This blog post is the 2nd of 2 blogs about my Observation and Opportunities in Regenerative Medicine. I’m not only making the case for the need to advance the field of regenerative medicine, but, more importantly, for the advancement of what we call regenerative health management.
Regenerative health management is the active, on-going process of helping the body heal itself. This process considers the regenerative properties of the human body, not simply a checklist of therapies, drugs, or surgeries.
Unfortunately, the relatively new field of regenerative medicine is already falling into the old traps of checklists and high priced surgeries. What’s continuing to exacerbate the problems surrounding the field of regenerative medicine is not having the primary care physicians involved. Regenerative medicine will not reach its full capabilities until the non-surgeon physicians understand and recommend regenerative medicine treatments (and feel safe to make such recommendations).
Regenerative health management was created and designed to integrate and benefit both patients and physicians in order to restore clarity, choice, confidence and control. Patient and physician, working together, is critical to advancing medicine and the relationships necessary for the regenerative health management process.
If I may be so bold, I believe that regenerative health management could set the foundation for how medicine will be practiced for the next 50 years. Like few other specialties, regenerative health management, sits at the intersection of science, medicine, and business (and includes economics and psychology) and offers patients and physicians opportunities like few have seen in their lifetime.
We have created a business model that is going to give physicians freedom within a framework. This freedom is giving them the opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the lives of their patients, but also a tremendous amount of time with patients, profit for themselves, and the opportunity to enjoy a full life.
It is important to note that the regenerative medicine physician of the 21st Century is not necessarily the surgeon.
The physician of the future is the physician who is, or who can become, adept at helping their patients understand, manage, protect, and better their health. The best physicians are the one who knows how to manage relationships with the key stakeholders in the patient’s health. The best physicians of the 21st Century will use the regenerative health management process.
To be completely transparent, it has become our ambition to use regenerative health management to change the way that medicine is practiced in the 21st Century and beyond.
In order for physicians to help patients navigate the complexities of medicine, we are helping physicians navigate the complexities of the business of medicine. Given that, here some recommendations for physicians who want to use the regenerative health management process to make a meaningful difference in the lives of their patients:
- Regenerative and Functional Medicine are the future of medicine. It is nearly impossible to dispute this.
- Many physicians, dentists, hospitals, and insurance companies are promoting “Wellness.” While this is a big step forward, it does not, however, go far enough.
- “Wellness” is the wrong term because of two main reasons:
- It implies a dichotomous state. That is, it implies that one is either “well” or one is not. Anyone who takes a serious look at “health” knows that is a continuum. (Sure there is “poor” health and “good” health, but they are degrees on a spectrum.)
- Wellness is also something an individual can do on their own.
- Health Management and Medical Advice require someone who is skilled and trained to help the patient navigate the complexities of medicine, especially when it comes to regenerative medicine.
- The advancement of regenerative health management will not reach its full potential unless done outside the reach of the health insurance and hospital cartels.
- The general population will not experience the benefits of regenerative medicine for a long time without engaging, and then helping, primary care physicians to understand, and with some of them becoming experts in regenerative medicine.
- Physicians in general, and especially those in regenerative medicine, need “skin in the game” and should own their own clinics.
- Physicians must STOP accepting being referred to – and even calling themselves – “providers.” It is demeaning and detrimental to the long-term welfare of physicians everywhere.
- Regenerative medicine is currently dominated by surgeons, who do not understand the “continuum of care” for patients. This is holding back the advancement of regenerative medicine.
- Patients are no longer willing to accept “paternalistic directives” from “providers.”
- Patients want two main things from their physicians, especially when it relates to regenerative medicine: Time and Advice.
- The most successful physicians in regenerative medicine will become “medical advisors” and run their business as fee-only health managers.
- As we progress into the future of medicine, there will be a need for both Medical Advisors and Specialists. The best Medical Advisors will have a better quality of life and make more money in the future than the best Specialists.