PODCAST: Hospital Price Transparency Regulations

EXPLAINED IN TWO MINUTES

By Eric Bricker MD

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PODCAST: How to Sell in Healthcare

How to Read 4 Personality Types

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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PROSPECT THEORY: Client Empowerment for Financial Decision Making

OVERHEARD IN THE DOCTOR’S LOUNGE

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By Jaan E. Sidorov MD

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Prospect theory is a theory of behavioral economics and behavioral finance that was developed by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky in 1979. The theory was cited in the decision to award Kahneman the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.

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CASE MODEL:

Amanda, an RN client, was just informed by her financial advisor that she
needed to re-launch her 403-b retirement plan. Since she was leery about
investing, she quietly wondered why she couldn’t DIY. Little does her FA know
that she doesn’t intend to follow his advice, anyway! So, what went wrong?


The answer may be that her advisor didn’t deploy a behavioral economics
framework to support her decision-making. One such framework is the
“prospect theory” model that boils client decision-making into a “three step
heuristic.”

Prospect theory makes the unspoken biases that we all have more explicit. By
identifying all the background assumptions and preferences that clients
[patients] bring to the office, decision-making can be crafted so that everyone
[family, doctor and patient] or [FA, client and spouse] is on the same page.

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Briefly, the three steps are:

  • Simplify choices by focusing on the key differences between investment
    [treatment] options such as stock, bonds, cash, and index funds.
  • Understanding that clients [patients] prefer greater certainty when it comes to
    pursuing financial [health] gains and are willing to accept uncertainty when
    trying to avoid a loss [illness].
  • Cognitive processes lead clients and patients to overestimate the value of their choices thanks to survivor bias, cognitive dissonance, appeals to authority
    and hindsight biases.

ASSESSMENT

Much like in healthcare today, the current mass-customized approaches to the financial services industry fall short of recognizing more personalized advisory approaches like prospect theory and assisted client-centered investment decision-making.

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PODCAST: 70% Doctors Owned by Private Equity and Hospitals

THE BUSINESS OF MEDICINE

By Eric Bricker MD

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Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA

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FINANCIAL PLANNING

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

MEDICAL PRACTICE BUY IN / OUT

INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

PRACTICE APPRAISALS AND VALUATIONS

RETIREMENT PLANNING

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Can electronic dental records survive the ransomware cure?

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By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS


Compared to hospitals, the business of dentistry is as simple as a lemonade stand. Dental practice management software is an option – not a necessity.

Thank goodness.

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Do Dentists Need To Comply With HIPAA?

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“Cyber Daily: Congress Inches Toward Response to Ransomware Attacks – U.S. legislators in the House and Senate have several bills in play that would put new requirements on companies [including dental offices] to report cyber incidents, including details about ransomware payments.”

WSJ.com, Oct. 11, 2021.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/cyber-daily-congress-inches-toward-response-to-ransomware-attacks-11633974966

As transparency makes it increasingly difficult for dentists to hide ransomware breaches from their patients by quietly paying the ransom (one or more times), paper dental records remain the gold standard of security. Practice management software is not only more expensive than paper records, but it vastly increases patients’ risk of identity theft while offering them NO TANGIBLE BENEFITS… Just ask anyone.

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PODCAST: A Full Course on Bio-Statistics

BY Quinnipiac University

Biostatistics are the development and application of statistical methods to a wide range of topics in biology. It encompasses the design of biological experiments, the collection and analysis of data from those experiments and the interpretation of the results.

The following topics of #biostatistics are discussed in this course

⭐️ Table of Contents ⭐️ 0:00

Module 1 – Introduction to Statistics 29:13 Module 2 – Describing Data: Shape 45:44 Module 3 – Describing Data: Central Tendency 1:03:34 Module 4 – Describing Data: Variability 1:34:51 Module 5 – Describing Data: Z-scores 1:43:25 Module 6 – Probability (part I) 2:09:21 Module 6 – Probability (part II) 2:26:22 Module 7 – Distribution of Sample Means 2:41:24 Module 9 – Estimation & Confidence Intervals & Effect Size 2:56:59 Module 10 – Misleading with Statistics 3:17:43 Module 11 – Biostatistics in Medical Decision-making 4:13:36 Module 11b – Biostatistics in Medical Decision-Making: Clinical Application 4:56:51 Module 12 – Biostatistics in Epidemiology 5:05:16 Module 13 – Asking Questions: Research Study Design 5:10:15 Module 14 – Bias & Confounders 5:39:20 Module 16 – Correlation & Regression 6:06:19 Module 17 – Non-parametric Tests ⭐️

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PODCAST: Why AMAZON CARE Will Fail?

