COMPREHENSIVE FINANCIAL PLANNING STRATEGIES

For Doctors and Advisors

BOOK REVIEWS WITH FOREWORD

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Written by doctors and healthcare professionals, this textbook should be mandatory reading for all medical school students―highly recommended for both young and veteran physicians―and an eliminating factor for any financial advisor who has not read it. The book uses jargon like ‘innovative,’ ‘transformational,’ and ‘disruptive’―all rightly so! It is the type of definitive financial lifestyle planning book we often seek, but seldom find.
LeRoy Howard MA CMPTM,Candidate and Financial Advisor, Fayetteville, North Carolina

I taught diagnostic radiology for over a decade. The physician-focused niche information, balanced perspectives, and insider industry transparency in this book may help save your financial life.
Dr. William P. Scherer MS, Barry University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

This book was crafted in response to the frustration felt by doctors who dealt with top financial, brokerage, and accounting firms. These non-fiduciary behemoths often prescribed costly wholesale solutions that were applicable to all, but customized for few, despite ever-changing needs. It is a must-read to learn why brokerage sales pitches or Internet resources will never replace the knowledge and deep advice of a physician-focused financial advisor, medical consultant, or collegial Certified Medical Planner™ financial professional.
―Parin Khotari MBA,Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University, New York

In today’s healthcare environment, in order for providers to survive, they need to understand their current and future market trends, finances, operations, and impact of federal and state regulations. As a healthcare consulting professional for over 30 years supporting both the private and public sector, I recommend that providers understand and utilize the wealth of knowledge that is being conveyed in these chapters. Without this guidance providers will have a hard time navigating the supporting system which may impact their future revenue stream. I strongly endorse the contents of this book.

―Carol S. Miller BSN MBA PMP,President, Miller Consulting Group, ACT IAC Executive Committee Vice-Chair at-Large, HIMSS NCA Board Member

This is an excellent book on financial planning for physicians and health professionals. It is all inclusive yet very easy to read with much valuable information. And, I have been expanding my business knowledge with all of Dr. Marcinko’s prior books. I highly recommend this one, too. It is a fine educational tool for all doctors.

―Dr. David B. Lumsden MD MS MA,Orthopedic Surgeon, Baltimore, Maryland

There is no other comprehensive book like it to help doctors, nurses, and other medical providers accumulate and preserve the wealth that their years of education and hard work have earned them.
―Dr. Jason Dyken MD MBA,Dyken Wealth Strategies, Gulf Shores, Alabama

I plan to give a copy of this book written
by doctors and for doctors’ to all my prospects, physician, and nurse clients. It may be the definitive text on this important topic.
―Alexander Naruska CPA,Orlando, Florida

Health professionals are small business owners who need to apply their self-discipline tactics in establishing and operating successful practices. Talented trainees are leaving the medical profession because they fail to balance the cost of attendance against a realistic business and financial plan. Principles like budgeting, saving, and living below one’s means, in order to make future investments for future growth, asset protection, and retirement possible are often lacking. This textbook guides the medical professional in his/her financial planning life journey from start to finish. It ranks a place in all medical school libraries and on each of our bookshelves.
―Dr. Thomas M. DeLauro DPM,Professor and Chairman – Division of Medical Sciences, New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Physicians are notoriously excellent at diagnosing and treating medical conditions. However, they are also notoriously deficient in managing the business aspects of their medical practices. Most will earn $20-30 million in their medical lifetime, but few know how to create wealth for themselves and their families. This book will help fill the void in physicians’ financial education. I have two recommendations: 1) every physician, young and old, should read this book; and 2) read it a second time!
―Dr. Neil Baum MD,Clinical Associate Professor of Urology, Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, Louisiana

I worked with a Certified Medical Planner™ on several occasions in the past, and will do so again in the future. This book codified the vast body of knowledge that helped in all facets of my financial life and professional medical practice.
Dr. James E. Williams DABPS, Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Conyers, Georgia

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RISK MANAGEMENT, Liability Insurance and Asset Protection Strategies

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“Physicians who don’t understand modern risk management, insurance, business, and asset protection principles are sitting ducks waiting to be taken advantage of by unscrupulous insurance agents and financial advisors; and even their own prospective employers or partners. This comprehensive volume from Dr. David Marcinko and his co-authors will go a long way toward educating physicians on these critical subjects that were never taught in medical school or residency training.”
Dr. James M. Dahle, MD, FACEP, Editor of The White Coat Investor, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


“With time at a premium, and so much vital information packed into one well organized resource, this comprehensive textbook should be on the desk of everyone serving in the healthcare ecosystem. The time you spend reading this frank and compelling book will be richly rewarded.”
—Dr. J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD, MA, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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DICTIONARY: Health Insurance and Managed Care

BOOK REVIEW

“The Dictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care lifts the fog of confusion surrounding the most contentious topic in the health care industrial complex today. My suggestion therefore is to ‘read it, refer to it, recommend it, and reap’.”


Michael J. Stahl, PhD, Physician Executive MBA Program [William B. Stokely Distinguished Professor of Business]

The University of Tennessee, College of Business Administration

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FINANCIAL PLANNING: Strategies for Physicians and their Advisors

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The BUSINESS of Medical Practice

“NO MARGIN – NO MISSION”

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PODCAST: Drs. Vivian Lee, Marty Makary, Atul Gawande and Robert Pearl Blame Physician Culture for the Poor State of US Healthcare

At Least in Part ACCORDING TO THESE BOOKS

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BY ERIC BRICKER MD

Understandably, Many Doctors Take Issue with This Accusation and Say They Treat Their Patients with Integrity and Accountability. Both Statements May Be TRUE … How is That Possible?

Because of Bad Apples.’

While the Majority of Physicians May Put Their Patients First, There Are a Minority of Physicians that Put Money, Power, Prestige and Promotions Ahead of Patients. It’s These Bad Apples That Ruin Physician Culture.

Problem: Fee-for-Service Rewards Bad Apple Physicians, While Paying the High-Integrity Doctors as Well.

Assessment: If Doctors Want to Keep Fee-for-Service, Then the Bad Apples Must Be Reduced Through 1) Increased Transparency, 2) Greater Doctor Self-Regulation, 3) More Federal Oversight and 4) Increased Employer Investigation.

Many of the Books by Drs. Vivian Lee, Marty Makary, Atul Gawande and Robert Pearl Blame Physician Culture in Part for the Poor State of US Healthcare

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HOSPITALS and Health Care Organizations

Management Strategies, Operational Techniques, Tools, Templates and Case Studies

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Drawing on the expertise of decision-making professionals, leaders, and managers in health care organizations, Hospitals & Health Care Organizations: Management Strategies, Operational Techniques, Tools, Templates, and Case Studies addresses decreasing revenues, increasing costs, and growing consumer expectations in today’s increasingly competitive health care market.

Offering practical experience and applied operating vision, the authors integrate Lean managerial applications, and regulatory perspectives with real-world case studies, models, reports, charts, tables, diagrams, and sample contracts. The result is an integration of post PP-ACA market competition insight with Lean management and operational strategies vital to all health care administrators, comptrollers, and physician executives. The text is divided into three sections:

  1. Managerial Fundamentals
  2. Policy and Procedures
  3. Strategies and Execution

Using an engaging style, the book is filled with authoritative guidance, practical health care–centered discussions, templates, checklists, and clinical examples to provide you with the tools to build a clinically efficient system. Its wide-ranging coverage includes hard-to-find topics such as hospital inventory management, capital formation, and revenue cycle enhancement. Health care leadership, governance, and compliance practices like OSHA, HIPAA, Sarbanes–Oxley, and emerging ACO model policies are included. Health 2.0 information technologies, EMRs, CPOEs, and social media collaboration are also covered, as are 5S, Six Sigma, and other logistical enhancing flow-through principles. The result is a must-have, “how-to” book for all industry participants.

