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Inside Health Care #106: Dr. Ben Kligler with Integrative Medicine through a Quality Lens

May 24, 2023 · David J. Smolar

On this episode of Inside Health Care, we talk about acupuncture, yoga and a host of other “alternative” therapies with a health leader in the U.S. government. After that, we explore a newly announced breakthrough in digitalization exploration with NCQA’s Chief Technology Officer.

Dr. Benjamin Kligler

Dr. Benjamin Kligler

Our first guest is one the foremost experts in the U.S. on integrative medicine. He answers some difficult questions. How have some alternative therapies become legitimized? And what are the risks of unregulated therapies?

Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH, is Executive Director of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT) at the Veterans Health Administration. He is a board-certified family physician, working as a clinician, educator, researcher and administrative leader in the field of complementary and integrative medicine.

At NCQA’s 2023 Quality Talks, Dr. Kligler talked about “whole health” and how it relates to his work.

Ed Yurcisin

Ed Yurcisin

In our next interview, NCQA Chief Technology Officer Ed Yurcisin breaks down our newest development in digital health, our newly-announced requirements and open source software for interpreting and executing clinical quality language (CQL) so any organization or software developer can use HEDIS Digital Content Services.

Later in Fast Facts, we observe Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. We also discuss the NCQA has HEDIS measure, Osteoporosis Screening in Older Women, that assesses the percentage of women 65–75 years of age who receive osteoporosis screening.


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