“Pity” the Poor Billionaires in 2022

NO SANTA CLAUSE RALLY THIS YEAR!

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s net worth has shrunk by an astounding $140 billion, slashing his wealth to $130 billion as of 2022, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The sharp decline reflects the roughly 70% drop in Tesla stock this year, driven by investors swapping technology stocks for safer assets, worrying that running Twitter is a costly distraction for Musk, and fearing a US economic downturn and overseas headwinds will hit the automaker’s growth.

Meanwhile, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ wealth has fallen by $86 billion, while Alphabet cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have seen their fortunes shrink by a combined $91 billion. Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates’ net worth has also tumbled by $29 billion, while former CEO Steve Ballmer has taken a $21 billion hit.

Similarly, Oracle cofounder and Tesla investor Larry Ellison has suffered a $17 billion blow to his fortune, while Warren Buffett’s wealth has only dropped by $3 billion. The eight Americans, along with LVMH’s Bernard Arnault, Adani Group’s Gautam Adani, and Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani, hold the top 11 spots in Bloomberg’s global wealth rankings.

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CENTENE CORPORATION: Medicaid Over-Billing?

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Centene Corporation showers politicians with millions as it courts contracts and settles over-billing allegations by Samantha Young, Andy Miller, and Rebecca Grapevine (Kaiser Health News)

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Somehow KHN made Medicaid over-billing sound sexy.

This deep dive into Centene, “the nation’s largest private managed-care provider for Medicaid,” shows how the company has maintained good relationships with politicians as it looked to keep its market share and settle over-billing allegations.

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FACEBOOK & GOOGLE: A “Duopoly” in Decline?

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Facebook and Google appear to be an empire in decline.

Considered for years to be a “duopoly” over the advertising industry, they are on track to account for only 48.4% of US ad revenues this year. It’s the first time their market share has fallen below 50% since 2014, per Insider Intelligence.

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And, some suggest TikTok, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft are slowly and successfully clawing away business from the duopoly.

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DAILY UPDATE: Unemployment Up, Amazon Down as Markets Quiet

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Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 225,000 for the week ending December 24th, the Labor Department reported, in line with the median estimate among economists polled by Reuters. Meanwhile, the number of people receiving benefits after an initial week of aid rose 41,000 to 1.710 million in the week ending December, 17th, 2022.

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Meanwhile, Amazon stock closed the December 22 trading session at $83.79, which represents a 49.7% drop compared to December 31, 2021. This is the lowest closing level for the Amazon stock since March 12, 2019. Basically, the group, founded by Jeff Bezos, has completely erased all the gains during the two years when strict restrictions were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. It closed today at $84.18.

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Finally, U.S. stocks rose sharply, ending a two-session losing streak, though trading volumes remain subdued in the final days of the year. The heavyweight Information Technology sector led the rally, rebounding from a recent drop that has weighed on the markets this week. The equity front continued to offer little in terms of headlines, though shares of Cal-Maine Foods fell after the company missed earnings estimates.

The economic calendar introduced labor data, as jobless claims ticked slightly higher compared to the prior week.

Treasury yields were mixed, the U.S. dollar dropped, crude oil prices were lower, and gold traded higher.

Asian stocks finished mostly lower after yesterday’s downturn in the U.S., while markets in Europe were higher despite uncertainty regarding the ultimate global impact of aggressive monetary policy tightening across the world.

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MEDICAL PRIOR AUTHORIZATION: Proposed Modernization from CMS

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CMS Proposes Modernizing Prior Authorizations

On December 6, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a modernization of the prior authorization process for health insurance. The proposed rule seeks to require certain insurers to implement electronic prior authorization, shorten decision timeframes, and make the process more transparent and efficient.

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The rule includes “five key provisions and five Requests for Information,” aiming to “improve patient and provider access to health information and streamline processes related to prior authorization for medical items and services.” This Health Capital Topics article will review those provisions and requests for information, as well as stakeholder responses to the proposals. (Read more…)

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HOSPICE: End-of-Care w/o Dignity

THE TERMINAL END GAME

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How the visionary hospice movement became a for-profit hustle by Ava Kofman (ProPublica)

ProPublica’s unblinking, compassionate look at an industry that uncomfortably reminds us of our own mortality couldn’t have come at a more poignant time.

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The story shows how rampant fraud and malpractice have upended a “crusade to provide death with dignity.”

But what truly makes this piece is how the reporter handled such a difficult, heavy lift with so much grace!

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FTX: Celebrities Named in Lawsuit

SUSPICIOUS AFFINITY MARKETING?

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DEFINITION: Affinity marketing is a concept that consists of a partnership between a company and an organization that gathers persons sharing the same interests to bring a greater consumer base to their service, product or opinion. This partnership is known as an affinity group.

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So, after the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange FTX, a number of celebs who had acted as ambassadors for the company were named as defendants in a class-action suit against it.

Comedian and Seinfeld creator Larry David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, and basketball stars Shaquille O’Neal and Stephen Curry were likely trading lawyer recommendations in the A-lister group chat.

