Website Policies

Terms of Use: The following statements, and other such disclaimers and policies as may appear at gateways into areas of the site, constitute the Terms of Use. Use of this website constitutes agreement to these Terms of Use. The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time, and you agree to abide by the most recent version of this Terms of Use Agreement each time you view and use the Web site. You are accordingly advised to consult the Terms of Use Agreement each time you view and use the Web site.

AIHM Member Database:

The AIHM does not monitor the practices or history of its practitioner members and cannot provide further information beyond what each practitioner publishes for use on the AIHM profile. Patients are responsible for choosing their own practitioners. Those searching the database should always conduct their own due diligence and evaluation of proper fit prior to engaging any practitioner for services. There is considerable variation among integrative practitioners in the methods used to diagnose and treat patients. AIHM expressly disclaims any warranty or liability with regard to a practitioner’s listing in this database. AIHM’s Practitioner Finder is not a referral service and neither recommends nor endorses any particular practitioner. The Practitioner Search Directory is subject to all of the AIHM’s Terms of Use.

ABIHM Physician Database:

ABIHM Diplomates are tagged accordingly in AIHM provider search tools.

Physician Diplomates of the ABIHM have achieved an established standard for knowledge in integrative holistic medicine through a psychometrically validated examination. The AIHM does not screen physicians beyond the qualifications to sit for its examination, does not verify the information posted by physicians in their profile nor does it monitor the practices or history of its physician Diplomates. AIHM cannot provide further information beyond what each physician publishes for use on the AIHM profile. Patients are responsible for choosing their own physicians. ABIHM makes no representation other than that the physician Diplomate has qualified for and passed the examination. Those searching the database should always conduct their own due diligence and evaluation of proper fit prior to engaging any physician for services. Patients should consider board certification as only one factor in selecting a physician. Board certification alone does not necessarily indicate competence in areas required by a patient or compatibility. There is considerable variation among integrative physicians in the methods used to diagnose and treat patients. ABIHM expressly disclaims any warranty or liability with regard to a Diplomate’s listing in this database.

Educational and General Content:

AIHM does not offer advice regarding the quality or suitability of any particular physician for specific treatments or health conditions, and no information on this site should be construed as health or medical advice. Information provided on the AIHM website is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to substitute for medical advice delivered in person by a licensed professional. AIHM provides users with online medical information that is intended to be for general informational purposes and is in no way intended to create a physician–patient relationship. Standards of care in medicine may be subject to professional differences of opinion, and because AIHM provides training and materials that reflect holistic, integrative, functional, complementary or alternative approaches to care, the materials presented may not be accepted by regulatory agencies, professional associations or other medical institutions. Third-party payors of care, including Medicare or private insurance companies may not reimburse or consider care that is believed to be appropriate care by AIHM.

AIHM Blog:

The views expressed on the AIHM Blog represent the opinion of each author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the AIHM, its members or its Directors. AIHM does not screen postings for clinical accuracy, the digital safety of any links provided, or for the inclusion of copyrighted content, and each author is responsible for the clinical accuracy and legal right to materials they post. Users should conduct their own due diligence in relying upon any blog materials and take adequate precautions for the digital security of any posted links. Blog postings and their use are subject to all of the Terms of Service.

Use of Information:

Neither the AIHM nor its principals, any individual associated with AIHM, or any author of course content, articles, blog posts or other materials are responsible for the misuse of the information provided or of the content of any sites accessed through links on this website. Reliance on any information provided by AIHM, its staff or authors is solely at your own risk. This website and any of the links it contains are solely for educational, informational, and service and product description purposes only. No information posted or provided on this site is intended to provide any medical or other healthcare service. None of this information is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Visitors with medical conditions should receive medical care provided directly by a professional chosen after careful due diligence. You should not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information through this website. Always seek the face-to-face advice of a physician or other qualified health professional before making any change in treatment or discontinuing any medications.

