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Medical Scribes Help Reduce Practitioner Burnout, Improve Patient Care

The advent of the electronic health record has created an overload of documentation and clerical responsibilities for the practitioner that, for some, has resulted in increased physician documentation workload and decreased interaction with patients. In order to free up clinician time, some practitioners are turning to medical scribe services. Read about one Functional Medicine clinician’s experience using medical scribes.

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A Path to Achieving Financial Freedom

Path Achieving Financial Freedom Dan Kalish, DC“I’ve worked with several financial planning firms in the last two decades, and a solid financial planner can help you develop a detailed plan. I’ll review the basics so you can see what areas you may need to focus on.” – Dan Kalish, My Practice Plan Read More
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Why You Should Take the “My Practice Plan” Course

Every single MD I have worked with, every chiropractor, NP, Lac, and DO, has come to the same conclusion: developing practice management skills to increase profitability and income also results in freeing up the time needed for basic self-care, which we expect all our patients to do, which we write on prescription pads, but which we (too) often don’t do ourselves. Read More
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The Heart of Medicine: Introducing Ikigai

If you feel even a little burned out or unsure about your current professional trajectory, or if you are not thriving in your professional current job, consider working through your own Ikigai, a Japanese concept that means “reason for being.” This is a formula for a long and successful career, and it will make you 100% “practitioner-burnout proof.” Read More
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What to Do When Your Business Finances Are on Fire

“Every senior Functional Medicine doctor I’ve ever met has, at some point, had the diminished quality of life model. Long hours, lots of unpaid extra work outside of billable hours, and a poor tax strategy, often not establishing pension plans and 401(k)s.” – Dan Kalish, My Practice Plan Read More
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Legal Steps for Functional Medicine Practices

Learn some basic legal risk management steps to help ground a Functional Medicine practice so the clinician-owners have less liability exposure and more peace of mind. Read More
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Navigating HIPAA

“Even if your practice does not technically fall under HIPAA (for example - as a fee-for-service practice), you are still subject to state privacy law and security law obligations. Read More
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Telemedicine, Legal Concerns, and Your Functional Medicine Practice

If you are considering offering telemedicine services in your Functional Medicine practice, Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA, suggests addressing these legal issues first. Read More
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Some Key Legal Issues Before Starting a Functional Medicine Practice

In this case study, Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA, shares the legal advice he gave to a real client seeking to open a Functional Medicine practice. Read More
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Wading in the Legal Waters: Why Functional Medicine Clinicians Need Legal Risk Management Help

In this first article of what will become a regular series, Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA, explains why Functional Medicine practitioners need legal assistance to navigate the dizzying crosscurrents of medicine. Read More
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Medical Butlership and the Evolution of Direct Primary Care

Contrary to popular belief, concierge doctors generally don’t dramatically increase their income when they convert their practices. The real compensation for the great majority of these well-intended doctors is the renewed joy of engaging in meaningful relationships with a smaller group of patients. Read More
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Exploring Membership Models: Now Is the Time to Reinvent Your Practice

The idea of private-pay medicine is well established and familiar in most communities as thousands of doctors around the country now contract directly with their patients. Read More