Monday, March 21, 2022

Making the Connection between Recognizing Women-led Organizations and the HHP's Community Resource Work

 March 21st, 2022: March is Women’s History Month—sharing how the HHP’s work is connected to this national observation


I write the following, encouraged by a colleague to share my nonprofit community resource work that I created and continue to direct, as a volunteer, in honor of the focus on women-created or directed resources this month.

I created The Hospital Practice Handbook (HHP) for Acupuncturists and Their Hospital Sponsors 5+ years ago to fill the need for a community resource for hospital & healthcare system-based acupuncturists & their program managers.

The HHP is a community-centered professional networking resource that endeavors to help services from these professionals be more available to patients in federal and civilian systems. 

Inpatient acupuncture services are a non-drug way to improve sleep, decrease pain & anxiety, alleviate some side effects of conventional treatment, and reduce the complexity of med profiles. This is especially prominent at Children's hospitals. Research has shown that patient use of inpatient acupuncture services decreases the overall patient length of stay and decreases frequent readmission rates. (So it saves the healthcare system money while improving patient outcomes when you take a long-term view.)

Outpatient & ambulatory acupuncture services are a great addition to many healthcare teams, including behavioral health, functional rehabilitation, oncology, pediatrics, primary care, and even (wonderfully) mother-baby in perinatal and postpartum care.

At the HHP, we are a professional development community that shares & discusses best practices in program standards and employment practices. Both are key aspects to helping maintain, grow, and even initiate programs in these healthcare settings.

Source: This 3/21/2022 HHP newsletter.

You can support this work today with a tax-deductible donation here.

Learn more about how to support this nonprofit work at our website.

If you are curious to learn more about our work, besides looking around our website, I recommend perusing our past newsletters here

The Hospital Handbook Project for Acupuncturists and Their Hospital Sponsors is a program of Free Range Health®, a 501(c)(3) public charity. All or part of your donation may be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. Please consult with your tax advisor. Federal Tax ID # 45-4395933.
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Help us keep The Hospital Handbook Project going for 2022!
Please help us raise funds by donating today, whether it is $5 or $25 or $100 or more.
Thank you. 😊

Interested in the "cost savings" research mentioned in the quote above?
Citations of "cost savings" research and feasibility studies are included in our published document available through the HHP website here.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Self-care and Breathing Practice Resources for Fellow Clinicians

 keywords: self-care, mindful leadership, breathing practice
photo credit Megan


Peace & time to breathe/pause to all of my essential worker colleagues and those who are also making space for positive change in their workplace or community. 🦋

"To mindfully pause is to interrupt your automatic reactions to life’s events and the stories that flow from those reactions. Pausing allows your mind to take a break, so you can be with life as it is vs. how you’d like life to be. Pausing is also part of a larger cycle of work and renewal, a rhythmic flow of life. Pausing’s not merely a good idea. It’s a required nutrient like air or water." 
Source: article from Mindful Leader 


Breathing Practice Resources

If you need a quick breathing break, there is a short breathing practice and 30-60 second videos on our YouTube playlist, like this one:

Autumn at Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park 

Or, Quiet evening on the Sound 

See more videos with a short guide to a basic breathing practice at The HHP's Breathing Practice playlist. Videos by Megan Kingsley Gale.

If you found this content useful or insightful, please support this community work. You can support with cups of virtual coffee, sponsor a newsletter, or sponsor a project via the website.

Monday, October 26, 2020

QA/QI Resource: New IHI Report, "Safer Together: A National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety"

keywords: quality assurance (QA) standards, quality improvement (QI), program leads and program managers, leadership and workplace, metrics

topics: QA/QI and workplace safety and patient safety, the latest standards on patient and workplace safety from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Why is this important or what is the practical application of this?

  • This is a useful resource for those of you who are updating your quality improvement (QI) processes or serve on quality assurance committees
  • This is useful for those of you who work as program leads or program managers
  • This sets a standard for patient safety and workplace safety in the healthcare setting


What is this, specifically? What is the reference or resource?

This is an announcement about a new Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) report, Safer Together: A National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety

This report, “provides clear direction that health care leaders, delivery organizations, and associations can use to make significant advances toward safer care and reduced harm across the continuum of care.”

“The report harnesses the knowledge and insights of the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety (NSC) members, including influential federal agencies, leading health care organizations, patient and family advisors, and respected industry experts, into a set of actionable and effective recommendations to advance patient safety.”

“The National Action Plan centers on four foundational and interdependent areas, prioritized as essential to create total systems safety. The recommendations in these four areas build on the substantial body of experience, evidence, and lessons learned that the NSC has gathered and will test and implement together to allow for future refinements as our understanding, experience, and evidence evolve over time.”