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PODCAST: Physician WEDDING Costs

 The Economics of Weddings for Medical Professionals

The average wedding costs about $ 25,525 and medical professionals often spend much more.

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QUERY: Do you want a big wedding party for your family and friends, or an earlier retirement for yourself?

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PROCEDURES: Rural v. Urban Hospitals

Appreciating the Number of Procedures Done per Hospitalization

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PHYSICIAN BRANDING: Post Corona Virus Pandemic

SELF-BRANDING IN THE MODERN ERA

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP©

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In 1987 the magazine Fast Company published an article authored by Tom Peters entitled “The Brand Called You.” Although some individuals may shy away from the concept of self-branding in actuality, many of the online social network sites such as Facebook become media by which we in fact brand ourselves.

In his article, Peter’s stated. “Regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of their own companies: Me Inc. to be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called you.”

As a medical practitioner how do you differentiate yourself from others in your specialty and why should a new patient choose your practice above those of the others in the field?

Branding is about finding your big idea and building your identity and game plan around it. The bottom line: if you can’t explain who you are, and the value you bring to your practice in a short sentence or two, you have work to do.

According to Catherine Kaputa, a personal coach she suggests that there are the objective things: your credentials, the schools you went to, your years of experience, and your skill set, which represent what she refers to as hard power. Then there’s soft power: your image and reputation, your visibility in the community, your network of contacts, supporters and mentors. In today’s competitive marketplace, soft power plays a vital role in attracting people to you and your practice.

Standing Out

Peters suggests that everyone has a chance to stand out. Everyone has a chance to learn, improve, and build up their skills. Everyone has a chance to be a brand worthy of remark. Corporations spend millions of dollars creating and maintaining their distinct brand.

The Olympic Rings are representative of a brand which the International Olympic Committee guards zealously. Professional services firms such as McKinsey, foster self-branding among their employees. Major corporations have as employees those individuals who are smart, motivated and talented. Self-branding allows the employees to differentiate themselves from their peers. For one to engage in self-branding is first necessary to ask the question,

What is it that my practice does that makes it different?”

You can begin by identifying the qualities or characteristics that make you distinctive from your competitors-or your colleagues.

What have you done lately-this week-to make yourself stand out? What would your colleagues say is your greatest and clearest strength?

What would they say is your most noteworthy personal trait? As a practitioner does your customer get dependable, reliable service that meets his or her strategic needs?

In addition, ask yourself: “what do I do that adds remarkable, measurable, distinguished distinctive value.”

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While we are on the topic of mass media look at your business card and check to see if it has a distinctive logo on it. Keep in mind that packaging counts.

Getting and using power, intelligently, responsibly, and powerfully are essential skills for growing your brand. One of the things that attract us to certain brands is the power they project. Power, is largely a matter of perception. If you want people to see you as a powerful brand, act like a credible leader.

Another technique advocated by Peters is developing loyalty among your patients. In addition, you yourself need to be loyal to your colleagues, your staff, patients and to yourself.

Another way in which you can begin to promote yourself is, with a personal visibility campaign; getting yourself on a panel discussion with signing up to make a presentation at a workshop. If you are a medical writer, try writing about the corona pandemic, or contributing a column on a regular basis to your local newspaper. Community newspapers and professional newsletters are always seeking articles to fill the space. Not only does it give you the opportunity to express yourself it also is an excellent means to expose your practice and your capabilities to a mass audience.

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ON ABUSIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT OR HEALTH CARE SERVICES

ABUSIVE TREATMENTS OR MEDICAL SERVICES

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP®

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According to the Dictionary of Health Economics and Finance, healthcare abuse is the activity where someone overuses or misuses services. And; the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] states that: “although some of the practices may be initially considered to be abusive, rather than fraudulent activities, they may evolve into fraud.”

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In the case of healthcare abuse, this may occur when a physician sees the patient for treatment more times than deemed medically appropriate. If there are reported issues or actions from other sources, such as the National Practitioner Data Bank [NPDB] or a medical board, a health insurance program can take that opportunity to review healthcare providers’ activities.

ASSESSMENT: Most insurance or managed care participation agreements allow for this type of scrutiny.

QUERY: But, what if the patient, or care-giver, is the culprit?

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The Business of Medical Practice [3rd. edition]

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PODCAST: The Covid 19 Pandemic and Mental Health

Including Substance Use Issues

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA CMP© and staff reporters

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred—and aggravated—a range of mental health and substance use issues in the United States.

In this episode of Critical Point, Milliman’s Stoddard Davenport discusses the rising demand for mental health services and how different populations are being affected. Stoddard also highlights recent statistics on the topic and what the road ahead may look like for mental health in America.

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Financial Management Strategies for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations

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THE ANATOMIC BASIS OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR?

BRAIN ANATOMY

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP©

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I am not a neurologist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. But, it is well known that emotional and behavioral change involves the human nervous system. And, there are two parts of the nervous system that are especially significant for holistic financial advisor; the first is the limbic system and the second is the autonomic nervous system. 

According to Dr. C. George Boerre of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, this is known as the emotional nervous system.

1. The Limbic System

The limbic system is a set of structures that lies on both sides of the thalamus, just under the cerebrum.  It includes the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, the amygdala, and nearby areas.  It is primarily responsible for emotions, memories and recollection. 

Hypothalamus

The small hypothalamus is located just below the thalamus on both sides of the third ventricle (areas within the cerebrum filled with cerebrospinal fluid that connect to spinal fluid). It sits inside both tracts of the optic nerve, and just above the pituitary gland.

The hypothalamus is mainly concerned with homeostasis or the process of returning to some “set point.”  It works like a thermostat:  When the room gets too cold, the thermostat conveys that information to the furnace and turns it on.  As the room warms up and the temperature rises, it sends turns off the furnace.  The hypothalamus is responsible for regulating hunger, thirst, response to pain, levels of pleasure, sexual satisfaction, anger and aggressive behavior, and more.  It also regulates the functioning of the autonomic nervous system, which means it regulates functions like pulse, blood pressure, breathing, and arousal in response to emotional circumstances. In a recent discovery, the protein leptin is released by fat cells with over-eating.  The hypothalamus senses leptin levels in the bloodstream and responds by decreasing appetite.  So, it seems that some people might have a gene mutation which produces leptin, and can’t tell the hypothalamus that it is satiated.   The hypothalamus sends instructions to the rest of the body in two ways.  The first is to the autonomic nervous system.  This allows the hypothalamus to have ultimate control of things like blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, digestion, sweating, and all the sympathetic and parasympathetic functions.

The second way the hypothalamus controls things is via the pituitary gland.  It is neurally and chemically connected to the pituitary, which in turn pumps hormones called releasing factors into the bloodstream.  The pituitary is the so-called “master gland” as these hormones are vitally important in regulating growth and metabolism.

Hippocampus

The hippocampus consists of two “horns” that curve back from the amygdala.  It is important in converting things “in your mind” at the moment (short-term memory) into things that are remembered for the long run (long-term memory).  If the hippocampus is damaged, a patient cannot build new memories and lives in a strange world where everything they experience just fades away; even while older memories from the time before the damage are untouched!  Most patients who suffer from this kind of brain damage are eventually institutionalized.

Amygdala

The amygdalas are two almond-shaped masses of neurons on either side of the thalamus at the lower end of the hippocampus.  When it is stimulated electrically, animals respond with aggression.  And, if the amygdala is removed, animals get very tame and no longer respond to anger that would have caused rage before.  The animals also become indifferent to stimuli that would have otherwise have caused fear and sexual responses.

Related Anatomic Areas

Besides the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and amygdala, there are other areas in the structures near to the limbic system that are intimately connected to it:

  • The cingulate gyrus is the part of the cerebrum that lies closest to the limbic system, just above the corpus collosum.  It provides a pathway from the thalamus to the hippocampus, is responsible for focusing attention on emotionally significant events, and for associating memories to smells and to pain.
  • The ventral tegmental area of the brain stem (just below the thalamus) consists of dopamine pathways responsible for pleasure.  People with damage here tend to have difficulty getting pleasure in life, and often turn to alcohol, drugs, sweets, and gambling.
  • The basal ganglia (including the caudate nucleus, the putamen, the globus pallidus, and the substantia nigra) lie over to the sides of the limbic system, and are connected with the cortex above them.  They are responsible for repetitive behaviors, reward experiences, and focusing attention. 
  • The prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the frontal lobe which lies in front of the motor area, is also closely linked to the limbic system.  Besides apparently being involved in thinking about the future, making plans, and taking action, it also appears to be involved in the same dopamine pathways as the ventral tegmental area, and plays a part in pleasure and addiction.

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2. The Autonomic Nervous System

The second part of the nervous system to have a particularly powerful part to play in our emotional life is the autonomic nervous system. 

The autonomic nervous system is composed of two parts, which function primarily in opposition to each other.  The first is the sympathetic nervous system, which starts in the spinal cord and travels to a variety of areas of the body.  Its function appears to be preparing the body for the kinds of vigorous activities associated with “fight or flight,” that is, with running from danger or with preparing for violence.  Activation of the sympathetic nervous system has the following effects:

  • dilates the pupils and opens the eyelids,
  • stimulates the sweat glands and dilates the blood vessels in large muscles,
  • constricts the blood vessels in the rest of the body,
  • increases the heart rate and opens up the bronchial tubes of the lungs, and
  • inhibits the secretions in the digestive system.

One of its most important effects is causing the adrenal glands (which sit on top of the kidneys) to release epinephrine (adrenalin) into the blood stream.  Epinephrine is a powerful hormone that causes various parts of the body to respond in much the same way as the sympathetic nervous system.  Being in the blood stream, it takes a bit longer to stop its effects, and may take some time to calm down again

The sympathetic nervous system also takes in information, mostly concerning pain from internal organs.  Because the nerves that carry information about organ pain often travel along the same paths that carry information about pain from more surface areas of the body, the information sometimes get confused.  This is called referred pain, and the best known example is the pain in the left shoulder and arm when having a heart attack.

The other part of the autonomic nervous system is called the parasympathetic nervoussystem.  It has its roots in the brainstem and in the spinal cord of the lower back.  Its function is to bring the body back from the emergency status that the sympathetic nervous system puts it into.

Some of the details of parasympathetic arousal include some of the following:.

  • pupil constriction and activation of the salivary glands,
  • stimulating the secretions of the stomach and activity of the intestines,
  • stimulating secretions in the lungs and constricting the bronchial tubes, and;
  • decreases heart rate.

The parasympathetic nervous system also has some sensory abilities:  It receives information about blood pressure, levels of carbon dioxide in the blood, etc.

There is actually another part of the autonomic nervous system that is not mentioned too often: the enteric nervous system.  It is a complex of nerves that regulate the activity of the stomach. 

For example, if you get sick to your stomach with a new financial advisory client – or feel nervous butterflies with your first patient encounter as a doctor- you can blame the enteric nervous system.

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Physician Medical Practice “Misrepresentation” Risks

BUSINESS FRAUD RISKS

True Case Report

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A Medical Practice Misrepresentation Case Model

Let’s say a physician decided to sell his practice and move to another state. The value of the sale was based, in part, on the yearly gross of the practice. The physician accepted installment payment terms from the buyer and moved to the new state. The buyer began to practice medicine at his new office. Although he was busy, his gross never approached the gross of the prior physician.

Eventually the buyer defaulted on the loan. The selling physician sued for the deficit. The defaulting physician and his forensic consultants then performed an in-depth evaluation of the seller’s practice. The buyer and his team noticed some discrepancies in the billing patterns and practices of the seller. Considering these discrepancies to constitute Medicare and insurance billing fraud, the seller counter-sued the buyer on the grounds of misrepresentation, alleging the gross receipts of the practice purchase price, was grossly inflated.

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ASSESSMENT: Therefore, the buyer determined that the seller had fraudulently misrepresented the potential of the practice. He also notified state and federal authorities and filed complaints of insurance fraud against the seller.

The seller thought that he would move to the good life in the new state, but his old practice kept him in constant legal trouble.

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REAL ESTATE Investing for Physicians?

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Real Estate and Physicians

What I see in my accounting practice is that significant accumulation in younger physician portfolio growth is not happening as it once did. This is partially because confidence in the equity markets is still not what it was; but that doctors are also looking for better solutions to support their reduced incomes.

For example, I see older doctors with about 25 percent of their wealth in the market, and even in retirement years, do not rely much on that accumulation to live on. Of this 25 percent, about 80 percent is in their retirement plan, as tax breaks for funding are just too good to ignore.

What I do see is that about 50 percent of senior physician wealth is in rental real estate, both in a private residence that has a rental component, and mixed-use properties. It is this that provides a good portion of income in retirement.

So; could I add dialog about real estate as a long term solution for retirement?

Yes, as I believe a real estate concentration in the amount of 5 percent is optimal for a diversified portfolio, but in a very passive way through mutual or index funds that are invested in real estate holdings and not directly owning properties.

Today, as an option, we have the ability to take pension plan assets and transfer marketable securities for rental property to be held inside the plan collecting rents instead of dividends.

Real estate holdings never vary very much, tend to go up modestly, and have preferential tax treatment due to depreciation of the property against income.

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Today, whether independent or employed, physicians can pursue several creative compensation models, other than fee-for service reimbursement based on Current Procedural Terminology [CPT®] codes, not popular a few decade ago:

