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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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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