The National Action Plan has a list of 17 recommendations “to advance patient safety”. These recommendations fall into the following sub-categories:

  1. Culture, leadership, and governance
  2. Patient and family engagement
  3. Workforce safety
  4. Learning system

Read this report and its supporting materials on this IHI webpage.


Related HHP Resources

  • For more about our HHP recommended resources on leadership, quality assurance issues specific to hospital-based practice, and program lead/program manager resources, send me a message via the website (for specific recommendations). 
  • Or you may browse this blog with the search terms "workplace", "leadership", "quality assurance", and/or "program lead". 


If you found this content useful or insightful, please support this community work. You can support with cups of virtual coffee, sponsor a newsletter, or sponsor a project via the website.


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Leadership: Recommended Reading and Resources

keywords: leadership in integrative health, program leads, program managers, inspiration for the workplace

Leadership Resources at the Hospital Handbook Project

Recommended Reading and More

HHP Leaders Group & Resource

  • I have been developing a Leaders Group & Resource for program leads and managers over the past couple of years for the Hospital Handbook Project. If you are interested in this, you can contact me via the website with a note about your interest, including why you are interested.

The "Issues in Hospital-based Practice Webinar Series"

  • This didn't get off the ground again in 2020. So, right now, the plan is to roll the 2020 sessions into the 2021 series. You can sign up now to access the 2020 resources and support the ability to have sessions in 2021. 

The "Basics of Being an Employee in a Healthcare System: Focus on Performance Management"

  • A wisdom-share series with colleague Sandro Abanto, MBA, in a video interview format. Read more about it in this article.

Lunchtime Listen Recommendations

HHP Leadership & Workplace Video Series

video series on the public Facebook page

Recommended Reading: Blog articles and more

The Hospital Handbook Project Learning Opportunities Directory

If you found this content useful or insightful, please support this community work. You can support with cups of virtual coffee, sponsor a newsletter, or sponsor a project via the website.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Federal Practice: Indian Health Service Program includes Licensed Acupuncturists

 keywords: federal practice acupuncturists, prospective practitioners, new hospital employee, position description, program funding, federal student loan forgiveness programs

The Indian Health Service (IHS) now includes licensed acupuncturists in their "eligible providers" category for their student loan forgiveness federal service employment program.


"25 U.S.C. 1616a, authorizes the IHS to determine specific health professions for which IHS LRP contracts will be awarded....The list of priority health professions that follows is based upon the needs of the IHS as well as upon the needs of the American Indians and Alaska Natives

(a) Medicine--Allopathic and Osteopathic doctorate degrees 

(b) Nursing--Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) (Clinical nurses only).

(c) Nursing--Bachelor of Science (BSN) (Clinical nurses only).

(d) Nursing (NP, DNP)--Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse in Family Practice, Psychiatry, Geriatric, Women's Health, Pediatric Nursing.

(e) Nursing--Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM).

(f) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

(g) Physician Assistant (Certified).

(h) Dentistry--DDS or DMD degrees.

(i) Dental Hygiene.

(j) Social Work--Independent Licensed Master's degree.

(k) Counseling--Master's degree.

(l) Clinical Psychology--Ph.D. or PsyD.

(m) Counseling Psychology--Ph.D.

(n) Optometry--OD.

(o) Pharmacy--PharmD.

(p) Podiatry--DPM.

(q) Physical/Occupation/Speech Language Therapy or Audiology--MS, Doctoral.

(r) Registered Dietician--BS.

(s) Clinical Laboratory Science--BS

(t) Diagnostic Radiology Technology, Ultrasonography, and Respiratory Therapy: Associate and B.S.

(u) Environmental Health (Sanitarian): BS and Master's level.

(v) Engineering (Environmental): BS and MS (Engineers must provide environmental engineering services to be eligible.).

(w) Chiropractor: Licensed.

(x) Acupuncturist: Licensed.

Learn more about this program and how to apply here:

Their October 15th, 2020, funding announcement:

source: October 15th, 2020 announcement

If you currently work in the IHS as a licensed acupuncturist and haven't connected to The Hospital Handbook Project community yet, start here by submitting your request or questions to us via the contact page on our website. Thank you.

If you are a student or prospective practitioner and are interested in starting practice in a large health care system, whether federal or civilian, a good starting place is our Getting Your Foot in the Door: First Steps e-book and workbook resource.