  • Pay-for-Performance Initiatives [P4P]: According to Mark Fendrick, MD and Michael E. Chernew, PhD, instead of the one size fits all approach of traditional health insurance, a “clinically-sensitive” cost-sharing system that supports co-payments related to evidence-based value for targeted patients is emerging. In 2014, for example, there were a number of changes to Medicare’s pay-for-performance programs [personal communication]. These value-based payment modifiers will show up in physicians’ paychecks in few years, and will be expanded to practices with 10 or more eligible professionals. The program, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, assesses a provider’s quality of care and costs, and increases Medicare payments for good performers and decreases them for bad ones. And, doctor performance will be reflected in adjustments to 2016 payments. As much as 2% of Medicare payments will be at risk in 2021 based on physician performance in 2019. It was only 1% for 2015, which was based on doctors’ 2013 performance.
  • Physician Quality Reporting Initiative Model.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] paid out more than $40 million in monetary incentives to medical providers who reported data on quality of care delivered between July 2020 and December 2020; as part of its PQRI. Under the PQRI, healthcare providers who participated received bonuses of 1.5 percent of their total CMS payments during the reporting period.
  • Direct Reimbursement Payment Model:  A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is a tool which is used to provide direct reimbursement by an employer for qualified medical expenses.  The HRA is an employer-established benefit plan, and contributions to the plan may only be made by the employer.  The HRA can be used in conjunction with any insurance plan, including a high-deductible plan. Qualified reimbursements made under the HRA are tax-deductible for the employer, and the payments are not counted as income for the employee.  Any balance in an HRA can generally be carried over to the next year.  This plan allows for flexibility and tailored to meet the particular needs of both employers and employees in a tax-advantaged manner.  From the physician’s perspective, increasing use of HRAs poses new challenges.  Payment for services in the medical office may be required of the patient/employee before reimbursement from the employer occurs.  These extra steps can easily result in delayed payment or non-payment to medical providers who are not prepared to work with this model of reimbursement.  The provisions for this model are outlined in IRS publication 969, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p969.pdf.
  • Concierge Practice Model:  The concept of concierge medicine (CM), also known as retainer medicine, first emerged in Seattle, Washington in the 1990’s. With CM, the physician charges an annual retainer fee to patients.  The fee usually ranges from $1,000 to $20,000 per year, and the number of patients in a practice is usually limited to a few hundred.  In return, patients receive increased levels of access and personalized care. This often includes same day appointments, extended visit times, house calls, and 24/7 access to the physician by pager and cell phone. An annual executive physical is often included, as well as an increased emphasis on preventive care.  Many physicians choosing this type of practice model do so for lifestyle and control reasons, although the average income for a successful CM primary care physician is higher than that of a typical primary care physician. .
  • Global Healthcare Model: American businesses are extending their cost-cutting initiatives to include offshore employee medical benefits, and facilities like the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand (cosmetic surgery), the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, India (cardiac and orthopedic surgery) are premier examples for surgical care. Both are internationally recognized institutions that resemble five-star hotels equipped with the latest medical technology. Countries such as Finland, England and Canada are also catering to the English-speaking crowd, while dentistry is especially popular in Mexico and Costa Rica. Although this is still considered “medical tourism,” Mercer Health and Benefits was recently retained by three Fortune 500 companies interested in contracting with offshore hospitals and The Joint Commission [TJC] has accredited 88 foreign hospitals through a joint international commission. To be sure, when India can discount costs up to 80%, the effects on domestic hospital reimbursement and physician compensation may be assumed to increase downward compensation pressures.
  • Locum Tenens Practitioner Model: Locum Tenens (LT) as an alternative to full-time employment is enjoying a comeback for most specialties. Some younger physicians enjoy the travel, while mature physicians like to practice at their leisure. Employment factors to consider include: firm reputation, malpractice insurance, credentialing, travel and relocation expenses (which are negotiable). However, a LT firm typically will not cover taxes [NALTO.org and http://www.studentdoc.com/locum-tenens.html%5D

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I devoted a full chapter of my book; “The Business of Medical Practice” to concierge and boutique medicine, retail medicine, direct, cash and private pay medicine; etc. We included terms and definitions, process and methodologies, marketing and advertising, and examples, etc. In fact, who knew I was so prescient and the landscape would finally begin evolving.

For example, we recently learned about Sam’s Club offering targeted “bundles” of health care services collaborating with Humana. https://lnkd.in/ejHGGzk

And, earlier, we learned of Amazon’s new virtual / primary care clinic model. And of course, in the past couple of weeks, Walmart’s (Sam’s affiliate) opening their freestanding clinics, along with new behavioral health services, as well.

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Maybe you’re a young dermatologist or plastic surgeon who dreams of starting your own practice. Or maybe you’re an established professional but want to expand your palette of anti-aging services. Either way, you’ve probably made an unpleasant discovery: Banks are leery about lending today. Global recessions with seemingly no end in sight tend to give loan officers sticky fingers.HO-JFMS-CD-ROM

Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons

We have it on good authority that dermatologists and plastic surgeons as a group are less affected by this problem than physicians in some other branches of medicine. Still, there’s no better time than now to absorb some sound advice on how to approach banks for loans—whether you’re a fresh-faced newcomer to the fresh-face business or a wrinkled veteran at eliminating wrinkles.

Start Small

There’s no soft-soaping it: Starting a healthy aging practice is much harder than expanding an existing practice, even in the flushest of times.

“For young dermatologists starting out, I recommend you start small,” advises Jerome Potozkin, MD, who offers facial rejuvenation, liposuction, body contouring and dermatological care through his practice in Walnut Creek, CA. “You can always expand. Keep your overhead low. Know what your credit score is and do everything you can to improve it. Pay your bills on time.”

Lasers aren’t cheap. Besides the initial acquisition costs, a service contract can cost $7,000 to $12,000 a year, according to Dr. Potozkin. “Don’t feel you have to buy every new laser under the sun,” he says. “In fact, renting rather than purchasing is an option many companies offer. When your volume is low you can rent and schedule laser days—although the pitfall there is you don’t have lasers available whenever patients come in.”

Also, young dermatologists “will probably have an easier time getting a loan if they go to a relatively underserved area, as opposed to an area that has a large number of dermatologists per capita,” says Dr. Potozkin, who began practicing 10 years ago. “There are two schools of thought on this: Go where you want to live to start a practice or go to where there’s a need and be instantly successful. I chose the former. It took me longer to get started but I’m very happy where I am.”

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Be patient, prudent, passionate—and start with a spare office and as little debt as possible, advises Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA, a financial advisor and Certified Medical Planner™. Marcinko, a health economist,  is CEO of the Institute of Medical Business Advisors Inc., a national physician and medical practice consulting firm based in Norcross, GA www.MedicalBusinessAdvisors.com

“Patients are looking for passion from you, not lavish trappings,” Dr. Marcinko says. “When a banker or a loan officer sees $175,000 or more of debt they are loath to give a loan—and it’s hard to blame them. Purchase a home after you become a private practitioner. You need to be as close to debt-free as you can be.

Exit Strategy

“Another thing bankers want to know is, ‘If we give you a loan and you start a practice and it fails, how will we be paid back?’ They want an exit strategy.”

The good news is dermatology “remains a very lucrative specialty, and in most parts of the country they are in a shortage position, particularly with the aging population,” says Sandra McGraw, JD, MBA, principal and CEO of the Health Care Group, a financial and legal consulting firm based in Plymouth Meeting, PA., that advises the American Academy of Dermatology, among other groups.

“I would start with a realistic business plan for why you think this practice can succeed, in the specific location,” McGraw says. “How many patients do you expect to see? How will they know you are there and available? Remember that banks lend to all kinds of people, so keep your numbers realistic. Overestimating expenses is as bad as underestimating them. Then determine how you want the money—usually a fixed loan for a period of time and then a line of credit as you get your practice going and sometimes need the cash flow.”biz-book

Expanding a Practice

Established dermatologists should have an easier time getting loans to expand their practices. They have, one hopes, a track record of success and assets to put up as collateral.

Mid-career physicians “have cash flow, physician assets and equity to some degree in a house and personal assets,” Dr. Marcinko observes. “Banks can attach loans to personal assets and savings accounts. Ninety-nine percent of times you must sign a personal asset guarantee. Mid-lifers have assets young ones don’t, so mid-lifers aren’t quite the risk. They have businesses that have value and cash flow. Banks like cash flow.”

However, even veterans must do some homework before approaching a bank. “You still want to establish why you want the money and how the expansion will increase your income,” McGraw says.

Another tip: If the bank has loans out with reputable vendors, you might ask the loan officer to recommend them to you as potential contractors. “Sometimes keeping it local and supporting others with loans at the bank can be helpful,” she says.

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Dr. Marcinko adds, “Bankers today want you to come in with a well-reasoned, well-thought-out and well-written business plan. Give bankers a 30-second elevator speech on why you are different. It’s really important to ask yourself, ‘What can I offer the community as a doctor in my specialty that nobody else can?’ If you bill yourself as the first dermatologist to do laser surgery, that’s a perceived advantage. You purchased the equipment and learned to use it. But anyone can do that. If you can come up with something that nobody else has or can do, that’s how you’re successful in anything.”

