Integrative Health Care in the Hospital Model

The demand for Integrative Health Care services in the hospital setting is growing.  This can create challenges on every level from adopting an integrative philosophy of care, to education and implementation of programs that serve your specific community.  IIHI provides consultative services to health care executives for creating inpatient and outpatient models of Integrative Health services. Strategies for creating an Integrative Health framework include:

  • Creating a steering committee

  • Creating policies and procedures

  • Creating training programs for nurses

  • Creating a documentation tool

  • Creating an inpatient pilot programs

IIHI Turn-key Operational Package Features:

  • An organizational readiness assessment

  • Quality Performance Metrics

  • Policy and Procedure

  • Implementation of Complementary Alternative Medicine Therapies

  • Information Technology Documentation

  • Nurse Training in Holistic Nursing.


What does an Integrative Healthcare Model Look like int he Hospital Setting?

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IIHI Creates Frameworks

IIHI helps Hospitals looking for an expert in Integrative Health (IH) frameworks in the inpatient and outpatient setting.  The Integrative Health framework is created incorporating complementary alternative medicine modalities (CAM) through clinical offerings, research, education, and training.  For over 20 years, committees of the Institute of Medicine have recommended better system designs in health care.  These efforts have addressed traditional allopathic care, curative care, end-of-life care, and now the important new arena of integrative health care.

Approximately one-third of U.S. academic medical centers have an integrative Healthcare program (IH) in place according to the Consortium of Academic Medical Centers for Integrative Medicine.  Since the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States in 2005, many hospitals and healthcare systems have either implemented similar programs or begun to explore the possibility of integrating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services for their patients.  The benefits of an IH can include increased patient satisfaction, revenue, profit margins, patient retention, and decreased length of stay and costs.  Every IH program must ensure that only those services that meet evidence-based standards of safety and efficacy are offered to patients.

An IH framework in the inpatient setting creates increased patient satisfaction and enhances the patient experience.  IH therapies provide cost-savings to hospitals by decreasing patient’s length of stay, pain, medication use, and improves overall patient satisfaction.

IIHI Creates Beneficial Results:

Some of the benefits from an Integrative Healthcare program:

  • Increased patient satisfaction can be measured using standard patient satisfaction surveys and other measures, like a decrease in pain, anxiety and nausea.

  • Increased revenue can occur when payers cover these types of services or patients pay for the services personally. In some cases grants may support the services and provide another form of revenue to the organization.

  • Increased profit margin can result from cost shifting of some services to less expensive clinical personnel, which allows time for physicians to focus on higher clinical priorities,and also generate a higher profit margin.

  • Increased patient retention Relationship building appears to be a strong component of an IH program as organizations are seen, by patients, to be responsive to their specific demands for certain CAM therapies.

  • Decreased length of stay can occur in some cases as noted previously with postoperative recovery.

  • Decreased costs may be an outcome in situations where therapies are used to decrease postoperative pain and possibly resulting in a shorter length of stay or earlier discharge from ambulatory surgery.

  • The Physician Advisory Council for Integrative Medicine (13 physician across medical specialties, including the VP of medical Affairs) collected information on patient outcomes where patients’ who received CAM therapies required less pain medication and had overall better outcomes.

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