• Fri, August 31, 2018 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Federation of Naturopathic Medicine Regulatory Authorities (FNMRA) supports regulation of naturopathic medicine in North Carolina. Regulation is integral to the promotion of safe naturopathic practice and protection of the public.

    North Carolina has many practitioners of alternative medicine. Some of these practitioners identify themselves as being qualified to provide naturopathic medical care, but they have little formal training and are not qualified to diagnose and treat disease. Regulation of naturopathic medicine ensures that naturopathic doctors are competent by establishing educational and practice standards. Furthermore, a naturopathic medicine regulatory structure will allow enforcement of the state’s rules by monitoring licensee activity and implementing disciplinary actions. 

    Click here to read the entire letter.

  • Tue, June 12, 2018 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    The FNMRA believes that naturopathic medicine should be covered by health insurance in the state of Rhode Island for several reasons:

    ·         denying coverage to patients of naturopathic physicians (NDs) prevents those patients from
            getting the care they need, thus adversely affecting public health and safety;

    ·         providing insurance coverage to NDs allows for greater consumer choice;

    ·         NDs are part of the solution to the shortage of primary care physicians; and

    ·         NDs provide care that results in lower health-care costs and lower prescription drug costs.

    Many states and insurance companies already cover naturopathic medicine. Oregon and Vermont allow Medicaid reimbursement to NDs. New Hampshire and the state of Washington require that all health insurance companies reimburse for naturopathic medicine.

    It is important to note that NDs use many of the same universal billing codes as MDs for routine visits.

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides that insurers include and reimburse licensed health care providers, including naturopathic physicians, in health insurance plans. Specifically, Section 2706 of the ACA, titled “Non-Discrimination in Health Care,” states that insurers “shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider's license or certification under applicable State law.”       

  • Mon, May 14, 2018 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    Naturopathic physicians in Canada are celebrating this week with informational lectures and giveaways. Learn more about naturopathic medicine. See this page for more information about events across Canada.

  • Mon, May 14, 2018 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    The Washington State Department of Health has rolled out an online application for initial naturopathic physician credentials. Check out the features of the online application portal on YouTube. Information about how to access the online application for this profession is located on the Department's website.

  • Tue, April 03, 2018 10:48 AM | Anonymous
    The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. For more information:

    Need to dispose of prescription drugs before the next Take Back Day? To locate a year-round authorized collector in your area:

  • Thu, March 08, 2018 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    Senate Bill 1547 passed over the weekend, despite a lengthy list of opponents. This bill allows NDs to sign off on "return to play" forms to clear an athlete for play after a head injury. The Legislature moved to include NDs, chiropractors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists to this expanded list of medical professionals.

    Please note: Under Senate Bill 1547, NDs and other newly eligible providers will need to undergo a training course put together by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). This will be an online module with Oregon-specific details around concussion management, and it is currently being created.
  • Mon, January 22, 2018 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    A service for consumers from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM). The AANP and the INM would like to acknowledge the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) for its contributions to the content the FAQs.

    The FAQs can be found at

  • Thu, August 17, 2017 3:31 PM | Anonymous

    Naturopathic doctors are trained to focus on prevention and well-being. Individually or as part of primary care teams, they can play a central role in lowering health care costs while improving outcomes. This is according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (, which today released a new FAQ for consumers on ways naturopathic medicine lowers health care costs, in partnership with the Institute for Natural Medicine ( The FAQ describes how licensed naturopathic doctors treat each person holistically, emphasizing self-healing processes, and follow a unique Therapeutic Order to determine how therapies should be applied to provide the greatest benefit with the least potential for harm.

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  • Tue, August 08, 2017 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    On July18, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill officially regulating naturopathic medicine in the state.  This bill was passed unanimously by both the State Senate and State House of Representatives. Rhode Island is now the third state to license naturopathic medicine providers in the past 12 months.  This is a major milestone, as naturopathic medicine is now regulated in every state in New England!

    Citizens of Rhode Island will now have access to the full scope of treatment that can be provided by NDs, with the assurance that these doctors are licensed medical professionals that have attended a four year naturopathic medical school.  This focus on patient safety is a major part of why licensure is so important. Read the full bill, H 5474.

  • Thu, January 12, 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    The culmination of over twenty years of advocacy, on January 11, Governor Baker added Massachusetts to the list of states that acknowledge the value of alternative healthcare from a qualified professional. Massachusetts will become the 22nd U.S. jurisdiction to regulate naturopathic medicine. The new bill S.2335 ensures patients can trust that their wellness professional holds a graduate degree from an accredited naturopathic medical school.

    Amy Rothenberg, N.D., and president of the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors (MSND), says, “This law allows the people of Massachusetts access to well-educated and trained naturopathic doctors and their expertise in both preventative medicine and natural integrative care.”

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