BY Eric Bricker MD

Employee AGE AND Demographics

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Healthcare Costs (Per Person Per Year) by Age:
Less than 18: $3,628
19 – 44: $4,422
45-64: $8,370
65+: $18,424

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PODCAST: Healthcare Stocks, Investing & IPOs?

By Eric Bricker MD

Healthcare Stock and IPO Investing Can Be Confusing. The Story of Privia Health is a Good Case Study in Understanding the Underlying Economics in Healthcare Investing:

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Comprehensive Financial Planning Strategies for Doctors and Advisors: Best Practices from Leading Consultants and Certified Medical Planners™

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Benefits of Healthcare Participation in Multiple Medical Payment Models

BY HEALTH CAPITAL CONSULTANTS, LLC

New Research Explores Benefits of Participation in Multiple Payment Models


An August 2021 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) analyzed medical and surgical episodes of care in U.S. hospitals to determine whether outcomes differed in hospitals that participated in Medicare’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative depending on whether the patient being treated was attributed to a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organization (ACO).

This Health Capital Topics article will discuss the study’s findings and potential policy implications. (Read more…)

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PODCAST: Medicare Advantage [PART C] Cost Reduction Strategies

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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What is EBITDA?

A TERM ALL PHYSICIAN INVESTORS MUST KNOW

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What Is Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA)?

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EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, is a measure of a company’s overall financial performance and is used as an alternative to net income in some circumstances. EBITDA, however, can be misleading because it strips out the cost of capital investments like property, plant, and equipment.

This metric also excludes expenses associated with debt by adding back interest expense and taxes to earnings. Nonetheless, it is a more precise measure of corporate performance since it is able to show earnings before the influence of accounting and financial deductions.

Why EBITDA is still a Great Financial Management Metric

Simply put, EBITDA is a measure of profitability. While there is no legal requirement for companies to disclose their EBITDA, according to the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), it can be worked out and reported using the information found in a company’s financial statements.

The earnings, tax, and interest figures are found on the income statement, while the depreciation and amortization figures are normally found in the notes to operating profit or on the cash flow statement. The usual shortcut to calculate EBITDA is to start with operating profit, also called earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) then add back depreciation and amortization.

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PODCAST: The 10 Top Technology Trends Shaping the Future of the Pharma

THE CULTURAL SHIFT

Dr. Bertalan Meskó, MD

The pharma industry has taken a big swung into digital transformation. All participants invest in digital health topics.

But as with all trending issues, and there is a lot of fuss that is hard to see through. As the medical community increasingly acknowledges the importance of digital health, the cultural shift we so often talk about is still a way to go. To change that, the first step is always getting to know what’s coming.

In this article, with podcast, Bert collected the trends changing the pharmaceutical industry.

ESSAY AND PODCAST: https://medicalfuturist.com/top-10-trends-shaping-future-pharma/?utm_source=The%20Medical%20Futurist%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=3a501b1978-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_09_05_Resend&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_efd6a3cd08-3a501b1978-399696053&mc_cid=3a501b1978&mc_eid=40fee31c25#

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PODCAST: Warren Buffett’s Thoughts on Healthcare

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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In Response to a Question Regarding the Ending of Haven Healthcare–the Joint Venture Among Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan Chase and Amazon to Improve Healthcare for their Employee Health Plan Members–Warren Buffett Made the Following Statement:

“Healthcare is the Tapeworm of the US Economy and the TAPEWORM WON.”

Additionally, Warren Buffett Goes on to Say that ‘Prestigious‘ People in the Community Run Hospital Boards and These People Are ‘Fairly Happy‘ with the Healthcare System the Way It Currently Is.

It is Likely that Warren Buffett Formed Some of This Opinion in Speaking About Healthcare with the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger, and Berkshire Board Member and Famous CEO, Tom Murphy.

