e3BFM’s Premium Client Content will include a comparison of IFM certified physicians to non-IFM certified physicians, physician break down by state and data updated for September 2019. 

2015 AFMCP Group Research

In the first quarter of 2015, e3BFM conducted an informal evaluation of MD/DOs listed on the Institute for Functional Medicine’s “Find a Provider” feature and concluded that less than 1% of AFMCP providers practiced in a functional medicine group practice. Almost all AFMCP providers using functional medicine practiced in either solo or two-provider settings, (including functional medicine providers in a traditional group practice). Of the group practices of IFM providers:

  • The largest group of AFMCP providers active in the first quarter of 2015 was a nine-provider practice split between two offices in a adjourning towns on the Northeast. This practiced closed in the third quarter of 2015 and the providers disbanded to start their own practices or to join established practices.
  • Another of the large group of AFMCP providers had seven providers at one location in the third quarter of 2015, but down-sized to four AFMCP providers in the fourth quarter of 2015. By the end of 2016, this practice was down to two AFMCP Providers.
  • A third group was networking multiple functional medicine providers, (not necessarily AFMCP providers), in ten states from 2010 through 2016, when the company went out of business.

2016 IFM “Find a Provider” Research

In September 2016, e3BFM conducted an evaluation of all MD/DOs listed on the Institute for Functional Medicine’s “Find a Provider” feature. The methodology included reviewing each physician’s profile and search engine listing to determine if the physician was in practice versus out of business, lecturing, consulting or functioning as an administrator. The physicians in practice were then divided into four groups:

  1. Corporate Specialist
  2. Corporate Primary Care
  3. Independent Specialist
  4. Independent Primary Care

The breakdown of active physicians was as follows: