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What’s wrong with earning a commission from the sale of a financial product?

Nothing. It isn’t any more inappropriate than a car salesperson earning a commission when you buy a vehicle.

Yet there’s one important difference. When you buy a car the roles are clear. You know going in that the salesperson is there to sell you their product. You understand it’s your responsibility to do your homework and know what you need and can afford.

Role Confusion

That clarity of roles is purposely clouded in the financial services industry. The “salespeople” are rarely referred to as such. Instead they call themselves creatively contrived variations like “financial advisor,” “financial planner,” “financial consultant,” or “financial representative.” The only advice a financial salesperson gives is in conjunction with the sales pitch to buy their product, where the incentive for them is receiving a commission.

This pretense that salespeople are working for the customer rather than the financial firm that employs them creates an inherent conflict of interest. The salesperson’s financial rewards come from pushing products versus giving client-oriented, comprehensive financial advice.

Conflict of interest

The conflict of interest resulted in many brokerage and insurance firms in the 1980’s providing incentives for their salespeople to push high commission products while hiding the high fees.

Examples:

  • Just one of many examples was described in a 1993 article in the Los Angeles Times. Prudential allowed salespeople to cheat customers out of $3 billion of losses invested into 700 Prudential limited partnerships that were high-risk and “rife with misconduct” while telling investors they were “safe, high-yield investments comparable to bank certificates of deposit.” The company finally agreed to a fine of $371 million, representing about 12% of what investors lost.

You might think that, 24 years later, things have changed and large financial firms selling products have changed. They haven’t.

  • One recent example was the $185 million fine paid by Wells Fargo over charging their customers fees for financial products they didn’t authorize.
  • Also, two years ago JPMorgan was fined $307 million for product pushing. Last year they were fined $264 million for their part in a vast foreign bribery scheme.
  • In 2015, one of the top JPMorgan representatives, Johnny Burris, who has been in the business for more than 25 years, refused to steer clients into proprietary JPMorgan funds that he felt had become rife with high fees. As reported in Financial Planning magazine, he was let go by the company.

But wait, that’s not all.

  • If you think Wells Fargo and JPMorgan’s fines were notable, think again. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Bank of America has paid $76.6 billion in 31 settlements from 2009 to 2016. During the same period, Chase Bank paid $38 billion in 22 settlements and Citigroup paid $15.8 billion in 15 settlement cases.

With a track record like this, you might think that consumers would be demanding wholesale changes in the way we regulate financial advice. They probably would be if they were personally aware of how hidden costs and fees cost the average investor thousands of dollars a year. No wonder that big financial firms can afford to pay billions in fines as a cost of doing business.

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Other countries, including Australia, Canada, and the UK, have required a distinct separation of financial advice from financial sales. Hopefully the US won’t let another 24 years go by with no changes in the way we regulate companies that sell financial products. For those changes to be driven by consumer demand, more investors need to learn about the costs they pay and to realize that sellers of financial products are not that different from sellers of cars.

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Is the cost of a college education really worth it?

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How do you know when the cost of a college education is really worth it? A lot of factors—both financial and emotional—go into making that decision. Weighing the pros and cons can be daunting.

Example:

Let’s consider a couple of examples that will help conceptualize the process of determining if a college education makes financial sense.

First, here are some numbers for traditional students. The cost of an average four-year education at Yale is around $240,000, and the average starting salary for its graduates is $55,000. The monthly payment on a student loan for that amount would be $2,420, or $29,159 a year. That equals 53% of the starting salary. There are a lot of other variables to consider, like potential scholarships that would lower the tuition, or lowering the loan payment by stretching out the amortization period (which actually increases the overall cost). But given these facts the answer to whether this education makes financial sense is a no-brainer. No; find another school.

At the South Dakota School of Mines, by contrast, the cost of an average four-year education is around $65,000 and the average starting salary is $68,000. The monthly payment on a student loan for that amount would be $648, or $7,897 a year. That equals 12% of the starting salary. The cost of this education makes complete sense.

For traditional students, my personal rule of thumb is this: don’t pay more than one and a half times the average starting salary of a job for the education to obtain it.

For non-traditional students who are looking to switch careers, the calculation is a little more involved. You must weigh the salary you earn in your current career with the cost and net increase in the career you are considering.

Example:

Recently a reader emailed me this question: “I have a bachelor’s degree in my chosen career and am unable to find a full-time, benefitted, permanent job. When is it no longer a good financial decision to not go back to college? I can pick up a degree in a different field for $8,000. If I am 12-13 years from retirement, is it worth it?”

The average salary for a job in her career field is $20 an hour, or $42,000 a year. The problem is that she has not been able to find employment in her career field. She has only been able to find temporary jobs with earnings of $9.77 to $12.75 per hour.

So far her four-year degree has netted her around $12,500 a year. Her research shows that if she went back to school for two years she could switch to a career field more in demand in her area and earn $45,000 a year. That’s $32,500 more per year. If she invests two years and $8,000 in education, then works in her new career for 10 years, she can earn an additional $325,000 before retirement.

If she were to borrow the funds needed for her education and repay the loan at 4% for 10 years, her monthly payment would be $81, or $972 a year. That equals about 2% of her salary. Given these facts, going back to school makes clear financial sense.

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Of course, financial factors are not the only ones to consider in deciding whether to invest in education. Looking at the numbers is essential, but it’s equally important to find a career field that suits your talents and interests. It makes no sense to spend time and money preparing for a career you don’t want. The most rewarding college investment is one that provides worthwhile returns in emotional satisfaction as well as financial success. 

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As a generic financial advisor, how would you answer this client prospect’s inquiry?

QUESTION: I’m a 47 year old MD – Can you help me?

TRADITIONAL ANSWER: I am a stock-broker [aka financial advisor] or insurance agent, and I sell financial products and insurance policies on a commission basis.

What do you want to buy?

CURRENT ANSWER: I am a financial planner, and I charge a percentage amount on the assets I “manage” for you. But, I have a minimum portfolio amount.

So how much money do you have to invest?

DEEP NICHE ANSWER: Yes! I am a fully CERTIFIED MEDICAL PLANNER™ practitioner.  I understand holistic financial planning for medical professionals and current health industry tumult. And, as an informed fiduciary – with transparent fees – I can help with your medical practice, business and/or personal financial planning matters.

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Dr. MarcinkoAre financial advisors a wise investment? Mine charges me 1% each year for all my assets under their management. Is it worth it?

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It is hard to know for sure. But the fact that many financial advisers have different hidden fees suggests to me that they themselves don’t think that people would pay if they charged for their services in a clear and upfront way.

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To help you think about this question in your own life, let’s contrast two cases: In case one, you are charged 1% of your assets under management, and this amount is taken directly from your brokerage account once a month. In case two, you pay the same overall amount, but you send a monthly check to your financial adviser.

