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Webinar: How Nutrition Licensing Laws Affect You

In this free 50 minute webinar, Judy Stone, Legislative Policy Director for the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, a credentialing body for Masters and PhD level Clinical Nutritionists, explains the roadblocks many practitioners (or would-be practitioners) face in trying to utilize nutrition in their practices.

This video is provided in partnership with the American Nutrition Association. To learn more about the American Nutrition Association, please visit: http://www.americannutritionassociation.org/ read more…

Integrative Medicine: Solution to Primary Care Crisis?

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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…

UPDATE: Insurance Coverage for Integrative Healthcare Services in 2014

By Glenn Sabin

Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act prevents health insurance plans from capriciously excluding a range of integrative health practitioners from coverage, based solely on licensure. The law empowers patients to obtain care from any licensed provider in a state for a specific benefit covered through an exchange health plan. Specifically, this includes licensed naturopathic doctors, acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners, midwives, chiropractic doctors and massage therapists.

Recently Integrator Blog publisher-editor John Weeks wrote a post that included the following news and commentary. Weeks, a writer, organizer, executive and consultant in the field of integrative healthcare for 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…

Health Care Legislation Includes Gains and Shortfalls for Integrative Medicine … plus more

by John Weeks

Integrative Practice Leaders on the Passage of the Health Care Bill The passage of historic health care legislation (HR 3590) by Congress in March 2010 included gains and shortfalls for stakeholders in the integrative practice arena. Leaders of various health care organizations associated with integrative practice fields sent out a flurry of e-announcements to their members the subsequent week. Many celebrated the passage of language that mandates nondiscrimination among licensed practitioners in Section 2706, which states, “a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall not discriminate with respect read more…

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