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Issues #108-#109 January-March 2013

March 31, 2013

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities: April 2013

This monthly report is for just 3 weeks and includes 14 selected segments from Google Alerts on integrative medicine developments in health systems and the community for March 8, 2013-March 30, 2013. These came via  requests for"integrative medicine," "integrative oncology" and "complementary and alternative medicine." Activities in the University of California medical school integrative medicine programs are highlighted. More

March 17, 2013

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #65: March 2013

-Perspectives of 8 clinician leaders offer whole system view of the policy priorities for the integrative medicine and health community

-Website open for muti-stakeholder campaign promoting IOM's recommendation of integrated pain care
-Loan repayment: DCs, LAcs and NDs in Indian Health Services program renewal; NDs cut by CMS from Oregon rural health program

Integrative Care
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities: March 2013
-Academic i
ntegrative medicine leaders top list of new advisers to American Botanical Council

-Integrator adviser Glenn Sabin on the branding of integrative centers

-Communications primer for "CAM" professionals seeking relationships with conventional MDs
-Bravewell to honor Tracy Gaudet, MD and Miles Spar, MD at final awards banquet

-Nominations open for 2013 $250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize
Academic Medicine
-IOM workshop reveals that integrating interprofessional education has kindred challenges with integrative care
-Naturopathic doctor selected to direct HSA-funded National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine
-Alliance for Massage Therapy Education publishes teacher standards
-Student leads naturopathic medical school (Bastyr) and conventional medical school (UCSD) to form joint integrative medicine club
-Forbes portrays new "patient engagement" movement as powered by big industry
-The CHP Group recognized as a top place to work in Oregon
-Holistic and environmental medicine associations join forces for Gateway Medical Conference in St. Louis, April 17-21
-The bull by the horns: naturopathic association engages member survey on vaccination practices
-Nine integrative centers in BraveNet launch patient outcomes registry
-Mayo study of cardiac patients shows 82.5% use "CAM" and 31% use chiropractors
-Burn down the mission: conventional medical system torched again in Time article
Natural Products Industry Awards
-American Botanical Council's Blumenthal honored; ABC announces its 2013 awards
-American Herbal Products Association announces herbal industry awards for 2013
-David Eisenberg, MD now executive vice president at the Samueli Institute

-Jeffrey Bland, PhD, shifts professional center to Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute

March 8, 2013

Author and Shore Health Integrative Center Founder David Mercier, LAc: What Would it Mean if Licensed Acupuncturists Were in Medicare?

In February 2013, the licensed acupuncturists in the United States successfully generated 27,769+ signatures on a petition to the White House. The Integrator joined organizations such as the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in efforts to get out the vote. The goal: include their discipline as healthcare providers under the Social Security Act, thus creating access to Medicare reimbursement. In this column David Mercier, LAc, the founder of the Shoe Health Center for Integrative Medicine and author of A Beautiful Medicine: A Radical Look at the Essence of Health and Healing, questions the high concept behind the petition. I conclude with comments on the impact of inclusion. More

March 7, 2013

Integrative Medicine Clinical Leaders on Policy Priorities: Bland, Gahles, Hui, Kligler, Luck, Hudson, Warner and

Clinicians of all sorts prefer focusing on their patients to thinking about policy or worse yet, participating in policy change activities. At the 2013 Integrative Healthcare Symposium I button-holed a set of eight presenter-clinicians whose lives are principally located in work with patients or thinking about clinical issues. The group included 4 women, 4 men: a PhD, 4 MDs, a chiropractor homeopath, a naturopathic doctor and a nurse coach. I asked them:  If you were to give them your recommendation of the top policy or policy-related issue with which to be engaged, what would it be? There was a remarkable overlap of themes as a whole system policy agenda emerged. More

March 7, 2013

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities: March 2013

This monthly report includes 16 selected segments on integrative medicine developments in health systems and the community for February 11, 2013-March 7, 2013. These came via Google Alerts requests for"integrative medicine," "integrative oncology" and "complementary and integrative medicine." Surprise of the month is the development reported in Kentucky hospitals. More

February 14, 2013

Profound Culture Change: IOM Workshop Reveals Alignments in Interprofessional Practice and Integrative Medicine/Health 

This report is based on a similar report from the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) to its members and participants following a two-day workshop of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education held November 29-30, 2012. The Global Forum has been called the most inclusive and diverse dialogue in Institute of Medicine (IOM) history, in part via the active sponsorship and participation of ACCAHC in representing the values of integrative health. This was the second of six such workshops which will be convened as part of the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. ACCAHC is one of over 40 academic and professional organizations sponsoring the forum. I produced this report as one of ACCAHC's "ambassadors" to the Global Forum and the workshop, Fascinating alignment of challenges and opportunities.

February 12, 2013

Integrative Medicine, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up: February 2013

-US Senator Harkin, Champion for Integrative Health and Medicine, to Retire in Two Years
-Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) Announces Campaign on Section 2706, "Non-Discrimination in Health Care"
-Acupuncturists Hit 25,000 Signature Goal in Petition to White House for Inclusion in Social Security, Medicare
-Academic Integrative MD Organization (CAHCIM) Promotes Licensed Acupuncturists' Petition to the White House
-Oregon Evidence Committee Includes "CAM" and Herbs in Back Pain Guidelines
-"Health" Makes the Agenda of the National Institutes of Disease
-Back Surgery Incidence at a Fraction for Those Who First Visit Chiropractors
-Money in Medicine: "Economic Impact" of Teaching Hospitals Increases - Is This a Good Thing?
-Growth in Bucks Spent on CAM Practitioners Flattens
Integrative Practice
-"Embrace" of Yoga Therapy at Cleveland Clinic; plus Program at Swedish Hospital, Seattle
-Samueli Institute's Pledge to the Clinton Foundation: "Build the Optimal Healing Environments in the Home"
-From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities: February 2013
-American Journal of Nursing
Honors Coaching Book, Linda Bark's Wisdom of the Whole

