Complementary Medicine Advisory Committee
Function: Provide expertise and advice to the commissioner of health, in consultation with the commissioner of commerce, on a study based on existing literature, information and data on the scope of complementary medicine offered in this state, and determine if complementary medicine is currently covered by health plan companies and the extent of the coverage. For purposes of this study, the term "complementary medicine" includes, but is not limited to, acupuncture, homeopathy, manual healing, macrobiotics, naturopathy, biofeedback, mind/body control therapies, traditional and ethnomedicine therapies, structural manipulations and energetic therapies, bioelectromagnetic therapies, and herbal medicine.
In 1997, the Minnesota Legislature directed the Department of Health to conduct a study based on existing literature, information, and data on the scope of complementary medicine in Minnesota. This study was to include information on the types of complementary medicine therapies available in the state, information on existing regulation of complementary medicine, utilization, and the extent of health plan coverage of complementary medicine therapies. The study was also to include recommendations on possible regulation of one or more complementary medicine provider groups. The legislature also directed the Commissioner of Health to convene a Complementary Medicine Advisory Committee. The committee includes representation from health care providers, including providers of complementary care, consumers, and health plans. This advisory committee was convened in September 1997 and provided input and advice on the development of this report. (See Appendix B for the membership of the Complementary Medicine Advisory Committee.)
This report provides background information on complementary medicine, describes the therapies involved, and outlines the issues related to coverage, regulation, service delivery and outcomes of care. The report outlines regulatory approaches, and makes recommendations on some general principles of regulation of complementary medicine providers. Because of the short time frame and the complexity of the issues involved there remains a significant amount of work to be done. The following recommendations outline future tasks that should be addressed in further study of complementary and alternative medicine. This Executive Summary outlines the guiding principles discussed by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Advisory Committee and a list of recommendations forwarded by the Commissioner of Health. The report which follows provides more in depth definitions and additional discussion of the issues.
(From: "Complementary Medicine : Final Report to the Legislature" R733.C66 1998 - see link below under Reports)
Commissioner of Health
Up to 20 members, including health care providers, providers of complementary medicine, health plan companies, and consumers.
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