Consider

The second case more directly and clearly depicts the cost of your financial adviser, providing a better frame for your question. So, put yourself in the mindset of the second case, and ask yourself if you would pay directly for these services.

I think the best answer, according to colleague and economist Dan Ariely PhD, can be expressed in this manner.

If the answer is yes, keep your financial adviser; if the answer is no, you have your first action plan for the New Year.

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At press time this evening, the United States was embarked on a successful 2012 Olympics. The U.S. had received 90 medals — 39 gold, 25 silver and 26 bronze. Our Olympic team was on a path to receive well over 100 medals.

While each medal has very high personal value, there also is value to the tangible materials. The gold medals contain approximately $675 in materials, the silver $385 and the bronze medal value is $5. However, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) also provides a cash gift for medal winners. The gift values are $25,000 for a gold medal, $15,000 for a silver medal and $10,000 for a bronze medal.

Should the Olympic winners pay tax?

The general income tax rule is that all prizes are taxable unless specifically excluded. Several Senators and Representatives have proposed that the value of the medal and USOC cash award should be excluded from taxable income.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Olympic Tax Elimination Act. It would exempt medal winners from paying tax. Rubio stated, “Athletes representing our nation overseas in the Olympics shouldn’t have to worry about an extra tax bill waiting for them back home.”

Similar bills were introduced in the House by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

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All of the bills would exempt the medal and cash award from taxation. CPAs who have commented on the proposal note that the athletes would need to report the cash awards as income, but also could offset this income with “ordinary and necessary” expenses related to the awards. For example, the five women gymnasts who won the gold medal could take deductions for their classes, costs of coaches and their travel expenses.

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) joined the group that favors excluding the Olympic medals from taxation. He stated, “These athletes deserve every bit of our support and appreciation for representing the United States on the world stage. Allowing our Olympians to receive and enjoy their medals and awards without having to worry about whether they can pay the taxes on their accomplishment is just one small way we can show that support.”

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Medicare may disallow private contracting by federal law. But, can private insurances, whether PPO or managed care, legally prevent a patient from privately contracting with their doctor for services or goods above the contracted rates, as long as informed consent and appropriate waivers are executed in advance of the service?

IOWs: Do private managed care insurance companies have the legal  right to limit a person’s liberty to seek care above the constraints of the health insurers contract, if the patient so desires?  I understand that an insurer by contract with provider and patient is obligated to pay only a negotiated fee for a specific service or good, but if the patient desires a more accommodating service or extra features to a durable good, do they have the right to privately contract for such services beyond the contract payment or benefit restraints. I believe that this goes into state law safeguards for patient welfare in as much as most non-federal or non-ERISA health insurances are guided by state law.

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This is not a naïve question for I have posed it to various plan medical directors in our area and have had surprisingly varied responses.

I welcome your crowd-sourced comments with thanks in advance.

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If you’re anything like most doctors, you graduated from college and perhaps even took a finance class or accounting class here or there, but you didn’t learn anything about managing your personal finances.

In fact, there probably wasn’t even an opportunity to take any such class in high school, college or medical school, either.

But, if medical school is partly about training for a job, shouldn’t we learn what to do with the money we earn from medical practice? Especially in a country where 45% of college students are in credit card debt and 40% of all Americans say they live beyond their means, many think it’s time to wise up to some of the challenges of money management.

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So, here are a few (say, 102) simple tips that can help get your money life (back) on the right track.

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I understand that as doctors we need to accommodate the disabled and follow the ADA of 1990. In the case of hearing-impaired patients, it is our cost to have an interpreter present.

But, for example, is the doctor able to dictate what interpreter will be used or does the patient decide who will be interpreting? As far as the charge for the services of the interpreter, how is the appropriate fee set?

It takes about twenty minutes for us to see a hearing-impaired patient. We are told from the interpreting service that it is their policy to charge us for a minimum of two hours.

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I just received a demand for payment from the RAC program for $32.46. I treated a patient with a non-displaced fibula fracture with a BK CAM boot and crutches. I coded 99212-25 and 27786,73610 on 1-29-09.  The audit claims the evaluation and management is part of the fracture care.

Should I appeal for $32.46?

Back then (3 years ago), my records were hand-written and not as comprehensive as they are now with EHR. Am I exposing myself to further inquiry by sending my admitedly inadequate records?

Doctor Name Withheld

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Do Doctors have an Obligation to Bill their Patients for Co-Payments?

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I have read about pro-bono care on the ME-P. But, as doctors, are we required to bill our patients their co-pay amount by law, or can it be written off at our discretion? In other words, if we decide not to bill them, will we be penalized by Medicare.

Conclusion

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Physician Financial Planning: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763745790

Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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Is an EMR Incentive Check Taxable?

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According to PM News #4325, a podiatrist in San Luis Obispo, CA, recently received his first EMR incentive check. 

Congratulations and kudos were had by all in the practice. Then, reality set in as the doctor wondered out loud!

Q: Is the incentive check taxable?

Assessment

We now seek input and advice from medical management consultants, financial advisors and accountants.

Conclusion     

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Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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Where Does our National Debt Originate?

Letting the White House … Tell Us!

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One of the fundamental things to understand about reducing our national debt is how we accumulated so much in the first place.

Assessment

To explain the impact various policies have had over the past decade, shifting us from projected surpluses to actual deficits and, as a result, running up the national debt, the White House has developed a graphic for us.

Source: Whitehouse.gov

Conclusion     

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Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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Do You Have a Healthcare Related Patent or Business Idea?

Crowd-Source Your Concept for Grassroots Industry Feedback

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The Medical Executive-Post is proud that our readership is at the very cutting edge of modern innovation. And, we know that many of you have great ideas but don’t always have the time or resources to move them toward realization.

Our Community Advantage

Through our online community for healthcare and financial professionals, you are now able to engage relevant market populations directly and progress your business ideas forward.

And, we have already worked with a select nucleus of organizations to drive conversations around several innovative healthcare related business ideas.

Assessment

Concept, start-up or ready to launch; let us help you find the insights you need … and feedback  you’re desperately looking for. 

Who knows, the next Steve Jobs of healthcare may be out-there!

Conclusion                

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Practice Management: http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826105752

Physician Financial Planning: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763745790

Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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How Financial Advisors Can Earn Exposure on the ME-P

Using Our Free -or- Fee Based Methods

Ann Miller RN MHA

[Executive-Director]

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Dear Financial or Investment Advisor, Consultant or Financial Planner

Are you looking for added marketing exposure for yourself, your website, or your financial advisory business or financial planning firm? Do you have some area of expertise in the financial planning niche for doctors and medical professionals?

If so – the Medical Executive Post is here to help make your brand, website presence and your original articles and comments available to the more than 175,000 visitors that read us every month.

