Join Now!      Login

Whole Person Wellness Program
 
healthy.net Wellness Model
Skip Navigation Links
 
 
FREE NEWSLETTER
   
   
   
 
Health Centers
Key Services
 
Breast Cancer?
More than three-quarters of women who get breast cancer are over whtat age?
over 40 years
over 45 years
over 50 years
over 55 years

 
 
 Naturopathic Medicine: First Naturopathic Physicians Appointed to Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee - Bastyr University's President Emeritus and Associate Dean to Lend Expertise on Natural Medicine 
 
For the first time, two naturopathic physicians, (ND’s) have been appointed to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC), a group convened under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, Jr., co-founder and President Emeritus of Bastyr University and Dr. Pamela Snider, Associate Dean, Public and Professional Affairs at Bastyr, were recently appointed to MCAC by Thomas A. Scully, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The committee, chartered by the Secretary of HHS in November of 1998, is charged with advising the Centers on effective and appropriate medical services that are covered or eligible for coverage under Medicare. While the 100 individuals serving on the committee represent a wide range of scientific and medical professions, Drs. Pizzorno and Snider are the first naturopathic physicians to be appointed.

"These appointments are part of a promising trend," said Dr. Pizzorno who also served on the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy in 2001-2002. "Every opportunity for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and conventional medicine to work together translates to a greater potential for solving our healthcare problems. Last week, Tommy Thompson, the secretary of health and human services, emphasized the critical importance of devoting resources to prevention, noting that 43% of Americans suffer from a chronic disease. He also said he wanted to expand coverage of preventive services under Medicare. This reflects the leadership we need to assure that more people enjoy healthier lives."

"The staggering number of individuals with chronic disease is a significant contributing factor in skyrocketing health care costs, amounting to a national disease debt, " added Dr. Pamela Snider. "By devoting resources to the prevention of these diseases, and to health promotion for all communities, we will be able to better serve other health concerns, such as reducing costs. CAM’s history of incorporating prevention in its practice and philosophy will be of benefit as we work together to solve the complex problems of health care." Drs. Pizzorno and Snider will attend their first meeting on February 11 in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Pizzorno is currently President of Salugenecists, Inc., which produces web-based personalized health promotion advice systems. He also serves as Senior Advisor to Bastyr University President, Thomas C. Shepherd and Executive Editor of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal. Dr. Snider is co-investigator on a grant funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the North American Naturopathic Medical Research Agenda as well as CAM advisor on a NCCAM/NIH grant on Financing Integrative Health Care with the University of Washington. She also co chairs the executive leadership team for the Collaboration for Health Care Renewal Foundation and serves on the advisory committee for the Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program.

 Comments Add your comment 

 
 From Our Friends
 
 
 
Popular & Related Products
 
Popular & Featured Events
Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2015
     February 19-21, 2015
     New York, NY USA
 
Wellness Inventory Certification Training (Level I)
     February 24-May 26, 2015
     Teleclass, CA USA
 
Additional Calendar Links
 
Stevia Products & Info
 
Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness, Eating, dimension!

Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Find a Practitioner       Healthy Products       Bookstore       Wellness Inventory
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Wellness Center       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Free Newsletter      What Doctor's Don't Tell You      Stevia.com      Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us
Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Are you ready to embark on a personal wellness journey with our whole person approach?
Learn More/Subscribe
Are you looking to create or enhance a culture of wellness in your organization?
Learn More
Do you want to become a wellness coach?
Learn More
Free Webinar