Practice Development

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

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


Guidelines For Direct Marketing & Fee-Setting

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. . Summer, 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. Spring, 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.

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. Spring, 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.

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

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

Guidance on EHR Selection & Implementation

By Staff Writer - Vol. 11, No. 1. Spring, 2010
TransforMED's "EHR Preparation & Selection Service," a joint venture with Welch Allyn, offers physicians three distinct packages designed to fit any medical practice's needs and budget. EHR Prep-Select is a low-cost, do-it-yourself program organized into 10 comprehensive steps that are easy to manage and execute.

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.

Anatomy of an Informed Consent Form

By Alan Dumoff, JD, MSW | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 3. Fall, 2009

In this first of an ongoing series of articles offering medicolegal guidance for holistic/integrative practitioners, legal expert Alan Dumoff provides insight into the value of informed consent, and provides guidelines for drafting effective and protective informed consent forms.