Charlie Munger Has Served on the Board of a Los Angeles Hospital for 31 Years and Tom Murphy Currently Serves on the NYU Langone Hospital System Board of Directors.

The Support of the Status Quo by ‘Prestigious,’ ‘Fairly Happy’ Hospital Board Members Cannot Be Understated… It Blocks Change and Warren Buffett Appears to Think Similarly.

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PODCAST: Why Kaiser Permanente Health Insurance Has Not Spread?

ACROSS TO MORE OF AMERICA

By Eric Bricker MD

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PODCAST: Augmenting Physicians with Artificial Intelligence

BY ENTREPRENEUR MD

Well-Ai: Augmenting Physicians with AI

Artificial intelligence is all around us. From self-driving cars to shopping suggestions and everything in between.

In this episode of The Entrepreneur MD, we sit down with Sergei and Daniel from Well-Ai who share with us how their platform uses Artificial Intelligence to augment physicians and improve patient outcomes.

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PODCAST: “The Hospital” Book Review

By Brian Alexander

If You Like Michael Lewis Books, You’ll Love This

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PSYCHOLOGICAL “TRAPS” of Investing

MIND TRAPS PHYSICIAN INVESTORS MUST REDUCE AND AVOID AT ALL COSTS

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By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA CMP®

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As human beings, our brains are booby-trapped with psychological barriers that stand between making smart financial decisions and making dumb ones. The good news is that once you realize your own mental weaknesses, it’s not impossible to overcome them.

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In fact, Mandi Woodruff, a financial reporter whose work has appeared in Yahoo! Finance, Daily Finance, The Wall Street Journal, The Fiscal Times and the Financial Times among others; related the following mind-traps in a September 2013 essay for the finance vertical Business Insider; as these impediments are now entering the lay-public zeitgeist.

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 Anchoring happens when we place too much emphasis on the first piece of information we receive regarding a given subject. For instance, when shopping for a wedding ring a salesman might tell us to spend three months’ salary. After hearing this, we may feel like we are doing something wrong if we stray from this advice, even though the guideline provided may cause us to spend more than we can afford.

 Myopia makes it hard for us to imagine what our lives might be like in the future. For example, because we are young, healthy, and in our prime earning years now, it may be hard for us to picture what life will be like when our health depletes and we know longer have the earnings necessary to support our standard of living. This short-sightedness makes it hard to save adequately when we are young, when saving does the most good.

 Gambler’s fallacy occurs when we subconsciously believe we can use past events to predict the future. It is common for the hottest sector during one calendar year to attract the most investors the following year. Of course, just because an investment did well last year doesn’t mean it will continue to do well this year. In fact, it is more likely to lag the market.

 Avoidance is simply procrastination. Even though you may only have the opportunity to adjust your health care plan through your employer once per year, researching alternative health plans is too much work and too boring for us to get around to it. Consequently, we stick with a plan that may not be best for us.

 Loss aversion affected many investors during the stock market crash of 2008. During the crash, many people decided they couldn’t afford to lose more and sold their investments. Of course, this caused the investors to sell at market troughs and miss the quick, dramatic recovery.

 Overconfident investing happens when we believe we can out-smart other investors via market timing or through quick, frequent trading. Data convincingly shows that people who trade most often underperform the market by a significant margin over time.

 Mental accounting takes place when we assign different values to money depending on where we get it from. For instance, even though we may have an aggressive saving goal for the year, it is likely easier for us to save money that we worked for than money that was given to us as a gift.

MORE: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2021/09/04/more-on-money-psychology/

RELATED: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2014/12/15/on-internet-investing-psychology/

 Herd mentality makes it very hard for humans to not take action when everyone around us does. For example, we may hear stories of people making significant profits buying, fixing up, and flipping homes and have the desire to get in on the action, even though we have no experience in real estate.

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PODCAST: The Economics of Healthcare Will Never be the Same After Covid-19

POST PANDEMIC HEALTH ECONOMICS

BY LAURA GLENN

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As a leader in a community health system, Laura talks about how the COVID 19 pandemic has affected the economics of healthcare. Laura Glenn joined Munson Healthcare as the Vice President of the Physician Network in December, 2017.

