A thriving, economically-viable integrative practice is the dream of many clinicians. Reaching that ideal can be very challenging. Fortunately, road maps are emerging from holistic clinics, large and small, all over the country. HPC's fourth annual Heal Thy Practice conference at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, Nov. 9-11, 2012, will provide a valuable opportunity to learn from clinicians who’ve found ways to create and maintain healthy and health-centric practices.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.