The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Paying bonuses for the best healthcare

    Minnesota has instituted a pay-for-performance program for all state-paid healthcare plans. The program sets standards for quality of care in diabetes, hospital stays, preventive care, and cardiac care. Bonuses will be paid to healthcare providers who increase quality and performance.

    In a related event, WellPoint (the health benefits company) will work with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons to offer “performance pay” to surgeons when cardiac patients who undergo cardiac surgical procedures, including open heart surgery, experience positive outcomes.

    More information is here, and here.

    Question. Could a similar program be developed for CAM? It might have to if reimbursement by health insurers and public agencies for quality of care is an objective for CAM providers.

    8/2/06 11:55 JR

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