In July, 2019 her role expanded and she was appointed the President of Ambulatory Services and Value Based Care. In this role, she remains responsible for integration of the employed and aligned physician practices across the system. In addition, she is responsible for advancing population health strategies including the Munson Clinical Integration Network and other value based payment models as well as providing leadership to the home health division, MHC’s clinical service lines and clinical business intelligence.

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INVITE: Dr. Marcinko to Your Next “Big Event”

By Ann Miller RN, MHA, CMP®

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PASS ALL THE PODIATRY BOARD CERTIFICATION EXAMS

BY http://www.PODIATRYPREP.org

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PURCHASE – PREPARE – PASS

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PODCAST: How Health Care Can Win by Adapting to Changes in Consumer Behavior

LESSONS FROM THE RETAIL SECTOR

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Discover how ProMedica uses customer feedback and a digital-first approach to consumers to achieve stellar results across more than 400 facilities in 28 states.

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PODCAST: On Older Doctors Selling Out to PRIVATE EQUITY

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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PODCAST: Intentional Medical Practice Marketing

BY ENTREPRENEUR MD

Intentional and Not Reactive Medical Marketing

In this episode we talk about what it means to be intentional with your marketing.

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PODCAST: On Medicare PAYMENTS to Doctors

TO SPECIFIC PHYSICIANS

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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PODCAST: Surescripts Explained

Gate Keeper for Electronic Prescribing

BY DR. ERIC BRICKER
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INDEPENDENT DENTAL PRACTICE: Start-Up Costs?

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How much will it cost you to start a dental practice – with Business Plan? 

There are many costs to consider to set up a successful dental practice. Note that the following values are not the exact amount but an average of setting up a dental practice:

  • Purchase price – this includes valuation fees of between $1,000-4,500, solicitor fees of between $4,000 – 17,000, accountancy and bank fees of around $3,000, and bank solicitors, which can be up to $3,500. Many of these can be reduced or obliterated.
  • Materials – $40,000
  • Lab fees – $36,000
  • Staff costs – $82,000
  • Other costs (associates fees) – [$245,000 – $295,000]
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  1. “Big” Tech – Many startup doctors want to include CBCT or CAD/CAM or 3D printing in their startup, any of which can add $25,000-$175,000. In other situations, waiting is the best option.
  2. Cabinetry Preferences – Costs for cabinetry can range from $5,000 to $175,000.
  3. Practice Management Software (PMS) – Pricing will range from a few thousand dollars to $25,000; OR none at all.
  4. Mechanical Delivery – Typically referred to as chairs, lights, and units, this category of dental equipment costs will range between $5,000 and $100,000 based on your startup plans.

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Vision – Ignore the so-called “experts” who will try to create a cookie-cutter model for your equipment costs. That is the thinking of corporate dentistry. You want a customized private practice vision that allows you to create a model matching your standards. Prioritize your vision, so your values and philosophy will lead your dental equipment budget and purchasing decisions. Your equipment budget will be—and should be—customized.

BUSINESS PLAN: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2017/08/17/business-plan-for-creatives-and-doctors/

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PODCAST: “Un-Accountable” Healthcare Quality

BOOK REVIEW

By Dr. Eric Bricker MD

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Tele-Health Financial Expansion

BY HEALTH CAPITAL CONSULTANTS, LLC

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Additional $20 Million Directed to Rural Telehealth Expansion

It has been well documented that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unprecedented increases in telemedicine utilization across the U.S. However, rural providers and patients, as evidenced by their lower rates of telemedicine usage during this time, have not been able to take advantage of the opportunities provided by telemedicine to the same extent as urban providers.

On August 18, 2021, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the latest attempt to ameliorate this issue – the distribution of nearly $20 million to 36 recipients for the purpose of strengthening telehealth services in rural and underserved communities and expanding innovation and quality. (Read more…)

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PODCAST: NCQA and HEDIS [Health Effectiveness Data Information Set]

90 NCQI MEASUREMENTS

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a tool used by more than 90 percent of U.S. health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. More than 190 million people are enrolled in health plans that report quality results using HEDIS.

