Practice Development

Fee-for-Service, Concierge Practice: The Right Models for Holistic Care?

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 3. Fall, 2008

Despite the rapid growth of public interest in holistic medicine, and broader acceptance in medical circles, most Americans are hard-pressed to find physicians who provide comprehensive holistic care. Because most holistic services are not covered by insurance, doctors are obliged to develop new practice models outside the insurance framework. Fee-for-service and concierge care hold great appeal, but also present significant challenges.

Defining Your Values Is Key to Building a Healthy Practice

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

Now more than ever, the nation needs health care systems that focus on prevention. Equally pressing is the need to restore economic viability to primary care and rebuild physician-patient relationships. The changes will only come when doctors re-define their professional values and restructure their practices accordingly. Dr. Elson Haas, a holistic pioneer with more than 30 years' experience, reflects on the values underlying his thriving practice.

Heal Thy Practice Conference Highlights Economic Solutions for Holistic Healthcare

By Administrator - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Real health care reform is taking place in the clinics of doctors who've reclaimed their noble calling as healers, and who've created new business models for truly health-oriented, prevention-centered care. Holistic Primary Care is pround to announce our first conference, "Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care," an intensive program focused on business development and practice management strategies that can empower physicians desiring to develop a thriving holistic practice.

Phototherapy a Safe, Effective Treatment for Acne, Psoriasis & Other Skin Disorders

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

Phototherapy, the application of carefully-controlled pulses of light directly to the skin surface, is a highly effective and safe technique enabling primary care physicians to treat acne, psoriasis and other common, chronic skin disorders.

New Board Offers Nutrition Certification for All Licensed Health Care Professionals

By Arthur A. Fierro, DC | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

In an effort to improve nutrition education for all health care professionals, he American Clinical Board of Nutrition (ACBN) has launched the first federally-recognized nutrition science certification program. Certification is open to licensed health professionals from any and all of the healing disciplines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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