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    Leveraging the Medical Front Office

    Without processes in place to collect payment for services during a patient’s visit, some physician practices may find themselves struggling to collect from patients in full, or even at all. Cash flow can be especially low in the first and second quarters of the year, as patients have not yet met their deductible and many patients have 100% responsibility for their healthcare costs until they do.
    Leveraging the Medical Front Office

    The Cult of Dr. Oz Crumbles

    Over the years, Dr. Oz promoted many scientifically questionable practices. "Viewers have no way of knowing what is real medicine and what is his own cult medicine. They are likely to become victims of this pseudoscience without more expert information."
    The Cult of Dr. Oz Crumbles

    Balancing Today’s Spending Against Saving for Tomorrow

    Accumulating enough for a comfortable retirement requires careful planning and sometimes a willingness to delay immediate gratification. How much to put away for later instead of enjoying now.
    Balancing Today’s Spending Against Saving for Tomorrow

    Ebola: Doctor’s Eye Turns Green From Infection

    The book on the Ebola virus is still being written and the convalescence of one victim, Ian Crozier, MD, adds a riveting chapter. The virus, known to cause blind spots and other vision problems, temporarily changed his left eye from blue to green—then the puzzling effect retreated.
    Ebola: Doctor’s Eye Turns Green From Infection

    Physicians, Debt, and Net Worth: Big Spenders or Big Savers?

    The stereotype of doctors spending lavishly and irresponsibly may have little basis, and in fact, most physicians have a strong sense of saving and living within their means, according to data from Medscape's Physician Compensation Survey 2015: Debt and Net Worth.
    Physicians, Debt, and Net Worth: Big Spenders or Big Savers?

    The Golden Rule of Estate Planning: Your Spouse Comes First

    Tens of trillions of dollars are expected to change hands in the United States over the next few decades as the swell of Baby Boomers transfer their wealth to the next generation. A new report from RBC Wealth Management-U.S. - Until Death Do Us Part…Then Everything Can Change - helps demystify some of the complexities of estate planning by identifying potential pitfalls that families face when transferring assets.
    The Golden Rule of Estate Planning: Your Spouse Comes First

    Features

    This Fit Young Woman Was Having Strokes, And Doctors Didn’t Know Why (0)

    This Fit Young Woman Was Having Strokes, And Doctors Didn’t Know Why

    As Diana Hardeman climbed into a New York City taxi with her boyfriend around midnight on May 31, she suddenly realized she had no idea where to tell the driver to go.

    Trump On Drug Prices: Pharma Companies Are ‘Getting Away With Murder’ (0)

    Trump On Drug Prices: Pharma Companies Are ‘Getting Away With Murder’

    At his first news conference as president-elect on Wednesday, Donald Trump accused the pharmaceutical industry of “getting away with murder” and said that he would change the way the country bids on drugs to bring prices and spending down.

    Investment and Tax

    ETFs see record number of funds shut down: ‘It’s a sign of health’ (0)

    ETFs see record number of funds shut down: ‘It’s a sign of health’

    Exchange-traded products kept growing in 2016, both in popularity and in the money investors were willing to commit. But with growth comes growing pains, and the year featured one telling sign of the times: A record number of fund closures.

    Retirement Healthcare Costs 20% More for Women Than Men, Study Finds (0)

    Retirement Healthcare Costs 20% More for Women Than Men, Study Finds

    Women live on average two years longer than men and therefore must be prepared to pay 20% more for their retirement healthcare coverage, according to a recent HealthView Services report, the Wall Street Journal writes.

    Job Market

    Why So Many Doctors Are Experiencing Burnout — And Some Potential Solutions (1)

    Why So Many Doctors Are Experiencing Burnout — And Some Potential Solutions

    Just because a physician treats illnesses doesn't mean they are good at caring for their own health. According to Mindful magazine, almost half of U.S. doctors report symptoms of burnout. Doctors work “an average of 10 hours more per week than other U.S. workers and are nearly twice as likely to be dissatisfied with their work-life balance.”

    Who Gets Access To Breakthrough Drugs? (0)

    Who Gets Access To Breakthrough Drugs?

    Developing new drugs is time consuming and expensive. That’s especially true for “specialty drugs”—breakthrough treatments for relatively rare but often serious illnesses.

    Marketing

    Dental Office Screening Identifies Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes (0)

    Dental Office Screening Identifies Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes

    Screening for diabetes during a dental office visit is feasible and may represent an effective strategy for identifying millions of Americans who are diabetic or pre-diabetic but don't know it. As many as 30% of the 29 million diabetics in the United States have not been diagnosed.

    How to Pitch Health, Medical and Fitness Stories (0)

    How to Pitch Health, Medical and Fitness Stories

    “With medical and healthcare topics, there’s always a delicate balance between being uplifting and the serious emotional reality,” said Kalia Doner, director of content and programming for Health Guru.She spoke at a PCNY/Publicity Club of New York panel on Monday, along with editors from Tonic (Vice), Better Homes and Gardens, New York Magazine’s ‘Science of Us’ and STAT, about optimal ways to pitch health related stories.

    Succession Planning

    Should Doctors Extend Their Practice Hours? (1)

    Should Doctors Extend Their Practice Hours?

    In a world in which consumers book travel, shop and attend school all day, any day of the year, consumer demand for easier access to medical care can come as no surprise. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act adds to the pressure on primary care providers to offer extended office hours. It includes provisions that promote the medical home model, which strives to improve access to primary care in ways that include longer office hours.

    5 American Cities Where You Can Retire On Just Social Security (0)

    5 American Cities Where You Can Retire On Just Social Security

    The statistics on how unprepared Americans are for retirement can be terrifying. The median retirement account balance is $2,500 for all working-age households and $14,500 for near-retirement households, according to a 2015 study by the National Institute on Retirement Security.

    Wealth Management

    It’s Bad Decisions Not Bad Salaries That Put Docs in the Poor House (0)

    It’s Bad Decisions Not Bad Salaries That Put Docs in the Poor House

    Medical trainees are worried for their financial futures, blaming enormous student debt for keeping them from becoming rich, according to Physician’s Money Digest. But if doctors end up poor, they probably only have themselves to blame, according to the publication.

    Deaths From Synthetic Opioids Up 72%, CDC Says (0)

    Deaths From Synthetic Opioids Up 72%, CDC Says

    Death rates from synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, increased 72.2% from 2014 to 2015, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The new report confirms the dramatic increase in opioid overdoses that first responders have been seeing as they respond to overdose calls. Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and made headlines as the drug that killed pop star Prince in April. The elephant tranquilizer carfentanil, a form of fentanyl and 10,000 times stronger than morphine, has also been claiming lives in a number of cities, as reported by local officials.