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Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
June, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 06
White House CAM Commission Delivers Final Report
By Editorial Staff
After two years of various meetings, hearings and site visits, and after listening to written and oral testimony from more than 1,000 members of the health care community and the general public, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy has issued its final report to the Department of Health and Human Services.The inch-thick document, which the Commission's chair calls "a ground plan ... for ways to integrate complementary and alternative medicine approaches to health care into the system,"1 lists more than 100 recommendations and courses of action, many of which emphasize information and education as the keys to making intelligent, objective decisions about health care. It also suggests that the federal government will play an increasing role in the evaluation and implementation of certain forms of complementary and alternative medicine.
The Commission's recommendations are divided into six categories, covering nearly every aspect of complementary and alternative medicine. Among the more noteworthy suggestions:
Several recommendations were aimed specifically at the quality of dietary supplements:
Education and Training
Access and Delivery
Coverage and Reimbursement
Wellness and Health Promotion
"There's a lot that needs to be digested ... before taking the next step."
Although the Commission's recommendations are non-binding, and are intended to serve merely as a framework for future government studies, they have stirred controversy among both critics and advocates of complementary and alternative medicine. Some of this controversy may be attributed to the non-specific nature of the report, which lumps both proven and unproven forms of CAM into one category. For instance, while the group recommends that insurers and managed care organizations "should offer purchasers the option of health benefit plans that incorporate coverage of safe and effective CAM interventions," the report fails to mention which forms of CAM they consider safe and effective. In fact, in the report's introduction, the Commission's members admit that "most CAM interventions have not yet been scientifically studied and found to be safe and effective."
Furthermore, not every member of the Commission agreed with the final report's conclusions. In a separate statement, two panelists criticized the report for being overly generic and vague.
"While many of the Commission's recommendations will help maximize the benefits of proven safe and effective approaches, practices and products, they do not appropriately acknowledge the limitations of unproven and unvalidated CAM interventions or adequately address the minimization of risk," they wrote.
The Commission acknowledged the other panelists' criticism in its introduction. "The report does its best to distinguish in its recommendations between those proven safe and effective ... and those that are not. But the Commission recognizes that this distinction may not always be clear," they wrote.
It is also unclear as to how much credence will be given to the Commission's work by the Bush administration, given that the organization providing the report was created by former President Clinton. In an interview with Reuters Health, Bill Hall, a spokesperson for Health and Human Services, said, "There's a lot that needs to be digested first before taking the next step of saying where we're going to go."2 Hall added that the department would consider the Commission's recommendations, but that it was "premature" to say what might happen in the future.
Others have voiced their support for the group's efforts, including Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a long-time proponent of alternative therapies.
"I'm hopeful the commission's recommendations will help move toward the day that Americans can get the best of both traditional medicine and complementary medicine," Harkin told the Washington Post. "Public policy has not kept up with consumers or the science in this area. People are spending record sums out of their own pockets for complementary health care, and they have a right to expect good and reliable information and continued access."3
Exactly what impact the final report of the White House CAM Policy Commission will have on complementary and alternative medicine in the United States remains to be seen. Nevertheless, in many ways, the "final" report represents an important first step that has been taken in the recognition of complementary and alternative medicine. With its mantras of education, information and research as the keys to making informed, intelligent decisions about health care, the Commission's report sets the foundation upon which further actions by the federal government and private health care organizations can be built, and is sure to spark debate among practitioners across the full spectrum of the health care profession for years to come.
Editor's note: A complete copy of the White House CAM Commission's final report is available for viewing and printing via the Internet. Interested parties can access the report at http://whccamp.hhs.gov.
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