IHPC Now Known As The Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium
As of August, 2012, IHPC formally changed its’ name from the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium to the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium. Of course, the acronym remains the same!
IHPC's Michael Traub Interviewed on KPFA-FM
Follow this link http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/83460 to hear about IHPC’s accomplishments and ongoing action plan regarding implementation of integrative healthcare in key areas including access and non-discrimination, PCORI, healthcare work force, integration in practice, CPT codes and prevention and wellness. Topics of discussion include single-payer plans, the shift toward a wellness and prevention paradigm, the Congressional leadership that supported inclusion of integrative healthcare in the ACA and an overview of the three IHPC Congressional Briefings to date. (Please note there are about six minutes of world news that precede the broadcast of the interview with Dr. Michael Traub).
Where Health Care is Headed:
Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Integrated Healthcare
June 8th, 2012, panelists presented on the following topics:
- Introductions to integrated (integrative) healthcare and the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model in the Affordable Care Act
- The Vermont experience with PCMH’s – cost, logistics, etc.
- The experience of HealthPoint, Seattle’s 13-center Federally Qualified Healthcare Center, in the integration of conventional, complementary and alternative health care in a PCMH
- An acupuncturist researcher’s perspective on integrated community health teams supporting PCMH’s
Janet Kahn PhD, LMT – Senior Advisor to the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC); Presidential appointee to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health; Res. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Vermont.
Craig Jones, MD – Director of the Vermont Blueprint for Health, a program guiding transformation of the way healthcare and health services are delivered in Vermont. Dr. Jones also serves on the Institute of Medicine's Consensus Committee on the Learning Healthcare System in America.
Thomas Trompeter, MPA – CEO of HealthPoint, a Community Health Center with seven medical clinics, four dental clinics and one school based clinic located throughout suburban King County and providing services to over 50,000 people each year.
Elizabeth Sommers, LAc, MPH, PhD – Director of Research at Pathways to Wellness, serving patients with HIV/AIDS as well as providing community-based acupuncture care since 1989; and Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health.
IHPC Appoints Executive Director, Alyssa Wostrel
4/9/12 New Leader of Integrative Health Care Policy Group Brings Business Acumen and Industry Knowledge
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Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium Leader Named To Key White House
Reform Advisory Group
President Barack Obama Appoints Dr. Janet R. Kahn; an important step towards a fully integrative approach to prevention, health promotion and wellness in health care
(Nov. 1, 2011. Washington DC) Janet R. Kahn, PhD, is an expert and long time advocate for a health care system that offers all Americans prevention-oriented, cost-effective and health promoting care through the integration of the full range of safe and regulated conventional, complementary, and alternative approaches. During her years on the founding Steering Committee and for six years as Executive Director of the Integrated Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), her focused efforts helped create the unprecedented opportunities for integrated health care written into the Affordable Care Act.
Read the full press release.
Online Action Network goes live!
Our ability to create change and influence policymakers is only as robust as our network. IHPC has developed a dynamic tool to make it quick and easy for you to have an impact on policy that affects integrated health care.
The Integrator Blog covers IHPC's innovative policy work with Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
US Senator Bernie Sanders (Ind.-VT) and the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) have placed "licensed complementary and alternative medicine providers and integrative health practitioners" in the Kennedy-HELP bill's definition of health professionals. This is not the only mention of "complementary and alternative medicine," or "integrative care" or "integrative practitioners" in the bill however. The Samueli Institute's vice president Brian Thiel guides us to other mentions in the Kennedy-HELP draft legislation. These are in sections the establish a "wellness council" and on the medical home. Small steps, maybe; but signs of prospective integration into US healthcare policy.
Read the full article here
IHPC and Samueli Institute Collaborate on Wellness Initiative for the Nation (WIN)
Since April 2008 the Samueli Institute and IHPC's Federal Policy Committee have collaborated on a plan to bring prevention and integration to the forefront of America's health care reform efforts. The result of the Wellness Initiative for the Nation (WIN).
Click here to read the current iteration of this document.
Disparity Reducing Advances Project holds series of Foresight Briefings
Disparity Reducing Advances Project, of which IHPC is a member, holds series of Foresight Briefings on the Hill calling policymakers' attention to this important issue.
Click here for DRA Website to learn more
The Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) holds important hearings in preparation for Health Care Reform.
With the coming of the Obama administration, and the potential for real and progressive health care reform, Congress has been busy. See below for links to important hearings that you might want to track.
IHPC Tells Congress to Stop the FDA from Restricting Women's Access to Estriol, and stresses the Importance of Consumer Education!
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IHPC Teams with Institute for Alternative Futures on Disparity Reducing Advances Project.
IHPC recently joined the Disparity Reducing Advances Project to ensure widespread access to Complementary, Alternative and Integrated health care in rural and underserved communities.
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