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An Interesting Set of CAM-IM Related Conferences: Researchers, Employers, Payers, Consumers PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Weeks   

An Interesting Set of Conferences: Researchers, Employers, Payers and Consumers

Two of the lead ingredients in the CAM-IM integration dance are research and payment. This set of conferences will help ground anyone in the state of the arts and sciences in both zones.

One business conference looks at the actions of large employers in approaching and valuing the global costs of health. It includes an integrative medicine track. The other business meeting looks at the consumer-driven health plan movement. Many believe that these new consumer models may be the best way to give people the choice of CAM-IM services.

The research-related meetings all have practical components. The Canadian group is looking at outcomes. Notably, International Association of Yoga Therapists, sponsor of the Yoga meeting, has engaged the legal research that shows that the services of Yoga therapists can be included under the consumer-driven plans noted above.


Payment Strategies in Integration: Employers, Consumer Driven Health Care

ImageSeptember 13-15, 2006

The Consumer Driven Healthcare Summit will be held in Washington, DC, September 13-15. This meeting is subtitled
: The Leading Forum on the Implications of Consumer Choice and HSAs, HRAs and FSAs for Providers, Pharma, Plans and Employers. The program will look closely at the development of Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and other instruments through which consumers are able to take more responsibility for their health (or through which employers are divesting themselves of responsibility, depending on your perspective). This conference is sponsored by Health Affairs and the Harvard Health Policy Review and features many of healthcare's mainsteam thought-leaders. Among the many speakers is Regina Herzlinger, PhD, who has for years advocated consumer-driven plans as the way for CAM-IM to be included into payment systems.

ImageSeptember 27-29, 2006

The 6th annual international conference of the
Institute for Health and Productivity Management will be held in Henderson, Nevada, September 27-29, 2006. The conference is a great opportunity to understand what progressive employers seek. Their desired outcomes often align nicely with what CAM-IM practitioners claim to deliver. (See  related IBN&R story on the employer's "new contract with physicians.") The meeting includes an integrative medicine track, chaired by Catherine Basse, MD, Global Director of Health Services, Dow Chemical. The track will feature case studied from the Corporate Health Improvement Project, directed by Kenneth Pelletier, PhD.

Useful Research Meetings: Canada, Yoga, Europe

ImageNovember 4-5, 2006

The Canadian Interdisciplinary Network of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research (In-CAM) is holding its 3rd annual research symposium entitled Integrating CAM Research and Practice: Focus on Outcome Measures. Calgary, November 4-5, 2006. The Canadians typically have had a stronger multi-disciplinary and practical focus for their CAM-IM research than their US counterparts. This may be associated with the different meaning of the discussion in a government-sponsored healthcare system. Some of Canada's most thoughtful researchers will be presenting. Notably, the "contract with physicians" noted above asked practitioners to look at different kinds or outcomes than researchers frequently prioritize. In-CAM has a free newsletter for those interested.

ImageJanuary 18-21, 2007

The International Association of Yoga Therapists is taking a significant step in exploring the relationship between Yoga therapy and the broader healthcare community through its Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research scheduled for Los Angeles, January 18-21, 2007. While not a research symposium, the meeting will include significant research presentations as well as presentations on the way Yoga is being integrated into conventional care and some thought-provoking explorations regarding the way Yoga therapy might position itself for its future. The Symposium is viewed as the beginning of an annual gathering of Yoga teachers, therapists, researchers and health professionals. IAYT has sponsored an IBN&R series on the Future of Yoga Therapy. I will be among the presenters.

ImageMay 11-13, 2007

The International Society of Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) and the Center for Complementary Medicine Research at the Technical University of Munich are planning an International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research for Munich May 11-13, 2007. The ISCMR and a strong European representation enhanced the excellent North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research in
May 2006. (No North American Conference will be held in 2007.)
 




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