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Integrative Medicine: Solution to Primary Care Crisis?

By Glenn Sabin and Taylor Walsh

Reading the striking 80-plus-page report, Meeting the Nation’s Primary Care Needs, led by Dr. Michael S. Goldstein from UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research and John Weeks, executive director of Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), made clear to me that the tipping point for integrative medicine as the standard of care is nearing.

The Goldstein/Weeks report, published by ACCAHC, is responsive to innovative care structures emphasized in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) meant to address the state of primary care in America. With the provisions read more…

Insurance Data Shows Lower Costs Among CAM Patients

by John Weeks

Examination of Washington State Insurance Data Shows Lower Costs Among Insured Using CAM Practitioners An analysis of insurance data in Washington State found that insured patients with back pain, fibromyalgia (FMS), and menopause symptoms who use licensed complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners had lower insurance expenditures than those who did not use CAM.1 The study minimized selection bias by matching patients who go to CAM providers to those who do not. The researchers concluded: “CAM users had higher outpatient expenditures that were offset by lower inpatient and imaging expenditures. The largest difference was seen in read more…

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