The Practice of Integrative Medicine: A Legal & Operation Guide

(2006) Based on interviews with over 20 health care providers and facilities who have successfully combined integrative medicine in their practices, this book outlines the pitfalls, legal road-blocks, and benefits of bringing complementary and integrative medicine into daily health care routines.

Topics addressed include:

  • What forces are driving the shift toward integrative medicine and how do the laws address integrative healthcare?
  • How do hospitals, medical groups, medical clinics, and other medical facilities navigate legal rules, chose specific therapies, gained funding, and solve staffing issues?
  • What are the regulations for credentialing of complementary and integrative medicine physicians and other practitioners?
  • What techniques can medical centers, groups, clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities use for minimizing legal and liability risks, from malpractice to informed consent to negligent credentialing in the integrative medicine setting?
  • How do healthcare institutions handle dietary supplement legal issues, including in-house policies governing dietary supplements in the hospital pharmacy and guidelines as patients who consume dietary supplements, approach surgery.

Co-authors: Michael H. Cohen, Mary Ruggie, Ph.D., and Marc S. Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D.