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February 10, 2017

Future of healthcare policy uncertain, ambiguous for integrative practitioners

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by Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA), OIM

Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) described the environment on Capitol Hill as healthcare policy wonks gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss the upcoming year’s health agenda at the 2017 AcademyHealth  National Health Policy Conference on January 30-31, 2017.

VUCA represents the prevailing environment in healthcare policy, as described by Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP, president and CEO of AcademyHealth. Throughout the conference, speakers defined the chaos inherent in impending healthcare policy changes as volatile. In any instance where change is introduced, the initial destabilization before reorganization is chaotic. At the cellular level, this de facto change is the fundamental basis of life, metabolism, and growth. At the human organism level, chaos can initiate fear based thinking, anticipato...

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