notice here.)

July 5, 2015

John Weeks' GAHMJ Global Integrator Round-Up: June 2015


Here are the 75 links this month. A couple of fascinating pieces out of Europe, including perhaps a first for Europe or North America: plans to regulate practitioners of Ayurveda. Switzerland is the nation. Unclear yet what exactly is meant by one of the other categories the country will regulate: practitioners of “Traditional European Medicine.” Is this Heilpraktiker? One reader suggested it was Anthroposophic medicine. At least one article has the translation as “naturopathy.” Insights, anyone?  Great story about the Nigerian monk, Father Abodo, and responsible herbalism. I strongly recommend it. Fascinating what is underway!  Your guidance to other stories welcome!  Enjoy, and share your news and stories –John Weeks

July 2, 2015

AIHM Starts Historic Interprofessional Fellowship with Tieraona Low Dog, MD as Director

On July 1, 2015, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) announced that it is getting into the fellowship business. AIHM is doing so with a double splash. The interprofessional organization, founded in 2013 as a "big tent" for all in integrative health and medicine, plans to offer the fellowship to members of multiple professions including, according to the release, "medical, osteopathic, naturopathic and chiropractic physicians, dentists, advance practice registered nurses, physician's assistants, licensed acupuncturists, registered dietitians, pharmacists, licensed clinical social workers and psychologists." In addition, they have brought in as director Tieraona Low Dog, MD, the former head of the fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine who will team with AIHM's director of education Tabatha Parker, ND.



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