Practice Development

How One Non-Profit is Freeing Millions from Medical Debt

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

Over the last decade, a non-profit organization called RIP Medical Debt has quietly emancipated millions of Americans from the crippling burden of healthcare bills that they simply cannot afford to pay. How? By using funds contributed by donors large and small to buy debts for pennies on the dollar—at the same prices that collections agencies […]

Telemedicine on the Rise in Holistic Healthcare

By Erik Goldman

Telemedicine is now commonplace in holistic medical practices, and practitioners who offer teleconsultations are very satisfied with the experience. That’s one of the main findings from Holistic Primary Care’s 2023 practitioner survey, conducted over the summer in collaboration with Nutrition Business Journal. The 70-question survey covered a broad range of topics—from the impact of the […]

Webinar: Understanding the Impact of California’s AB 2098 on Practitioners and the Natural Product Industry

By Erik Goldman

Last summer, the California legislature passed a new law (AB 2098) deputizing the state’s medical board to take disciplinary action—including revocation of licenses—against MDs and DOs who spread Covid-related “disinformation” or “misinformation.” While clearly intended to target doctors who question or criticize federal and state vaccine policies, AB 2098 is based on a broad definition […]

Eyeing Practice Evolution, Fullscript Acquires Emerson

By Erik Goldman

Fullscript CEO Kyle Braatz is on what he calls a “forever” mission: to establish a comprehensive technological infrastructure for the transformation of integrative and functional medicine into simply “medicine.” With the acquisition of its main competitor, Emerson Ecologics, Fullscript has taken a major step toward fulfillment of that mission. The deal, announced in mid-March, will […]

Single-Payer Healthcare, Just Not THAT Single-Payer

By Grant Jackson, MD, Contributing Writer

Among his many celebrated lines, Scottish economist Adam Smith–the original spokesman for capitalism—wrote in 1776: “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest.”  Ahhh, the free market, in which our rational self-interests will keep all of […]

Caring for Cancer Survivors: An Opportunity For Holistic Practitioners

By Grant Jackson, MD, Contributing Writer

Stacy Ford was in her early forties when her doctor first noticed a lump in her left breast.  She was worried, but thought that at her age it would be unusual to have breast cancer.  But a suspicious mammogram and further testing confirmed a ductal carcinoma. She met with her oncology team (including her oncologist […]

Wellevate Aims to Take The Headaches Out of Lab Testing

By Erik Goldman

Lab work. It is an essential part of any medical practice, especially in functional medicine clinics. It can also be a big hassle factor for practitioners and patients alike. While companies like Quest and Labcorp have done a good job of bundling standard conventional lab tests into single one-stop shops, so to speak, the situation […]

Enhance Your Medical Writing Skills

By Erik Goldman

Let’s face it: there’s a LOT of healthcare content out there, and most of it is badly written. On the one hand, there are academic research articles with their mind-numbing jargon, tedious run-on sentences, and over-reliance on passive voicings. On the other, there’s the deluge of click-bait medical “stories” that dumb down the data to […]

Functional Med Practices Show Resilience Through the COVID Storm

By Erik Goldman

Data from a survey of over 3,500 functional, integrative, and metabolic medicine practitioners suggests that most are navigating the stormy post-COVID waters with considerable resilience. Compared with other physician surveys posted over the course of the last 9 months, the functional and holistic clinicians in this cohort report fewer practice closures and less income loss. […]

Financial Fixes for Physicians

By Grant Jackson, MD, Contributing Writer

We doctors spend years training to take care of patients, but we get little if any financial education.  There is no financial planning or tax strategy rotation in residency. But there should be, because far too many of us discover later on in our careers that not only are we losing sleep over our patients, […]