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November 26, 2006 mailing - Issue #16

November 26, 2006

ImageAMA SOPP Expands with New Resolutions: Nurses Anesthetists Charge AMA with "Medical McCarthyism" 

At the November Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, delegates considered two resolutions expanding the reach of the AMA Scope of Practice Partnership. One related to "oversight of mid-level providers" and the other regarded interpretation of diagnostic tests. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists says AMA action "smacks of McCarthyism." AMA, which has not had nine distinct resolutions on SOPP issues, has placed the SOPP in its strategic plan.

November 25, 2006

ImageWorking Class Acupuncture: Revolutionary Model Creates Access, Fosters Business Potential

Lisa Rohleder, LAc, and her partners at Portland, Oregon-based Working Class Acupuncture argue that the best way to integrate acupuncture into the health care of US citizens is to radically restructure the practice. They recommend a sliding scale ($15-$35), high volume practice which is delivered in community rooms.  Rohleder and her group feel they have proved the model and are now rolling it out the model nationally through development of a Community Acupuncture Network which already boasts 19 members. Rohleder suggests that the approach may not only be a "remedy" for acupuncture's access issues, but also for the problems many licensed acupuncturists have in creating live-able incomes through acupuncture practice.

November 24, 2006

Woodson Merell, MD, NYBI
Center and Health System Updates: NYBI Creates First Hospital IM Department, plus Novey's Advocate Program, Marino Center, Inner Harmony, ADD Centers

NYBI's Woodson Merrell, MD will be the nation's first chair of IM in a hospital department, venture firm creates integrated care centers for ADD with initial openings in Boston and Dallas, Novey's Advocate Health Care program continues to expand, Marino Center for Progressive Health budget tops $8-million and is in the black), and Amato's Inner Harmony Group inks deal for integrative spa services ...

November 23, 2006 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Wendy Kohatsu, MD, purusing culinary training on her sabbatical from OHSU
Brief Notes: Personnel Moves, Employment Opportunities, Business Shorts

Scherwitz to AIBMR Life Sciences, Kohatsu to culinary school sabbatical, Callahan now Bastyr VP, Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine to shut its doors after 25 years, Zablocki to edit Great Boards newsletter, changes in Institute Functional Medicine board leadership, jobs at Marino and Boston University, NPIcenter purchased, Community Acupuncture Network draws strong group to first meeting, CAM EXPO a bust on turnout, and more ...

November 22, 2006

Integrator Poll: 72% View NCCAM as Critical to Integrated Care's Advance

A month long Integrator website survey found that 72% view the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine as "critical in the advancement of integrated health care." Roughly 4 in 10 marked "strongly agree." The outcomes are compared in this article to a prior Integrator policy-related poll which explore the criticality to US health care of creating a federal office for integrated health care. Participation was higher and outcomes more polarized in the earlier poll.

November 20, 2006

US Senator-elect Jon Tester (D-MT) and aide Mark Aagenes, son of comment writer Nancy Aagenes, ND, LAc
Your Comments: Aagenes/US Senator Tester, Levin/Values of NCCAM and Cost Savings from Dietary Sups, Nicholson/Yoga's Caveat Emptor, Kaminoff/Yoga Therapy Rx, Betz/Culture Issues on Payment

Nancy Aagenes, ND, LAc with a post-election de-brief on new friend in the US Senate for natural health care, US Senator Jon Tester (D) ... Integrator advisor Michael Levin on cost savings from dietary supplements which are not likely to be found if NIH NCCAM is ditched as NBC health reporter Bazell recommends ... Yoga therapists Susanna Nicholson in the integrative medicine program at Martha Jefferson Hospital comments on Yoga leader Leslie Kaminoff's view on outside regulators, and Kaminoff clarifies his view of Larry Payne's Yoga Rx program ... U Tennessee professor emeritus Michael Betz, PhD, weighs in on the Integrator dialogue on what insurance coverage does to CAM disciplines, stimulated by the thoughtful comments of Agostino Villani, DC ...

November 14, 2006

Larry Payne, PhD, Yoga Therapy Rx course founder
Payne on a University-Based, Integration-Oriented Yoga Therapy Rx Program: What Part in Yoga's Future?