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There is no way to eliminate all the risks associated with starting a medical practice, or launching any innovative concept in the health 2.0 ecosystem. However, entrepreneurial focused doctors can improve their chance of success with good planning and preparation. So, prior to starting your practice, merging, franchising or purchasing an existing one, ask yourself the following sobering questions. Hopefully, such reflection will enhance success, or at least prevent an unmitigated catastrophe. (www.sba.gov)

The Questions to Consider

1. Is medical practice ownership and physician entrepreneurship right for you?

It will be up to you, and your consultants; not someone else telling you to develop projects, organize your time or follow through on details. Your must be self motivated.

2. Do you like people and get along with different personality types?

Practice owners need to develop working relationships with a variety of people including patients, customers, vendors, staff, other physicians, and professionals like lawyers, accountants, consultants and bankers. Can you deal with a demanding patient, an unreliable vendor or cranky staff person in the best interest of your practice?

3. Can you make decisions and leave with ambiguity?

Practice owners are required to make independent decisions constantly; often quickly, under pressure and without all the facts. Ambiguity is a constant.

4. Do you have the physical and emotional stamina?

Practice ownership can be challenging, fun and exciting. But it’s also a lot of work. As a physician-owner, can you face twelve hour work days? As a doctor, can you offer advice, service, care and moral support 24/7?

5. How long can you live on your current savings?

Most small medical practice startups induce a declining bank balance in the early going. So, it’s wise to look at your expenses and determine how long you can live on your savings, and what personal costs you can temporarily eliminate. Emotionally, it’s easier to tighten expenses when you’re contemplating a new practice, than it is to cut back after you’ve started.  Financial consultants and accountants that perform consolidated financial statement preparation and analysis are vital in this regard. A two to five year margin of safety is not unusual and may be needed

6. How deeply in debt can you go?

Medical practice business debt can be good. It can fund expansion, improve profit ratios and cash flow. For physician entrepreneurs, business debt is often personal debt. Many start a practice by deferring payments for their own labor. Although lenders may make loans to a practice, the physician-owner will often be required to personally guarantee the loan. So, although the debt is on the business’s books, is ultimately the doctors’ debt should the practice fail.

7. What about health insurance?

If your current residency, fellowship or job offers health insurance, and is subject to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), you might be able to keep your coverage by paying the premiums, plus another 2% for administrative costs. You may keep your coverage under COBRA for up to 18 months and is a useful stopgap. For example, pay the premiums for six months or until another health insurance plan is obtained. Others suggestions are working spouse coverage with family benefits, or an HMO; or Medical or Health Savings Account (HSA/MSA).

8. Can you line up credit in advance?

Some new practice owners may set up a home equity line of credit that will let them borrow money at 1-2 percentage points over the prime rate or less. Lenders are more willing to make loans to someone who has a steady paycheck than to a new practice entrepreneur. If you have an excellent credit rating, you can probably get a home equity or other secured loan, but with more paperwork than in the recent past. Once you’re a self-employed practice owner, you’ll probably have to provide your most recent tax returns before getting approval. But, today, the biggest obstacle to a practice loan is a home mortgage. Domestic credit has been very tight since 2007, even for physicians.

9. What if you can’t manage the practice?

Disability insurance, unlike health insurance, usually cannot be transferred to an individual policy when you leave your job to start a new venture. So, get your own disability policy while you are still employed. Once you have the policy established and are paying the premiums, you should be able to keep the policy when you go out on your own. Remember, benefits received on a policy paid by you are free of federal income tax. Benefits on a policy paid for by a previous employer were taxable.

10. How well do you plan and organize?

Research indicates that many medical practice failures could have been avoided through better planning. Good organization of financials, inventory, schedules, information technology, medical services and human resources can help avoid many pitfalls.

11. Is your determination and drive strong enough to maintain your motivation?

Running a practice can wear you down. Some doctor-owners feel burned out by having to carry all the responsibility on their shoulders. Strong motivation can make the practice succeed and will help you survive slowdowns as well as periods of burnout.

12. How will the practice affect your family?

The first few years of practice startup can be hard on family life. The strain of an unsupportive spouse may be hard to balance against the demands of starting a medical business. There also may be financial difficulties until the business becomes profitable, which could take years. You may have to adjust to a lower standard of living or put family assets at risk.

13. How do you feel about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010?

Most provisions of the PPACA take effect over the next four to eight years, including expanding Medicaid eligibility, subsidizing insurance premiums, providing incentives for businesses to provide health care benefits, prohibiting denial of coverage/claims based on pre-existing conditions, establishing health insurance exchanges, and support for medical research. The expense of these provisions are offset by a variety of taxes, fees, and cost-saving measures, such as new Medicare taxes for high-income brackets, cuts to the Medicare Advantage program in favor of traditional Medicare, and fees on medical devices and pharmaceutical companies. There is also a tax penalty for citizens who do not obtain health insurance. Decreased physician reimbursement is a component, as well.

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  • McKinsey & Company’s March Economic Conditions Snapshot indicated 80 percent of surveyed executives “… expect demand for their companies’ products and services will grow or stay the same in the coming months, and a majority believe (as they have in every survey since 2011) their companies’ profits will increase.” However, they are not as optimistic about the global economy as they were in December. About one-half of executives in developed and emerging markets said economic conditions globally are worse than they were six months ago
  • The Wall Street Journal’s April 2016 Economic Forecasting Survey, which queries 60 economists, reported three-of-four survey participants expect a Fed rate hike in June. Few expect a recession during the next 12 months, putting the odds at 19 percent. Almost one-half stated global risks were the greatest threat to the U.S. economy, followed by financial conditions, a slowdown in consumer spending, falling corporate profits, and U.S. politics.
  • PIMCO’s Cyclical Outlook predicts China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth may be in the 5.5 to 6.5 percent range. The target is 6.5 percent. In addition, a gradual devaluation of the yuan is possible, although China’s currency policy often produces unexpected twists and turns.
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Financial advisors don’t ascribe to the Hippocratic Oath.  People don’t go to work on “Wall Street” for the same reasons other people become firemen and teachers.  There are no essays where they attempt to come up with a new way to say, “I just want to help people.”

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Some financial advisors and insurance agents like to compare themselves to CPAs, attorneys and physicians who spend years in training and pass difficult tests to get advanced degrees and certifications. We call these steps: barriers-to-entry. Most agents, financial product representatives and advisors, if they took a test at all, take one that requires little training and even less experience. There are few BTEs in the financial services industry.

For example, most insurance agent licensing tests are thirty minutes in length. The Series #7 exam for stock brokers is about 2 hours; and the formerly exalted CFP® test is about only about six [and now recently abbreviated]. All are multiple-choice [guess] and computerized. An aptitude for psychometric savvy is often as important as real knowledge; and the most rigorous of these examinations can best be compared to a college freshman biology or chemistry test in difficulty.

Yet, financial product salesman, advisors and stock-brokers still use lines such as; “You wouldn’t let just anyone operate on you, would you?” or “I’m like your family physician for your finances.  I might send you to a specialist for a few things, but I’m the one coordinating it all.”  These lines are designed to make us feel good about trusting them with our hard-earned dollars and, more importantly, to think of personal finance and investing as something that “only a professional can do.”

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A National Association of Securities Dealers [NASD] / Financial Industry Regulatory Authority [FINRA] guideline that require stock-brokers, financial product salesman and brokerages to have reasonable grounds for believing a recommendation fits the investment needs of a client. This is a low standard of care for commissioned transactions without relationships; and for those “financial advisors” not interested in engaging clients with advice on a continuous and ongoing basis. It is governed by rules in as much as a Series #7 licensee is a Registered Representative [RR] of a broker-dealer. S/he represents best-interests of the firm; not the client.

