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Founding Integrative Medicine Centers of Excellence: One Strategy for Chiropractic Medicine to Build Higher Cultural Authority

Chiropractic physicians are seeking a higher level of cultural authority within their communities and the United States health care system. This commentary suggests an innovative strategy that might expedite the attainment of professional authority while improving the training of chiropractic students and faculty. The authors propose the founding of integrative medicine centers of excellence by colleges of chiropractic that will employ clinical faculties comprised of allopathic, chiropractic, osteopathic, and naturopathic physicians. Initially, the health care facilities should offer primary care through an integrative medicine model. It is anticipated that these centers of excellence will require both government and private funding in order to develop research programs, provide high-quality patient care, and improve the medical training for students with residents programs.

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Obamacare: Threats, Options, and Opportunities

The ‘‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or PUBLIC LAW 111–148 was enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress  on March 23, 2010.  The comprehensive reform law was enacted in two parts. The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” signed into law on March 23, 2010 and then amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act on March 30, 2010.  The name “Affordable Care Act” is the final amended version of the law.  Read on…

Giving Our Veterans the Care They Deserve

Dr. Anthony J. Lisi, associate professor of clinical sciences at University of Bridgeport oversees chiropractic care at the Veterans Health Administration, which serves more than 7.8 million enrolled veterans and is the nation’s largest health care system.  He guides the improvement and expansion of the VHA chiropractic program, which was established in 2004 in response to legislation that requires at least one chiropractor at each of its 21 geographic regions.

Dr. Anthony Lisi describes in an update on the Veterans Health Administration how the chiropractic program has been giving our veterans the chiropractic care they deserve for over 5 years.

As a healthcare provider in the Department of Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Connecticut, he describes the introduction of chiropractic services to veterans of the war in Iraq for the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Veterans Administration.  His manuscript, Management of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans in a Veterans Health Administration chiropractic clinic: A case series, describes elements of the processes and outcomes of chiropractic care for these veterans.

What is Integrative Medicine?

The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine developed and adopted the definition of integrative medicine during 2004 and subsequently edited the definition during 2009.

Definition of Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine membership includes 46 highly esteemed academic medical centers.  The organization is supported by membership dues and grants from philanthropic partners including the Bravewell Collaborative.

The mission of the Consortium is to advance the principles and practices of integrative healthcare within academic institutions. The Consortium provides its institutional membership with a community of support for their academic missions and a collective voice for influencing change.

Integrate Yourself with Mainstream Medicine

Chiropractic physicians should learn to integrate into the healthcare system through mainstream medicine.  The Affordable Care Act currently includes chiropractic physicians as members of patient-centered, holistic healthcare teams.  This is the 21st. Century and the chiropractic profession should no longer be isolated, separate and distinct from the medical profession.  It is time to improve access to chiropractic care by marketing your services to medical doctors.  I suggest that chiropractic physicians interested in the process to read my article in Dynamic Chiropractic.

Integration of Chiropractic Care into the Military

Dr. William Morgan has been providing chiropractic services at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for the past ten years (1998-2008). While he cares for our nation’s heroes and our nation’s leaders, he also participates in medical research projects. I found the study that reported a high patient satisfaction rate with military personnel receiving chiropractic services to be of interest. Check it out.

In addition to having highly satisfied patients, the study found that chiropractic care could recover a significant number of workdays: “Integrating chiropractic care into the MHS will result in improved access to health care services for military personnel and will lead to the recovery of between 111,000 and 331,000 additional duty days per year.”