News, Policy & Economics

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.

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:

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.