How Did They Decide to Award the $1B?

June 27, 2012

Grant writing is competitive. The greatest stakes are at the federal level where the awards are the largest and the competition is most fierce. Proposals I often find myself working on involve community healthcare which means coordinating between multiple entities such as community clinics, FQHCs, hospitals and community based organizations (CBOs). A substantial funding pie […]


The California Senate is Concerned with How the California Acupuncture Board Functions

March 14, 2012

On March 12, 2012 the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development conducted a hearing under its Sunset Review function during which the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) Chair and Executive Director were advised, in the opinion of the committee, the CAB was “too caught up in professional issues.” The CAB was instructed to respond […]


The Ark and the Mothership

April 19, 2011

I have been waiting for months to write this post. I wanted to attend the April 8-10 CANference in Portland and learn what the most innovative organization in the acupuncture world has been planning before writing anything more about changes taking place in the acupuncture profession. I found out the CAN folks are building an […]


What will the National Healthcare Workforce Commission do? A lot.

October 6, 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPCA) of 2010 – aka healthcare reform – included a provision to create a National Healthcare Workforce Commission (NHWC). The purpose is to create a body of expert representatives who are “who are nationally recognized in health care labor market analysis including workforce, health financing and economics, health […]


Time for Change in For-Profit Education

July 24, 2010

The most overused political phrase – “it’s time for a change” – may be finally growing some teeth when it comes to private for-profit education. The Federal Department of Education has taken a hard line position with regards to reigning in private for-profit schools, such as ITT and the University of Phoenix, that have profited […]


Healthcare reform will launch a Tsunami in demand for treatment

March 29, 2010

The healthcare reform vote is a victory for progressives but it is not the start of a radically changed healthcare system free of profit-driven stakeholders. One of the problems with the current system will become clear within a few years. I believe the sudden increase in the number of insured persons will demonstrate the severe […]


PAs and LAcs: is there a model here?

August 20, 2008
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At the risk of reinforcing the “us” versus “them” stereotype (i.e., Eastern versus Western medicine) I describe my recent interaction with two primary care physicians who support acupuncture in principle and action. Despite this, they were flummoxed with a proposal I made to them that LAcs (Licensed Acupuncturists) should work as primary care providers (PCPs) […]


California Acupuncture Board turns blind eye to regulatory role

June 21, 2008

I attended the most recent meeting of the California Acupuncture Board (June 20 2008) where a new Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) college received temporary approval despite the college President’s statement that his occupational goal for his students was “training missionaries”. The school is owned by a religious organization that only provides classes in the […]


Educational standards…a professional matter

May 7, 2008

I am always surprised when I encounter professionals unfamiliar with how their profession is governed. The common arrangement is to establish three organizations that represent the profession’s principal internal stakeholders: the association of colleges (CCAOM), the association of licensed professionals (AAAOM), and the accreditation body (ACAOM). The public interest is represented by the state (or […]