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance is an independent 501 nonprofit organization in the United States that works to improve health care quality through the administration of evidence-based standards, measures, programs, and accreditation.

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PODCAST: On Covid Pandemic Hospital Costs

FOR EMPLOYERSEMPLOYER SPONSORED HEALTH PLANS

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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FRANCHISE Healthcare Opportunities?

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Healthcare Business and Medical Franchises

The International Franchise Association (IFA) estimates that that about $1 trillion in sales, or 40% of all retail sales, were made through franchised establishment last year.  On the positive side, franchises offer a branded practice concept with management training and access to proprietary methods, marketing and advertising campaigns and a host of support.

Moreover, there are franchises available for virtually every healthcare product or service, including: diet, weight loss and fitness; vein care and laser surgery; vitamins, nutriceuticals and pharmaceuticals; plastic and cosmetic surgery; dermatology, tanning and skin care; home healthcare and extended, etc. Some well know established healthcare and medical franchises are:  Doctors Express, Being There Senior Care, Home Care Assistance, Personal Training Institute, Inches-A-Weigh, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, Visiting Angels, Unlimited MedSearch, prnYourHealth and Any Lab Test Now, etc.

On the downside, franchises incur high start-up costs, rules and obligations, payment of franchise percentages and many contractual obligations. Questions to consider when contemplating this business entity include:

  • Franchise stability, track record, licensing and costs.
  • Training, support and proximity of other franchises.
  • Independence, ownership laws, contracts and dispute resolutions,
  • Screening methods, market size and potential market share.
  • Replacement cost and transferability?

For more information on Uniform Franchise Offerings Circulars (UFOCs) contact www.FranChoice.com or:

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MEDICAL PRACTICE: Business Uses of Life Insurance for Doctors

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[A] Key Person Insurance

Hospitals, a local family practice office, a pharmaceutical company, all likely have one thing in common. Somewhere within these companies or partnerships, there are key employees or profit makers. Due to their expertise, management skills, knowledge, or “history of why,” they have become indispensable to their employers.

If this key employee were to die prematurely, what would potentially happen to the company?  In many cases, especially in smaller companies, it would have a devastating effect on the bottom line, or even precipitate a bankruptcy. In these circumstances, a form of business insurance, called key person coverage, is recommended in order to alleviate the potential financial problems resulting from the death of that employee.

The business would purchase and own a life insurance policy on the key person. Upon the death of the employee, the life insurance proceeds could be used to:

  • Pay off bank loans.
  • Replace the lost profits of the company.
  • Establish a reserve for the search, hiring and training of a replacement.

[B] Business Continuation Funding

See the chapters on buy-sell agreements and asset protection planning.

[C] Executive Bonus Plan

An executive bonus plan (or § 162 plan) is an effective way for a company to provide valued, select employees an additional employment benefit.  One of the main advantages to an executive bonus plan, when compared to other benefits, is its simplicity. In a typical executive bonus plan, an agreement is made between the employer and employee, whereby the employer agrees to pay for the cost of a life insurance policy, in the form of a bonus, on the life of the employee.

The major benefits of such a plan to the employee are that he or she is the immediate owner of the cash values and the death benefit provided.  The only cost to the employee is the payment of income tax on any bonus received.  The employer receives a tax deduction for providing the benefit, improves the morale of its selected employees, and can use the plan as a tool to attract additional talent.

[D] Non-Qualified Salary Continuation

Commonly referred to as deferred compensation, this is a legally binding promise by an employer to pay a salary continuation benefit at a specific point in the future, in exchange for the current and continued performance of its employee.  These plans are normally used to supplement existing retirement plans.

Although there are different variations of deferred compensation, in a typical deferred compensation agreement, the employer will purchase and own a life insurance policy on the life of the employee. The cash value of the policy grows tax deferred during the employee’s working years. After retirement, these cash values can be withdrawn from the policy to reimburse the company for its after-tax retirement payments to the employee. 

Upon the death of the employee, any remaining death benefit would likely be received income tax free by the employer (Alternative Minimum Taxes could apply to any benefit received by certain larger C corporations).  The death benefit could then be used to pay any required survivor benefits to the employee’s spouse, or provide partial or total cost recovery to the employer.

