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IHPM Conference to Cross-Fertilize Employer-Integrative Health Care: March 31-April 2, Orlando PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

IHPM Conference to Cross-Fertilize Employers/Integrative Health Care: March 31-April 2, Orlando

Summary: Are you a clinician, researcher, integrative clinic leader, CAM network manager or professional association leader who wishes a crash course on employer-think to explore an d network possible relationships with employers? Are you an employer, union leader or government manager who is curious about how complementary, alternative and integrative medicine (CAIM) might enhance the health and productivity of your work force or members? If so, the March 31-April 2, 2008 meeting of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management offers an exceptional immersion for both stakeholders. Cathy Baase, MD. corporate medical director for Dow Chemical and I will be co-moderating an interactive, CAIM track at the state of the art of development. Take a look at what we've assembled.
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CAIM as part of value-based benefits
The decision of the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) to sponsor the Integrator was part of a plan to foster understanding and value-building between the employer and complementary, alternative and integrative medicine (CAIM) stakeholders. Job one: Help develop the CAIM track and related program at the IHPM's 4th Annual Health Management Conference, March 31-April 2, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The goals were simple:

  • Basic education  Include basic training content to help both stakeholders get up to speed on each other. A 4-hour pre-conference Academy for Health and Productivity Management on March 31 and general conference content will teach employer-think to CAIM leaders. A CAIM workshop on April 2 will deepen employer understanding of the value chiropractic, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy and integrative medicine may have.

  • Pilot project-focused track Build these around a sterling, track featuring top pilot projects and a focus on potentially useful new NIH NCCAM programs.

  • Discussion Organize the track to create time for exchange and discussion.

  • Community building Gather names of those participants who are interested in order to begin to create community around the challenges and opportunities.

We acknowledge, from the outset, that few CAIM and employer stakeholders are accustomed to being in same room with each other. We believe we can mutually benefit from learning about each other. We have sought to create a meeting which will be a robust starting place. Key program elements and speakers are listed below. We hope you will choose to participate.
- Co-chairs & discussion moderators will be:

John Weeks, Integrator Blog News & Reports
Cathy Baase, MD, Dow Chemical; co-founder, IHPM

IHPM’S Fourth Annual Health Management Conference

March 31 - April 2, 2008
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida

The Employer-Sponsored Value-Based Health System:
New Key to Global Competitiveness

Note: The conference, with the pre-conference Academy and the  post-conference  CAIM workshop, lasts from  8:00 AM, Monday, March 31, through 3:00 PM, Wednesday, April 2. The conference brochure is posted at this address. Below are highlights related to the bulleted items above.

1.    The Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine (CAIM) Track

The CAIM track will be set up by a keynote by Pelletier on the afternoon of March 31, entitled "The Value of Integrative Medicine to Employers." 
The track will be offered on Tuesday, April 1, and include the following components:

  • Setting the Stage: "CAIM and the Employer: From Strange Bedfellows to Potent Contributors in Health & Productivity Management" (Weeks, Baase)

  • Chrysler Population-Mind-Body: "Outcomes of Group-Oriented Mind-Body Services in a Chrysler Population and a Phase 2" (Robert Levine, PhD, director of complementary and integrative medicine research, Henry Ford Health System; Teresa Bartlett, MD, senior manager, integrated health care and disability medical programs, Chrysler)

  • Canada Post-Naturopathic Medicine/Acupuncture: "Clinical and Economic Outcomes of Integrated Therapies by Naturopathic Physicians for Low Back Pain in Onsite Clinics of Canada Post" (Oreste Szczurko, ND, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine; Patricia Hermann, ND, MS, Research Working Group, Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (RWG-ACCAHC))

  • Canada Post-Naturopathic Medicine/Acupuncture: "Integrated Therapies of Naturopathic Physicians for Anxiety and Shoulder Pain in an Onsite Canada Post Clinic" (Szczurko; Canada Post representative (invited))

  • Medicaid Population-Acupuncture & Massage  "Acupuncture, Massage in a Whole Person, Integrative Approach to Managing Chronic Pain Patients in a Florida Medicaid Pilot" (Adrian Langford, vice president, Alternative Medicine Integration Group; if available, Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration representative)

  • NIH NCCAM-cost and effectiveness program: "A Program on the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of CAIM in Community Settings through the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)" (Richard Nahin, PhD, MPH, senior advisor for scientific coordination and outreach, NIH NCCAM (invited))

  • ACCAHC-CAM Research Priorities: "Brief Report on the Role of Economic and Whole Systems Outcomes in the Shared Research Agenda of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professions" (Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, co-chair, RWG-ACCAHC; past program officer, Health Services Research, NIH NCCAM; executive director, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research

The day will include a series of
3 discussion forums, moderated by Baase and Weeks, concluding with a 30 minute closing session which will focus on strategies for energizing the employer-CAIM relationship. Among the themes: stimulating awareness of employer interests among CAIM researchers and educators; educating employers about CAIM strategies; and discovering priorities in research modeling.

2.    For CAIM Leaders: Learning About the Employer

An excellent briefing will be the Academy for Health and Productivity Management — Designing Value-Based Health Benefits (4 hours; separate fee, 8-noon on March 31). In addition, numerous other sessions to better understand employer models are offered, including:

  • "Assessing the Top Drivers of Productivity Impairment"
  • "Measuring the Work Place Value of Investing in Employee Health"
  • "Making Employee Health a Global Business Asset"
  • "Back Pain — Managing Employers’ Most Chronic Work Place Complaint"
  • "Managing Migraines to Reduce the Huge Cost of Lost Productivity"
  • "Employer Case Studies of Value-Based Benefit Design"
  • "Health Plan, Consultant and Provider Panel on Value-Based Benefit Design"
  • Branding and Communicating Value-Based Health Benefits to Employees
  • Helping Caregivers at Work: An Investment in Health and Productivity
  • Providing Health Services at the Work Site: Back to the Future
  • Getting the Best Value for the Employer Health Dollar - Panel Discussion with Employers and Vendors

Employer Presenters: Among the employers and employer vendors who will present at the conference are: Lockheed Martin, Proctor & Gamble, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Intel, Tampa Employers Coalition, City of Scottsdale, BankPlus, MGM Mirage, Eastman Chemical Company, International Truck and Engine and Dow Chemical.

3.    For Employers: Learning about CAIM

The conference will clo0se with a workshop entitled: "
Understanding the Potential Values for Employer from the Distinct Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine Disciplines" (workshop 1-3:00 PM, April 2, 2008) The workshop will feature presentations by leaders of the Research Working Group (RWG) of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) and the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). These include:

  • Chiropractic - Christine Choate, DC, PhD chair and Association of Chiropractic Colleges representative, RWG-ACCAHC; past program officer, Health Services Research, NIH NCCAM; executive director, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research

  • Massage therapy - Janet Kahn, PhD, American Massage Therapy Association- Council of Schools’ representative, RWG-ACCAHC; chair, Massage Therapy Research Consortium; founding member, NIH NACCAM

  • Acupuncture and Oriental medicine - speaker TBA. 

Comment: I hope that many of you will choose to open your peripheral visions, step out of your comfort zones, and go to school on "the other." If large employers begin, literally, to buy into integrative, natural health and whole systems approaches, imagine the influence they can have on all the other stakeholders. If CAIM proves widely useful in stimulating health and productivity in the work force, imagine the emerging partnership to actually foster the building of a health care system.

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