Beware celebrity and affinity marketing!

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What is the SANTA CLAUS Stock Market Rally?

LATE DECEMBER – EARLY JANUARY RISE

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RALLY: A rally is a period of sustained increases in the prices of stocks, bonds or indices … An increase in prices during a primary trend bear market is called a bear market rally. A bear market rally is sometimes defined as an increase of 10% to 20%.

Now, a Santa Claus Rally describes a sustained increase in the stock market that occurs in the last week of December through the first two trading days in January. There are numerous explanations for the causes of a Santa Claus rally including tax considerations, a general feeling of optimism and happiness on Wall Street, and the investing of holiday bonuses.

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Another theory is that some very large institutional investors, a number of which are more sophisticated and pessimistic, tend to go on vacation at this time, leaving the market to retail investors, who tend to be more bullish.

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IRS: Best States for Minimizing Taxes in Retirement

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If shrinking your tax liability is high on your list of priorities, a few states stand out. The winners in the list below either have no state income tax, no tax on retirement income, or a substantial discount on the taxes levied on retirement income. But that’s just the start.

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While several additional states have no state income tax, the states that made our list also have favorable sales, property, inheritance, and estate taxes.

  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

If those seven locations aren’t ideal, consider the next tier of tax-friendly states. Tax benefits aren’t quite as high as those above, but they do stand out in one specific category: no taxes on social security income.

That’s not to say they don’t make up for it in other areas, however. Washington State, for example, has no state income tax, but does have a 6.5% state sales tax. Still, it’s always beneficial to avoid income tax when possible.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

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MICROSOFT: IPO Value Today?

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Value of a $1,000 investment in Microsoft’s IPO today

Microsoft completed its initial public offering (IPO) on March 13, 1986, at a price of $21 per share. Since then, the company has grown so valuable, and its stock price has soared so high, that management opted to conduct nine stock splits over time to ensure its shares remained accessible to small investors.

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Had you invested $1,000 in Microsoft at its IPO, you would have acquired 47 shares at $21 per share. Adjusting for the stock splits, you’d actually have 13,536 shares today with a cost basis of $0.0729 per share. 

Given Microsoft now trades at $238.73 per share, that translates to a return of 327,401%.

In dollar terms, that $1,000 investment in 1986 would be worth a whopping $3.23 million today. But it gets better, because Microsoft has paid a dividend since 2003 — and assuming you never sold a single share along the way, you’d have also received $341,513 in dividends.

Given Microsoft continues to pay a quarterly dividend of $0.68 per share, you would still be collecting a cool $36,817 each year, or 36 times your initial $1,000 outlay. That’s the power of long-term investing.

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MEDICARE: Physician Payments Cuts?

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Congress Overrides Some – But Not All – Medicare Physician Payment Cuts

On December 20, 2022, the U.S. Congress announced its deal to fund the federal government through 2023, averting an imminent government shutdown. The 4,155-page, $1.7 trillion spending bill spans a vast array of funding initiatives and other bipartisan measures, including a number of noteworthy healthcare provisions.

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Perhaps most significantly, Congress intervened in the impending cuts to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), overriding some, but not all, of the payment reductions. This Health Capital Topics article will discuss the congressional measures to ameliorate the payment cuts to physicians in 2023, as well as the other healthcare provisions included in the omnibus spending bill. (Read more…)

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VALUE STOCKS: Now Seeking Bargains?

Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP

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The bargain-hunting value style is looking for shares that are under priced in relation to the company’s future potential. A value investor will invest in a company in the expectation that its shares will increase in value over time. Value investing is based essentially on quantitative criteria; asset values, cash flow, and discounted future earnings. The key properties of value shares are low Price/Earnings, Price/Sales ratios, and normally higher dividend yields. 

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No Christmas Rally this year!

So, on observing a company’s earnings growth, a value manager will decide whether to buy shares based on the company’s consistency or recovery prospects. The key research questions are: 1) Does the current P/E ratio warrant an investment in a slow growth company or, 2) Is the company a higher growth candidate that has dropped in price due to a temporary problem.  If this is the case, will the company’s earnings growth recover, and if so, when? The key to value investing is to find bargain shares (priced low historically or for temporary and/or irrational reasons), avoiding shares that are merely cheap (priced low because the company is failing).

The buying opportunity is identified when a company undergoing some immediate problems is perceived to have good chances of recovery in the medium to long term.  If there is a loss in market confidence in the company, the share price may fall, and the value investor can step in. Once the share price has achieved a suitable value, reflecting the predicted turnaround in company performance, the shareholding is sold, realizing a capital gain. A potential risk in value investing is that the company may not turn around, in which case the share price may stay static or fall.

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DAILY UPDATE: Christmas Tax Loss Harvesting and Lost Shareholder Wealth in 2022

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Investors pulled a record $41.9 billion from equities last week to engage in tax-loss harvesting according to Bank of America. 

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Tax-loss harvesting is a strategy to lower investment taxes that involves selling securities at a loss to offset capital gains. BofA said investors in the past week also pulled out $10 billion from bonds.