In a typical plan, the terms of the agreement are negotiated as to the amount of benefit received by the employee, when retirement benefits can begin, how long retirement benefits will be paid, and if benefits will be provided for death or disability.  The business has established what is commonly referred to as “golden handcuffs” for the employee.  As a result, the benefit will only be received if the employee continues to work for the company until retirement. If the employee is terminated or quits prior to retirement, the plan would end and no benefits would be payed.

[E] Split Dollar Plans

Split dollar arrangements can be a complicated and confusing concept for even the most experienced insurance professional or financial advisor. This concept is, in its simplest terms, a way for a business to share the cost and benefit of a life insurance policy with a valued employee. In a normal split dollar arrangement, the employee will receive valuable life insurance coverage at little cost to them. The business pays the majority of the premium, but is usually able to recover the entire cost of providing this benefit at termination of employment, death or surrender of the policy.

Following the publication of IRS Notices 2002-8 and 2002-59, there are currently two general approaches to the ownership of business split-dollar life insurance: Employer-owned or Employee-owned.

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[1] Employer-Owned Method

In the employer-owned method the employer is the sole owner of the policy. A written split-dollar agreement usually permits the employee to name the beneficiary for most of the death proceeds. The employer owns all the cash value and has the unfettered right to borrow or withdraw it as necessary. At the end of the formal agreement, the business can generally (1) continue the policy as key person insurance, (2) transfer ownership to the insured and report the cash values as additional income to the insured, (3) sell the policy to the insured, or (4) use a combination of these methods. This is commonly referred to as “rollout.”

Practitioners should be careful not to include rollout language in the split-dollar agreement. The reason the rollout should not be included is that if the parties formally agree that after a specified number of years—or following a specific event—related only to the circumstances surrounding the policy, that the policy will be turned over to the insured, the IRS could declare that the entire transaction was a sham and that its sole purpose was to avoid taxation of the premiums to the employee, generating substantial interest and penalties in addition to the additional taxes due.

The death proceeds available to the insured employee’s beneficiary is considered a current and reportable economic benefit (REB), and it is an annually taxable event to the employee. If an individual policy is involved, the REB is calculated by multiplying the face amount times the government’s Table 2004 rates or the insurance company’s alternative term rates, using the insured’s age. If a second-to-die policy is involved, the government’s PS38 rates or the company’s alternative PS38 rates will be used. Any part of the premium actually paid by the employee is used to offset any REB dollar-for-dollar.

[2] Employee-Owned Method

With the employee-owned method, the insured-employee is generally the applicant and owner of the policy. Any premiums paid by the business are deemed to be loans to the employee and the employee reports as income an imputed interest rate on the cumulative amount of loan based on Code § 7872. A collateral assignment is made for the benefit of the business to cover the cumulative loan amount. In some cases, the assignment may allow the assignee to have access to the cash values of the policy by way of a policy loan. This method is unavailable for officers and executives of publicly- held corporations because of the current restrictions on corporate loans (the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002).

The employee-owned method is somewhat similar to the older collateral assignment form of split-dollar. The benefits for the employee are both the ability to control large amounts of death proceeds as well as developing equity in the policy. Whether or not this new method catches on will depend greatly on the imputed interest rate published by the IRS every July. If set low enough, this may be an excellent opportunity for the employee to use inexpensive business dollars to pay for life insurance. 

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PODCAST: How Health Insurance Became America’s Biggest Hustle

BY ENTREPRENUER MD AND ROBERT PEARL MD

In this episode the Entrepreneur MD is joined by Dr Robert Pearl, MD, to talk about his latest book Uncaring and the need to stand up against the current healthcare model.

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Physician Owned Hospitals Myths DeBunked

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Literature Review Debunks Claims Against Physician-Owned Hospitals


Approximately 250 hospitals across the U.S. are completely or partially physician owned. These physician-owned hospitals (POHs) can offer a variety of services, from general care to specialty services, such as cardiovascular or orthopedic care, known as “focused factories.”