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Telehealth Roundtable for Hospital-based Programs Event Recording with Time Stamp Notations

keywords: telehealth, hospital-based acupuncture programs, remote work options for clinicians, policy and procedures, hospital-based acupuncture & telehealth programs, telehealth & Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM), VA acupuncture telehealth program, inpatient telehealth acupuncture, new program creation, wisdom-sharing, billing & reimbursement, coding for hospital-based acupuncture work, hospital-based acupuncture program manager, hospital-based acupuncturist, hospital-based integrative health programs, telehealth programs and policy for hospital-based integrative health providers, pandemic prep & response for integrative health care providers

Event recording link

Timestamps and Notes--a pdf of this document is available in the event's online resource module here:

Recording made public July 11th, 2020, and is available here:

For all the event resources, go to the event’s online resource module:

Time Stamps and Notes from the 6.20.2020 Telehealth Roundtable Event

Revised with the edited event recording
You can help offset the outgoing costs of this resource (video editing, transcript creation, etc.) in these ways:
·        Buy access to the event's online resource module:
·        Encourage your organization to sponsor this resource (if this work aligns with their work)
·        Support via the virtual coffee option
·        Buy access to another resource via our website
o   Support a community discussion
o   Paths to Practice: Interview with Dr. Annie Budhathoki (Huntsman Cancer Institute, outpatient and inpatient integrative acupuncture and oncology in hospital-based practice)

Thank you.

Time Stamps and Short Notes for the Recording

Introduction (Megan)

0:00 start

Minute 2:10 review of agenda

Minute 3 – 5 Where to find extra content for this event

Minute 4:50 – 8:20
Review of what the Hospital Practice Handbook Project is

Minute 08:30
Why Telehealth?

Minute 09:30 – 1140
Why this Event?
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Minute 11:20
Defining Telehealth

Minute 12:20 – 14:30
Introduction of Panelists

Paul Magee’s presentation

Start at Minute 14:30

Minute 17:20 – 17:50
Paul mentions the metrics his program is tracking

Minute 22:30 – 23:20
I mention Paul’s other video recorded in May 2020 on the “The Allina Inpatient Telehealth pivot”.

End 24:35

John Burns’ presentation

Starts at 24:45
14 LAcs in the integrative medicine department

Minute 30
Telehealth for oncology patients receiving treatment at the infusion center(s)

Minute 31 -32
John discusses how the acupuncture team collaborated on the development of a training/competency program to deliver “TCM Acupuncturist Directed Therapeutic Strategies”.

Minute 32 -33
Setting up reimbursement for telehealth services by LAcs.
Coding, billing, reimbursement agreement with third party payors (3PP)
Getting LAcs the access to tech for virtual visits and the system’s EHR compatibility

End minute 34:00


Juli Olson’s presentation

Starts at minute 34:15
Currently, there are 71 LAcs in the VHA. Most hired within the last 2 years.

Minute 43:45 – 44:15
Slide example of acupressure visual handouts

Minute 44:20
Slide with lots of links to share with practitioners

End minute 44:50

Galina Roofener’s presentation

Starts at minute 45:00

Minute 51:43
Basic review of SOAP documentation in telehealth TCM visit

Minute 52:15 – 53:45
Obtaining and recording objective measures for a telehealth visit
Tongue photo
Pulse rate and echocardiogram (EKG)

Minute 54:00 – 56:30
CHM and telehealth at a medical center

End at minute 57:35

Mori West’s presentation

Starts at minute 57:40

minute 60
Telehealth virtual codes 99421 – 423 are time-based codes
Phone codes 99441-443 are time-based codes
Time is cumulative in a 7-day period

64:30 – 66 min
E/M codes for telehealth 99201, 99212, etc.

66-67 minutes

End at 70 minutes

Nancy Gahles’s presentation

Starts at 70 minutes

minute 73
Public health initiatives and telehealth
Telehealth, a tool for public health

Minute 75
Over the counter (OTC)

77 minutes
Grants are available for implementing telehealth

78 minutes
Language in federal law—IHPC is working on this

79 – 81 minutes
ICE/NCCA accreditation of national certification. Why/reasons for this standard from a federal perspective
Example: NCCAOM is an LAc’s national certification exam. NCCAOM has the NCCA/ICE accreditation

81 minutes
CMS info and May 1st date

84 minutes
FQHCs mentioned
The IHPC caucus…

End at 84 minutes, 30 seconds

Panel Discussion

Starts at 84 minutes, 40 seconds

Questions for Nancy Gahles
Socratic discussion amongst panelists
Interim rules, working with the national association (ASA)
The Act of Congress
Bundled payment for opioid treatment plans
ASA Town Halls—6/24/2020 session on Medicare Megan mentioned.

