Practice Development

Exercise Centers Are a Good "Fit" For Primary Care Clinics

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

Fairway Introduces Holistic Malpractice Insurance

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

Home Sleep Monitoring Opens Gateway for Better Apnea Control

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

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

By Administrator

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.

Physicians, Techies & Policymakers Try to Close the Primary Care IT Gap

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

If well designed and carefully implemented, electronic medical records (EMRs) can improve patient care, reduce medical errors and save physicians a lot of money. But cost factors and time demands have conspired so that fewer than 10% of all solo and small group practices have EMRs. A growing number of IT-savvy physicians, software designers and policymakers hope to change that.

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. Fall, 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.