John Blum, Professor of Health Law and Policy at Loyola University, Chicago and a member of the IHPC Non-Discrimination Committee has an excellent summary of the strengths and challenges inherent in Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act in his recent article, “Non-Discrimination and the Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” for “BNA Health Law Reporter.”
Among his main conclusions:
- In major areas of population health needs the ACA offers opportunities for CAM practitioners to be engaged not as reinvented primary care doctors but as licensed professionals within their current scopes of practice.
- Practitioners face “serious challenges” in bringing about coverage expansion because Section 2706 is linked to the “idiosyncrasies of state scopes of practice laws and the biases of payers who are likely to see such expansions as costly and unnecessary.”
For the full five-page study, click here for the PDF.