FON: The Business of Integrative Health & Medicine

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…

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.”

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.

NIH (NCCIH) Releases 2012 Survey Results for Natural Health Approaches and Usage

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), along with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just released results from its 2012 National Health Interview Survey on the usage of complementary and integrative products and modalities among adults…

Thorne Research Partners with Mayo Clinic to Study Supplements

Starting in January 2015 Thorne Research and Mayo Clinic began conducting a series of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials on a number of dietary supplements under a master clinical study agreement. Working with physicians and PhD scientists trials will be conducted at Mayo Clinic with the intent of raising the bar on dietary supplement research leading to improved patient outcomes.

FON Therapeutics Is Now FON Consulting

At the beginning of 2015 FON was ‘rebranded.’

7 Steps to Growing Your Integrative Medicine Practice in 2015

Glenn Sabin rings in the New Year a little early by offering 7 core approaches for exponentially increasing patient/client volume, boosting product sales and reinvigorating the bottom line. Implement these basic strategies in the coming year and position your practice or integrative health enterprise for long-term success!

Physician and Clinician Sales of Dietary Supplements: Legal View

Sales of dietary supplements by physicians, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and other licensed professionals raise thorny legal issues. This can be confusing, because on one hand, “everybody does it”—i.e., sales of dietary supplements by clinicians such as medical doctors, is widespread in the industry. On the other hand, the American Medical Association actively discourages the practice through…

Evidence-Based Medicine in an Era of Personalized, Integrative Healthcare

In their Sep/Oct 2014 Explore guest editorial, authors Ben Kligler, MD, MPH and John Weeks present an evenhanded look at how evidence-based medicine (EBM), versus evidence-informed medicine, is applied in real-world clinical settings.

5 Legal Issues Integrative Health Practitioners Need to Know for 2015

With 2015 right around the corner, here are 5 legal and regulatory issues that integrative health practitioners need to know. By Michael H. Cohen

 
 
 

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