Integrative medicine in an independent private practice can still fly, even in a difficult economy, as Dr. Jeff Gladd of Ft. Wayne, IN has effectively proven. The key, says Dr. Gladd, is to develop new income streams and to get paid for currently uncompensated practice time.
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."