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.
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!
Doctors--and their patients--have much more to fear from Wall Street than from the government, says Wendell Potter, former director of corporate communications for CIGNA health insurance. Following a crisis of conscience during the debates on the Obama administration's health care reform plan, Mr. Potter left CIGNA and went public with everything he knows about the insurance industry's "Dark Arts." His goal? To wake people up to the ways in which corporate interests manipulate health care policy. His book, Deadly Spin, is as fascinating as it is frightening. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Potter spoke with Holistic Primary Care about the long history of collusion between organized medicine and Big Insurance---an uneasy alliance that has ultimately been detrimental to patients and physicians alike.
Garrison Bliss is as interesting as his name. The Seattle internist has been at the forefront of the direct-pay health care movement. As Medical Director of Qliance, an outcomes-driven model of direct-pay primary care, he is out to prove that medicine is more effective and cheaper when doctors are directly accountable to patients without third party interference. In this exclusive interview, Dr. Bliss lays out the realities of direct pay practice, his prediction about how the tables are turning on insurers, and why primary care will undergo a rebirth once the current health care bubble bursts….and it will!
Dissatisfied with assembly-line medicine? Dreaming of life off the hamster wheel? Don't wait for politician-saviors. Convene with your neighbors.
Physicians nationwide are taking a novel approach to healthcare reform: They're listening to citizens. All across America doctors and patients are joining together to create ideal clinics, hospitals, and regional healthcare systems based on the real needs and wishes of the communities they serve. Could the future of American health care begin in your own backyard?
Physician Consulting Inc, a Colorado-based consulting company, is helping primary care physicians across the country develop thriving prevention-focused practices through incorporation of safe, effective, and scientifically-sound non-pharmaceutical therapies.
Data from Holistic Primary Care's first annual survey of primary care physicians reveal that some very positive changes are going on in the trenches of clinical practice these days. A lot more physicians are turning toward holistic approaches, with nutrition taking a much more prominent place in day-to-day practice. It seems that the "integration" we've been hearing so much about is really happening!