No Warranties:

While AIHM has made and will continue to make efforts to include accurate and current information on this website that it posts directly, this site and all of the content contained on, downloaded, purchased from and accessed from this website and its entire domain are provided AS IS for informational purposes only without any warranties of any kind whatsoever and is not intended to provide any medical, financial or legal advice or diagnosis. AIHM makes no representations or warranties of any kind with respect to this site or its contents. AHIM is not responsible for the contents, or digital safety or security of any links posted in its Blog. AIHM to the fullest extent permitted by law disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, statutory or otherwise, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, non-infringement of third parties’ rights, and fitness for a particular purpose. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, nor do we make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of our services or for advice given by suggested peer mentors. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained from you or from us shall create any warranty not expressly made herein.

Limitation of Liability:

Neither AIHM nor any individual or practitioner associated with AIHM is liable for any damages resulting from the use of the information on this site. We are not responsible for the quality of medical care or for any financial or billing disputes that may arise with any practitioner you choose to engage for services, even if you relied upon the information about that practitioner found on this site. As a visitor to this Internet web site, you acknowledge and agree that any reliance on or use by you of any information available on this website or provided by suggested peer mentors or ABIHM Diplomates shall be entirely at your own risk. In no event shall the owner or operator be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential or exemplary damages arising from the use or the performance of this website, even if the owner or operator has been advised of the possibility of such damages. While every attempt has been made to verify the information on this website, neither the owners, distributors, agents, publishers nor their affiliates assume any responsibility or liability for any error, inaccuracies, omissions in the same, or related to results from use of these materials. No party is liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, this website.

To the extent permitted under applicable law, in no event will AIHM or its officers, employees, directors, affiliates, partners, agents, advisors or licensors be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to damages for loss of revenues, profits, use, data or other intangible losses (even if such parties were advised of, knew of or should have known of the possibility of such damages, and notwithstanding the failure of essential purpose of any limited remedy), arising out of or related to your use of the site or AIHM content, regardless of whether such damages are based on contract, tort, warranty, statute or otherwise. If you are dissatisfied with any portion of the site, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue use of the site. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations and disclaimers may not apply to you. To the extent that we may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any implied warranty or limit its liabilities, the scope and duration of such warranty and the extent of our liability shall be the minimum permitted under such applicable law.

Copyright Notice:

The materials provided on this website are copyrighted and the intellectual property of AIHM. They are provided to you solely for your own personal, non-commercial use and not for purposes of resale, distribution, public display or performance, or any other uses by you in any form or manner whatsoever. The owner and operator of this Internet web site reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, disable access to, or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, all or any part of this Internet web site or any information contained thereon without liability or notice to you.

Licensed Content:

Certain content may be licensed from third-parties. The licenses for some of this content may contain additional terms. When such content licenses contain additional terms, we will make these terms available to you on those pages, in the Terms of Use or in the Additional Information section of our website (which is incorporated herein by reference).

Use of Materials:

You agree to use the materials on this site in good faith, not to interfere with the clinical practice rights or business activities or AIHM or of any physician located through the use of this tool. You also agree not to engage in any activity that would constitute unfair competition or trademark infringement in connection with the AIHM site.

Privacy Policy:

Under its current policy, the AIHM does not sell the contact information of its members, ABIHM Diplomates or e-learners. At the discretion of the AIHM Executive Directors and Board of Directors, the AIHM mailing list will sometimes be provided free of charge to educators or researchers offering opportunities that are perceived to be of broad interest to our constituents. In such cases, recipients of our members’ and Diplomates’ contact information are allowed a one-time mailing only. This policy is subject to change, and AIHM reserves the right to provide, and in some cases, sell its mailing list to commercial interests that the AIHM Board determines offer opportunities of broad interest to our constituents. You may inform us in writing that you do not wish your information to be shared with commercial interests and AIHM will take reasonable steps to opt you out of any such future releases.

Confidentiality on the Internet:

Use of the Internet is solely at your own risk and is subject to all applicable local, state, federal, and international laws and regulations. While we have endeavored to create a secure and reliable site, please be advised that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to us over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. Consequently, we are not responsible for the security of any information transmitted via the Internet. Should you elect to send or receive e-mail communications of any kind to or from AIHM or a physician listed on the site, you represent and warrant to AIHM that your e-mail service has appropriate and adequate security systems necessary to prevent unauthorized access to outbound or inbound e-mail transmissions or that you accept the risks of that such information may be intercepted by third-parties. You further agree that the content of any e-mail or other electronic communication you receive from AIHM is subject to the provisions of this User Agreement.

