The National Foundation of Integrative Medicine (NFIM) is committed to making this future a reality for all of us. We agree with the Bravewell Collaborative and Institute of Medicine studies where they concluded that nearly 40% of the current health care bill would be saved while simultaneously obtaining better clinical outcomes through the practice of Integrative Medicine. NFIM searches for existing and new technologies and approaches that simply work better than what we are doing today and then work to create the data and training to transition and add it to our clinical arsenals. The tenets in our global search for best in class technologies and protocols include:
• We are open to everything – AND vested in nothing
• We look for technology and modalities that work to create a superior safe & clinical outcome
• Health always supersedes health-care
• We do not pick winners or losers – we study and report on everything – you will decide
• In God we Trust – Everyone else needs to bring DATA
• Follow the Money – (From all the President’s Men)
• We play ‘Money Ball for Medicine’ – Follow the Data (Lt Gen Chip Roadman, USAF Surgeon General)
The calculus we seek is the full disclosure and transparent discussion addressing optimization of efficacy, safety and costs – we put it out there for all to see, question, debate and learn from. The real mission after all is working with providers to help their patients get back to living the most vibrant life they are capable of living.
In this upcoming series of articles, we will start the discussion and debate on alternatives and approaches supported with decades of strong clinical evidence that address all types of pain without adding to the national opiate problem. Imagine a set of tools in your practice that allows you to treat your most difficult clinical pain challenges non-pharmacologically. It already exists, you and your patients just need access.
Our members and patrons see these miracles every day. Change is coming. It is inevitable and will forever transform your practice one way or the other. There will be those who adopt and move forward to a much better place proving each step along the journey to themselves and their patients, and those that insist the present is adequate or good and will become irrelevant.