Most physicians want to "do things the right way" legally, but are not putting proper protection in place.
Most functional medicine doctors are scared of legal ramifications. They have this nagging feeling that they could lose their license or that they are just exposed legally. So they hold back in advertising or growing financially because they don’t want to raise any red flags. They’re frustrated because every time they go looking for answers, they don’t seem to be there.
Hi, I am Scott Rattigan, a licensed attorney in Florida. A few years ago, I helped my wife start up her functional medicine practice. Every night after work at my firm, we sat at the kitchen table trying to bootstrap our way into a successful practice for both us and for her patients. I realized we needed professional help with the legal side of things. (Even though I practiced civil litigation, I was no expert in this new field.) We hired a healthcare attorney to help with initial paperwork and contracts. Our experience was similar to many other physicians with whom I’ve spoken. While the attorney was helpful for overall advice and counsel, they were unclear of the unique needs specific to functional medicine.
Later on, I left the security of my law firm job behind to follow my passion of bringing functional medicine into the mainstream. I joined the Evolution of Medicine team as a Practitioner Support Specialist, helping providers to be successful in their businesses.
By speaking with an average of 40 providers a day, and reviewing their websites and content, I quickly realized these providers were practicing with little if any legal protection. Having been there myself, and talking with providers around the country, I knew that they had anxiety over their legal issues. And in most cases, this uncertainty and anxiety have held them back from pursuing some of their bigger dreams out of fear of legal liability.
The first step is our Proprietary Legal Health Assessment. This is a 45-minute consultation in which a legal consultant conducts a 360-degree analysis of the legal health of your practice.