How for Free?

The first step is to join us:

  1. Then submit an original essay, or comment on an existing ME-P [no store bought or ghost written material]. Include an author bio with photo.
  2. Get feedback and back-links to your email address or website with the added marketing exposure to our community.
  3. Serve your clients well.

How for Fee?

The first step is to join us.

  1. Submit videos, with audio, to give yourself or firm, additional time and exposure for a small fee.
  2. Help us create an Expert Page – a dedicated page on our website that provides additional information exclusively on you, your services and products. Use this page to network and communicate with doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in need of your services, products or advice.
  3. Serve your clients well.

Assessment

We look forward to helping you gain exposure to ME-P readers and subscribers – a win-win proposition for all concerned.

Thank you.

ME-P Editorial Department

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Health Dictionary Series: http://www.springerpub.com/Search/marcinko

Practice Management: http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826105752

Physician Financial Planning: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763745790

Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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Social Media Strategy Survey for Financial Advisors and their Physician Clients

The ME-P Wants to Know

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Increasingly, more brokerages and wealth management firms are pursuing various social media channels to connect with prospective medical clients and existing customers. Financial Advisors [FAs], RIAs and CPAs are using social media, as well.

Financial Services Late Adopters

Now, while adoption has been slow, this is changing as more firms embrace the technology required to make social media programs successful. This rapidly changing social media landscape means that individuals in the financial services industry, and their related organizations, must be strategic or risk falling behind.

Assessment

Join in and tell us how FAs, BDs, RIAs, CPAs and wealth management firms can, and should, take advantage of social media platforms. Give us your best tips and insights to help firms capitalize on these new opportunities to connect with existing and potential new clients.

Doctors – feels free to chime in as well. How has your FA or CPA been treating you; lately?

Conclusion

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Our Other Print Books and Related Information Sources:

Health Dictionary Series: http://www.springerpub.com/Search/marcinko

Practice Management: http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826105752

Physician Financial Planning: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763745790

Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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About Healthcare Financials.com

WELCOME ALL HEALTH 2.0 COLLEAGUES

[An Open Invitation]

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All hospitals and healthcare organizations, both emerging and mature, face a daunting financial scenario in today’s volatile healthcare reimbursement environment.  Decreasing revenues, increasing costs, and high consumer expectations present a complex challenge for CEOs, CFOs, physicians and nurse executives, administrators, financial advisors and department managers who must not only lead in today’s climate, but also position their organizations for tomorrow’s financial tumult and potential political changes of the Obama Administration.

Produced by a team of leading doctors, physician executives, nurses, medical professionals, economists, administrators, lawyers, and accountants, skilled business leaders and IT consultants, among many others; Healthcare Organizations [Journal of Financial Management Strategies] on CD-ROM, or SaaS, looks at ways to manage assets, costs, human resources and healthcare claims.  Everything – from inventory management to hybrid and activity based cost analysis in order to accelerate the cash conversion cycle – is scrutinized.  And, modern health economic themes like competitive strategy, workplace violence and financial benchmarks, for both public and private entities, are included.

We also examine contemporaneous topics such as the lessons learned from the corporate healthcare market competition and the PPMC imbroglio of the early 2000’s, and the domestic financial meltdown of 2009. This includes current methods for achieving hospital objectives, negotiating and analyzing cost-volume-profit contracts, and understanding the financial impact of regulatory requirements under HIPAA, STARK I-III, OSHA, the US Patriot Acts, the Deficit Reduction Act [DRA], the often contentious Sarbanes-Oxley Act, ARRA and HITECH Acts, and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions [FACT] Act.

In addition, information technology issues like electronic medical records (eMRs), RFID controls, RSS feeds and blogs, Health 2.0 initiatives and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems are examined in detail. Virtually no  operational, strategic business, health economics, or financial management topic is omitted.

“This wide-ranging examination of the fiscal

management scene for hospitals, healthcare

organizations, clinics and outpatient centers 

includes case models, extensive appendices, 

and detailed checklists and templates that

step the reader through a review of main

issues for each chapter.”

Health Care Organizations [Journal of Financial Management Strategies] on CD-ROM, or SaaS, is dedicated to meeting the administrative needs of our nation’s healthcare organizations in order to help them maintain a competitive edge in the markets they serve; and to take advantage of emerging business opportunities. We therefore invite you to be the first health economics cynosure in your hospital, facility, or healthcare system to join us for the journey.

Let Health Care Organizations [Journal of Financial Management Strategies] be your guide. 

Subscribe today … Succeed tomorrow!

Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA, CMP

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What is the Point of Financial Planning [Pod Cast]?

A Video and Audio Survey

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Question

What’s the point of financial planning?

One Answer

Read WSJ’s post from Richard Reyes and comment below to share what you think the point is.

Assessment

PodCast link: http://www.vimeo.com/22892025?ab

Conclusion

And so, your thoughts and comments on this ME-P are appreciated.

Is financial planning different for doctors, as we contend here at the ME-P? Do we need a separate educational track and designation for healthcare, like: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com ?

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Physician Financial Planning: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763745790

Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

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Introducing Carol S. Miller BSN MBA

Our Newest Thought-Leader

By Ann Miller RN MHA

[Executive-Director]

Carol S. Miller BSN, MBA, PMP has an extensive healthcare background in operations, business development and capture in both the public and private sector. Over the last 10 years she has provided management support to projects in the Department of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense medical programs.

Resume

In most recent years, Carol has served as Vice President and Senior Account Executive for NCI Information Systems, Inc., Assistant Vice President at SAIC, and Program Manager at MITRE. She has led the successful capture of large IDIQ/GWAC programs, managed the operations of multiple government contracts, interacted with many government key executives, and increased the new account portfolios for each firm she supported. She is a HIMSS Fellow, Past President and current Board member and an ACT/IAC Fellow.

Education

Carol earned her MBA from Marymount University; BS in Business from Saint Joseph’s College, and BS in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Certified PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) (PMI PMP) and a Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP), with Top Secret Security clearance issued by the DoD in 2006.

Assessment

Carol can be reached at 703.407.4704 or carol.miller@macksonconsulting.com

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Health Dictionary Series: http://www.springerpub.com/Search/marcinko

Practice Management: http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826105752

Physician Financial Planning: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763745790

Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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Improving Revenue Cycles at a West Coast Public Hospital?

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www.BusinessofMedicalPractice.com

Mr. Johnson was the chief financial officer (CFO) of a 222-bed teaching hospital in southern California. Mr. Johnson recognized a lot of problems with the processes within the various revenue cycle departments he managed which impacted cash flow for the facility.  Mr. Johnson met with the hospital chief executive officer (CEO) to express his concerns and the fact that he felt his existing staff did not have the expertise to fix many of the problems they were facing.

Ms. Thomas, the hospital CEO, agreed with Mr. Johnson’s evaluations and concerns and the two prepared a package for the Board of Supervisors to submit a request for proposal to several revenue cycle improvement vendors.  This request was approved by the Board and sent to several vendors with known successful track records in this area.  During the next several weeks the responses were evaluated and a final vendor selected.

It was determined through a Revenue Cycle Performance Evaluation completed by the vendor prior to the kick-off of the engagement that the largest opportunity for improved cash would be to address the bottlenecks in the cash flow, the excessive days in accounts receivable, the backlogged accounts in denied claims and improved process through the entire revenue cycle at this public hospital.

When the engagement began, the net days in accounts receivable were 103 and the time from discharge to final bill was 33 days. The vendor was engaged for a four-year period to provide cash acceleration and revenue cycle improvement on a “pay for performance” [P4P] fee structure.  A historical review of the hospital’s financial data determined an average monthly collection amount (baseline) the hospital was achieving each month prior to the start of this engagement.  The P4P fee structure required the vendor to reach the baseline each month before the hospital was required to pay any profession fees for the services of the vendor.

KEY ISSUES:

What could the hospital do to realize immediate benefits with regard to:

– accelerated cash flow?

– reduced days in accounts receivables?

– streamlined revenue cycle processes?

– better trained existing staff?

– return on investment?

MORE: Rev Cycle Mgmnt

Conclusion

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Our Other Print Books and Related Information Sources:

Health Dictionary Series: http://www.springerpub.com/Search/marcinko

Practice Management: http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826105752

Physician Financial Planning: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763745790

Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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Update on How Physicians Get Paid in 2010-11 [A slide show]

Part 2: [A Visual .ppt Presentation]

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA

[Editor-in-Chief]

From prior posts and comments on this ME-P, we know that most patients don’t have a clue about how doctors get paid in the real world of health insurance reimbursement.

A Popular Topic

We know this because prior posts on the topic have consistently been among the most popular on this platform. For example:

Part 1: https://healthcarefinancials.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/how-doctors-get-paid

Assessment

And so, we have taken the liberty of drilling down the topic, to a more granular level, in this attached .ppt presentation.

Link: How Doctors Get Paid in 2010 

Conclusion

And so, your thoughts and comments on this ME-P special presentation are appreciated. Tell us what you think?

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Physician Financial Planning: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763745790

Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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More on Disability Insurance for Physicians

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Some Advice from a Doctor, Insurance Agent and Financial Advisor

Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP™

www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org

[Publisher-in-Chief]

Policies Are Harder to Get, More Expensive, and Offer Less Protection Than Before

Due principally to large claims from anesthesiologists, surgeons, emergency room physicians, and trial attorneys, disability insurance underwriting is becoming stricter. Among the effects on policyholders: revised definitions of disability; restriction of benefits to two years on so-called “soft tissue” disabilities and mental and nervous disorders; and downgrading of professionals to the general white-collar category. The result is higher premiums.

Buy a Good Individual Policy

Based upon the fact that disability is the only insurance product on the market that is non-cancelable (premiums and policy features are locked in until age 65), my advice is to buy a good quality individual policy as early as possible and hang on to it. Group benefits should be added later. Also, many group plans only include straight salary in compensation. Incentive compensation, which makes up a large portion of an executive’s compensation, is not considered. Under the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993, employee disability benefits can only cover up to $150,000 in compensation. Finally, don’t forget that if the employer pays the premiums, benefits are taxable. This can substantially reduce an executive’s disability income.

Pay More for Non-Cancelable Coverage

I also may recommend paying a 15–20% higher premium to obtain non-cancelable coverage, if available, as compared to guaranteed renewable coverage. In both cases, coverage cannot be canceled. However, in the latter case, premiums can be increased on a class basis. Also, investigate the partial-disability benefits as well as the residual benefits after returning to work.

Note: “Your Disability Is Your Opportunity,” by Jaberta C. Evans, Dow Jones Investment Advisor, December 1996, pp. 76–80, Dow Jones Financial Publishing Corp., [908] 389-8700.)

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A Physician Query on “Used” eMR Billing System Value?

Understanding Residual Worth

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I am in a three man Neurology practice. Five years ago we invested in an all inclusive EMR / billing system with A4 Health Systems and Allscripts. The system cost close to $60,000 and has been constantly upgraded (for “free”). There are also yearly “maintenance” fees of about $7,000. Each physician also had to get a license at a cost of $7,000 each. A license now per physician is $13,000!  

Buy-Out Value

I am going to be leaving the practice in one year and would like to know how I go about getting the EMR appraised for my buy-out. I am not about to turn this very valuable system over to my partners as a “going away gift”. The system has been upgraded several times a year and the practice obviously could not run without it (i.e.: it is a tangible asset and has continued value in use). 

Assessment

PCs, printers, etc. may have depreciated in value but the system has not especially since it has been upgraded on a regular basis. Can you refer me to someone who is familiar with appraising EMR systems?

Conclusion

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How to Evaluate a Managed Care Contract Proposal?

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A new-wave West-Coast managed care organization (MCO) wanted a multi-specialty medical group to contract with them to provide medical services to all subscribers. Compensation would be in the form of a fixed-rate capitated payment system, a.k.a. per member / per month (PM/PM).

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The medical group practice administrator reviewed their request for proposal (RFP) very carefully, but is still not sure what to do. So, allow us to “crowd-source” as we ask ME-P readers, advisors and management consultants for a solution.

Key Issues

Facts to know for an informed PM/PM capitated reimbursement decision:

  • annual frequency or service-rate per 1,000 patients
  • unit cost of medical services per unit-patient
  • co-payment dollar amount per patient
  • co-payment frequency rate per 1,000 patients
  • variable cost per patient
  • under-capacity medical group office utilization rates, and
  • fixed overhead office-cost coverage [+/-].

Assessment

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I’m considering these four questions for the ADA Member Service Center to break the ice. What do you think?

Question 1 – The FTC’s Red Flags Rule is due to be enforced on June 10. If the Rule is not delayed for a fifth time and a dentist has a contractual relationship with CareCredit/GE or similar healthcare financing service, will that mean he or she will become a covered entity obligated to additional paperwork, liability and expense?

Question 2 – According to the “ADA National Oral Health Agenda” found on the Advocacy page, it states that one of the ways the ADA intends to reduce the cost of dental care is to promote health information technology. This goal was first posted several years ago. Considering the ever increasing liability of data breaches in healthcare, can consumers still expect to save money in dental care by visiting a paperless practice?

Question 3 – Am I correct to assume that soon the ADA.org Website will include the capability for direct discussions between members and leadership?

Question 4 – If interactive functions are indeed to be included in the new ADA Website, will there be any topics concerning ADA policy that will be closed to questions from membership?

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About the Covestor Mutual Fund Portfolio Sharing Service

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What it is – How it works

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

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Covestor, with offices in New York and London, is a web platform started by entrepreneurs Perry Blancher, Richard Tachta and Simon Veingard http://www.covestor.com. Their belief was that salaried mutual fund managers have no monopoly on investment talent and shouldn’t have a lock on the rewards that come with investment success. As financial services, and online netizens, they also believed in democratizing the investment management industry and helping proven self-investors compete with the large institutions. This is known as the power of “crowd-sourcing.” All core philosophies seem to be shared by this ME-P.

What it is

According to their website, Covestor is both a portfolio sharing service for proven self-investors and for those wishing to track them; where data is private, secure and anonymous. With Covestor, one can coat-tail successful investors and follow their real trade activity. Or, have their moves auto-traded for you by Covestor Investment Management. Members can also keep track of their investments andBuild a free track record comparable to professional mutual funds. Members earn fees for their hard work, and Manage a model that their clients can mirror thru shared management fees.

Profit Sharing Investors

Covestor investors sharing portfolios include professionals, full time amateurs and industry specialists. They are a serious bunch with an average reported portfolio size of over $200,000 (excluding cash). Positions are typically held in over 5,000 different equities; are based in 50 countries and span the full range of ages, backgrounds and styles.

Issues

As a doctor-investor, health economist and former certified financial planner, there are at least three issues needed to be raised about this firm.

The first is SEC/NASD/FINRA rules and applicable SRO and state regulations for brokers, RIAs, FAs and related others? The status of suitability versus fiduciary accountability for ERISA regulated plans is also questioned. The third [and least important] is the potential negative impact on traditional financial services “professionals.”

In other words, is this another example of how technology will flatten the “intermediary curve” and reduce the profit of middle sales-men and sales-women? Oh! What about medical specificity for our target audience?

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Assessment

I am sure there are other issues as well. Your thoughts and comments on this ME-Pare appreciated; especially from financial services “professionals”, lawyers and FAs, etc, Give em’ a click and tell us what you think http://www.covestor.com?

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New Regulations Needed For Financial Planners?

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The Financial Planning Coalition [FPC] is pushing for a law that would require anyone calling themselves a financial planner to meet certain ethical and educational standards and to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC].

About the FPC

According to its’ website, the Financial Planning Coalition is a collaboration of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board), the Financial Planning Association® (FPA), and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) to advise legislators and regulators on how to best protect consumers by ensuring financial planning services are delivered with fiduciary accountability and transparency. Americans have grown leery of those who work in financial services.

Currently, financial planning (the process of advising individuals and families across a range of personal finance topics in addition to investment advice) is unregulated as a profession, resulting in major gaps in current laws. So, is it really a “profession” many ask – void of any significant barrier to entry?

The Financial Planning Coalition intends to work with Congress to produce legislation that puts the interests of clients first and enables consumers to identify a trusted financial adviser.

To learn more about the Financial Planning Coalition’s purpose and mission, click here to read, or download the Statement of Understanding [PDF].

SEC Wrong Oversight Agency?

According to this report in Financial Advisor magazine, an advertiser-driven trade journal:

the standards would be set by a public oversight board that would be funded by small registration fees paid by the financial planners, said Robert Glovsky, chair of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards during a conference call today. The CFP Board, as well as the Financial Planning Association and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors makes up the coalition.

Exemptions

However, brokers and insurance agents would not be forced to register as financial planners, but those who held themselves out as financial planners would have to meet the required minimum competency and ethics standards or stop using the financial planner title.

Assessment

And so, as we have noted, written, preached and warned for more than a decade – anyone can call themselves a financial planner, or financial advisor; so beware medical colleagues.

More: http://www.fa-mag.com/fa-news/5314-new-regs-needed-for-financial-planners-coalition-says.html

NOTE: The fiduciary definitional standard conundrum was not even addressed in the article or by the committee, as far as I know. Moreover, note that SEC oversight was in place before, during and now after the Bernie Madoff scandal – so enough said about competency! www.HealthDictionarySeries.com

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Does Life Insurance Cover Intra-Operative Death?

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Courts at Odds over Wether Hospital Mishaps are Accidents?

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A spouse dies while in surgery. Was he or she covered under your family life insurance plan? Are you entitled to collect?

Assessment

Explore this issue thru an original article by Asher Hawkins [02.08.10] 06:18 PM EST, from Forbes.

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Dr. Somnath Basu on Investing

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Dr. Somnath Basu is no stranger to the ME-P, or the financial planning community. He is a Professor of Finance at California Lutheran University and the Director of its California Institute of Finance.

Academic Background

Dr Basu earned his BA in Economics, University of Delhi, MBA (Finance), Marquette University and a PhD (Finance), University of Arizona. He is well published and is an award winning teacher. He has significant consulting experience with US Fortune 100 companies, advising institutional money managers and in developing proprietary finance and planning software. He serves on various Boards and committees including the CFP (chaired the Model Curriculum Revision Committee) Board of Standards and the Financial Planning Association.

Basu’s New Book

His new book, co-authored with Professors’ Block and Hirt, Investment Planning for Financial Professionals is available now, published by McGraw Hill, in May 2006.

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Questioning [Physician’s] Upward Social Mobility and the State of the Union Address

Broad Consensus Seems Impossible for Medical Professionals – and Everyman

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

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While an undergraduate student at Loyola University in Maryland, I learned from my Jesuit teachers and philosophers that a couple of centuries ago, the decider of all matters of importance in Jerusalem was the Great Sanhedrin, or a council of 71 judges. The council met most every day except on festivals and the Sabbath. It functioned as sort of a combination of the Supreme Court, Congress and a political debate boiler room.

Incorrect Unanimity

As one might imagine, the Sanhedrin’s members normally disagreed as they hammered out their daily opinions; much like today’s political debates over healthcare reform. But occasionally they came to a unanimous decision, and they had an amazing and very wise rule when that occurred: The decision was immediately overturned because the sages believed that a unanimous conclusion among so many individuals just had to be wrong.

THINK: The US Senate and Congress

Rules for Upward Mobility

Anyway, I was thinking about the Sanhedrin’s rule after last night’s 2010 State of the Union address by President Barrack H. Obama while I was considering the current state of the economic union for doctors – specifically. The translation is easy for non-physicians [everyman] as well; so bear with me.

Anyway, I was struck by the fact that if there was one grand unified theory which gets at least 90-100% agreement from current generations of America’s medical and lay punditocracy – it is the rules for upward [medical professional] mobility.

