News, Policy & Economics

New Survey Data Highlight Convergence of Conventional & Holistic Medicine

By August West / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

Data from Holistic Primary Care's first annual survey of primary care physicians reveal that some very positive changes are going on in the trenches of clinical practice these days. A lot more physicians are turning toward holistic approaches, with nutrition taking a much more prominent place in day-to-day practice. It seems that the "integration" we've been hearing so much about is really happening!

IMosaic Conference Will Cultivate Coherence & Collaboration

By Meg Sinclair | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
One of the strengths of the integrative/holistic movement is its diversity. But it is also highly fragmented and relations between various professional organizations can be contentious. The Integrative Medicine Consortium, a loose affiliation of 7 distinct associations, hopes to foster coherence and cooperation with its innovative iMosaic meeting next Spring.

Healthcare Reform Makes Primary Care a Prime Focus...But Don't Expect a Raise

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Mr. Gerry Sikorski and his team of 85 health care attorneys have plumbed the depths of the new health care reform bill. They’re uniquely qualified to advise doctors on what to expect. Their bottom line? While the reform plan considers primary care and preventive medicine essential, it isn’t putting much money on the table for primary care doctors, and it won't make it any easier for solo & small group practices to survive.

Ten Years After: Reflecting on Holistic Primary Care’s First Decade

By Erik L. Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010

Holistic Primary Care was born ten years ago, with a simple mission: to build an information bridge between the medical mainstream and the holistic disciplines and to foster a more health-centric approach to health care. A LOT has happened since that first issue rolled off the presses!


Integrative Medicine Leaders Foresee Increased Regulation of Supplements

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

Grassroots pressure forced Sens. John McCain and Byron Dorgan to withdraw their bill to tighten supplement industry regulation. But leaders in the field say the war has only just begun. Rep. Henry Waxman, an outspoken critic of supplements, has written language in the Wall Street Reform bill that would give the Federal Trade Commission new authority over the industry. Meanwhile Rep. Ron Paul is pushing bills that would curb federal power over health information.



FDA to Docs: See Something? Say Something!

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

A new program from the Food & Drug Administration is calling on physicians to report about misleading messages from pharmaceutical company reps, especially during private "detailing" visits.


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.