-Tai Sophia Institute Become Maryland University for Integrative Health
--Have Tables, Will Travel: Palmer College of Chiropractic West's "Portable Clinics" in the South Bay Area
-Website Goes Live for Clinical Care Conference Sponsored by CAHCIM
- Bastyr University: Two Articles on the Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on the "CAM" Professions
-IBIS Database Made Available for Free  
-In Memoriam: Rick Marinelli, ND, MAcOM (1954-2013)
-To Be Honored: Larry Dossey, MD and Mehmet Oz, MD
-Clay MacDonald, DC, MBA, JD Selected as President of Logan College of Chiropractic/University

February 11, 2013

From Google Alerts: Links to Integrative Medicine in Health Systems and Communities: February 2013

This monthly report includes 24 short segments on integrative medicine developments in health systems and the community for January 6, 2013-February 10, 2013. These came via Google Alerts. Major players in the month's news were reports on research studies showing high use of alternative therapies by children using pediatric specialists, another that found higher use of CAM in the military than civilian populations, and a Health Affairs piece on spending on CAM services.

January 29, 2013

In Memoriam: Rick Marinelli, ND, MAcOM (1954-2013)

The president of the Institute of Medicine committee of the National Academy of Sciences that set the nation's "blueprint" toward a future of integrated pain care called Rick Marinelli, ND, MAcOM "one of the most engaged and thoughtful members of our highly talented committee." A fellow IOM committee member believes Marinelli may have been the first in that top level process to articulate the need for a "cultural transformation in the way pain is perceived, judged and treated." Rick, a close friend and colleague of 20 years, died on January 22, 2013 following a re-emergence of his throat cancer. Here are perspectives on his life and contributions from Laura Farr/Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians,  Institute of Medicine pain committee colleagues (Phil Pizzo, MD, Myra Christopher, Adrienne Stith, MD, Charles Inturrisi, PhD), Joanna Forwell, ND, Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, Pamela Snider, ND, Elizabeth Goldblatt, PhD, MPA/HA, and John Weeks. More

January 27, 2013

Integrator Alert: IHPC Launches Campaign with Former WA Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn to Secure Patient Access and Non-Discrimination in Healthcare (Section 2706)

A potentially huge step toward creating citizen access to integrative medicine and health was recently announced by the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC). The lobbying organization and it multidisciplinary Partners for Health will coordinate a state-by-state campaign to assist what they call "correct implementation" of Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act. This is the section that guarantees "non-discrimination in healthcare." It is certain to be overlooked, shrunk, and under-interpreted by antagonists. The A.M.A. already opposes. IHPC has retaining the person with most experience as an elected official in manuvering through the minefield of insurer, guild and regulatory resistance to citizen interest in broader choice: former Washington State Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn.

January 14, 2013

Molly Roberts, MD: On the Mending of the Town-Gown Split in Integrative Medicine and the American Holistic Medical Association's Role in I.M.

Molly Roberts, MD is the president of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA). She responds here first to comments in the December 2013 Integrator Round-up on the growing collaboration between two components - town and gown - in MD-led integrative medicine. One, the "townies" is the pioneering, community based alternative/holistic/integrative medical doctors such as those in the AHMA, founded in 1978. The other is the "gownies" from the 15-20 year-old movement in academic integrative medicine led by the Consortium for Academic Health Centers in Integrative Medicine. Subsequent dialogue led Roberts to respond to comments in the January 2013 Integrator Round-up on the positioning of the AHMA amidst the array of integrative medicine organizations. She calls her second contribution, below,"How A.H.M.A. Frames It's Role in the Zeitgeist of Integrative Medicine." More 

January 6, 2013

Integrative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine and Health Round-up #63: January 2013

- Powerhouses behind integrative health policy, Mikulski and Harkin, take key U.S. Senate Appropriations roles

- PCORI's Selby credits presentation for inclusion of CAM in funding announcement; two projects funded

- Sebelius letter is
first HHS push for the non-discrimination Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act
- AMA House o
f Delegates reiterates interest in continuing to foster discrimination and prejudice against certain healthcare providers
- FDA approves first botanical drug for oral administration

Integrative Clinical Care

- Resources to support the emerging field of hospital based massage therapy
- From Google Alerts: links to integrative medicine developments in hospitals, health systems and community - January 2013
Academics & Education
- Exiting the Ivory Tower #1: Focus on "practice" in the interprofessional education (IPE) movement
- Exiting the Ivory Tower #2: Student-faculty-practitioner combination at Oregon College of Oriental
- Medicine opens state Medicaid program to acupuncture treatment

- Heal the healers: Samueli and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences team to teach medical students good lifestyle habits
- Selected Conference Links
- Special issue of journal captures findings of the work of the European CAMbrella
- Europe-wide CAM group issues call for action following meeting in European Parliament
- Canada's IN-CAM posts 2012 keynotes for member access
- Murdock Trust in $220,000 award for NCNM's Helfgott Research Institute
- Integrative medicine philanthropist Penny George delivers keynote on her integrative health and medicine work and vision
- Former US Army Surgeon General Schoomaker "coordinates his work" with Samueli Institute
- Bryan McAuley, DC, PhD appointed president of Parker University

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