And, a year or so ago there we two pieces of legislation for independent broker-dealers-Rule 2111 on suitability guidelines and Rule 408(b)2 on ERISA. These required a change in processes and procedures, as well as mindset change.

Note: ERISA = The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) codified in part a federal law that established minimum standards for pension plans in private industry and provides for extensive rules on the federal income tax effects of transactions associated with employee benefit plans. ERISA was enacted to protect the interests of employee benefit plan participants and their beneficiaries by:

  • Requiring the disclosure of financial and other information concerning the plan to beneficiaries;
  • Establishing standards of conduct for plan fiduciaries ;
  • Providing for appropriate remedies and access to the federal courts.

ERISA is sometimes used to refer to the full body of laws regulating employee benefit plans, which are found mainly in the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA itself. Responsibility for the interpretation and enforcement of ERISA is divided among the Department Labor, Treasury, IRS and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.

Yet, there is still room for commissioned based FAs. For example, some smaller physician clients might have limited funds [say under $100,000-$250,000], but still need some counsel, insight or advice.

Or, they may need some investing start up service from time to time; rather than ongoing advice on an annual basis. Thus, for new doctors, a commission based financial advisor may make some sense. 

Prudent Man Rule

This is a federal and state regulation requiring trustees, financial advisors and portfolio managers to make decisions in the manner of a prudent man – that is – with intelligence and discretion. The prudent man rule requires care in the selection of investments but does not limit investment alternatives. This standard of care is a bit higher than mere suitability for one who wants to broaden and deepen client relationships. 

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Prudent Investor Rule

The Uniform Prudent Investor Act (UPIA), adopted in 1992 by the American Law Institute’s Third Restatement of the Law of Trusts, reflects a modern portfolio theory [MPT] and total investment return approach to the exercise of fiduciary investment discretion. This approach allows fiduciary advisors to utilize modern portfolio theory to guide investment decisions and requires risk versus return analysis. Therefore, a fiduciary’s performance is measured on the performance of the entire portfolio, rather than individual investments 

Fiduciary Rule

The legal duty of a fiduciary is to act in the best interests of the client or beneficiary. A fiduciary is governed by regulations and is expected to judge wisely and objectively. This is true for Investment Advisors [IAs] and RIAs; but not necessarily stock-brokers, commission salesmen, agents or even most financial advisors. Doctors, lawyers, CPAs and the clergy are prototypical fiduciaries. 

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More formally, a financial advisor who is a fiduciary is legally bound and authorized to put the client’s interests above his or her own at all times. The Investment Advisors Act of 1940 and the laws of most states contain anti-fraud provisions that require financial advisors to act as fiduciaries in working with their clients. However, following the 2008 financial crisis, there has been substantial debate regarding the fiduciary standard and to which advisors it should apply. In July of 2010, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act mandated increased consumer protection measures (including enhanced disclosures) and authorized the SEC to extend the fiduciary duty to include brokers rather than only advisors, as prescribed in the 1940 Act. However, as of 2014, the SEC has yet to extend a meaningful fiduciary duty to all brokers and advisors, regardless of their designation.

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Assessment 

Ultimately, physician focused and holistic “financial lifestyle planning” is about helping some very smart people change their behavior for the better. But, one can’t help doctors choose which opportunities to take advantage of along the way unless there is a sound base of technical knowledge to apply the best skills, tools, and techniques to achieve goals in the first place.

Most of the harms inflicted on consumers by “financial advisors” or “financial planners” occur not due to malice or greed but ignorance; as a result, better consumer protections require not only a fiduciary standard for advice, but a higher standard for competency.

The CFP® practitioner fiduciary should be the minimum standard for financial planning for retail consumers, but there is room for post CFP® studies, certifications and designations; especially those that support real medical niches and deep healthcare specialization like the Certified Medical Planner™ course of study [Michael E. Kitces; MSFS, MTax, CLU, CFP®, personal communication].

Being a financial planner entails Life-Long-Learning [LLL]. One should not be allowed to hold themselves out as an advisor, consultant, or planner unless they are held to a fiduciary standard, period. Corollary – there’s nothing wrong with a suitability standard, but those in sales should be required to hold themselves out as a salesperson, not an advisor.

The real distinction is between advisors and salespeople. And, fiduciary standards can accommodate both fee and commission compensation mechanisms. However; there must be clear standards and a process to which advisors can be held accountable to affirm that a recommendation met the fiduciary obligation despite the compensation involved.

Ultimately, being a fiduciary is about process, not compensation.

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With odds high for the Federal Reserve’s first rate hike in nearly a decade, and seemingly everyone predicting that rising rates are coming in the next few weeks, why in the world is the yield curve not steepening aggressively?

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There is a mistaken notion out there that if the Fed raises rates, the cost of capital on everything is going to rise.  This is far too simplistic a way of viewing the bond market.  If the Fed raises rates and the market perceives it as being too early, then longer duration bond yields likely would actually fall and credit spreads likely would widen.  In other words, some rates could fall because the Fed is raising short rates.

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In a healthy environment, Fed hiking would coincide with a steepening yield curve, as growth and inflation expectations become more aggressively priced in. As of late, it seems as though the bond market vastly disagree with the Fed’s December timing.

Of course all this could change, as probabilities continuously change

So, if the Fed decides not to raise rates, and the yield curve continues to flatten, then something very serious may be underway in terms of 2016 economic expectations.  It does seem plausible that from a cycle perspective, the era for passive buy and hold investing in large-cap stocks is nearing its end, allowing for more active alpha opportunities to present themselves.

This would likely translate into more volatility in equities, which we believe our alternative Morningstar 4 Star overall rated ATAC Inflation Rotation Fund (Ticker: ATACX, rating as of 9/30/15 among 234 Tactical Allocation Funds derived from a weighted average of the fund’s 3-year risk-adjusted return measures) is distinctly qualified to handle given our focus on being defensive in Treasuries at the right time.

Having said that, despite my own personal believe the Fed will raise rates, it is concerning to see how longer duration bonds are behaving.

The key needs to be a comeback in commodities and emerging market stocks

For the yield curve in the United States to steepen, and for the Federal Reserve to “get it right,” likely a surprise recovery is needed in cyclical growth sentiment.  Commodities and emerging markets are among the most sensitive areas of the investable landscape to that, so it stands to reason that their movement would show the whites of the eyes of that happening.  The issue however is that every time is looks like budding momentum is about to become more entrenched, that momentum quickly reverses and creates a false positive on rising growth expectations.

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Recent manufacturing data confirms that not much has changed on the growth side of the equation.  So far, broader equities seem to not care given historically favorable December seasonality.  That doesn’t mean one should not be considering this in an overall asset allocation policy.

Complicating-The European Central Bank

In many ways, crushing the Euro through more stimulus has the same effect as Federal Reserve tightening precisely because a rising Dollar is a contractionary force to exports.  European stimulus is Fed tightening IF it results in a Dollar super-spike.  Should that occur, the Fed would be more likely that not to not raise rates and actually do another round of stimulus.

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Many of us have encountered a person who may intellectually be at upper levels, but whose ability to interact with others appears to that of one who is highly immature.

This is the individual who is prone to becoming angry easily, verbally attacks co-workers, is perceived as lacking in compassion and empathy, and cannot understand why it is difficult to get others to cooperate with them and their agendas

[THINK: Sheldon Cooper PhD D.Sc MA BA of the The Big Bank Theory TV show].

Enter Daniel Goleman

The concept of Emotional Intelligence [EQ] was brought into the public domain when Daniel Goleman authored a book entitled, Emotional Intelligence.”

