Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center, in addition to having six board-certified neurologists on staff, is noteworthy for also have a physical therapist, a psychologist, a naturopath, MRI scans, and other services. This is done for the convenience of the patient but also to build up the medical practice itself. In this way, they can keep more of the business in-house and patients can stick to one convenient location and one set of medical forms. Doctors from adjacent specialties can more easily see relevant notes about their patient. For example, a neurologist examining someone may see what notes the psychiatrist left, or see what prescriptions they are on, and this informs care.
The idea of integration is certainly not new. This is the whole concept that a hospital or medical center is built on. Perhaps what makes Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center unique, though, is its focus on brain health.
While building an integrative practice may seem out of reach for a new practice owner, keep in mind that it can be built up bit by bit over time. The first thing to consider is what are you referring out a lot? Is there any way to take that in house? The other thing to consider is the immense difficulty in hiring medical providers. Not only are there not enough medical providers generally to meet the needs of the existing population, but we also have the problem that doctors are difficult to reach. One can use “head hunters” to reach more providers but that incurs additional costs that many are unwilling to pay.
This may not be on anyone’s radar but there is also a problem of dilution. People want to see a neurologist or a naturopath and it’s harder to explain that you do five or six different things. People tend to see specialists. The same issue is born out in Google rankings. Specialists tend to rank higher than diverse websites that do a little of this and a little of that. So there are many things to consider when deciding whether building an integrative practice makes sense for you.