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Finally … electronic, fax or telephonic advice for healthcare executives and medical professionals that is:


• Objective, medically focused and personalized
• Rendered by medical management consultants and financial advisors
• Offered free of charge – for fist time users – by phone, fax, public or secure e-mail transmission.

 

The Executive Post Advice Forum™ is an executive-to-advisor e-mail platform that connects independent financial professionals and medical management consultants, with doctors or healthcare executives desiring unbiased financial, health economics or business advice on a complimentary initial basis. The relationship can then be continued if a mutual fit exists; depending on your impressions of the advisor, need, fees, venue, expertise, etc.   

Medical professionals and healthcare executives can now receive direct free access to consulting professionals in the areas of Practice Enhancement, Investing, Financial Planning, Asset Allocation, Portfolio Management, Taxes, Insurance, Mortgage and Lending, Practice Management, Information Technology, Human Resources, Profit Augmentation, Accounting, Operations and Strategy, and Employee Benefits, etc. 

The Executive Post Advice Forum™ is designed to fill a growing need for medically focused financial or managerial advice that traditional consultants have not been able to serve.

Now, with this platform, all Post viewers can receive unbiased information and objective business opinions on their own terms, anytime-anywhere. All free for first time users; in either public or private settings.

The Post Advice Forum™ eliminates conflicts of interest by providing advice on a free initial basis. To further assist our doctor / healthcare executives and blog community members; consulting advisors can then be contracted for ongoing engagements subject to existing state laws, licensure and the usual, customary and reasonable protocol and nature of the consultant. 

So, ultimately you pay only for only what you want and need. We do not sell financial or business products. The result is a unique “no pressure”, and “no conflicts-of-interest experience.”  

Get started with your free consultation, now.  Use either public or private forums; but we do favor transparent postings for all to benefit. 

How the Post Advice Forum™ Works:


  1. Contact a listed consultant by email, fax or phone
  2. Set up a free initial conference using your venue of choice              
  3. Select a public post or private format (fax, email or telephone)
  4. Execute the private conference call, fax, email; or public post
  5. Continue or reject further contact with the consultant.  

Collegiality and privacy is maintained and controlled by you. 

The Post is not affiliated with consultants, nor are we responsible for relationships or engagement outcomes; if any. As always in this type of situation, caveat emptor.

So, get started now!

“Ask a Consultant” in the message-box, below. 

Have a question about the operation of your healthcare entity, or your personal financial situation? Your question will be answered within three to five business days.

 

Malpractice Crisis – What Crisis?

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State Tort Reform Improves Liability Climates

[By Staff Writers]

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently reduced the number of states in liability “crisis” to 17 by the end of 2007, down from 21 in 2006, while upgrading Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and West Virginia to a more “moderate” liability environment.  

Before passing various tort reforms of the past few years, those states had been listed as being in “crisis” because unaffordable insurance premiums were forcing physicians to retire early, give up high-risk procedures or leave the state. 

Still, pundits caution that some legislative changes have yet to take hold, and other states face legal threats, preventing significant decreases in premiums. 

What do you think – is the malpractice liability crisis over?

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New CMS Premiums and Deductibles

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2008 Medicare Part A and B

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Green DollarsCMS annually updates Medicare Beneficiary premiums, deductibles and co-payments, using formula driven adjustments set by statute.

As a reminder, Medicare Part A pays for inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility and some home health care and Part B refers to outpatient expenses and pays doctors. About 99 percent of Medicare beneficiaries do not pay a premium for Part A services, since they have at least 40 quarters for Medicare-covered employment. 

The Part A deductible is the beneficiary’s only cost sharing for up to 60 days of Medicare-covered inpatient hospital care, but additional cost sharing applies after 60 days.

Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment and other items.  

2008 Premium and Deductible Levels* 

  • Part A Monthly Premium: $423.00 Part B Monthly Premium: $96.40*
  • Part A Annual Deductible: $1,024.00 Part B Annual Deductible: $135.00

And now for 2010

Due to the lack of a cost of living increase for 2010 in Social Security benefits, 75% of all Medicare beneficiaries were already exempt from any Part B premium increase in 2010. Currently, single earners above $85,000 and couples above $170,000 are not exempt and would likely be seeing a larger than normal increase to help off-set the lack of increases from the rest of the beneficiaries. This may change.

*Note: standard premium rate before income-related monthly adjustments

A Matter of Law 

Now, by statute, the standard Medicare Part B premium must be sufficient to cover 25 percent of the program’s costs, with Medicare bearing the remaining 75 percent. 

So, what do you think of similar statutory formulas that are used to determine the Medicare Part B deductible, the Part A deductible for hospital stays and other enrollee contributions?

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