News, Policy & Economics

New FDA Data Underscore Supplement Safety & Fast Action When Problems Arise

By Meg Sinclair | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

The first wave of data from FDA's new Adverse Events Reporting System for dietary supplements shows two important things: The system works, enabling the FDA to act quickly when there's evidence of life-threatening side effects; and serious adverse events are rare given how widely supplements are used.

 

 

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.

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.