The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Effects of US healthcare reform on CAM

    Jane Hoback, writing in Natural Foods Merchandiser, has listed areas of interest to CAM practitioners.

    Here are the details.

    • Title 4
      • Focuses on prevention of chronic disease and improving public health.
    • Section 2706
      • Prohibits discrimination “against any healthcare provider acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification” under state law.
      • This might create opportunities for alternative medicine practitioners in states and insurance plans that don’t currently include them.
    • Sections 5101 and 3502
      • Creates a National Healthcare Workforce Commission and provides for “community health teams” that include “licensed complementary and alternative medicine practitioners.”
    • Section 4206
      • Sets up a pilot program for “wellness plans.”
      • Grants are included for community health centers focusing on nutrition counseling, exercise plans, alcohol and smoking cessation, stress management, and dietary supplements whose health claims have been approved by the FDA such as vitamin D, calcium, folic acid, soy protein and fiber.

    It’s not clear to what extent herbal medicine and dietary supplements will be covered and reimbursed.

    4/7/10 12:17 JR

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