According to Goleman, emotional intelligence consists of four basic non-cognitive competencies: self awareness, social awareness, self management and social skills. These are skills which influence the manner in which people handle themselves and their relationships with others.  Goleman’s position was that these competencies play a bigger role than cognitive intelligence in determining success in life and in the workplace.

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He and others contend that emotional intelligence involves abilities that may be categorized into five domains:

  • Self awareness: Observing and recognizing a feeling as it happens.
  • Managing emotions: Handling feelings so that they are appropriate; realizing what is behind a feeling; finding ways to handle fears and anxieties, anger and sadness.
  • Motivating oneself; Channeling emotions in the service of a goal; emotional self control; delaying gratification and stifling impulses.
  • Empathy: Sensitivity to others’ feelings and concerns and taking their perspective appreciating the differences in how people feel about things.
  • Handling relationships: Managing emotions in others; social competence and social skills.

Source: Emotional Intelligence: what is and why it matters” – Cary Cherniss, PhD, presented at the annual conference of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, April 2000.

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Mike Poskey, in “The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace.” continued his definition by stating that emotional intelligence is considered to involve emotional empathy; attention to, and discrimination of one’s emotions; accurate recognition of one’s own and others’ moods; mood management or control over emotions; response with appropriate emotions and behaviors in various life situations (especially to stress and difficult situations); and balancing of honest expression of emotions against courtesy, consideration, and respect.

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In 1995, Goleman then expanded on the works of Howard Gardner, Peter Salovey and John Mayer. He further defined Emotional Intelligence as a set of competencies demonstrating the ability one has to recognize his or her behaviors, moods and impulses and to manage them best, according to the situation.

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While America has often been called a “nation of immigrants,” it has never been more true than today. Consequently, the challenge for physicians and other health care providers, in both large cities and small communities, is meeting the health care needs of increasingly diverse and multi-cultural populations who speak different languages and have social norms, traditions, and values that may substantially differ from their own. Problems arise when clinicians expect, even demand, that patients and their families discard their cultural foundations and adhere to the health care provider’s view of the care and decision-making process.

Instead, the health care team should be more aware of and sensitive to the values and beliefs of patients who come from other cultures; working within to assure that the patient’s individual rights are supported and wishes honored to the fullest extent possible.

In her award-winning book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman chronicled this tragic clash of two cultures in medical care for a child of the traditional Hmong people of Laos, transplanted to California after the Vietnam War.

In the book, Fadiman recounts a conversation with Professor Arthur Kleinman of Harvard University, a highly regarded expert in multicultural relations and conflict, who noted that “If you cannot see that your own culture has its own set of interests, emotions, and biases, how can you expect to deal successfully with someone else’s culture?”

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Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., now Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse College of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, helped develop a special curriculum designed to foster greater cultural competence among physicians and health care providers.

Called the “CRASH Course,” the program emphasizes:

  1. Cultural Awareness. Acknowledging the diversity and legitimacy of the many cultures that make up the fabric of American Society;
  2. Respect. Valuing other cultural norms, even if they differ or conflict with your own;
  3. Assess and affirm. Understanding the points of both congruence and difference among cultural approaches to decision-making; learning how to achieve the best outcomes within the cultural framework of the patient and family unit;
  4. Sensitivity and self awareness. Being secure in your own values; while willing to be flexible in working through cultural differences with others;
  5. Humility. Recognizing that every culture has legitimacy and that no one is an expert in what is best for others; being willing to subordinate your values for those of another to achieve the goals of treatment.

There is little doubt that multi-cultural sensitivity will continue to grow as an increasingly integral component of medical education and risk management in health care practice.

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Drawing on the expertise of our readers, members and multi-degreed doctors, and multi-certified financial advisors, the text TRANSFORMATIONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING STRATEGIES FOR DOCTORS AND ADVISORS [Best Practices from Leading Consultants and Certified Medical Planners™] will help re-shape the industry landscape for the next-generation of MDs and FAs as the current ecosystem strives to keep pace.

Traditional generic products and sales-driven advice will yield to a new breed of deeply informed financial advisor, or Certified Medical Planner™.  The profession is set to be transformed by “cognitive-disruptors” that will significantly impact the $2.8 trillion healthcare marketplace for those financial consultants serving this challenging sector. There will be winners and losers.

The text which contains 24 chapters, and champions healthcare providers while informing financial advisors, is divided into four sections compete with glossary of terms, CMP™ curriculum content, and related information sources:

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The result is a codified “must-have” book, for all health industry participants, and those seeking advice from the growing cadre of financial consultants and Certified Medical Planners™ who seek to “do well – by doing good”, dispensing granular physician-centric financial advice: Omnia pro medicus-clientis.

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Dear Stock Brokers, IBs and Securities Analysts,

Greetings from the Institute of Medical Business Advisors, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Historical Review

As you may know, we released: Financial Planning Handbook for Physicians and Advisors, some time ago. It has enjoyed much success and acclaim in the medical and financial service sectors.

Recently, we have been asked to produce the next edition of this book for our target market of physicians, nurses, medical professionals, healthcare administrators – and those in the financial services sector who target this large and fertile, but rapidly changing niche market.

Why Now?

Urgency for the update has been prompted by ARRA, HI-TECH, the flash-crash of 2008 and the day-crash of 2011; by social, macro-economic and demographic changes; by political fiat and especially the PP-ACA.

Our medical colleagues are frustrated, afraid and fearful for their financial futures. They WANT informed advice.

Thus, true integrated financial planning information that targets this market – very expertly and specifically – is greatly needed.

The Invitation 

And so, we ask if you are interested in contributing an updated vision of an existing book chapter.

  • INVESTMENT BANKING-SECURITIES-MARKETS-MARGIN
  • HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND STOCK OPTIONS
  • INVESTMENT POLICY STATEMENT CONSTRUCTION

Not to worry – The original MS-WORD® chapter files are archived and available for use. We will forward it to you, upon assignment acceptance.

And, we are again fortunate that our Editor-in-Chief will be Dr. David Edward Marcinko FACFAS MBA CMP™ along with Professor Hope Rachel Hetico RN MHA CMP™ serving as Managing Editor.

They opined at a recent interview for the ME-P.

David and Hope” … We have entered into an emerging era in the financial planning ecosystem. It is a new era where one size does not fit all; and off-the-shelf financial products and mass sales customization is no long adequate for physicians and medical professionals; or their related generic financial planners or wire-house advisors.

It is a period of rapid change, shifting reimbursement paradigms and salary reductions that focus the healthcare industrial complex on pay-for-performance [P4], compensation for value and quality care; rather than procedures performed and quantity of care.

All must learn to do more with less professionally; and plan their personal financial lives more efficiently than ever before. Mistakes will be more difficult to overcome and the wiggle room that high income earning physicians, nurses and medical professionals used to enjoy is being narrowed by demographic, economic, social, technological and political fiat.

This emerging financial planning analog follows the health industry’s fiscal metamorphosis …”

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The look and feel, format and style, and font and size of the book will remain the same. We use endnotes, not foot notes; and include mini-case reports or illustrative case models. It will be a major text; not a handbook.

Timeline for submission is about 3 months. Additional time is available, if needed, for a comprehensive update. But, we are trying to avoid running too far along into 2014 in order to avoid income tax season and the related time constraints on all concerned.

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This should be a pleasurable project for you; and not anxiety provoking.

So, if you are a medically focused and experienced financial advisor with an: MBA, CFP®, PhD, MD, DDS, MSA/MS, CPA, RN, CMP®, DO, JD and/or CFA degree or designation, etc; please let me know if you are interested in updating and revising our chapters. OR, authoring a new to the world chapter.