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Amazon.com Inc. has erased more shareholder wealth than any other publicly traded company in 2022. In total, investors in Amazon have lost $804.6 billion this year. The stock is down 48% in 2022.

Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have also suffered larger market-cap declines than Tesla, by virtue of their sheer size.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2022

An iMBA Inc., MERRY CHRISTMAS 2022

Happy Holidays from the Institute of Medical Business Advisors, Inc

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At this special time of year, we give thanks for our clients and our employees, as well as all essential workers in hospitals, health centers and medical practices across the country.

May the holiday spirit be with you and your family throughout the season and everyday We look forward to serving you in 2023.

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Omicron Sub-Variant XBB Rapidly Gaining Ground in the U.S.A.

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he emerging Omicron subvariant XBB contributes to an increasingly high number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., rivaling the sister strains BQ.1.1 and BQ.1, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Recent studies have indicated that the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster performed poorly against BQ.1.1, with even a weaker antibody response against XBB.

In late November, citing its poor neutralization effect on BQ.1 and BQ.1.1., the FDA pulled the emergency use authorization granted for bebtelovimab, a COVID-19 antibody therapy developed by Eli Lilly (LLY) and AbCellera Biologics (ABCL).

The CDC estimates for the week ending Dec. 24 show that XBB has made up ~18% of COVID cases in the U.S. compared to ~11% a week ago. Meanwhile, BQ.1.1 has led to ~36% of cases unchanged from a week ago, and BQ.1 caused ~27% of cases, a decline from ~29% last week.  

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CUSTOMIZABLE e-PODIATRY CONSENT FORMS

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CUSTOMIZABLE CMS & AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY STYLED PROTOCOLS, CHECKLISTS AND TEMPLATES

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e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ is an innovative new suite of software programs from the Institute of Medical Business Advisors [iMBA, Inc]. Our products solve your informed consent problems and enhance the education, discussion and documentation of the informed consent process for all podiatrists performing foot, ankle and leg reconstructive surgical procedures.

THE PROBLEM

All podiatrists are being pressured by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS], the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations [JCAHO], liability carriers and private insurance payers to make their consent process more patient-friendly, informed and easily understood. And, the pressure to standardize and comply is great.

Most recently, based on the need to make healthcare even safer, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) undertook a major study to identify patient safety issues and develop recommendations for “best practices”.

The AHRQ Evidence Report

The AHRQ report identified the challenge of addressing shortcomings such as missed, incomplete or not fully comprehended informed consent, as a significant patient safety issue and opportunity for improvement.

The authors of the AHRQ report hypothesized that better informed patients:

“are less likely to experience errors by acting as another layer of protection.”

And, the AHRQ study ranked a “more interactive informed consent process” among the top 11 practices supporting more widespread implementation; especially for surgical consent forms.

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One answer to the modern risk-management problem of “informed consent interactivity” may be e-Podiatry Consent Forms™  We license two core interactive surgical products, and a reference library, with related concepts and products in development:

  • Forefoot, Mid-Foot and Simple Rear-Foot Version
  • Complex Rear-Foot, Ankle and Lower Leg Version
  • Comprehensive content library for extreme customization.

Each e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ CD-ROM [secure email delivery is now available] is increasingly trusted as the simple solution to standardized communications across the entire office-enterprise; from managing-risk, informing-patients and complying with modern regulatory requirements through enhanced patient-centric informed consent encounters.

Thus, by improving the consistency, details, documentation and effectiveness of the informed consent process, e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ equips all podiatric surgeons with the tools needed to augment quality standards, reduce litigation potential and improve patient outcomes and safety.

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HOSPITAL FORMS: Be Aware BEFORE You Sign

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You don’t have to sign all the forms to be treated

Part of being a patient is signing stacks of forms, most of which you barely read much less understood. This is a mistake, Charlotte O’Leary says. Look for any “blank check” clauses on intake forms—it’s the part that reads, “I will be responsible for all costs not covered by insurance.”

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Instead, Charlotte Hilton Andersen, MS recommends crossing it out and writing, “I will be responsible for all costs that are medically necessary, that are not the responsibility of my insurer, are competitively priced, and that I am made aware of prior to treatment if they are not part of standard operating procedures.”

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What is Mutual Fund WINDOW DRESSING?

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To most people the holiday season means decorations at home and at work, but it also can mean “window dressing” in your mutual fund.

This somewhat disparaging term is used to describe the practice of a mutual fund making cosmetic changes to its portfolio just before the end of each calendar quarter. It’s done because funds publish their exact holdings of securities four times a year based on what they own at the end of each quarter.

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“The basic concept is that managers are either hiding their mistakes or adding winners to make themselves look a little smarter,” says Russ Kinnel, director of manager research at fund researcher Morningstar Inc. in Chicago. “Of course, it doesn’t necessarily help performance,” he adds.

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Digital Health Insurance Tracking Devices

By Staff Reporters

Blue Cross Blue Shield has deployed several trackers on its website, according to the web extension Ghostery, a tool that can tell you what kind of technology web pages are using.

  • Ghostery returned a list of trackers from Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn.

Though we don’t know specifically what kind of data is being transferred, these pixels are usually installed to help marketing departments. Tracking pixels, for the uninitiated, are hidden or embedded graphics that can give a more complete picture of a customer’s journey: what they’ve clicked on, if they’ve searched for something specific, if they’ve put something in a shopping cart, or whether an advertisement drove them to, say, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s homepage. For example, if an insurer wants to show that its ads are working, it can use a pixel to determine that it was their ad that got someone to finally sign up for health insurance, not Susan in HR.

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Trackers are ubiquitous, but experts and consumers have raised serious questions about the data that’s shared between companies. For example, investigative reporting outlet The Markup found that hospitals shared sensitive information with Facebook through the Meta pixel. And just this month, Indianapolis-based Community Health Network reported that pixels may have affected 1.5 million of its patients.

For more, read Marketing Brew’s interview with sociologist Mary F.E. Ebeling, who wrote a book about the collection of sensitive health data.

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VALUE INVESTING: Great Again!

By Vitaliy Katsenelson CFA

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The stock market bubble that I’ve been writing about for the last few years is finally bursting. For the first time in almost a decade, it feels like common sense has stopped being a painful headwind and is turning into a tailwind. 

Paying any price for the stocks of companies that were growing revenues but had no hint of profitability and were diluting shareholders by giving away 10% of shares in stock-based compensation every year is an approach that has stopped working. 

Investors are discovering that the price you pay matters, eventually. Many of these companies are down 70-80% from their highs and are still expensive. 

Rising interest rates are making value investing great again! 


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Intentional Leader: What Does Our Irrationality Teach Us?

As I read Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, I found his ideas not only enlightening to understand my own predictable irrationality but also to think through ideas on motivation and change management for our teams. 1️⃣ Context matters – we find it hard to understand things in absolute terms so explain value in relative terms […]

What does our irrationality teach us — Intentional Leader

A Financial Early “Christmas Eve Carol” [Parts 1 and 2]

By Rick Kahler MS CFP® http://www.KahlerFinancial.com

Rick Kahler MS CFPFor me, the Christmas season doesn’t seem complete without Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. I’ve long been captivated by the transformation of the cold-hearted and calculating Mr. Scrooge, the seemingly inherent goodness of Bob Cratchit, and the haunting visits of the Ghosts of Christmas.

As a student of Dickens’s fable, I’ve been amazed at the wisdom and universal truths contained in that seemingly simple story. I have discovered that Mr. Scrooge isn’t merely the villain he’s often made out to be, nor is Cratchit the straightforward hero.

It’s not uncommon for the average American to have a stressful, even adversarial relationship with money, especially since half of Americans have no savings or investments and live month to month. Stress over money is especially exacerbated during the Christmas season each year. Many Americans borrow heavily on credit cards for gifts and end up stressing for months afterward trying to pay the bill.

Financial Transformations

How ironic that what Dickens unveils in the short A Christmas Carol is a powerful process for financial transformation (or any desired transformation). Dickens gives us a four-step process that anyone can employ to change destructive financial behaviors.

A few years ago I co-authored a book, The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge that highlights the subtle wisdom of Dickens’s story as it pertains to transforming one’s behavior around finances. The story became the heart of a successful model employed by financial planners and therapists to help transform a person’s relationship with money.

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The Story

The first big event in the story is the visit to Scrooge by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge takes to heart Marley’s warning to change his ways, thereby becoming willing to consider changing. Psychologists would call this an intervention.

The first and most important step toward transformation needs to be a personal realization that something is amiss with your behavior and it’s you who wants to contemplate changing, as opposed to someone else insisting you ought to or should change. Meaningful and sustainable change comes only from within, not without. Blaming personal financial problems on family, employers, the wealthy, or the government just keeps a person stuck in delusion.

What is the key to developing an internal desire to change? Addiction recovery programs call this “hitting bottom.” I describe it as reaching a state of openness to accept the facts and circumstances as they are, not as you wish they were. It is becoming convinced that change is crucial and that you are passionately ready to take action to change.

On that Christmas Eve, inexplicably, Scrooge was finally ready consider the message his old friend Marley had tried to deliver to him on many Christmas Eves previously.

In the book Changing for Good, psychologist James O. Prochaska and his co-authors describe this as moving from the stage of pre-contemplation to contemplation. Scrooge was willing to consider that his firmly entrenched world view might be skewed and to consider seeing the facts for what they were, not as he assumed they were.

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We may not be misers like Scrooge, but when it comes to our beliefs around money, we have as many delusions as he did. A few of the more popular of these beliefs, or money scripts, are: “More money is the answer,” “The stock market is a gamble,” “I work hard so I deserve to spend money,” and, “If I work hard I will make money.”

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Becoming willing to consider change is half the battle to free ourselves from destructive financial behavior based on these delusions. But it is only half. Next time we will look at three additional steps to transformation.

Part 2: A Financial “Christmas Carol” [Part 2]

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DIGITAL SECURITY and the American Dental Association [ADA]

By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS

Digital security and the ADA

I wrote the following letter four years ago today. Neither The Digital Dental Record nor its sponsor, The American Dental Association, responded. In fact, a few years later, The Digital Dental Record was predictably hacked and more than 500 dentists, including many ADA members, were victims of a breach of the ADA’s favored digital record system. The ADA is still silent, but they did however, terminate their business relationship with The Digital Dental Record.

Dear The Digital Dental Record,

Thanks for your response on Linkedin to my concerns about the security of EHRs compared to paper. To be honest with you, I’m pleasantly surprised. Contrary to the norm of what I consider an open and free market, very few vendors in the dental IT industry seem willing to openly discuss the dangers or cost of software they hope to sell to dentists – who obviously don’t ask the right questions. That is why I respectfully decline your offer of a private telephone conversation.

You know my name is Darrell Pruitt because it heads my post. I never hide it. Whoever you are, you should probably show potential customers the respect of accountability through transparency. After all, The Digital Dental Record is the only EHR system endorsed by the ADA. I hope that still stands for something of value.    

If you have any non-anecdotal evidence on which you base your bold claim that DDS Safe R2 is more secure than paper dental records, please share it. I’ll be transparent:  Nobody believes you. Then again, maybe “Luddites” who question the security of digital records are simply wrong. Here’s your chance to show the nation why the ADA chose to endorse The Digital Dental Record above all other electronic dental record systems.

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SAD: Doctors, FAs and the Winter Blues

SEASONAL AFFECTATION DISORDER

Out … Like a Light!

DST: Daylight saving time, also known as daylight savings time or daylight time, and summer time, is the practice of advancing clocks during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time.

BUT – Do you have trouble fitting daylight into your winter lifestyle? Or, have difficulty seeing medical patients, making hospital rounds, or serving consulting or financial advisory clients? Maybe it’s SAD?

But, how do you cope with the long dark, days of December and January?

To raise awareness of SAD, First Choice has brought together statistics from sources such as SADA, SAD.org.uk, Bupa and the Mood Disorders Society of Canada to create this new infographic.

In it you can find out how much daylight office workers receive year-round, as well as a collection of facts that can help you recognize and treat SAD. With December and the winter solstice drawing in we are certainly in for some short days in the coming weeks.

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Today, retail pharmacies across the board are struggling to hire and retain enough pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to keep up with the increased pandemic-related demand for vaccinations and prescriptions. On top of that, pharmacist burnout has prompted companies like Walgreens to reduce the workloads of their employees.

The stakes are high. A decline in pharmacy school enrollees and a seemingly tight job market for those graduates makes it hard to replace departing staff.

“One of the challenges in healthcare in general is that it has been a difficult couple of years for those working in this industry. And pharmacy isn’t immune to that,” said Nate Shenck, a managing director and senior partner at Boston Consulting Group.

To tackle the worker shortage, Walgreens announced it would invest $265 million in its pharmacy staff in FY 2023. Those funds are earmarked for raises, additional training and career development opportunities, and larger scholarships for pharmacy students, Erin Loverher, a spokesperson at Walgreens, said via email.

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DAILY UPDATE: Winter Solstice, Tele-Health, Retiree Withdrawal Rates, Crypto and the Markets

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The Winter Solstice, or the December Solstice, is the point at which the path of the sun in the sky is farthest south. At the Winter Solstice, the sun travels the shortest path through the sky resulting in the day of the year with the least sunlight and therefore, the longest night.

Telehealth extension: Tucked in the new Congress’ spending bill is an extension of HHS rules that made telehealth more accessible during the pandemic. But the provision, which extends the flexibility through the end of 2024, falls far short of a push from some lawmakers who wanted to make that flexibility permanent.

Traditional guidance says not to spend more than 4% of your retirement savings in the first year to protect yourself from running out of money in your golden years. A new recommendation puts that figure at 3.8% with a 30-year time horizon, according to researchers at Morningstar Inc., a half-point higher than the 3.3% withdrawal they recommended in 2022 due to expectations for lower future investment returns. That means if you retire this year with a $640,000 portfolio invested 50% in stocks and 50% in bonds, you should take out no more than $24,320 in 2023.

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Following the downfall of Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX in November, cryptocurrency trading volumes plummeted 50%. Since last year, crypto’s market cap has lost nearly three-fourths of its value, with bitcoin and ethereum, both down nearly 75% from their record-highs in November of 2021.

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U.S. equities finished higher in choppy action, posting the first gains in four sessions, as investors digested a host of monetary policy decisions from central banks in Asia. The Bank of Japan and People’s Bank of China kept their respective benchmark interest rates unchanged, but the former surprisingly tweaked its yield curve control policy.

Equity news was on the light side today, as General Mills beat earnings estimates and raised its full-year guidance, and shares of Steel Dynamics gained ground after it was announced that it would replace ABIOMED in the S&P 500.

On the economic front, housing starts declined less than anticipated, while building permits fell much more than expectations. Treasury yields rose, particularly on the long end of the curve, while the U.S. dollar fell, crude oil prices saw a modest increase, and gold prices rallied.

Asian stocks finished broadly lower and market in Europe diverged amid the host of monetary policy decisions.

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Performance Coaching for Doctors? [A Voting and Opinion Poll]

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Like some other folks, doctors may benefit from having an objective, outside consultant or coach advise them on how to maximize their medical practice and/or personal performance.

In fact, it’s becoming a popular service, particularly as the ACA, market volatility, heightened insurer and patient demands, and profit pressures are challenging physicians in ways that may not be familiar to them.

But, not all coaches are created equal. What is a coach? What are the risks and benefits? Is this a real need or perceived marketing ploy in a time of tumult?

Q: And so, should doctors hire a performance coach?

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Know Your Customer (KYC) guidelines in financial services require that professionals make an effort to verify the identity, suitability, and risks involved with maintaining a business relationship. The procedures fit within the broader scope of a bank’s anti-money laundering (AML) policy.

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KYC processes are also employed by companies of all sizes for the purpose of ensuring their proposed customers, agents, consultants, or distributors are anti-bribery compliant, and are actually who they claim to be. Banks, insurers, export creditors, and other financial institutions are increasingly demanding that customers provide detailed due diligence information.

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Initially, these regulations were imposed only on the financial institutions but now the non-financial industry, fintech, virtual assets dealers, and even non-profit organizations are liable to oblige.

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DAILY UPDATE: Sovereign Wealth Funds, Mortgages and the Dimming U.S. Markets

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Sovereign wealth funds could be selling roughly $29 billion in equities by the end of December. Meanwhile, U.S. defined benefit pension plans would need to shift up to $70 billion from equities to bonds to hit their targets, reports Bloomberg quoting the JPMorgan estimates. “The recent equity market correction and bond rally are consistent with the rebalancing hypothesis,” Bloomberg quoted Vincent Deluard, a macro strategist at StoneX. 

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And, in a recent interview with CNN, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said he’s concerned the housing market will continue to challenge buyers in the coming years. Moynihan pointed to sky-high mortgage rates as a big reason buyers might continue to struggle — especially first-time buyers with more limited financial resources. Moynihan also said there could be two more years of pain in the housing market before things cool off and homes become more available and affordable. And that’s a tough pill to swallow.

Finally, U.S. stocks were lower, adding to last week’s declines, as the global markets continued to grapple with the ultimate impact of aggressive monetary policy tightening around the world. Last week, the Fed, European Central Bank, Bank of England, and Swiss National Bank all increased their benchmark interest rates by 50 basis points, fostering recession concerns.

Treasury yields traded higher, and the U.S. dollar was unchanged, while crude oil gained ground, and gold was lower.

Other equity news was light, as L3Harris Technologies announced an agreement to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne with an enterprise value of $4.7 billion, while shares of Madrigal Pharmaceuticals surged after positive trial results for its NASH and liver fibrosis treatment.

A busy week of housing data commenced, as the NAHB’s December Housing Market Index unexpectedly deteriorated.

Asia finished mostly lower as China’s COVID concerns weighed on sentiment, though European stocks were mostly higher, rebounding from last week’s decline as the global markets digest the recent rate hikes on both sides of the pond.

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Traditional Reasons for a Medical Practice Financial Valuation

Some economic reasons for a medical practice valuation 

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The decision to sell, buy or merge a medical practice, while often financially driven, and is inherently an emotional one for these impact investors who went into the profession largely because of a deep seated zeal to help others.

Still, beyond impact investing musings, there are other economic reasons for a practice valuation that include changes in ownership, determining insurance coverage for a practice buy-sell agreement or upon a physician-owner’s death, organic growth meter, establishing stock options, or bringing in a new partner; etc.

Practice appraisals are also used for legal reasons such as divorce, bankruptcy, breach of contract and minority shareholder complaints. In 2002, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued rules that required certain intangible assets to be valued, such as goodwill. This may be important for practices seeking start-up, service segmentation extensions, or operational funding. Some other reasons for a medical practice appraisal, and the considerations that go along with them, are discussed here.

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Estate Planning

Medical practice valuation may be required for estate planning purposes. For a decedent physician with a gross estate of more than current in-place tax limits, his or her assets must be reported at fair market value on an estate tax return. If lifetime gifts of a medial practice business interest are made, it is generally wise to obtain an appraisal and attach it to the gift tax return.

Note that when a “closely-held” level of value (in contrast to “freely traded,” “marketable,” or “publicly traded” level) is sought, the valuation consultant may need to make adjustments to the results. There are inherent risks relative to the liquidity of investments in closely held, non-public companies (e.g., medical group practice) that are not relevant to the investment in companies whose shares are publicly traded (freely-traded). Investors in closely-held companies do not have the ability to dispose of an invested interest quickly if the situation is called for, and this relative lack of liquidity of ownership in a closely held company is accompanied by risks and costs associated with the selling of an interest said company (i.e., locating a buyer, negotiation of terms, advisor/broker fees, risk of exposure to the market, etc.). Conversely, investors in the stock market are most often able to sell their interest in a publicly traded company within hours and receive cash proceeds in a few days. Accordingly, a discount may be applicable to the value of a closely held company due to the inherent illiquidity of the investment. Such a discount is commonly referred to as a “discount for lack of marketability.”

