Improved contact between physicians and their patients — known as "etiquette-based communications" — would improve the "inpatient experience" and could help a patient recover more quickly, a randomized trial found.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
When it comes to setting up a tax-favored retirement plan — such as a 401(k) plan, a pension or profit sharing plan, or a simplified employee pension (SEP) plan — medical practice partnerships must follow essentially the same federal income tax rules as other employers. A partnership retirement plan can potentially cover both partners of the practice and eligible firm employees.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
It turns out that keeping patients in the hospital for just one day longer can saves lives, lower costs and reduce readmissions. That's the conclusion of one study from the Columbia University Business School entitled "Should Hospitals Keep Their Patients Longer?"
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Early in the history of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), violations typically involved receiving a warning letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It was basically toothless and carried no penalties. In 2009, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), which supplied the government with a range of tools to support enforcement. In short, HIPAA grew fangs.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Nearly every physician has claims denied from time to time. Medicare, as a government program, has its own way of doing things. As you know, the process is different from insurance companies, which also have their own way of handling claims.
Thinking about joining a medical practice? You obviously need to perform a due diligence investigation to help obtain basic financial information. It's important to understand the data and assess your compatibility with the practice. Here are some key items that need to be examined:
Thursday, July 18, 2019
If you are starting a new medical practice, you may incur several different types of "pre-opening expenses." By pre-opening expenses, we mean those that are incurred during the period before the new practice is actually up and running and earning revenue. Special federal income tax rules apply to such pre-opening costs. This article summarizes how to handle them under the current rules, which were altered in recent years by legislation and regulations.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The IRS has a massive effort, launched in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, to identify and prosecute tax evaders from the medical profession
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Patients depend on physicians and assume they're empathetic. But when it comes to paying for services, a few patients expect that empathy to include letting your fee go if they ignore the bill.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
These days, doctors find that many patients come into appointments having already diagnosed themselves based on information they found on the Internet. Given the unregulated nature of the Web, patients often present misleading or distorted information as the basis for self-evaluations when they meet with their physicians.