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In return for your conscientious industry, you will receive a complimentary edition of the entire textbook; be listed on this ME-P as thought-leader with related book advertising content attributed to you; and given e-exposure to our almost 600,000 readers and ME-P subscribers …. Such the deal!

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Regardless of your decision, we remain apostles promoting your core vision of physician focused financial planning whenever possible.

Or, you may suggest another possible author- writer-expert contributor; if you wish.

Just let me know; ASAP [MarcinkoAdvisors@msn.com]

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Carol S. Miller “Collectively the healthcare industry spends over $350 Billion to submit and process claims while still working with cumbersome workflows, inefficient processes, and a changing landscape marked by increasing out-of-pocket cost for patients as well as increasing operating costs.”

The Norm Continues Downhill

For many years hospitals and healthcare organizations have struggled to maintain and improve their operating margins.  They continue to face a widening gap between their operating costs and the revenues required to cover not only current costs, but also to finance strategic growth initiatives and investments.

Faced with increased operational costs and associated declines in rates of reimbursement, many healthcare hospital executives and leaders are concerned that they will not achieve margin targets.  To stabilize the internal financial issue, some hospital have focused on lowering expenses in order to save costs – an area they control and an area that will show an immediate impact; however, that is not the best solution.

Beware Cost Reductions

Hospital executives are concerned with the effect that these reductions may have on patient quality and service.  Finding ways to maximize workflow to lower operating costs is vital.  Every dollar not collected negatively impacts short- and long term capital projects, lowers patient satisfaction scores and possibly affects quality of patient care.

Status Today

Hospitals, healthcare organizations and all medical providers are under great pressure to collect revenue in order to remain solvent. And so, here are some of the issues impacting the modern hospital revenue cycle as Obama-Care, or the PP-ACA of 2010, is launched next month?

Issues Impacting the Revenue Cycle

Several of the major leading issues facing the revenue cycle are:

  • Impact of Consumer-driven Health – This process has emerged as a new approach to the traditional managed care system, shifting payment flows and introducing new “non-traditional” parties into the claims processing workflow.  As market adoption enters the mainstream, consumer-driven health stands to alter the healthcare landscape more dramatically than anything we have seen since the advent of managed care.  This process places more financial responsibility on the consumer to encourage value-drive healthcare spending decisions.
  • Competing high-priority projects –Hospitals are feeling pressured to maximize collections primarily because they know changes are coming down the pike due to healthcare reform and they know they will need to juggle these major initiatives along with the day-to-day revenue cycle operations.
  • Lack of skilled resources in several areas – Hospital have struggled to find the right personnel with sufficient knowledge of project management, clinical documentation improvement, coding and other revenue cycle functions, resulting in inefficient operations.
  • Narrowing margins – Declines in reimbursement are forcing hospitals to look at their organization to determine if they can increase efficiencies and automate to save money.  Hospitals are faced with the potential of increased cost to upgrade and adapt clinical software while not meeting budget projections.  There are a number of factors contributing to the financial pressure including inefficient administrative processes such as redundant data collection, manual processes, and repetitive rework of claims submissions.  Also included are organizations using outdated processes and legacy technologies.
  • Significant market changes – Regardless of what happens with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hospitals will have to deal with fluctuating amounts of insured and uninsured patients and variable payments.
  • Limited access to capital – With the trend towards more complex and expensive systems, industry may not have the internal resources and funding to build and manage these systems that keep pace with the trends.
  • Need to optimize revenue – There are five core areas hospitals have to examine carefully and they are:
    • ICD-10 – This is an entirely new coding and health information technology issue but is also a revenue issues
    • System integration – Hospitals need to look at integrating software and hardware systems that can combine patient account billing, collections and electronic health records.
    • Clinical documentation – Meaningful use will require detailed documentation in order for payment to be made and this is another revenue issue.
    • Billing and claims management – Reducing denials and reject claims, training staff, improving point-of-service collections and decreasing delays in patient billing can improve the revenue cycle productivity,
    • Contract analysis – Hospitals need to focus more on negotiating rates with insurers in order to increase revenue.

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Dr. BaumIt is fitting that ME-P Editor Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP™ and his fellow experts, have laid out a plan of action in Financial Management Strategies for Hospital and Healthcare Organizations: Tools, Techniques, Checklists and Case Studies that physicians, nurse-executives, administrators and institutional Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, MBAs, lawyers and healthcare accountants can follow to help move healthcare financial fitness forward during these unchartered waters.

In medicine – It all began with Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, who reviewed the airline industry and their use of checklists prior to take off of an airplane.

The history of aviation checklists began in 1934 when Boeing was in the final process of testing a U.S. Army fighter plane with a potential contract of nearly 200 planes riding on the final test of the plane. The test aircraft made a normal taxi and takeoff. It began a smooth climb, but then suddenly stalled. The aircraft turned on one wing and fell, bursting into flames upon impact killing two of the test pilots. The investigation found pilot error as the cause. One of the pilots who was unfamiliar with the aircraft had neglected to release the elevator lock prior to take off. The contract with Boeing was in jeopardy.

Thus, the pilots sat down and put their heads together. What was needed was some way of making sure that everything to prevent crashes was being done; that nothing was overlooked. What resulted was a pilot’s checklist developed before takeoff, during flight, before landing, and after landing. These checklists for the pilot and co-pilot made sure that nothing was forgotten and safety of the planes was insured.

Medical Care and Hospitals

So, what does airline safety have to with medical care and hospitals?

There are so many activities that take place in medicine such as the operating room, that are far too complicated to be left to memory of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and others involved in the surgical care of patients.  Dr. Gawande identified the key components of a surgical procedure which include the name of the patient, the procedure to be performed, the estimated length of the procedure, whether the right or left side is the surgical target, how much blood loss is anticipated, whether antibiotics have been given prior to making the incision, and the anesthetic risk of the patient.  This use of a checklist which takes approximately 30 seconds has not only prevented wrong side surgery but also instills a discipline of higher performance.

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And so, should [can] we port the clinical checklist example of Atul Gawande for use with non-clinical topics like hospital financial management and administration?

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Yes – We have a challenge and the Financial Management Strategies for Hospital and Healthcare Organizations: Tools, Techniques, Checklists and Case Studies is a step in the direction to make all of the stakeholders in the healthcare arena become sensitive to reducing and controlling costs and at the same time preserve quality of care.

This can be done.  I suggest you start by reading, using and referring to this excellent book.

And so, what is my final advice? Read the Book!

Some of you who will read this book are CXOs COOs, Chief Medical Officers and maybe even COS. (Chiefs of Staff). But, all of you should become CLOs (Chief Life Officers)!  Read this book and the initials CLO will appear after your name!

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Drivers of Decline

Commercially insured scheduled admissions are the largest contributor to inpatient margins for the average US hospital. During the US recession (2009-2011), volumes in this segment declined. There were two primary drivers of this decline.

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Recession Impact

Dual Causes

First, commercial insurance coverage decreased, stemming from unemployment and underemployment. This is expected to reverse and rebound as the economy recovers and as healthcare reform is implemented.

Second, even among those who retained coverage, utilization of inpatient services decreased as patients delayed or forewent elective and preventative care. This was influenced by a range of economic factors, including reduced household incomes, higher co-pays, and a reduced ability to leave work for medical care, as well as factor unrelated to the recession, such as a shift to outpatient management of disease.

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It is unclear whether this second driver will diminish fully as the economy recovers. A slow recovery – or one that fails to see volumes to return to pre-recession levels – suggests that hospitals may need to refocus their strategies on service lines and segments that have historically been less attractive.

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