Discount for lack of marketability is typically discussed in three categories: (1) transactions involving restricted stock of publicly traded companies; (2) private transactions of companies prior to their initial public offering (IPO); and, (3) an analysis and comparison of the price to earnings (P/E) ratios of acquisitions of public and private companies respectively published in the “Mergerstat Review Study.”\

With a non-controlling interest, in which the holder cannot solely authorize and cannot solely prevent corporate actions (in contrast to a controlling interest), a “discount for lack of control,” (DLOC), may be appropriate. In contrast, a control premium may be applicable to a controlling interest. A control premium is an increase to the pro rata share of the value of the business that reflects the impact on value inherent in the management and financial power that can be exercised by the holders of a control interest of the business (usually the majority holders). Conversely, a discount for lack of control or minority discount is the reduction from the pro rata share of the value of the business as a whole that reflects the impact on value of the absence or diminution of control that can be exercised by the holders of a subject interest.

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Several empirical studies have been done to attempt to quantify DLOC from its antithesis, control premiums. The studies include the Mergerstat Review, an annual series study of the premium paid by investors for controlling interest in publicly traded stock, and the Control Premium Study, a quarterly series study that compiles control premiums of publicly traded stocks by attempting to eliminate the possible distortion caused by speculation of a deal.

Buy-Sell Agreements

The ideal situation is for physician partners to put in place a buy-sell agreement when practice relationships are amicable. This establishes the terms for departure before they are required, and is akin to a prenuptial agreement in the marriage contract. Disagreements most often occur when a doctor leaves the group, often acrimoniously. Business operations of the practice decline, employee and partner morale suffers, feuding factions develop spilling over into the office, and the practice begins to implode creating a downward valuation spiral. And so, valuations should be done every 2-3 years, or as the economic circumstances of the practice change. Independence and credibility are provided, and emotional overtones are purged from the transaction.

Physician Partnership Disputes

Medical practice appraisals are often used in partnership disputes, such as breach-of-contract or departure issues. Obvious revenue declinations are not difficult to quantify. But, revenues may not immediately fall since certain Current Procedural Terminology [CPT®] code reimbursements may actually increase. Upon verification however, lost business may be camouflaged as the number of procedures performed, or number of patients decrease after partner departure.

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Divorce

Physicians getting divorced should get a practice appraisal, and either side may hire the appraiser, although occasionally the court will order an expert to provide a neutral valuation. Such valuations should be done in light of both court discovery rules and IRS requirements for closely held businesses. Generally, this requires the consideration of eight elements:

• Practice specialty and operating history
• Economic and healthcare industry condition
• Estimates of practice risks and future returns
• Book value and financial condition of the practice
• Practice future earning capacity
• Physician bonuses, dividends and distributions
• Intangible assets
• Comparable practice sales

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Assessment

Sometimes, the non-physician spouse may even desire a lifestyle analysis to evaluate the potential for under reported income, by a forensic accountant, or appraiser. A family law judge is often the final arbiter of different valuations, and because of varying state laws there may be 50 different nuances of what the practice is really worth.

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HEALTH GORILLA: A New Health Data Interoperability Start-Up

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Health Gorilla is in the business of health data interoperability and the double-backflip this startup is doing to both make clinical data an easily accessible commodity – while also making sure that access to that data adheres to the privacy rules established by the US government – takes a minute to understand, but is critically important for the future of many health tech businesses.

LINK http://www.HealthGorilla.com

And, it’s not often that 10,000-plus like-minded individuals come together for a common cause. Luckily in the healthcare space, we have HLTH – bringing together the entire health ecosystem to focus on innovation and transformation.

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AUTO INSURANCE and the [Rising] Corona Virus Flu

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Here’s what Covid vaccines have to do with auto insurance

A new study of 11 million adults in Canada revealed that people who weren’t vaccinated against Covid were 72% more likely to get into car accidents where at least one person had to go to the hospital.

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Now, that doesn’t mean your jab protects against car accidents, of course, but it does suggest that folks who reject public health recommendations might also reject road rules. The difference was striking enough that the researchers said doctors should discuss road safety with unvaccinated patients, and that car insurance companies might want to factor it into their rates.

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NEW: Physician Electronic-Mail Bills

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The next time you message your doctor to ask about a pesky cough or an itchy rash, you may want to check your bank account first — you could get a bill for the question.

Hospital systems around the country are rolling out fees for some messages that patients send to physicians, who they say are spending an increasing amount of time poring over online queries, some so complex that they require the level of medical expertise normally dispensed during an office visit. Patient advocates, however, worry these new fees may deter people from reaching out to their doctor and that they add another layer of complexity to the U.S. health care system’s already opaque billing process.

“This is a barrier that denies access and will result in hesitancy or fear to communicate and potentially harm patients with lower quality of care and outcomes at a much higher cost,” said Cynthia Fisher, the founder of Patient Rights Advocate, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that pushes for hospital price transparency.