These rules, especially for second generation Americans like me, were:

  • A medical degree [college education] leads to a lucrative profession [job] and a satisfying lifestyle.
  • [Working hard], or practicing long hours, means your income will grow.
  • Devotion to medicine, or your job, will produce a comfortable retirement.
  • Your children will follow your career path [job] and create a lasting legacy

The Paradigm Shift

Today, with a national unemployment rate hovering around 10%, doctors and everyman may need to reconsider the above unwritten rules that have governed our upward mobility since the end of World War II. As the son of a GM auto worker – I did decades ago – and still do.

For example, from 1945 to 2000, various private and public health insurance mechanisms were developed, along with the idea that health insurance was a fringe benefit in lieu of the wage and price controls instituted after the war. Today it is even considered a “right” by some.

Nevertheless, the doctor-class was a surrogate for the affluent American upper middle class lifestyle, and a type of perpetual prosperity machine that created wealth.

There were periodic general economic dislocations of course, like the recessions of the mid-1970s and early 1980s, and the rise of managed care in the early 1990s. But, wealth seemed to compound for physicians, and progress always resumed its upward trajectory. This was especially true for all medical professional during the “golden age of medicine” [circa 1965-1990, approx].

After all, wasn’t [isn’t] healthcare considered a recession proof business? Perhaps no more!

The Physician Net-Worth Numbers

Then: I was involved in study a few years ago [September 16, 2008] which determined that the average 47 year-old physician, earning $180,000 annually, needed to amass a net-worth of about $5.5-M in order to maintain the same lifestyle throughout retirement at age 65.

Link: http://www.hcplive.com/finance/publications/pmd/2005/92/3951

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Now: Today, with the DJIA down about 30% from its’ October 2008 high, is this retirement / employment scenario still possible? Are our opinions Sanhedrin-like?

And remember, the estate tax laws sunset back to their original rates in 2011. Moreover, many financial advisors, like me, believe income tax rates and brackets will increase going forward; along with increasingly onerous regulations for small businessmen and women like physicians and private medical practitioners. New business innovations of all stripes will also be adversely affected.

Full Disclosure: I am founder of the Certified Medical Planner™ online education program for financial advisors and medical management consultants.

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Assessment

And so, I ask, do the rules of upward mobility for physicians or everyman still apply; or have they changed?  Why or why not? If so, is the change permanent or temporary, and is it for the positive or negative. Please consider financial, societal and/or generational implications.

IOW: Is President Barack H. Obama correct?

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Apple Tablet PC Poll for Medical Professionals

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Hello Dr. Marcinko and all Medical Executive-Post readers. I hope you’re doing well.

The Big-Breaking News from Apple

You’ve probably heard the news that Apple is set to release a new tablet PC today. That got us thinking here at Medical Software Advice about whether or not this new device will be the first tablet PC to break through in the healthcare industry.

A Short Survey

So, we’ve created a short survey (8 multiple choice questions) about what tablet PC features are important to healthcare professionals. I’ll use the results from the survey to determine which tablet PC is best positioned to rule the halls of healthcare. Even if you’ve never used a tablet PC, we’d love to get your opinion on what features are important.

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Assessment

Thank you in advance for your survey participation.

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Defining “Provider” for Medicare Incentive Payments?

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HR 1 of ARRA states:

“The term ‘health care provider’ includes a hospital, skilled nursing facility, nursing facility, home health entity or other long term care facility, health care clinic, community mental health center (as defined in section 1913(b)(1)), renal dialysis facility, blood center, ambulatory surgical center described in section 1833(i) of the Social Security Act, emergency medical services provider, Federally qualified health center, group practice, a pharmacist, a pharmacy, a laboratory, a physician (as defined in section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act), a practitioner (as described in section 1842(b)(18)(C) of the Social Security Act).”

For Ambulatory Surgery Center’s

HR 1 of ARRA includes ASCs in the definition of “provider” (see above), but the CMS seems to indicate otherwise CMS’s site.

For Pharmacists

HR 1 of ARRA includes pharmacists and pharmacies as “providers.” New information on phamacists’ eligibility for IT loans was recently announced – see the Healthcare IT News coverage on this.

Assessment

What was missed; please advise?

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Take the Hospital Endowment Fund Management Challenge!

Calling all Financial Advisors – Are You CMP™ Worthy?

By Staff ReportersBecome a CMP

After conducting a comprehensive fundraising program, the Hoowa Medical Center received initial gifts of $50 million to establish an endowment. Its status as the community’s only trauma center and neonatal intensive care unit causes it to provide substantial amounts of unreimbursed care every year. This phenomenon, together with the declining reimbursements and an estimated 6% increase in operating costs, leaves the Center with a budgeted cash shortfall of $4 million next fiscal year. Although the new endowment’s funds are available to cover such operating shortfalls, the donors also expect their gifts to provide perpetual support for a leading-edge medical institution.

The Treasurer

Bill, the Center’s treasurer, has been appointed to supervise the day-to-day operations of the endowment. One of his initial successes was convincing his investment committee to retain a consultant who specializes in managing endowment investments. The consultant has recommended a portfolio that is expected to generate long-term investment returns of approximately 10%. The allocation reflects the consultant’s belief that endowments should generally have long-term investment horizons. This belief results in an allocation that has a significant equity bias. Achieving the anticipated long-term rate of returns would allow the endowment to transfer sufficient funds to the operating accounts to cover the next year’s anticipated deficit. However, this portfolio allocation carries risk of principal loss as well as risk that the returns will be positive but somewhat less than anticipated. In fact, Bill’s analysis suggests that the allocation could easily generate a return ranging from a 5% loss to a 25% gain over the following year.

The Committee

Although the committee authorized Bill to hire the consultant, he knows that he will have some difficulty selling the allocation recommendation to his committee members. In particular, he has two polarizing committee members around whom other committee members tend to organize into factions. John, a wealthy benefactor whose substantial inheritances allow him to support pet causes such as the Center, believes that a more conservative allocation that allows the endowment to preserve principal is the wisest course. Although such a portfolio would likely generate a lower long-term return, John believes that this approach more closely represents the donors’ goal that the endowment provide a reliable and lasting source of support to the Center. For this committee faction, Bill hopes to use MVO to illustrate the ability of diversification to minimize overall portfolio risk while simultaneously increasing returns. He also plans to share the results of the MCS stress testing he performed suggesting that the alternative allocation desired by these “conservative” members of his committee would likely cause the endowment to run out of money within 20 to 25 years.

The Polarizer

Another polarizing figure on Bill’s committee is Marcie, an entrepreneur who took enormous risks but succeeded in taking her software company public in a transaction that netted her millions. She and other like-minded committee members enthusiastically subscribe to the “long-term” mantra and believe that the endowment can afford the 8% payout ratio necessary to fund next year’s projected deficit. Marcie believes that the excess of the anticipated long-term rate of return over the next year’s operating deficit still provides some cushion against temporary market declines. Bill is certain that Marcie will focus on the upside performance potential. Marcie will also argue that, in any event, additional alternative investments could be used as necessary to increase the portfolio’s long-term rate of return. Bill has prepared a comparative analysis of payout policies illustrating the potential impact of portfolio fluctuations on the sustainability of future payout levels. Bill is also concerned that Marcie and her supporters may not fully understand some of the trade-offs inherent in certain of the alternative investment vehicles to which they desire to increase the allocated funds.

