John Weeks discusses the latest news and events in integrative medicine policy, including the Policy Stakeholder Conference on Integrated Health Care Reform and The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA).
The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA), a.k.a. the Obama-Pelosi health reform law, included historic new recognition of complementary and integrative practices and practitioners in multiple sections of the law. Astute politicos will know that language in a law is an empty shell. Work must focus on the regulations that will determine what the law means, and populating relevant advisory committees with professionals who understand and can advocate for integrative practice concepts and approaches.
On September 27-29, 2010, a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder group of integrative practice leaders convened in Washington, DC at the Georgetown University Conference Center to formulate a coordinated response to the work ahead. The lead organizing agency was the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC), led by executive director Janet Kahn, PhD. IHPC was joined by Palmer College of Chiro