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Cleveland Clinic New Chinese Herb Program Makes Huge Waves in Media

The Time Magazine feature “Cleveland Clinic’s New Medicine” was here. The Wall Street Journal‘s “A Top Hospital Opens to Chinese Herbs as Medicines” is here. “Can Herbs Help? Dr. Oz Explains Eastern Medicine” is here. Katie Couric’s Today show piece on it, “Why One Hospital is Turning to Chinese Medicine” is here. Crane Herb Company will be the supplier of the products. Crane sources their supplies via KPC Herbs, which

Cleveland Clinic Partners with Dr. Mark Hyman and IFM to Launch Pioneering Functional Medicine Center

On September 15, 2014, an article in Crain’s Cleveland Business propelled news of the program nationally. The moved by the highly-regarded Cleveland Clinic is not merely a dabbling into the field but a full partnership with IFM, according to the release from the Cleveland Clinic. IFM’s chief medical officer, Patrick Hanaway, MD will be on the ground in Cleveland with author Hyman also serving in leadership. The Crain’s article notes

How Integrative Medicine, Telemedicine and Mobile Medical App Laws are Shaping our Future

Attorney Michael H. Cohen, President of the Michael H. Cohen Law Group, was interviewed on LA Talk Radio’s Legal Help Desk by cyber-lawyer Salar Atrizadeh on the future of health care. Topics included: The evolution of healthcare, Michael H. Cohen said, from “physical to virtual to mobile to wearable to implantable.” Legal rules governing telemedicine (including Skype medical visits) and mobile health (or m-health), including FDA guidance concerning mobile medical

The Absurd Economics of Nutrition and Exercise

It’s fair to say that, to a large extent, America has long fostered a culture and environment conducive to physical inactivity and nutritional-based disease. With today’s prevailing science clearly showing that teaching and practicing lifestyle medicine significantly decreases the top chronic health conditions plaguing society—i.e., diabetes, obesity, heart disease and certain cancers—moving more firmly in this healthier, logical direction would subsequently trigger a vast increase in human productivity and output,

Legal Viewpoint: MDs Operating Web-Based Health and Wellness Businesses

Telemedicine laws: who operates the sites and provides content? are the visits to the site considered clinical encounters, or merely visits to receive general information and education? is personalized healthcare advice being given? will the physician be obligated to have medical licensure in the state of the patient, as well as the home state or originating site? is a restricted The second item to note is that these same questions

New Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Broadens Leadership Team

New Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) broadens its leadership team: Wisneski, Snider and Weeks join board. In the fall of 2013, the American Board of Integrative Health and Medicine (ABIHM) announced that it was re-forming itself as the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM). In a speech announcing the new entity, the founding president Mimi Guarneri, MD mentioned three new areas of involvement beyond ABIHM’s historic education

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