Key Issues:

1. Given the factors described in the case study (anticipated long-term investment return, anticipated inflation rate, and operating deficit) how should Bill recommend compromise with respect to maximum sustainable payout rates?

2. How should Bill incorporate the following items into his risk management strategy?

a. educating the committee regarding types of risk affecting individual investments, classes, and the entire portfolio;

b. measuring risk and volatility;

c. provisions for periodic portfolio rebalancing;

d. using tactical asset allocation; and,

e. developing and implementing a contingency plan.

3) What additional steps should Bill take to form a group consensus regarding the appropriate level of endowment investment risk?

4) What additional elements should Bill add to his presentation to target the concerns of the “conservative” and “aggressive” committee members, respectively?

Assessment

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Ask an Advisor about Financial Seminars

Questions of Secrecy

By a Registered NurseLight Bulb

I attended a retirement planning seminar about a year ago; after the big stock market drop. It focused on annuities along with the “free” dinner. The strange thing was that the host asked that no recording devices be used during the presentation for copyright purposes. I know a bit about annuities and don’t think he said anything wrong, other than using a few common scare tactics. He had virtually no academic credentials and so I enjoyed the dinner and went on with my life.

Personal Invitation

A few days ago I was “personally” invited by mail to a financial planning seminar hosted by a group of attorneys, accountants and estate planners to an extremely prestigious, and no doubt expensive, restaurant. This time, the following warning appeared in writing on the invitation.

“Due to the copyright nature of this material, attorneys, accountants, insurance agents or financial planning practitioners are not admitted without express permission. And, no audio or video recording devices will be allowed.”

Assessment

As a nurse I am not in the dis-invited group, and realize that the “personal” nature of the invitation was bogus. But, I was wondering if this copyright warning was “kosher”, or am I just being paranoid?

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Ask an Advisor – Must an Insurance Claim CramDown be Accepted?

Calling on Insurance Professionals to Expose the “Wizard” Behind the Curtain

By ME-P Staff ReportersOp-Ed

We received the following request recently. Apparently, this ME-P reader-nurse sustained a covered loss with valid home insurance property-casuality claim. It resulted in disagreement with her insurance adjuster [a common occurrence]. The adjuster cited his/her supervisor’s insistence on claim settlement and closure.  The nurse’s general contractor thinks the monetary amount is significant [$50,000 range after three independent estimates]. The insurance company wants to settle for about half that amount. 

What say you about this scenario?   

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Dear Big Insurance Company Adjuster

”Many thanks for reaching out to us by phone yesterday. Please be aware that we did not agree to partial payment or supplements and are sorry for any confusion. 

We would however, be pleased to assist by informing your management of our declination of same. Thus, there is no need to issue any payments at this time.

It seems to make far more sense to get all the numbers together with our general contractor and then arrive at a consensus before moving forward. As you know, this was our original plan. We appreciate your deeper understanding of these very complex issues.”

Your Small Client 

INSURANCE ADJUSTER

Dear Client

“This email will serve as a follow up to our telephone call yesterday. I am sorry we were disconnected but I attempted to call you several times and I was unable to leave a message. I am attaching a copy of the updated Big Insurance Company estimate which reflects those changes made due to additional information gathered during my second inspection of your property on September 8th.  Also you will find an updated Replacement Cost Letter.

As discussed, due to the fact we know we owe you the value of the attached estimate, I am processing the actual cash value payment in the amount of $ XYZ. Any additional payments will be handled as supplements. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Your Big Insurance Company Adjuster

MANAGEMENT

Dear Client

Also, my management told me I need to proceed with issuing payment based on the amount I know I owe you [insured] as of now, and that I should handle any further negotiations as supplements. I have already discussed this with your husband.

Your Big Insurance Company Adjuster

Assessment

After some internet research, our RN reader discovered that abut 85% of all folks accept inadequate PC insurance payments after being strong-armed by their insurance company in various ways. She is determined to be made whole and indemnified. She also understands that future negotiations and “supplements” after acceptance are typically not favorable to her, and she wishes to maintain her leverage by not accepting them. Can she refuse to cash the check, if sent to her, until satisfied? She is not feeling in good hands, at the moment!

Industry Indignation Index: 85%

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And so, your thoughts and comments on this Medical Executive-Post are appreciated. Must our reader “accept assignment” in the form of this under payment cram-down? How can she expose the Wizard of Oz manager behind the curtain? Will she be the “squeaky wheel” of informed insureds who “get the economic grease” they deserve. Should our Industry Indignation Index percentage be higher, or lower? Is the audio razz deserved, or not. What can she do? Insurance agent and attorney input is appreciated.

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Take the Lost Managed Care Contract Challenge!

Illustrative Case Model – Are You CMP™ Worthy?

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The Hope Outreach Medical Clinic (HOMC) is a private, for-profit, single specialty medical clinic in a south-eastern state. It submitted its bi-annual Request for Proposal (RFP) to continue its current managed care fixed-rate contract. Upon review of the RFP, however, Sunshine Indemnity Insurance Company, the managed care organization (MCO), denied the contract request for the upcoming year.

Seeing Economic Estimates

In shock, the clinic’s CEO asked the clinic’s administrator to work with its legal team to develop a defensible estimate of economic damages that would occur as a result of the lost contract. The clinic intended to bring suit against the MCO for breach-of-contract. However, the administrator is not an attorney and is loathe to-enter the fray. After consideration however, he decided to assist in filing the Statement of Claim (SOC) because he realized that changes in patient services (unit) volume would be a valid economic surrogate. He then requested the following information from his controller, in order to develop a change in economic profit [damages] estimate.

Change in patient visits (unit) volume

  1. Fees (price) per patient (unit)
  2. Marginal (incremental) cost per patient (unit)
  3. Change in current fees (prices)
  4. Patient volume (units) affected

Key Issues:

  1. Fee (price) per patient (units) may be obtained from the fee schedule used by the MCO to pay HOMC.
  2. Marginal (incremental) costs per patient (unit) are approximated using variable costs.
  3. Higher cost payors exist because lower patient volumes raise the average cost per patient (unit) due to existing fixed costs.

Assessment

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Soliciting Textbook Peer-Reviewers and Experts

Business of Medical Practice

Ann Miller; RN, MHA

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Please contact me if you would like to serve as a peer-reviewer for the third edition of our popular textbook, “Business of Medical Practice”.

