Belly of the Beast #2: $5000 Deductible, ER Timing, Cost Implications and a Coda on Health Reform

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Summary: In which the author pays out on the crap shoot of a $5000 deductible, confesses stubbornness and possibly harmful delay of ER visit and hospital admission. Risk to patient, length of stay and cost of care may have been affected. The national debate over universal coverage is transformed from policy issue to voting the pocketbook … Readers of Part …

Belly of the Beast #1: Musings on My Recent Hospitalization

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My contribution to the work in integrated health care stems from the breadth of my working relationships with the diverse stakeholders with a hand in the process. I’ve worked with leaders of hospitals, managed care companies, academic health centers, government agencies, venture capital groups, and complementary healthcare professional associations. But until now, I hadn’t had a significant, personal experience of …

Inner Harmony: Outcomes of a Mindfulness Program in an Elementary School

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Summary: The core commitment energizing Peter Amato’s Inner Harmony Group is to human consciousness and transformation. Amato figured that the best time to introduce the concepts of mindfulness would be to children of school age. Through US Department of Education grants totaling $299,000, Inner Harmony has piloted “integral education” training of both students, and teachers. They use five minutes at …

AMA Targets Nursing Doctorate and ND License: Old Boys vs the Emerging Medical Matriarchy?

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Summary: Through Resolutions #209 and #211, the AMA Scope of Practice Partnership has focused its sights on nursing doctoral programs and licensing of naturopathic physicians. Both pose different kinds of threats to conventional practice – the first via raw numbers and the second as a paradigm of integrative medical practice. Interestingly, both of the targeted professions are female dominated … …

Details on Hospital Inclusion of CAM – A New Health Forum-AHA Report

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Summary: In a report released July 18, Health Forum, a for-profit affiliate of the American Hospital Association, reveals that the percentage of respondent hospitals offering at least some CAM services, whether to patients or employees or both, has grown to 26.5% from single digits over the last seven years. The survey findings, developed under the leadership of Sita Ananth, MHA, …

Shore Health’s Awarded Reiki Program: Strategy and Outcomes

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Summary:  Reiki is making headway in US hospitals. Last March, a Maryland newspaper gave one of these programs, atMemorial Hospital in the Shore Health System some local visibility when it was granted a “Health Care Heroes” award. This article, a second look at integrative medicine programs at Shore Health (seeprior IBN&R article), examines the structure and outcomes of the Reiki …

Brief Notes: Weil/NYT, Tai Sophia, AYU Ayurveda, Parade/Acu

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Education: TAI Sopia/Regional Accreditation, AYU Ayurveda in Partnership The Tai Sophia Institute, founded as an acupuncture clinic in 1975, has achieved a significant threshold of recognition via regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on High Education. The Institute, with 320 current students and over 900 graduates, currently offers a Master of Acupuncture, Master of Science in Herbal Medicine and …

Mayo Clinic’s CAM-IM Integration:  Strategy and Growth in a Bastion of Conservative Medicine

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Written by John Weeks Brent bauer, Mayo Clinic IM leader Brent Bauer, MD Brent Bauer, MD, is always quite conscious of the name and reputation of the Mayo Clinic in his work to grow integrative medicine inside his medically conservative institution. For many, Mayo Clinic is a brand that is synonymous with excellence in conventional medicine.Bauer notes that the Rochester, …

Welcome to the Integrator Blog News and Reports

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I am pleased to be back in the business – after a three year semi-sabbatical hiatus – of providing a newsletter for the fields of complementary and integrative medicine. The landscape has shifted. The field has matured since the excitement of the 1995-2002 era. New challenges and new opportunities areemerging.Vision “We envision a healthcare system that is multidisciplinary and enhances competence, …

Integrator Special: Prototypes of MD-Led and ND-Led Integrative Patient-Centered Medical/Health Home

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Is the emerging outpatient model of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) – or “health home” as some prefer – an environment in which integrative team-based practices can flourish? Will integrative health and medicine prove themselves better in this environment than in straight fee-for-services practices? Will the field advance more rapidly if more integrative medicine clinic leaders apply themselves to working …