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Issues #5 and #6 - June 2006 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

June 6, 2006 mailing - Issue #5

VT Gov. Davis granting the award
June 6, 2006

Awarded Employee Benefits Program to Give Naturopathic Physicians Key Role in 2nd Phase

While promoting an insurance mandate to cover services of naturopathic physicians in his state of Vermont, Bernie Noe, ND, found the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association in opposition, fearing cost increases. Noe engaged the executive director in dialogue, ended up with a contract to develop and manage an employee wellness program for the 100 member businesses who participate in an insurance trust. Eighteen months later, Vermont Governor James Douglas handed VADA its Gold Award for worksite wellness and Noe found himself with a chance to work on his passion - proving that naturopathic services will be cost saving to employers ...

Larry Gant, PhD
June 6, 2006

Allied Health: U Mich School of Social Work Proposes Multi-Disciplinary CAM-IM Certificate Program

The integration focus on the MD-CAM axis often diminishes the importance of developing stronger educational programs on CAM-IM in the allied health schools. Professor Larry Gant, PhD, part of a multi-disciplinary team at the University of Michigan, describes the plans his School of Social Work has for a unique certificate program in Integral Health Studies which Gant hopes will later have a broader allied health home. One possible outcome of such better education -- allied health professionals may see that they are "allied" with the CAM-IM disciplines in having to fight for respect in the broader system ..

Baptist-Wake Forest complex
June 4, 2006

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Details of an Expanding Massage Program

A new program to more deeply integrate massage into the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center provides a look into the direction a conventional system is taking with the CAM service found by AHA/Health Forum to be most highly integrated into hospital care. But are we beginning yet to appreciate massage's ultimate role in a system which is beginning to combat medically-caused deaths through promoting "patient-centered" practices ...?

June 2, 2006

Allied Health/CAM-IM Coalition Kills S 1955, Saves Hard-won Insurance Mandates

A federal act, S 1955, was introduced to give small employers relief. But it threatened to tear apart a fabric of integration into the insurance game hard-won by allied health and CAM disciplines - and often opposed by the AMA and its affiliates. Virtually every allied health and CAM-IM profession has depended on state mandates to stake a claim to coverage, through state mandates. The coalition of organizations against S 1955 exposed a shared political problem with the AMA and virtually all of its state and specialty affiliates. What does "allied health" mean if your so-called "allies" are conspicuously absent from supporting your right to get paid?

Samaritan IM leader Mary Ann Wallace, MD
June 2, 2006

Brief Notes, Links and Personnel News #3 - June 2, 2006

AMTA releases data on hospital use of massage, 50th birthday of the modern naturopathic medical profession's mothership, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, patient and revenue data from the IM program in Eugene's Samaritan Health System and more ...

Image May 30, 2006

"Inspiring" and Robust Research Conference on CAM-IM: First Impressions

The North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine attracted 650+ participants to Edmonton, Alberta, May 24-27, to view over 300 presentions and posters - and to engage in new levels of multi-disciplinary exchange. "Inspiring" was the consensus view, though the challenges remain profound.  Meantime, the executive committees of the conference sponsor, the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care held a historic reception, and shared their intention for more collaboration in the future.

June 24, 2006 mailing - Issue #6

Mayo's Brent Bauer, MD
June 23, 2006

Mayo Clinic's CAM-IM Integration:  Strategy and Growth in a Bastion of Conservative Medicine

One way to take the measure of CAM-IM integration is to see the shape it is taking in a internationally-respected bastion of conservative medicine. Brent Bauer, MD, IM leader at the Mayo Clinic describes a surprisingly robust program, and the strategy that is producing it ...

June 22, 2006

Berwick's IHI Announces 100,000 Lives Campaign Has Prevented Over 120,000 Medical Deaths

Studies showing that medical care is at least the 3rd most significant cause of death in the United States prompted Donald Berwick, MD, of the Boston-based Institute for Health Improvement to enroll as many hospitals as he could in 100,000 Lives campaign. The focus of the campaign was on pushing a half dozen key guidelines. On June 14, Berwick announced that the campaign has more than met its 18-month goals. A phase two will be announced later this year. Milt Hammerly, MD, long time integrative medicine leader and a vice president for operations for a 19-state system which participated in the IHI camapign, comments ...

ImageJune 21, 2006

Coalition Battles AMA Campaign to "Thwart" Other Disciplines' Scope Expansion

The sleeping giant of US health care, the American Nurses Association, has awakened to take the lead in a 25 member (and growing) coalition of organizations actively opposing the AMA's Scope of Practice Partnership which was created last fall to limit practice rights of other disciplines. The Coalition for Patient Rights, while calling for cooperation, has taken off the gloves, and is questioning the unlimited scope of MDs. This second recent coalition of allied health and CAM professions against a common enemy - following the successful battle against S 1955 - suggests maybe its time for this such a coalition to begin thinking proactively. Meantime, will other CAM-IM disciplines join the effort ... ?

June 16, 2006

Back Surgeons, Chiropractic, and the Murder of a Federal Agency on Evidence-Based Medicine

I found myself reflecting all week on a medical murder given brief note in the May 27, 2006 Business Week. Only the murder was not of a patient. This was an entire agency which was established, among other reasons, to save lives. But when the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, charged to bring US medicine into evidence-based practice, began to turn out guidelines which supported chiropractic and questioned back surgery, the agency was, effectively, killed. Was it a lone gunman/surgeon? Or could it be that the American Medical Association and its allies could not take it's own (evidence-based) medicine ...?

Bernie Noe, ND, wellness plan developer
June 16, 2006

Analysis of Noe's Award-Winning Worksite Wellness Program - Making the CAM-IM Employer Connection to Reduce the Global Costs of Health

The award-winning worksite wellness program developed by Bernie Noe, ND, for the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association provides an education in employer-think 101 - particularly the global costs of health. Noe provided IBN&R basic information on the direct and indirect costs associated with key, modifiable health risks - and potentially a CAM-IM strategy for claiming economic legitimacy. Noe's use of the readiness for change model of James Prochaska, PhD, offers other implications for a saavy CAM-IM practice. When will the NIH NCCAM finally focus significant resources on the potential cost-benefits from whole CAM-IM practices?

June 14, 2006

AAOM and AOM Alliance to Meet on Cooperating to Advance AOM

A long-standing rift between two national associations which principally represent licensed acupuncturists may be taking a huge step toward healing. Board representatives of the Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance plan to meet to discuss shared projects in August. All of us with a stake in integrated care should be rooting for these two groups to find ways to put their divisions behind them and focus their limited resources on the best work to advance the role of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the emerging healthcare system ...

June 11, 2006

Business Week Data: Economics, Not Evidence, Rules Medicine

The evidence of the lack of evidence in conventional medicine - some 20%-25% is evidence-based - is hardly new. What is most powerful about this Business Week feature (May 29, 2006) is the strength of the case that yes, we do have EBM, but EBM stands for Economics Based Medicine. Business Week shows us evidence disregarded and a federal agency killed to protect lucrative, harmful practices. One minor take home: It's time to end the polarizing presentation of EBM versus no evidence in the CAM-IM integration dialogue once and for all.

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