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.

Rules Worth Following, for Everyone’s Sake

By Jane E. Brody | From

In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” by Michael Pollan.

Mr. Pollan is not a biochemist or a nutritionist but rather a professor of science journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. You may recognize his name as the author of two highly praised books on food and nutrition, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” [...Read full article]


Medical Economics Cover Story Features Heal Thy Practice Conference Chairman

By Erik Goldman

January 25, 2010—Dr. Brian Forrest, program chairman for Holistic Primary Care’s upcoming Heal Thy Practice conference, is featured on the cover of  the Jan. 22 edition of Medical Economics, the nation’s leading publication on the business aspects of medical practice.

The article, part of MedEc’s “Practicing Excellence” series, profiles Dr. Forrest’s innovative, low-overhead, cash-only practice, where he provides 50-minute office visits at fees even families with modest means can afford.

The key? Eliminate the insurance overhead!

“What’s gone wrong in medicine is we’ve assumed the burdens of overhead that the insurance companies should have. It’s bureaucracy and administrative costs that they caused, yet it’s on our payroll,” he tells MedEc reporter, Morgan Lewis, Jr.

James Sweeney, editor in chief of MedEc, read by nearly 200,000 doctors, notes that Dr. Forrest is living every primary care physician’s dream: regular hours, satisfied patients, minimal paperwork, no third party headaches, freedom to focus on patients’ real needs, and time for life outside the office.

Dr. Forrest was the undisputed hit of HPC’s 2009 Heal Thy Practice conference in Tucson. We are honored that he agreed to head our 2010 conference, and we are delighted that Medical Economics has recognized his efforts to improve patient care in his community. Congratulations, Brian! [...Read full article]





Putting docs in Duane Reade pays off

By Gale Scott | From

Putting its doctors to work next to the shampoo and toothpaste aisles in a chain of New York City drugstores is paying off for a big Manhattan hospital system. Continuum Health Partners' two-year-old arrangement to place its physicians in walk-in medical clinics at Duane Reade pharmacies has done even better than the health system hoped.

In a trend that continues to grow nationally, New York City's Duane Reade drugstores have set up medical clinics where people can seek care without an appointment. Nationally, most of these retail facilities have no hospital affiliation. In New York, however, Duane Reade has enlisted Continuum—the parent company for Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, both in Manhattan—as its affiliate. The hospital system has worked out an arrangement to see that patients are offered follow-up at its own facilities. [...Read more on Crain's Site ]







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