Practice Development

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.

Heal Thy Practice 2010: How to Go From Bad Dream to Dream Practice

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
Holistic Primary Care's Heal Thy Practice-Transforming Primary Care conference, June 10-13, in Charlotte, NC, is a forum for sharing successful strategies, learning from past mistakes, finding inspiration, and gaining practical skills for creating a financially-viable practice offering patients high-quality, compassionate, comprehensive care.

Guidance on EHR Selection & Implementation

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
TransforMED's "EHR Preparation & Selection Service," a joint venture with Welch Allyn, offers physicians three distinct packages designed to fit any medical practice's needs and budget. EHR Prep-Select is a low-cost, do-it-yourself program organized into 10 comprehensive steps that are easy to manage and execute.

Fed Stimulus Offer Carrots to Doctors Going Digital, but HITECH Wields Sticks

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
The federal stimulus package has put a lot of money on the table to encourage doctors to embrace electronic medical records – as much as $44,000 per practice. But new and more restrictive security regulations could be a major buzz-kill.

Anatomy of an Informed Consent Form

By Alan Dumoff, JD, MSW | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 3. Fall, 2009

In this first of an ongoing series of articles offering medicolegal guidance for holistic/integrative practitioners, legal expert Alan Dumoff provides insight into the value of informed consent, and provides guidelines for drafting effective and protective informed consent forms.

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.

Fee-for-Service, Concierge Practice: The Right Models for Holistic Care?

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Despite the rapid growth of public interest in holistic medicine, and broader acceptance in medical circles, most Americans are hard-pressed to find physicians who provide comprehensive holistic care. Because most holistic services are not covered by insurance, doctors are obliged to develop new practice models outside the insurance framework. Fee-for-service and concierge care hold great appeal, but also present significant challenges.