FON: The Business of Integrative Health & Medicine

Dean Ornish: Unrelenting Healthcare Disruptor

No one has been a greater force than Dr. Dean Ornish in proving the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of ‘lifestyle over procedures’ for chronic disease. His seminal work, designing whole systems research models and documenting remarkable outcomes—for reversing heart disease and early stage prostate cancer—has been extraordinary. Most impressive has been Ornish’s unwavering determination and skill…

Integrative Medicine Services: When Less is More

If you’re operating a small integrative or functional medicine clinic offering a substantial menu of services, you may inadvertently be undermining your capacity for meaningful engagement with existing and prospective clients (aka patients).

New Report Chronicles Cost-Effectiveness of Integrative Medicine

Health plan managers, employers, state insurance regulators, and health policy specialist or innovative insurance executive will find that this simple report opens the doors not only to considerable costs savings potential, but to care outcomes that millions of Americans have come to rely on.

You Don’t Have to Be Smarter, Just Give Better Care

The key to success in holistic and functional medicine is simply to give better care than the other doctors in your area. Given how utterly dysfunctional mainstream medicine is, these days, it shouldn’t be hard, quipped Mark Menolascino, MD…

Grow Your ‘List’ to Grow Your Integrative Health Business

There’s no single magic silver bullet approach for growing integrative health and medicine practices today. It requires comprehensive strategy featuring a range of digital and non-digital communication tactics, of which growing a list for email marketing is incredibly important.

Do Online Coupons for Integrative Medicine Services Violate Stark and Fee-Splitting Laws?

Many integrative practitioners and online enterprises want to know whether Stark, anti-kickback, and fee-splitting laws are violated by business arrangements that offer online coupons or web-based coupons to customers. Let’s break this question down a bit for analysis. First, Stark self-referral law is on the federal level. We are only interested in federal law if…

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine: A Test Kitchen for Healthcare’s Future

Firmly rooted in the conceptual paradigms developed by the Institute for Functional Medicine, Cleveland Clinic’s new Center for Functional Medicine puts targeted nutritional interventions—including therapeutic use of nutraceuticals, botanicals, and probiotics—at the forefront of patient care.

Opportunities for Academic and Hospital-based Integrative Medicine in a Value-Based World

According to Glenn Sabin, “to survive and ultimately thrive in today’s fast-changing environment, it’s crucial that academic centers, hospitals and health systems draw clear, accurate financial lines between their integrative medicine offerings and higher margin service lines.”

Go Deep, Then Wide: Building Integrative Health Practices

Contrary to this article’s title, entrepreneurs and business managers naturally do the exact opposite: focusing widely but not deeply enough. That’s a productivity killer. Let me explain. See, when it comes to running a successful clinic we’re mindful of all the big picture details and we’re often jumping around simultaneously from task to task dutifully…

START UP: Writing a Concierge Medicine Practice Business Plan

Have you ever thought about starting a direct-pay medical practice or other variation of a private medical practice? Well, whether you are concerned about the Affordable Care Act, looming Medicare cuts or a board certified physician curious about what the next few years in your practice will look like, there are a few things to consider before investing the time, money and energy to bring your direct-pay or concierge medical practice to market.

 
 
 

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