Submissions—Rules and Permission to Use:

Only registered users of this site, including practitioner members, may submit posts to the AIHM blog, and only Active Practitioner Members and ABIHM Diplomates in good standing may list their information as part of the AIHM search directory.

For more information on how to submit a blog post, click here.

You represent and warrant to AIHM that:

  • Any statements or submissions submitted by you will not contain any material that is false, factually inaccurate or misleading; defamatory, libelous, deceptive or fraudulent; violate any U.S. or foreign law or regulation, including without limitation any law or regulation governing advertising or testimonials; contain offers that violate kickback, fee-splitting, or other legal or ethical financial rules; that violates laws regulating the sale of drugs, medical devices, dietary supplements, or other health care law or rule; that is obscene or derogatory or that discriminates against, ridicules, harasses or disparages an individual or group for any reason or on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or any other status that AIHM deems inappropriate;
  • You own, or are otherwise lawfully authorized to use, all submissions and portions thereof that you transmit to or through this site and that no material infringes upon or violates any person’s copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right;
  • No material violates any person’s privacy rights, including but not limited to those rights protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), applicable state law, and any federal or state regulation implementing such laws;
  • You will not post in any blog or with any other submission a link to a website that includes malicious computer code or that contains material that would be a violation of these Terms of Service.

While submissions may discuss clinical centers, physician practices, or drugs, devices or other products, such references must include full disclosure of any financial interest on the part of submitter, and blatantly commercial activity is prohibited.

AIHM reserves the right to deem, in its sole discretion, material that is objectionable or inappropriate for the site on a scientific, clinical, or policy basis or because it may violate any U.S. or foreign law or regulation, including without limitation any law related to advertising or testimonials, any law concerning defamation, libel and privacy, and any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property law, or that may cause injury to any person or entity and other basis and to refuse to post or remove such material.

Registered users may from time-to-time receive survey questions from AIHM. Information given in connection with registration shall be treated as set forth in the Privacy Provisions of the Terms of Service. Responses to surveys or suggestions, feedback, ideas, concepts, comments, illustrations and other materials that you disclose or offer to us on or in connection with this site are submitted by you without any restrictions or expectation of confidentiality. Unless a response to a “confidential survey,” for which only aggregate or de-identified data would be used, you hereby assign to us without additional consideration or further obligation, all rights now known or hereafter existing to use, allow others to use, or assign AIHM and its affiliates the right to use such submissions. You further agree that your submissions may be used without restriction for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you, including the right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, transmit, publicly perform or display, translate, create derivative works from, or otherwise communicate to the public the submissions on this site or elsewhere by us, our assigns or others we have allowed to use your submissions. You will not assert any proprietary right or moral right of any kind with respect to any Submissions.

Refund Policy:

No refunds are available for material delivered electronically.

ABIHM Diplomate Recertification:

ABIHM Diplomate recertification is now carried out under the AIHM. Recertification fees are not refundable; if recertification is not fully accomplished by the final deadline, certification status will expire and no refund will be provided.

Remedies:

If you are dissatisfied with any of the educational content or materials on our site, or any services or information available through the site or suggested peer mentors, your sole and exclusive remedy, where otherwise consistent with AIHM policies, is a refund of the fees charged for any of the materials and to discontinue accessing and using our site. This limitation applies even if your remedies under this agreement fail of their essential purpose.

Governing Law and Selection of Venue:

Regardless of the jurisdiction in which you work or reside, this User Agreement is made in the State of Minnesota and will be construed and enforced in accordance with Minnesota law (without regard to its provisions governing conflicts of law), as applied to agreements entered into and completely performed in Minnesota, and except and to the extent that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule applies to any health-related information you provide to AIHM (in which case such HIPAA Privacy Rule governs), the privacy laws of the State of Minnesota will govern. If you have any questions about this User Agreement, the Site or the Site Materials, or if you need to notify us, then contact us at info@aihm.org or at the following address: 5313 Colorado St., Duluth, MN, 55804.