Learn about our graduate programs in Integrative Health Studies.
If you’re interested in gaining a foundational knowledge of the theoretical, philosophical, practical, and research principles and practices of integrative health, MUIH’s online Integrative Health Studies Master’s degree or Post-Baccalaureate certificate may be the right fit for you.
These non-clinical interdisciplinary programs provide you with the opportunity to explore and understand the benefits and application of integrative health principles and practices, especially as related to their use and impact in the broader healthcare spectrum. These programs are a great way for individuals new to health care to get started, and for current healthcare professionals to enhance and complement their career.
Additionally, you will learn about:
- The unique interdisciplinary curriculum
- The benefits and relationship of the 12 credit PBC and 30 credit MA programs
- How the programs can enhance the careers of current health care professionals
- Growing and diverse career opportunities in integrative health
- MUIH’s philosophies on health and healing
- Accomplishments and qualifications of MUIH’s outstanding faculty
- The highly interactive and creative online learning experience at MUIH
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced some historic and exciting news: In CMS’ January 21st decision memo it formally announced it would reimburse acupuncture for chronic low back pain for Medicare recipients. This is a significant milestone on the path to getting acupuncture widely recognized for its ability to help the public with a persistent and difficult chronic condition. The fact that CMS, one of the largest federal agencies, has acknowledged the effectiveness of acupuncture holds promise for patients and acupuncturists.
CMS included licensed acupuncturists as one of the providers under its “auxiliary personnel” clause. This is currently the only way CMS could include acupuncturists as they are not listed as an approved provider of Medicare services in the Social Security Act (SSA). CMS used the avenue available to it at this time to include acupuncturists and acupuncture services in Medicare.
Acupuncturists will be allowed to provide these services under the “appropriate level” of supervision by either a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist. While this is not ideal, it is still a step in the right direction as the supervision is not required to be “direct”, and again this reflects the SSA limitations CMS is working within. As the American Society of Acupuncturists highlighted in their press release regarding CMS’ decision:
“While nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants may not practice acupuncture, their supervisory availability also vastly expands the potential for collaborative agreements. It is implicit in this that these providers are not specifically directing the nature of the acupuncture treatment, but rather are collaboratively assuring patient diagnoses, safety, follow-up, and connection to the established care system.” https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Breaking-News–ASA-and-NCCAOM-Joint-Letter-regarding-CMS-Acupuncture-Determination.html?soid=1129429298898&aid=s70PLhiLpGk
This first step provides the most advantageous way under the current law to provide acupuncture to more Medicare recipients, recognize and include acupuncturists, and further elevate acupuncture as an effective treatment for chronic low back pain which, when not appropriately addressed, can lead to opioid misuse and addiction.
MUIH will continue to lend its support to efforts – big and small – that ensure the public has access to effective health and wellness opportunities and its graduates have a robust and fulfilling professional environment to step into when they graduate.