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Welcome to the new home page of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.


Chair: Ira Brind

Director: Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD

  The mission of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine is to educate policymakers, health professionals and consumers at the state and national levels about the role of complementary and alternative medicine in the continuum of contemporary health care. PIIM is situated at one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most distinguished teaching hospitals, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. It was inaugurated on October 1, 2002, upon the visit of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa) to Philadelphia hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Dick Fox and Ira and Myrna Brind. Senator Harkin has been a long time leader in federal support for integrative medicine and works closely with PIIM. Ira Brind serves as Chair of PIIM as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

In its first quarter, PIIM conducted briefings with many members of the Congressional Caucus on Complementary & Alternative Medicine and Dietary Supplements, the Pennsylvania delegation to Congress, and the Idaho, Utah and Nevada delegations, both in Washington,DC, and in state and district offices at the grass roots level. PIIM has also provided background on integrative medicine to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and to the Pennsylvania State Assembly. PIIM has specifically worked on the role of integrative medicine in medical liability insurance reform, in the national patient safety and quality assurance initiative, and on coding for reimbursement of CAM services.

PIIM has published reports on integrative medicine policy in the Jefferson Health Policy Newsletter, Physician Executive, Pharmacy & Therapeutics. PIIM also edits the textbook series Medical Guides to Complementary & Alternative Medicine, with 11 titles in print and the new quarterly review journal, Seminars in Integrative Medicine. PIIM has produced a series of interactive educational CD-ROMS on herbal remedies.

In the current fiscal year, PIIM received a project with the Palmer College Research Consortium in Davenport, Iowa, for a policy-directed study on best practices for the treatment of low back pain the most cause of disability in working Americans. PIIM has provided guidance to a dietary supplementation demonstration project for older Americans, and to a proposed dietary supplement screening program for the Department of Defense. In FY04, PIIM is pursuing the development of electronic educational resources in integrative medicine.