Practice Development

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!

Making the Transition to Concierge Care

By Erik Goldman
Two years ago, Dr. William Lee was like many family physicians, stuck in a treadmill of a group practice that forced him to see 20-30 patients per day just to keep from going under. Then he discovered concierge-based practice. Dr. Lee describes his transition to a model that enabled him to fall in love with medicine again.

Reducing Overhead is Key to Primary Care Survival

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Primary care reimbursement is not likely to rise any time soon. If anything, doctors will continue to face downward economic pressure. If you want to survive, you need to learn how to cut practice overhead without compromising patient care. Dr. Brian Forrest, a major advocate for low-overhead practice, offers tips for cutting practice costs, saving money & improving your bottom line.

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 at Holland & Knight, a DC-based law firm, 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 as essential, it isn’t putting much money on the table for primary care doctors, and it isn’t going to make it any easier for solo & small group practices to survive.

Direct Pay Model Has Direct Benefit on Patient Care

By Susan Fecko | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Practice models in which patients pay directly for physician services without insurance company involvement offer financial advantages to physicians. But do they foster better health care? Yes, says Dr. Brian Forrest, and he’s got numbers to prove it.

For a Healthier Practice, Look Honestly At Your Own Resistance to Change

By Christopher Fuzy, MS, RD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. Summer, 2010

Just as lifestyle change can be hard for patients because it requires them to embrace new ways of doing things, nutrition and lifestyle-based medicine can be challenging for many doctors because it requires new skill sets, new routines, and a willingness to change. But don't let that stop you! The need for lifestyle-based medicine has never been greater and neither have the opportunities who can provide patients with healthy ways to lose weight and improve wellbeing.

 

Guidelines For Direct Marketing & Fee-Setting

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

The American Medical Association has published a number of recommendations and guidance documents for establishment of physician fees charged directly to patients, and for direct-to-consumer advertising. Here are some key excerpts from these recommendations.

 

 

New Tools Give Primary Care An Open Window on Ocular Health

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010

Ocular and retinal health are not usually considered part of primary care, but given the high and rising incidence of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and other serious eye disorders, it’s time primary care doctors started looking their patients directly in the eye. New clinical tools are making that a lot easier.