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Dietitians vs. Nutritionists: Licensure Battles Underscore Growth of the Field

By Kristen Schepker, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 2. Summer, 2012
As more Americans seek professional nutrition guidance, a contentious turf battle has heated up between registered dietitians and other non-RD nutrition counsellors. RD organizations in several states are pushing for legislation that would restrict practice of nutrition counseling only to those professionals who meet RD credentials.

Concierge vs Insurance? Many Practices are Doing Both

By Erik Goldman

The relationship between concierge practice models and standard insurance-based practice is often presented as an all-or-nothing, either-or dichotomy. In reality, many practices are doing both, according to a recent survey.


With a Hybrid Model, a Holistic Physician Finds Path to Practice Freedom

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 13, No. 1. Spring, 2012
Dr. Mark Holthouse, a family physician near Sacramento, CA, was looking for a way out of insurance-based practice so he could freely implement holistic modalities. The concierge model seemed dicey; total direct-pay would exclude many patients. Then he discovered Physician Care Direct, with it's flexible hybrid model. In this interview, Dr. Holthouse describes his practice transformation.

Don’t Worry, Be Appy: Gleaning the Best Holistic Health Apps

By Sarah Showalter, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. Spring, 2012

In the last year, there's been an explosion in the number of medical or health-related apps available to smart phone and mobile computer users. Everything from home sleep monitoring to food label analyzers is now available in app form. That's on top of hundreds of medical apps for doctors. Do they really help improve health? Is anybody regulating them? HPC's new tech-maven, Sarah Showalter, wades into the flood of health apps to find out.

Heal Thy Practice to Return to Long Beach in 2012

By August West, Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 4. Winter, 2011
HPC's Heal Thy Practice conference will be returning to the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel next Fall!  The 4th annual conference will be held from November 9-11, 2012. Dr. Steven Masley, founder/director of the Masley Optimal Health Center, will be returning to the helm.

"The response to the 2011 conference was extremely positive from attendees, exhibitors and faculty alike," says conference producer and HPC's publisher, Meg Sinclair. "The program provided an excellent combination of clinical skill-building, nitty gritty practice development, and inspirational experiential sessions. The Renaissance really made us feel at home, coming through with truly fantastic healthy food.  We're excited to be returning."

Heal Thy Practice to Return to Long Beach in 2012

By August West / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 4. Winter, 2011

Clinical skill-building, nuts & bolts practice management, and experiential vision-questing combined to make HPC's third annual Heal Thy Practice conference a truly transformative weekend. In the words of one attendee: "I came here saddened. I now have hope!"

We are happy to announce that Heal Thy Practice will be returning to the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in 2012. The 4th annual conference will run from Nov. 9-11. Once again, Dr. Steven Masley, founder/director of the Masley Optimal Health Center, will be at the helm.

Leaving Insurance-Based Practice….Legally!

By August West, Contributing Writer

Faced with ever-growing bureaucracy and continued declines in reimbursement, more practitioners than ever are contemplating a shift into some form of direct-pay or retainer practice. But the move out of insurance-based practice is not without medicolegal risks, and needs to be done very carefully, says Alan Dumoff, JD, a lawyer specializing in integrative practice issues.

Heal Thy Practice 2011: Improving Outcomes, Improving Incomes

By August West - Vol. 12, No. 3. Fall, 2011

The need for lifestyle-based medicine is stronger than ever, as is the public's valuation of it despite the economic doldrums. Holistic Primary Care's Third Annual Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Primary Care conference in Long Beach, CA, Nov. 4-6, provides opportunity to learn about transformative practice models and therapeutic techniques from clinicians who've successfully put them into real-world practice. Here are some practice pearls from our faculty.


Heal Thy Practice 2011: Improving Patient Outcomes, Creating Healthier Practices

By Janet Gulland - Vol. 12, No. 2. Summer, 2011

Building on the strengths and successes of our previous Heal Thy Practice meetings, Holistic Primary Care's 2011 Heal Thy Practice is hitting the California coast! Set for Nov. 4-6, at the Renaissance Long Beach hotel, the program brings together pioneers of integrative medicine and innovative practice systems. Over two and a half days, they’ll share their years of experience and practical wisdom on how to put the health, the wealth—and most importantly, the joy⎯back into clinical practice. Register Now!

The Case for Office-Based Dispensing

By Kauley Jones - Vol. 12, No. 2. Summer, 2011
In a recent survey three out of four Americans said that given the choice, they would prefer to fill their medication prescriptions and get their supplements in their doctor’s office instead of having to make a separate trip to a retail store. While only a small percentage of US doctors currently offer this option, many are considering office-based dispensing. It can improve clinical outcomes while simultaneously improving the fiscal health of beleaugered physicians' practices.



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