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Take the DME Inventory Switching Challenge!

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The new administrator for the ABC Medical Clinic understood that all inventory costing methods were acceptable to use in his Durable Medical Equipment [DME] department. LIFO, FIFO, specific identification, and the average cost method are all attractive methods under different circumstances in the business cycle, and companies may use the method that best fits their circumstances.

Reducing Taxes

For example, if ABC wished to reduce corporate income taxes in a period of inflation and rising prices, it would use LIFO. If matching DME sales revenue with the current cost of DME goods sold was desired, LIFO would also be used. Unfortunately, LIFO may charge against DME revenue the cost of DME not actually sold, and LIFO may allow the ABC Medical Clinic to manipulate net income by varying the time-periods it makes additional DME purchases. On the other hand, FIFO and specific identification method allows a more precise matching of ABC revenue with historic DME costs. However, FIFO too, can promote “paperless-phantom profits,” while specific identification can promote possible income manipulation.  It is only under FIFO that net income manipulation is not possible.

CEO – 2 – CFO [Case Model]

“Let’s go with FIFO,” the new administrator said to his Chief Financial Officer, Bert. “The profits will make us look good to the home office and we can always switch back to LIFO if inflation starts back-up again, right Bert?” He mused, but he was not amused because freedom of choice does not include changing DME inventory methods every few years, especially if only to report higher income. “The switching of methods violates the basic tenet of consistency, which requires the use of the same inventory cost and accounting methods in preparing financial reports and statements,” Bert emphatically stated.

Key Issues

1) Is this sort of inventory costing and maneuvering permissible?

2) What is its justification?

3) How is it notated in financial reports?

4) Is this sort of thing ethical?

Assessment

“The switching of methods violates the basic tenet of consistency, which requires the use of the same inventory cost and accounting methods in preparing financial reports and statements,” Bert emphatically stated.

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Take the Hospital eHR Implementation Challenge!

Illustrative Case Model – Are You CMP™ Worthy?

By Staff Reporters Washington DC

The fictitional Washington Hospital is embroiled in the healthcare reform debate and interested in implementing an electronic health record (EHR) for its major clinic areas. The flagship hospital currently utilizes a legacy-based system and several of the clinics have independently purchased software programs to provide a more inclusive electronic data base particular to that clinic.

Scenario

In addition, each of the software programs purchased in specific clinics has been modified to serve their own needs. The other satellite hospitals and clinics are not linked to the flagship hospital and have independent systems, applications and software in place. The hospital is interested in obtaining one EHR system that can be used in a standardized and uniform methodology and process throughout all of its hospitals and clinics.

Key Issues

Should the Washington Hospital?

1) Abandon the clinic’s software programs in lieu of a more centralized EHR?

2) Assess various EHR systems for healthcare providers available in the marketplace, comparing a series of hospital and clinic developed requirements against vendor capabilities?

3) Obtain an EHR product that provides interface to the existing clinic software products?

4) Assess whether the EHR vendors totally comply with HIPAA and privacy regulations as well as update their systems automatically with HIPAA changes?

5) Have the vendors assess the existing system/applications/software programs currently in use at each of the hospitals and clinics and determine the best application configuration?

6) Utilize the internal Information Technology staff to develop an interface solution?

Assessment

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Meet Richard A. Berning MD

Our Newest “Thought-Leader”

By Ann Miller; RN, MHA

The Medical Executive-Post is proud to introduce Richard Berning MD as our newest thought-leader for medical practice management modernity.

Richard Berning MD

About Dr. Berning

Dr. Richard A. Berning attended the University of Cincinnati – College of Medicine. He is a pediatric cardiologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics who practices in Hartford, CT. His patients call him “DrRichB.”

PrivatePractice.MD [An Emerging Network]

PrivatePractice.MD (pronounced “Private Practice dot MD”) is an emerging Health 2.0 community of experienced physicians in private practice, and the supporting experts and advisors who help them start and manage private medical practices. It is the brain-child of Dr. Berning who believes that a well-run medical practice results in better patient care, physician income and quality of life. Health care is rapidly changing and is destined to change at an even faster pace in the future.

The Website

According to the website, experienced doctors can discuss business decisions with other experienced experts in each of the listed aspects of managing the business side of medical practice. Questions about practice structure, partnership issues, medical billing, electronic medical records, quality control, staff and other medical office management issues are addressed; and others are in development. Physician-specific issues such as credentialing, medical malpractice, and insurance, investing, pensions and retirement planning are also discussed. A job board will soon list opportunities, and a classified ad section will list new and used equipment and real estate for sale, trade or barter. The goal for PrivatePractice.MD is to be a deep resource for all medical providers in private practice today.

Assessment

We are in luck, too! Rich has promised to publish his most exciting ideas and innovative works on our blog. He is also available through PrivatePractice.MD. So, let’s give a warm ME-P “shout-out” to Dr. Richard A. Berning, our newest “thought-leader.” Stethoscope

Conclusion

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Understanding the Health Maintenance Organization Delivery Model

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An HMO is a legal corporation that offers health insurance and medical care. It is a health care delivery system that provides comprehensive services for subscribing members in a particular geographic area. Most HMO care is provided through a managed network made up of MD/DOs, hospitals, and other allopathic/osteopathic professionals selected by the HMO. HMO enrollees are required to obtain care from this network of providers in order for their care to be covered, except in cases of emergency. All the care the members may need is paid for by the single monthly fee, plus nominal co-payments. HMOs typically offer a range of health care services at a fixed price (capitation).

Different Types

The types of HMOs are:

1. STAFF MODEL: Organization owns its clinics and employs its doctors.

2. GROUP MODEL: Contract with medical groups for services.

3. INDEPENDENT PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATION (IPA) MODEL: IPA contract that in turn contracts with individual physicians.

4. DIRECT CONTRACT or NETWORK MODEL: Contracts directly with individual physicians.

5. MIXED MODEL: Members get options ranging from staff to IPA models.

6. OPEN-PANEL MODEL: A managed care plan or HMO where members can see any provider for an extra premium cost.

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Understanding Collateralized Mortgage Obligations

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A CMO is a debt security backed by mortgages. These mortgage pools are usually separated into different maturity classes called tranches (from the French word for “slice”). The securities were issued by private issuers, as well as the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). As the mortgages were usually government-guaranteed, CMOs usually carried AAA ratings until their current financial meltdown. The early versions of CMOs were known as “plain vanilla,” but recent developments gave us PACs (planned amortization certificates) and TACs (targeted amortization certificates); among too many others. They were all variations on how principal repayments in advance of maturity date were treated.

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Medical News of Arkansas Interviews Dr. Marcinko

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Among the dilemmas in healthcare, we seek answers to queries like:

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• How will the Obama stimulus affect hospitals and healthcare organizations?

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