Health Industry Webinar on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Legal Issues

Our law office will be speaking on CAM legal issues tomorrow at a Healthcare Industry webinar.

The webinar is sponsored by the Corporate Research Group.

More than 1/3 of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, naturopathy, and herbal medicine. Patients increasingly demand CAM options from their providers and plans, or themselves use CAM therapies without informing their physicians, complicating care and coordination of benefits. Clinicians, medical directors, senior executives of hospitals and health plans, and others, need to understand the legal and operational issues they face when patients integrate or seek to include CAM therapies into their health care regimen.

Learning Objectives

Strategies for addressing legal and operational issues relating to patient demand for complementary and alternative therapies (60 minutes)

* Malpractice liability issues facing clinical providers and institutions
* Disciplinary concerns and scope of practice issues
* Insurance-related issues (medically necessary treatment, experimental treatment exclusions, and billing/coding issues)

Introduction (5 minutes); Presentation (60 minutes); Q & A (20 minutes)

About our Speakers

Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA is Principal in Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen, where he helps health care and general business clients. He has held joint faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and served as Consultant to the Institute of Medicine Report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He has received several grant awards, including one as Principal Investigator from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. After graduating from law school, he clerked for a federal court judge, and worked as a Wall Street corporate lawyer and law school professor. He has authored over 100 articles, and several books on health law and policy. His website is

Alan Dumoff, JD, MSW has practiced law since 1988 with a special focus on the legal needs of integrative physicians and complementary and alternative (CAM) practitioners. A former acting director of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists, Mr. Dumoff assists physicians and CAM practitioners with a wide range of regulatory, insurance, and disciplinary issues, including billing and reimbursement matters, practice structure, dietary supplement and medical device regulation, laboratory requirements and medical/health board disciplinary charges. Alan Dumoff, Esq. has the distinction of representation in a matter heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as extensive appellate and administrative experience, including representing physicians before state medical boards. Mr. Dumoff's consulting practice includes management, business and clinical aspects of integrative/CAM practice, as well as training hospital staff in credentialing CAM practitioners. Mr. Dumoff's grasp of legal and practice management issues is complemented by his clinical training and experience, including facilitation of a multidisciplinary health care team, seven years delivering family therapy/psychotherapy services, several years assisting in design and management of social programs, and post-graduate training in research design. Mr. Dumoff has his own law practice, and also serves Of Counsel to Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen.

Alicia Chung, Senior Editorial Analyst, Corporate Research Group, manages the competitive market analysis consulting projects for CRG. She is the co-author of ROI and Outcomes of Wellness Initiatives, Best Practices of On-Site Employee Health Clinics, and The Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revolution: Myth or Reality? Before joining the CRG team, Alicia served as a pharmacy contracting and compliance analyst for IMS Health. Her work includes research and consulting on rebate and pricing methodologies related to Medicare and Medicaid, training and development of disease management programs, and various public health data management projects. She holds a Master's Degree in public health from Tufts University.

This should be a great webinar on complementary medicine, alternative medicine, and integrative medicine legal issues faced by health care providers, hospitals, insurance companies, and others!