This penultimate article in the Future of Yoga Therapy series examines the program Larry Payne, PhD offers through Loyola Marymount University extension: a certificate program that prepares Yoga therapists to work in close association with medical doctors, chiropractors and other health care professionals. More of CAM and less of Ayurveda is the way Payne describes it. Will this training of Yoga practitioners become an important line in the field's maturation? Is there a loss in this direction? This Integrator series is sponsored by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

November 9, 2006 mailing - Issue #15

November 8, 2006

Stephen Straus, MD, NIH NCCAM founding director
Straus Steps Down as NIH NCCAM Director, Transition Under Way

The first director of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Stephen Straus, MD, has stepped down from his position due to health reasons. A former acting director of the NIH, Ruth Kirschstein, MD, has been named acting director of NCCAM. A committee is exploring candidates for the director position. Does the NIH have the courage and maturity to appoint a director who unites research expertise with practical knowledge and expertise in the CAM/IM fields?

November 8, 2006

Portrait of the AOM Profession Via 6 Years of Acupuncture Today Polls

Since 2000, Acupuncture Today has presented its readers with a monthly poll on topical issues: priorities for the profession, practice style, educational influences and the always controversial: Should MDs, DCs and NDs be allowed to practice acupuncture. While there are no controls on the site regarding who can register an opinion, and participation rates very significantly from question to question, the impressionistic picture, if dangerously un-controlled, has its intriguing elements.

November 7. 2006

Alan Zwerner, MD, JD, CMO for IHPM
National Employer Group CMO on CAM/IM and Agreements Underlying a New Employer-Practitioner Relationship

Alan Zwerner, JD, MD, the chief medical officer for the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM), has a positive view of complementary and integrative providers (CAM/IM) going back to a health plan experiment with chiropractic in the early 1990s that found "the same or better results with much less cost and more satisfaction." CAM/IM providers, he believes, "tend to care more about functionality" in outcomes with their patients. But are you aligned with the 16 characteristics of today's health care that Zwerner believes are a foundation for a "new contract" between providers and employers. He proposes them as a basis for healthcare reform? How does CAM-IM fit in?

November 3, 2006

Cathy McInturff Ayers, LMT
Massage School-Med School Educational Integration: Potomac Institute's Experience with Georgetown

The NIH NCCAM stimulated relationship building between conventional and CAM schools with their R-25 grants. This article focuses on a pioneering relationship between Georgetown University School of Medicine and the nearby Potomac Massage Training Institute. The impact was profound for students as well as the Institute ...

October 31, 2006

ImageBrief Notes: Leadership Shift at Bastyr, 16th Wright-Gaby Nutrition Seminar, Holistic Health Coaching/Linda Bark, Wayne to Osher/NESA Position Open, Media Watch (Washington Post, Townsend Letter, Newsweek), plus

A potpourri of items and opportunities, a seminar from pioneering therapeutic nutrition educators Wright-Gaby, AsOne's new program for health coaches, call for papers from British Columbia, an intriguing Washington Post article on the movement of employers toward clinics, Adi Haramati on leadership in CAM integration, a shift in leadership at Bastyr University, and more ...

October 31, 2006

CAM Disciplines Data: Licensed NDs Double in 5 Years; Massage Use Doubles in 10 Years

An academic study by some medical geographers shows the significant growth, nationally, of natural health care's smallest licensed profession - naturopathic medicine, plus state by state activity. And the American Massage Therapy Association takes advantage of its 10th year of consumer surveys to see how much consumer use of, and perspective about, massage has changed. A special AMTA focus on Generations X & Y ...

October 29, 2006

Policy leader and comment writer Candace Campbell
Your Comments
: Rossman, Miles, Campbell, Barkley on the Attacks on NCCAM and the Center's Role

The series of articles on the challenges to the legitimacy of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Integrator poll stimulated these reader responses. One honors NCCAM, but wonders if the agency is critical for a consumer-driven movement. Two focus on what they feel is a needed shift for NCCAM toward a less reductive agenda toward one which might better capture whole systems or whole person care. A fourth wonders if the attacks on NCCAM are not perhaps part of an organized campaign.

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