San Francisco’s Habit Project Analyzes the Effect that the Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling May Have on Alternative Medicine

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San Francisco’s William Song of Habit Project, helping people with habits (e.g., quit smoking, weight loss hypnosis) and chronic health issues, is analyzing the Supreme Court's health care ruling and the effect it will have on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) providers, and health care costs.

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On page 436, section 3502, 6.F., it discusses requirements for health teams. One requirement is that the team needs to provide support for local primary care providers, including coordination of CAM services for those who request such services

William Song of Habit Project, a private practice in San Francisco that offers weight loss hypnotherapy and smoking cessation hypnotherapy, is analyzing a little-known potential effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's health care ruling.

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (11–393). One aspect of the law may produce a fundamental shift in health care by increasing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) spending while decreasing costs, according to William Song.

"On page 436, section 3502, 6.F., it discusses requirements for health teams. One requirement is that the team needs to provide support for local primary care providers, including coordination of CAM services for those who request such services," Song said. "When I read that, I instantly saw potentially large health care savings. In our current system, if a patient wants to see a CAM practitioner, many doctors will tell the patient to find their own CAM practitioner. So many patients don't get a referral.

"But with health care reform, as patients request CAM services, there's now a legal obligation to help such patients find CAM services. And since CAM services are often less expensive, there's the potential for significant health care savings. For example, a study was done on the state of Washington, which mandates insurance coverage for CAM practitioners. The study concluded that for back pain, fibromyalgia and menopause symptoms, those who used CAM had lower insurance costs."

Information about the study, which was published in the April 2010 edition of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine under the title “Comparison of Health Care Expenditures Among Insured Users and Nonusers of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Washington State: A Cost Minimization Analysis,” can be viewed on the National Institutes of Health’s website at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3110809.

For more information about how the Supreme Court's decision could increase CAM spending while decreasing costs, call William Song at 415-421-7200 or visit http://www.habitproject.com.

About Habit Project

William Song is a certified hypnotherapist with a private practice in San Francisco. As a stop smoking and weight loss hypnotherapist, he specializes in helping people with unhealthy habits and those with chronic health issues. He’s also the author of the book, "Healing and Hypnosis."

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