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The Practice of Integrative Medicine: A Legal and Operational Guide

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Successfully Incorporate Integrative Medicine in a Wide Variety of Settings

Practitioners, facilities, and researchers encounter repeated requests from patients regarding the use of complementary and integrative medicines (CIM) and there are few who do not know the benefits of its use. But the legal aspects of prescribing or denying CIM treatment are new and harder to navigate, requiring the guidance of lawyers, policy makers, and other practitioners. Based on interviews with over 20 health care providers and facilities who have successfully combined integrative medicine in their practices, this book outlines the pitfalls, legal road-blocks, and benefits of bringing complementary and integrative medicine into daily health care routines.

Discover:

* What forces are driving the shift toward Integrative care
* The key legal issues governing individuals vs. institutions
* How established CIM institutions chose specific therapies, gained funding, and solved staffing issues
* The regulations for credentialing and how to comply
* Techniques for minimizing liability risks for institutions and individuals
* Strategies for effective informed consent
* Recommendations on dealing with the dietary supplement question

Based on interviews with over 20 health care providers and facilities who have successfully combined integrative medicine in their practices, this book outlines the pitfalls, legal road-blocks, and benefits of bringing complementary and integrative medicine into daily health care routines.

Topics addressed include: • What forces are driving the shift toward Integrative care • The key legal issues governing individuals vs. institutions • How established CIM institutions chose specific therapies, gained funding, and solved staffing issues • The regulations for credentialing and how to comply • Techniques for minimizing liability risks for institutions and individuals • Strategies for effective informed consent • Recommendations on dealing with the dietary supplement question

Author Biographies


Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA, is Principal in the Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen. He holds a joint appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. At Harvard, he was a Fortieth Anniversary Senior Fellow at the Center for World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, and served as Consultant to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public. He has authored several books on health law and policy and also serves as President of the Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine, an international think thank for health care policy, and publishes the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Law Blog, an internationally known resource for legal and ethical issues in the field.


Mary Ruggie, PhD, is Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She is the author of Marginal to Mainstream: Alternative Medicine in America (2004). She speaks widely on sociological issues concerning CAM therapies, and has published several scholarly books on comparative social policies and comparative health policy.


Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD, is a physician-anthropologistt who has worked to create science-based tools for the health professions to be better informed and productively participate in the new fields of complementary and alternative (CAM) and integrative medicine. He was the founding editor-in-chief- of the first U.S. journal on CAM, Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice and Policy (1994). He organized and edited the first U.S. textbook, Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (1996), now in a third edition (2006). He served a series editor for Medical Guides to Complementary and Alternative Medicine with eighteen titles in print on a broad range of therapies and therapeutic systems within the scope of CAM. In 1999, he edited Current Complementary Therapies, focusing on contemporary innovations and controversies, and Physician's Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

He has organized and chaired continuing education conferences on the theory, science, and practice of CAM numerous times, co-chairing with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in 1996 and with Dr. Dean Ornish in 1998.

In 2002, he became Founding Director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC, working to educate policy makers, the health professions, and the general public about needs and opportunities for integrative medicine to benefit all Americans. From 2003-2005, he accepted an interim appointment as Executive Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is presently a Senior Fellow of the Health Studies Collegium, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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