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Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium to Launch CoverMyCare Campaign to Activate Consumer Support for ACA Section 2706

Washington, DC-based integrative health and medicine writer and consultant Taylor Walsh, an Integrator adviser and columnist, sends this notice: “In early September, the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) plans on rolling out a CoverMyCare website in support of its consumer campaign to educate the public and state officials about Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act: ‘Non-discrimination in healthcare’. Because correct implementation of the law lies in the hands of

Anti-Kickback and Fee-Splitting Legal Issues When MDs (and others) Lease Space

Many physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other healthcare practitioners want to know whether they are fee-splitting when they rent a room hourly from a medical practice or other healthcare facility or practitioner. The answer, of course, depends on the arrangement, including whether other aspects of it raise fee-splitting, Stark, or anti-kickback considerations. Let’s focus for now just on the hourly rental. The problem with this is that the payment for the

Fee-Splitting 101 for MDs and other Integrative Health Practitioners

Is it fee-splitting to hire another medical doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or other health care practitioner in your office and give them a “cut” of patient revenues? Fee-splitting, “Stark,” self-referral, and anti-kickback issues concern many health care practitioners who seek legal counsel from our law firm. Here’s one typical scenario: You’re an acupuncturist and you want to hire a second acupuncturist as an independent contractor. The patient pays you $100 for

Bravo! How to End a Speech Vividly and Memorably

In my first article in this three-part series about speaking on integrative medicine, I discussed incorporating mindfulness in your talks, presentations, videos and podcasts. The second piece in the series offered some foolproof ways to grab an audience’s attention in your Introduction. Today, I’d like to talk about the other end of your remarks: your Conclusion, and why you need a clincher to keep your listeners and viewers thinking about

Grab Your Audience! — 12 Foolproof Ways to Open a Speech

In my previous blog in this space, I discussed the concept of mindfulness, and how incorporating mindful speaking can benefit your integrative medicine practice or research. Speaking with that level of focus is important, I said, because your material alone—no matter how strong—can’t create the responses you’re looking for in stakeholders. Let’s say you’re explaining your group or organization’s philosophy of integrative health. You’ve put together an excellent presentation or

Mindfulness: A Key Skill In Speaking About Integrative Medicine

Do you believe that having great content is enough to inform and persuade audiences about integrative medicine? The truth is, it’s never enough. Your material alone—no matter how strong—can’t create the responses you’re looking for in stakeholders. It doesn’t matter whether that response has to do with educating, persuading, or inspiring people. Creating influence at that level is your job and responsibility. (To be as comfortable with listeners as you

An Open Letter to My Friend, John Weeks: By NCCAM’s Josephine Briggs

An open letter to my friend, John Weeks: You will remember six years ago blogging about my appointment as Director of NCCAM to your readers: “Oops, they did it again.” Your post made it clear that you did not hold out much hope for me—or indeed for the overall NIH investment in complementary and alternative medicine. It was not an auspicious beginning. I will admit I was a bit daunted.

A Living Tribute to Integrative Health and Medicine Pioneer John Weeks

As the field’s go-to intrepid reporter and informal historian, John Weeks’ strong editorial voice has consistently recognized the important work of others, constructively challenging, championing and chronicling what today is commonly referred to as the integrative health and medicine movement. His invaluable contributions as a key organizer, influential thought leader and über-connector have enjoyed tremendous impact in a still nascent but ever fertile integrative medicine landscape. Now it’s John’s turn

Integrative Health and Medicine Pioneer John Weeks Honored at IRCIMH

A leading force of the integrative health and medicine movement during the past 30 years, John Weeks was presented with a surprise lifetime achievement living tribute on May 15th during the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) gala held in Miami. As the field’s go-to intrepid reporter and informal historian, John’s strong editorial voice has consistently recognized the important work of others, constructively challenging, championing and chronicling