Practice Development

Defining Your Values Is Key to Building a Healthy Practice

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

Now more than ever, the nation needs health care systems that focus on prevention. Equally pressing is the need to restore economic viability to primary care and rebuild physician-patient relationships. The changes will only come when doctors re-define their professional values and restructure their practices accordingly. Dr. Elson Haas, a holistic pioneer with more than 30 years' experience, reflects on the values underlying his thriving practice.

Heal Thy Practice Conference Highlights Economic Solutions for Holistic Healthcare

By Administrator - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Real health care reform is taking place in the clinics of doctors who've reclaimed their noble calling as healers, and who've created new business models for truly health-oriented, prevention-centered care. Holistic Primary Care is pround to announce our first conference, "Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care," an intensive program focused on business development and practice management strategies that can empower physicians desiring to develop a thriving holistic practice.

Phototherapy a Safe, Effective Treatment for Acne, Psoriasis & Other Skin Disorders

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Phototherapy, the application of carefully-controlled pulses of light directly to the skin surface, is a highly effective and safe technique enabling primary care physicians to treat acne, psoriasis and other common, chronic skin disorders.

New Board Offers Nutrition Certification for All Licensed Health Care Professionals

By Arthur A. Fierro, DC | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

In an effort to improve nutrition education for all health care professionals, he American Clinical Board of Nutrition (ACBN) has launched the first federally-recognized nutrition science certification program. Certification is open to licensed health professionals from any and all of the healing disciplines.

To Restore Health to Your Practice, Treat It Like a Patient

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

A medical practice is like an organism; it can be well-functioning, healthy and vibrant, or it can be dysfunctional and diseased. By applying the principles of holistic medicine, and looking closely at how time, money, and energy flows through their offices, doctors can learn how to "diagnose" and ultimately heal their practices.

From "Clinical Facility" to "Garden of Healing": Creating a Healing Environment for Your Patients

By Deb Andelt | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

The specific treatment a doctor gives is only a small part of the total clinical experience. The key to creating an effective healing experience is to create a vision that reaches below the surface of conscious awareness, where 95% of what we take in is processed. To give patients a nurturing, healing experience, we need to create nurturing, compassionate, empowering input that touches people on many different levels.

Institute of Medicine's Summit on Integrative Medicine: Revolution! Reform! Reimbursement?

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Revolution and reform were major themes at the Institute of Medicine's historic Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Public Health. But it's another "R" word reimbursement that will determine what a reformed, integrated system will really deliver. IOM delegates called for a radical shift toward prevention and "wellness" but no one is sure how that transformation will be financed.

Natural Medicine & Healthcare Reform: Taking Our Places, Raising Our Voices

By Michael Traub, ND, FABNO - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

Health policy experts are concerned that health care reform efforts could be stymied by a severe lack of primary care doctors. The problem could be attenuated if those presiding over reform would allow the thousands of licensed or license-eligible naturopaths and other holistic non-MD practitioners help to shape and then participate in a reformed health care system.

Exercise Centers Are a Good "Fit" For Primary Care Clinics

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

A growing number of primary care doctors are discovering that clinic-based exercise centers are a good "fit" for their patients' physical health, and for their own fiscal health. A turnkey model called Integrative Health Network (iH3) is enabling more doctors to bring exercise medicine into their practices and to people who might never set foot in a commercial fitness club.

Heal Thy Practice: Business Strategies That Put the Health Back in Healthcare

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring, 2009

Holistic Primary Care's upcoming "Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care" conference (June 5-7, 2009, Westin La Paloma, Tucson) will create a much-needed forum to empower primary care doctors who want to practice prevention-focused, patient-centered primary care. With the burden of chronic disease higher than ever, costs spiraling out of control, and the health care system on the verge of collapse, the need has never been greater!