minute 90—Question on % workload in telehealth
Paul, John, Juli, Galina

Minute 94 (aka 1 hour, 34 minutes)
—Question on
1.       Sustainability of the telehealth program…
a.       What is the patient buy-in of your telehealth program?
b.       How do you know it is sustainable?
c.       What metrics are you tracking?
Paul, John, Juli, Galina

Minute 103 (aka 1 hour, 43 minutes)
Telemetry, Telehealth, & LAcs
Galina is uploading EKG (echocardiogram)
               Visual of heart rate, pulse quality
               one lead EKG…Apple watch, Cardio Life electrodes
Juli, John, Paul
               LAcs can see the data uploaded in the EHR by in-person tech or at-home blood pressure cuff and readings.

Minute 107
Coding and Billing Questions from other Panelists for Mori
John, Juli, Galina

Minute 114 (aka 1 hour, 54 minutes)
Issues and Solutions, more
1.       What was your biggest issue?
a.       Did you overcome it?
b.       If yes, how?
c.       Any other outstanding issues?
2.       Last note/lesson you want to end on.

Paul, John, Juli, Galina, Mori.

Ended at 128 minutes, 49 seconds (aka 2 hours, 8 minutes, 49 seconds)

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You can support this not-for-profit work virtually at our website with a virtual cup of coffee/tea ☕. Thank you.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Pre-Event resource: Why Telehealth? What Could a Patient-Centered, Integrative Health Telehealth Program Look Like? (Video + summary notes)

keywords and phrases: telehealth, patient-centered care, hospital-based integrative health programs, hospital-based acupuncture programs, teaching self-care, delivering patient care virtually to support patient-led health goals, virtual one-on-one patient care, virtual group patient care classes, supporting patient lifestyle change for better health through the medium of telehealth, benefits of telehealth for providers and for patients in general and during a respiratory virus-based pandemic, upcoming online telehealth roundtable event on hospital-based acupuncture programs

The Hospital Practice Handbook Project's Telehealth Roundtable Pre-Event, Part 1: Why Telehealth? and What Could a Patient-Centered, Integrative Health Telehealth Program Look Like?

Reserve your Event Ticket

Telehealth & Acupuncturists in Hospital-based Practice
Preparing for the HHP-hosted Telehealth Roundtable Event
Part 1: What & Why
video recorded and published June 8th, 2020
presenter: Megan Kingsley Gale, MSAOM, founder of the Hospital Practice Handbook Project

Topics covered in this video
  • Why is telehealth important as part of phased re-opening?
  • What is the potential for telehealth in the integrative health paradigm of patient-centered care?
  • Short examples to explain this idea
  • How to buy a ticket and access the event scheduled for June 20th, 2020
  • The pdf of this presentation will be available in the "recordings access" portion of the Roundtable ticket (Ticket Plus or Recordings Only ticket options).
Learn more about the Hospital Practice Handbook Project's Vision and Mission here.

video link:

Summary notes with time stamps

minutes 0 - 2

minute 2:13 - 6
  • Why Telehealth?
    • generally
    • during the pandemic
    • benefits for provider personnel
    • benefits for patient

minute 6
  • Why a telehealth online event?
    • Meet the community request to publicly present examples of telehealth programs in hospital-based acupuncture practice
minute 8
  • Defining "Telehealth"
  • with a citation from a peer-reviewed paper published in May 2020 by a Duke University team
    • Jedrek Wosik, Marat Fudim, Blake Cameron, Ziad F Gellad, Alex Cho, Donna Phinney, Simon Curtis, Matthew Roman, Eric G Poon, Jeffrey Ferranti, Jason N Katz, James Tcheng, Telehealth transformation: COVID-19 and the rise of virtual care, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 
minute 9

  • Telehealth vs. Direct Patient Care
    • False comparison
  • Clinical vs. No Clinical care is the true comparison
  • Leveraging technology
  • example: the active duty military family communication

minute 11 - 18
The Telehealth Model for Integrative Health
Go to video
  • Telehealth potential for integrative health practitioners
  • One-on-one telehealth options
    • individualized sessions
    • with self-care: acupressure, tuna, movement (tai chi, qi gong), etc
    • prescribe TCM dietary therapy.  examples are given
    • prescribe CHM
  • Group telehealth
    • webinars/group classes
    • examples
Go to presentation video
minute 14:50 - 17:50

  • Set patient-centered goals
  • Create a treatment plan with steps to help the patient meet their defined health goals
  • Use metrics--this is a basic aspect of professional practice
  • Examples

minute 18

  • Questions for the Telehealth Panel?
minute 18:21

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