Over the past several decades, healthcare providers and policymakers have claimed that POHs have a negative impact on the healthcare industry, suggesting that: (1) POHs “cherry-pick” the most profitable patients; (2) the quality of care provided at POHs is substandard; and, (3) conflicts of interest exist due to the financial incentive for physician owners to refer patients to their POHs. (Read more…) 

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PODCAST: About Professor Uwe Reinhardt

HEALTHCARE ECONOMIST

By Eric Bricker MD

Uwe Reinhardt PhD was a Princeton Healthcare Economist Who Passed Away in 2017. He Was Possibly the Most Well Known Healthcare Economist in America and Even the World.

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The HISTORY of Messenger RNA

A Tangled History of mRNA

Hundreds of scientists had worked on mRNA vaccines for decades before the coronavirus pandemic brought a breakthrough.

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RISK MANAGEMENT & LIABILITY PROTECTION FOR PHYSICIANS

And … Their Insurance Agents and Financial Advisors

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It is not uncommon for practicing physicians to have more than a dozen separate insurance policies to protect their medical practice and personal assets. Yet, most doctors understand very little about their policies.BOOK REVIR

Risk Management, Liability Insurance, and Asset Protection Strategies for Doctors and Advisors: Best Practices from Leading Consultants and Certified Medical Planners™explains to physicians and insurance professionals the background, theory, and practicalities of medical risk management, asset protection methods, and insurance planning.

The book presents information in a manner that is convenient and highly useful for busy medical practitioners. It discusses the medical records revolution and addresses concerns regarding cloud computing, data security, and technological threats.

The book covers modern health law and policy, including fraud and abuse, workplace-violence, Medicare compliance, HIPAA regulations, AR protection strategies with internal controls, P4P and value based care, insurance and reputation management, and how the ARA legislation is impacting physician practices. It also includes case models and examples that provide you with a real-world understanding of how to recognize and reduce personal and medical practice risks.

With time at a premium for all, and so much information packed into one well-organized resource, this book is a must-read for every physician and financial advisor that serves the health care sector. The book will help physicians make better decisions about the risks they face and will help financial advisors improve the value they provide to their clients who are doctors.

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PODCASTS: FDA Pharmaceutical Industry Ties

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST?

The New York Times Had an Excellent Article on the FDA on September 2, 2021.

The Article Described How the FDA Began Receiving Funding from the Pharmaceutical Industry Itself to Pay for FDA Employee Salaries in 1992–a Potential Conflict-of-Interest. Subsequently, a Study Found that 1/3 of Drugs Approved by the FDA Were Found to Have Safety Problems from 2000 -2010. Another Potential Conflict-of-Interest is Number of FDA Regulators Who Leave Their Positions to Take High-Paying Jobs at Pharmaceutical Companies.

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The TRI-PHASIC Road from Medical Practice to Retirement Planning for Doctors

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Determining Your Retirement Vision

There’s an aspect to retirement that many physicians do not plan for … the transition from work and practice to retirement.  Your work has been an important part of your life.  That’s why the emotional adjustments of retirement may be some of the most difficult ones.

For example, what would you like to do in retirement? Your retirement vision will be unique to you. You are retiring to something not from something that you envisioned. When you have more time, you would like to do more traveling, play golf or visit more often, family and friends. Would you relocate closer to your kids?  Learn a new art or take a new class? Fund your grandchildren’s education? Do you have philanthropic goals? Perhaps you would like to help your church, school or favorite charity? If your net worth is above certain limits, it would be wise to take a serious look at these goals. With proper planning, there might be some tax benefits too. Then you have to figure how much each goal is going to cost you.

If have a list of retirement goals, you need to prioritize which goal is most important. You can rate them on a scale of 1 to 10; 10 being the most important. Then, you can differentiate between wants and needs. Needs are things that are absolutely necessary for you to retire; while wants are things that still allow retirement but would just be nice to have.

