Practice Development

Reducing Overhead is Key to Primary Care Survival

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Primary care reimbursement is not likely to rise any time soon. If anything, doctors will continue to face downward economic pressure. If you want to survive, you need to learn how to cut practice overhead without compromising patient care. Dr. Brian Forrest, a major advocate for low-overhead practice, offers tips for cutting practice costs, saving money & improving your bottom line.

Healthcare Reform Makes Primary Care a Prime Focus…But Don’t Expect a Raise

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Mr. Gerry Sikorski and his team of 85 health care attorneys at Holland & Knight, a DC-based law firm, have plumbed the depths of the new health care reform bill. They’re uniquely qualified to advise doctors on what to expect. Their bottom line? While the reform plan considers primary care and preventive medicine as essential, it isn’t putting much money on the table for primary care doctors, and it isn’t going to make it any easier for solo & small group practices to survive.

Direct Pay Model Has Direct Benefit on Patient Care

By Susan Fecko | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Practice models in which patients pay directly for physician services without insurance company involvement offer financial advantages to physicians. But do they foster better health care? Yes, says Dr. Brian Forrest, and he’s got numbers to prove it.

For a Healthier Practice, Look Honestly At Your Own Resistance to Change

By Christopher Fuzy, MS, RD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 2. , 2010

Just as lifestyle change can be hard for patients because it requires them to embrace new ways of doing things, nutrition and lifestyle-based medicine can be challenging for many doctors because it requires new skill sets, new routines, and a willingness to change. But don’t let that stop you! The need for lifestyle-based medicine has never been greater and neither have the opportunities who can provide patients with healthy ways to lose weight and improve wellbeing.

 

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Guidelines For Direct Marketing & Fee-Setting

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. . , 2010

The American Medical Association has published a number of recommendations and guidance documents for establishment of physician fees charged directly to patients, and for direct-to-consumer advertising. Here are some key excerpts from these recommendations.

 

 

New Tools Give Primary Care An Open Window on Ocular Health

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 1. , 2010

Ocular and retinal health are not usually considered part of primary care, but given the high and rising incidence of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and other serious eye disorders, it’s time primary care doctors started looking their patients directly in the eye. New clinical tools are making that a lot easier.

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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. , 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.

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

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. , 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.