Concerns over huge malpractice awards and staggering insurance premiums may have distracted you from another liability issue that may not seem quite so urgent -- premises liability.
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When was the last time you took a carefull look at your office overhead costs and compared them to the same period last year? Expenses can creep up fast if nobody is monitoring them. Generally speaking, the cost of running a medical office can range between 35 and a whopping 70 percent of the practice's gross revenue.
Your days at the office are probably hectic as you try to give patients personal attention while juggling a full schedule. But when the exam room door closes and you're focusing on individual patients, are staff members also providing high quality care? Are your front office phones answered with reasonable speed and courtesy? Are cranky patients treated with diplomacy?
If you operate your medical practice as a C corporation, you may be required to conduct an annual corporate meeting and keep minutes of the proceedings. The requirement to keep minutes is sometimes viewed as a burdensome task, but there's some good news: Minutes can also be used to document the practice's intentions for transactions that have major tax significance.
You may have heard about the Vermont doctor who was fed up with way medicine is practiced today and opened an office she calls "Simply Medicine.'' The sole practitioner doesn't accept insurance. Her fee is listed on a board in the waiting room: $2 a minute for labor, plus the cost of supplies.