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The explosion of telehealth over the last three years — driven by the COVID-19 outbreak and relaxed federal regulations for online care — prompted many doctors to adopt more robust telecommunication with their patients. Consultations that once happened in an office were converted to computer or smart phone visits. And health care systems invited patients to use new online portals to message their doctors with a question at any time, American Medical Association president Jack Resneck Jr. told The Associated Press.

“When people figured out this is cool and could improve care, you saw hospitals and practice groups saying to patients, welcome to your portal … you can ping your physician with questions if you want,” Resneck said. “We found ourselves as physicians getting dozens and dozens of these a day and not having time built in to do that work.”

The charges vary for each patient and hospital system, with messages costing as little as $3 for Medicare patients to as much $160 for the uninsured. In some cases, the final bill depends on how much time the doctor spends responding.

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Me, Marcinko and Dr. Avatar in 2022 [Metaverse?]

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By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP™

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Recently, I was invited to speak at a regional convention. No surprise there as I have been doing so – around the world – for more than twenty years – webcasts included. And, I was asked to submit the usual paraphernalia; a formal CV, audio-visual needs, travel arrangements and times, PPE, and a personal photo which were all dutifully supplied.

Then, I was asked to supply something that flabbergasted me; I became slack-jawed, actually.

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Imagine my surprise when I was asked for an avatar; not just a digital photograph. So – having none – I had one made and now submit it for your review.

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So, how do I virtually look – better or worse – glasses or contact lens? It seems as though some folks are more interested in the virtual me; than the real me. Go figure!

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FTX SCANDAL: Who is John J. Ray III?

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FTX’s New Chief Executive Officer?

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John J. Ray III (born January 1959) is an American attorney and insolvency professional. He specializes in recovering funds from failed corporations. He was appointed CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX in the aftermath of its November 2022 collapse.

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He previously served as chairman of Enron Creditors Recovery Corp., a company tasked with recovering creditor funds from Enron in the wake of its accounting scandal and subsequent collapse. He also worked on the bankruptcies of Nortel, Residential Capital, and Overseas Shipholding.

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DAILY UPDATE: Five Stocks to Watch?

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Here are some of the companies the Yahoo Finance team suggests you watch?

Kraft Heinz (KHC) may be on the road to recovery. It announced stronger-than-expected earnings, with CEO Miguel Patricio saying that the company is making “good progress” on identifying the problems with its past performance. But he admitted they’re still delivering results “below our potential.”

Altria’s (MO) third-quarter earnings beat Wall Street estimates but the company revealed it is writing down a third of its investment in Juul. The company wrote-down $4.5 billion of its $12.8 billion investment in the vaping company. Juul is facing lawsuits and potential new regulations after an outbreak of vaping related illnesses.

Ford (F) and the UAW have reached an agreement to hold-off a strike. The new contract includes $6 billion worth of investment in U.S. facilities and adding 8,500 jobs to Ford’s workforce. This deal is expected to follow the same guidelines as the GM contract and include lump-sum payments and wage increases.

Former Secretary of State and Exxon Mobile (XOM) CEO Rex Tillerson is insisting that Exxon Mobile did not lie about the company’s plan for the financial risks of climate change. Tillerson testified for three and a half hours in the securities fraud trial in New York, denying that the company’s plans were meant to dupe investors. Exxon Mobile earnings are due out tomorrow before the opening bell.

Finally, it could be a very Merry X-mass for Hershey (HSY). A recent survey found Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, made by Hershey, are the No. 1 favorite candy for Halloween. Snickers, made by privately-owned Mars, were a distant second. The National Retail Federation says Americans will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween candy this year.

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TURQUOISE HEALTH? Compare Prices Before Receiving Medical Care

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Last year, all hospitals were required to list their prices for elective services on an annual basis. Whether you have insurance or plan to pay cash – find and compare prices.

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So, just like you wouldn’t buy a car, rent an apartment or even order food without knowing the cost, you shouldn’t pay blindly for healthcare.

Now you can compare prices before showing up for treatment.

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DAILY UPDATE: Another Lower Week for the Stock Markets

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U.S. equities declined, posting a second-straight weekly loss, as recession worries have ratcheted higher in the wake of a host of global central bank actions earlier this week. The Fed’s mid-week 50 basis point rate increase was followed by similar actions from the European Central Bank, the Bank of England, and Swiss National Bank. The moves came amid an evident slowdown in global economic growth, with data released today showing most manufacturing and services PMIs domestically and across the globe continue to see a contraction in activity, adding fuel to the recessionary fears.

Treasury yields diverged, and the U.S. dollar was little changed, while crude oil prices fell, and gold traded to the upside. The equity front was relatively quiet, but Adobe’s quarterly results beat the Street on the top line, and the company reaffirmed its guidance, while shares of Darden Restaurants fell despite posting better-than-expected earnings and an upbeat outlook.

Asian stocks were mixed and European stocks saw widespread losses, as the global markets continued to digest the flood of monetary policy decisions around the world.

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