John Weeks offers quick links on fields such as business, academic, research, professional, and more.

by John Weeks

The pace of action in integrative medicine and integrated healthcare picks up monthly. This column begins a new, twice-monthly feature of Integrative Practitioner Online in collaboration with the Integrator Blog News & Reports. Integrator editor, John Weeks scans the incoming and offers quick links on the business, academic, research, professional, integrative, media and employer actions relative to these fields. Click into the longer stories of interest to you.

August 16-13 | August 1-15 | July 16-31 | July 1-15 | June 16-30 | June 1-15 | May 15-31


Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: August 16-31, 2008

Data on total number of AOM students … Hawaii med school opens complementary medicine center … Ralph Snyderman, MD, a top influencer of medical school-based integrative medicine, tells academic medicine to “lead, follow or get out of the way” of what he calls “prospective health care” … Bradly Jacobs, MD, MPH leaves a Revolution on the decline … Physician staffing firm reports survey on MD views of CAM … Delaware gets medical association’s support in successful licensing campaign … AHPA firms look good in JAMA study … Integrative Medical Consortium formed of half-dozen other national professional associations … Yoga leader Terri Kennedy selected for American Heart Association role … Integrative program for the disabled seeks information on other models … plus more  More …

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Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: August 1-15, 2008

A Medscape piece on pharma and medical professional organizations has its natural products parallels …  Integrative medicine programs at U Kansas and New Mexico expand to new clinical facilities … Quinn assists U Kansas in establishing a unique fellowship program for an MD, DO or ND … Pelletier’s CHIP program adds Pfizer, Pepsi and GlaxoSmithKline as participating firms in exploring integrative medicine in employee health … Boston’s Integrative Medical Alliance teams with Tufts to give experience in complementary therapies to conventional health professions students, clinicians … Rafal’s “mind heals” program in Rhode Island … Alexander technique expert Jean Louis Rodriguez shares a widely reported BMJ trial which could launch expanded interest in the little utilized but powerful patient-centered approach … Big kudos: population-based, group-oriented mind-body program for adolescents led by James Gordon, MD shows positive outcomes in Kosovo … Team co-led by Moshe Frenkel, MD publishes a dozen integrative oncology papers in Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America… Bethany Hayes, MD is looking for practitioners for True North Center … More …

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Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: July 16-31, 2008

Report shows hundreds of million in savings to states from wellness model … Center for Disease Control director Gerberding calls for “changing the conversation” in order to make the U.S. the “healthiest nation” via new CDC campaign … Licensed complementary healthcare practitioners still not included in healthcare workforce dialogue … Debate at the University of Bridgeport to focus on whether chiropractors should follow the New Mexico model of primary care chiropractic with limited prescribing rights  … NCCAOM pushes to get acupuncture and Oriental medicine recognized as a profession by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics … AMA and OB/Gyn opposition to homebirth sparks debate on ABC news site  … Chiropractic lobbying may open a door for all “CAM” colleges … Wake Forest integrative medicine’s Kathy Kemper, MD, MPH shares new integrative clinical services … True North’s Bethany Hays, MD honored by the Institute for Functional Medicine with the 2008 Linus Pauling Award … More …

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Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: July 1-15, 2008

Commonwealth Fund reports double cost, horrible outcomes of US medicine … Expansion of low-cost community acupuncture models featured by AAAOM and in Philadelphia weekly … Alaska’s Native-owned, community-focused, team-oriented healthcare approach shows huge cost savings, increased practitioner satisfaction through a relationship-centered approach … Ian Coulter, PhD offers insight into strengths and shortcomings of health services research as the “holy grail” for integrative practices … Holistic board requires self-care knowledge in re-certification … AHMA celebrates 30th birthday … Chiropractic organization and NCMIC clarify manipulation/stroke evidence for 16,600 neurologists … Cohen and Dumoff combine for webcast seminars on legal issues for integrative clinics and spas. More …

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Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: June 16-30, 2008

Kaiser Permanente models natural pharmacy in managed care … American Acupuncture Council offers acu-coding book … Successful Massage Envy franchise operation purchased by huge Indian conglomerate with strong wellness interest … URAC developing accreditation standards for wellness programs – comment period now … Details on the AMA’s Scope of Practice Partnership campaign against expanding scopes of other disciplines: NDs and midwives taking heat … Healthcare advisers for presidential campaigns have loose links to integrative practice movement .. IOM puts annual waste in US healthcare at over $1,000,000,000,000 (that’s one trillion wasted, or a lot of what might have been fully-reimbursed integrative care) … A few words about Penny Simkin, a quiet hero of empowering healthcare, plus more. More …

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Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: June 1-15, 2008

Among those noted University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine designated a Center of Excellence by Arizona Regents … Council on Naturopathic Medical Education gains 5 years from the USDE … US/China accord on traditional Chinese and integrative medicine … Integrative MD/ND/LAc Goshen Cancer Center awarded … Trustee features integrative medicine for Boomers … Integrated community care leader Community Health Centers of King County becomes HealthPoint … The debate over the JAMA St. John’s wort for ADHD article …  National advertising campaign for chiropractic and the IOM use the Alternative Medicine Inc. study on cost savings … AMI’s state partnerships grow … Chiropractic associations in agreement on pediatrics specialty … More …

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Integrative Medicine and Integrated Health Care Round-up: May 15-31, 2008

Two chiropractic organizations are celebrating advance of chiropractic benefits for military personnel …

Speaking of the military, Acupuncturists Without Borders is not practicing in 15 Veteran’s clinics nationwide … US Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt was traveling in China with NIH NCCAM director Josephine Briggs, MD  … The International Association of Yoga Therapists has published a survey of hours in typical training programs, a step toward looking at standards … The Arizona State School of Social Work is offering a graduate program in het assessment of integrative health modalities … The American Botanical Council reports that sales of herbs keeps rising, up 4% in 2007 over the prior year …and more. More …

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