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Naturopathic Medicine, Prescribing Rights & The Hard Road to a Better Health Care System

By Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
Last year, Hawaii naturopaths won a major victory when the state legislature expanded their independent prescribing authority. No sooner had the ink dried then the Hawaii Medical Assocation, with blessings from the AMA, sought to repeal the new law. The opposition is troubling given the dire shortage of primary care MDs in Hawaii and many other states.

Primary Care Gains, While Specialists Feel Recession’s Bite

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

While it’s hardly a boom time, primary care groups showed slight to significant gains in total revenue during the first year of the recession, while most specialist groups showed losses.

New Survey Shows Physicians Groups Prefer Medicare to Privates

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

Doctors may not exactly love Medicare, but a new survey shows they prefer it to the big private insurance plans when it comes to matters like payer communications, contract negotiation, payment processing, and overall satisfaction.

Heal Thy Practice 2010: Platforms for Preventive Health Care

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

For too many physicians, primary care practice feels like a shoe that just doesn’t fit. Like bewitched sisters in the children’s story, Cinderella, they’re cutting off parts of their feet in order to fit the shoes they believe they must wear.

Corporate Wellness Programs Help Employees But Leave Doctors in the Dark

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 4. Winter, 2009

The nation’s big corporations are going to great lengths to get employees to exercise, lose weight, eat better and quit smoking. But all-too-often these corporate wellness programs don’t engage employees' physicians.

HPC Readers Boost TACT Trial Enrollment

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

Readers of Holistic Primary Care are giving a big boost to the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), a landmark placebo-controlled study funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine whether chelation therapy can prevent heart attacks.

What is a “Patient-Centered Medical Home”?

By Staff Writer

The Joint Principles established by the AAFP, AAP, AOA and ACP, which form the basis of the medical home certification process, define a PCMH as a practice that meets the following core criteria:

Holistic Medicine: A New Medical Specialty? New Certification Exam Signifies Maturing Field

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

n December 2000, the American Board of Holistic Medicine began offering a certification course and exam for physicians wishing to practice as certified Holistic Doctors. The Board exam and the standardized curriculum on which it is based, is setting the stage for evolution of a full-fledged holistic medical subspecialty.

New Coalition Channels People-Power for Integrative Medicine

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

Dr. Andrew Weil's National Integrative Medicine Council, a non-profit advocacy group, is hoping to channel grass roots "people power" into meaningful national policy that promotes holistic medicine and preventive health care.

Minnesota Sets the Standard for Health Freedom

By Gloria St. John | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

Minnesota may have a reputation as a politically conservative, middle of the road state. But when it comes to public policy on holistic medicine, it is among the most progressive states in the Union. In 2000, Minnesota legislators passed the Complementary and Alternative Health Care Freedom of Access Act, which allows natural medicine practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds, even those without prior licensure, to practice freely.

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