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Recent studies indicate there are three phases in retirement, each with a different spending pattern [Richard Greenberg CFP®, Gardena CA, personal communication]. The three phases are:

  1. The Early Retirement Years. There is a pent-up demand to take advantage of all the free time retirement affords. You can travel to exotic places, buy an RV and explore forty-nine states, go on month-long sailing vacations. It’s possible during these years that after-tax expenses increase during these initial years, especially if the mortgage hasn’t been paid off yet. Usually the early years last about ten years until most retirees are in their 70’s.
  • Middle Years. People decide to slow down on the exploration.  This is when people start simplifying their life.  They may sell their house and downsize to a condo or townhouse.  They may relocate to an area they discovered during their travels, or to an area close to family and friends, to an area with a warm climate or to an area with low or no state taxes.  People also do their most important estate planning during these years.  They are concerned about leaving a legacy, taking care of their children and grandchildren and fulfilling charitable intent. This a time when people spend more time in the local area.  They may start taking extension or college classes.  They spend more time volunteering at various non-profits and helping out older and less healthy retirees. People often spend less during these years. This period starts when a retiree is in his or her mid to late 70’s and can last up to 20 years, usually to mid to late-80’s.
  • Late Years. This is when you may need assistance in our daily activities.  You may receive care at home, in a nursing home or an assisted care facility.  Most of the care options are very expensive.  It’s possible that these years might be more expensive than your pre-retirement expenses.  This is especially true if both spouses need some sort of assisted care. This period usually starts when the retiree is their 80’s; however they can sometimes start in the mid to late 70’s.

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Planning Issues – Early Career

If early retirement is a major objective, start thinking about activities that will fill up your time during retirement.  Maintaining your health is more critical, since your health habits at this time will often dictate how healthy you will be in retirement.

Planning Issues – Mid Career

If early retirement is a major objective, start thinking about activities that will fill up your time during retirement.  Maintaining your health is more critical, since your health habits at this time will often dictate how healthy you will be in retirement

Planning Issues – Late Career 

Three to five years before you retire, start making the transition from work to retirement. 

  • Try out different hobbies;
  • Find activities that will give you a purpose in retirement;
  • Establish friendships outside of the office or hospital;
  • Discuss retirement plans with your spouse.
  • If you plan to relocate to a new place, it is important to rent a place in that area and stay for few months and see if you like it. Making a drastic change like relocating and then finding you don’t like the new town or state might be very costly mistake. The key is to gradually make the transition.

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PODCAST: INELASTIC Healthcare Demand Explained

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PODCAST: On State Health Insurance Commissioners

Not so Hot!

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Over Heard in the DOCTOR’S LOUNGE

On “Hard Working” HMO Physicians

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One of my favorite patients told me this anecdote as he recalled the story of the old man who spent a day watching his physician son treating HMO patients in the office. 

The doctor had been working at his usual feverish pace all morning, and although he was working hard, bitterly complained to his dad that he was not making as much money as he used to.

Finally, the old man interrupted him and said,

“Son, why don’t you just treat the sick patients?” 

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“Dad, can’t you see, I don’t have time to treat just the sick ones.”

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A Novel HYBRID Physician Reimbursement Model 2.0?

MODERN CONSIDERATIONS

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EMERGING HYBRID PAYMENT MODELS

Current reimbursement structures involve the submission and payment of medical CPT® coded claims. But, some doctors feel they need to “up-code” to maximize revenue or “down-code” for fear of having a claim denied. Contradictory business goals bastardize the system into a payer versus provider tug-of-war, with patient care as a potential bargaining chip. Instituting quality metrics should be included in this equation and, a hybrid reimbursement model may be a viable option while integrating quality care metrics and reducing costs for all stakeholders.

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This hybrid reimbursement system might use a two-payment structure.

For the first payment, claims would be paid at hypothetical rate of 60% within one week of submission.

The second payment, consisting of the remaining zero to 40% of some total maximum allowable fee, be paid quarterly. It would be based on scores like patient satisfaction and stewardship of healthcare resources by analyzing a statistically valid sample of patient encounters taken from the electronic health record.

Such a hybrid system would remove unnecessary steps, like re-submitting claims, and would lower the operational and administrative costs of claims processing. These changes would decrease operational cost and drive quality stewardship of the healthcare dollar.

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CURRICULUM: Enter the CMPs

Physicians Beware … the Medical Management Consultants?

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Are you a doctor desperate for practice enhancement solutions, but don’t know where to turn for help? Or, maybe you’ve already had a bad experience with a non-fiduciary business consultant, or management guru, more interested in his bottom line than your success?

Read this decade old Federal Government report to learn what can happen when your advisor is not an informed Certified Medical Planner© designated medical management practitioner.

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