Practice Development

What to Do – And What Not to Do – If Your State Medical Board Comes A’Calling

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 9, No. 3. , 2008

Disciplinary action from a state medical board is among every physician’s worst nightmares, and in some states, doctors who practice holistic medicine are especially vulnerable. But if you know your state laws, practice scrupulously, obtain informed consent from patients, and you’ve got competent legal backup, you have little to worry about, according to Alan Dumoff, JD, an attorney who specializes in representing integrative physicians.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Exercise Centers Are a Good “Fit” For Primary Care Clinics

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

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Fairway Introduces Holistic Malpractice Insurance

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

A forward-thinking California insurance company has introduced a new malpractice coverage policy specifically tailored to protect holistic/integrative doctors. Developed in collaboration with the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) and other physician groups, and based on an arbitration model, the policy will save doctors money while covering many holistic services excluded by conventional malpractice insurers.

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Home Sleep Monitoring Opens Gateway for Better Apnea Control

By Lee A. Surkin MD, FACC, FCCP | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 1. , 2009

Sleep apnea is common, debilitating and sometimes deadly. In the past, diagnosis involved costly sleep labs. New home monitoring devices provide greater patient comfort, save money, and generate revenue for primary care. Dr. Lee Surkin shares his clinical experience.

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Heal Thy Practice: New Dates, New Features Offer Greater Value

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Holistic Primary Care’s Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care, conference has been re-scheduled for June 5-7, 2009, at the Westin Paloma in Tucson, AZ. The new Spring program offers considerable savings and several new features that will increase the value for physician attendees.

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

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