News, Policy & Economics

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:

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.

Fake Supplement Sites Are Part of FTC's Regulatory Redress

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates dietary supplement claims, has established a number of phony supplement websites featuring appealing but implausible health claims, in an effort to raise consumer awareness about the dangers of false claims, and push the industry to clean up its marketing act.

Decoding DSHEA: FDA Study Shows Current Labels Confuse Supplement Consumers

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

Supplement marketing language, as regulated by the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, is supposed to help consumers and make them aware that the FDA has not validated supplement claims. Consumer surveys show, however, that DSHEA-speak ends up confusing consumers more times than not.

New Vitamin A RDA: Real Darned Ambiguous

By Joyce Frieden | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Despite the fact that carotenoids in fruits and vegetables are not converted to vitamin A in nearly the amounts previously thought, a panel convened by the Institute of Medicine recently lowered the recommended daily allowance for this key vitamin and held back on recommending vitamin A supplementation.

Next Stop: Your Office Supplement Science Hits the Road

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Pulling a page from the pharmaceutical company marketing playbook, some supplement manufacturers are sending sales reps out to meet physicians in their offices. But this new breed of holistically minded "detail" man is meeting with mixed response from the medical community.

Washington State's "Every Category" Law Still Controversial, Five Years Later

By Joyce Frieden | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

In 1996, Washington became the first state to mandate that health care insurers cover services provided by naturopaths and other alternative health care professionals. The so-called "Every Category of Provider," mandate was controversial when passed, and five years later, the arguments for and against the law continue.

White House Commission Urged to Respect Freedom of Choice

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

Under a federal mandate, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy was charged with the task of setting a national agenda for holistic health care. In a series of public meetings, Commission members had the opportunity to gather input from the general public. Freedom of choice in health care was the core theme emerging from the New York City meeting.