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Effective January 1st 2014, the limitation on the annual benefit under a defined benefit plan under Section 415(b)(1)(A) was increased from $205,000 to $210,000.

For a participant who separated from service before January 1st 2014, the limitation for defined benefit plans under Section 415(b)(1)(B) is computed by multiplying the participant’s compensation limitation, as adjusted through 2013, by 1.0155.

The limitation for defined contribution plans under Section 415(c)(1)(A) is increased in 2014 from $51,000 to $52,000.

The Code provides that various other dollar amounts are to be adjusted at the same time and in the same manner as the dollar limitation of Section 415(b)(1)(A). These dollar amounts and the adjusted amounts are as follows:

  • The limitation under Section 402(g)(1) on the exclusion for elective deferrals described in Section 402(g)(3) is increased to $17,500.
  • The annual compensation limit under Sections 401(a)(17), 404(l), 408(k)(3)(C), and 408(k)(6)(D)(ii) is increased from $255,000 to $260,000.
  • The dollar limitation under Section 416(i)(1)(A)(i) concerning the definition of key employee in a top-heavy plan is increased from $165,000 to $170,000.
  • The dollar amount under Section 409(o)(1)(C)(ii) for determining the maximum account balance in an employee stock ownership plan subject to a 5‑year distribution period is increased from $1,035,000 to $1,050,000, while the dollar amount used to determine the lengthening of the 5‑year distribution period is increased from $205,000 to $210,000.
  • The limitation used in the definition of highly compensated employee under Section 414(q)(1)(B) is increased from to $115,000.
  • The dollar limitation under Section 414(v)(2)(B)(i) for catch-up contributions to an applicable employer plan other than a plan described in Section 401(k)(11) or Section 408(p) for individuals aged 50 or over is increased from $5,000 to $5,500. The dollar limitation under Section 414(v)(2)(B)(ii) for catch-up contributions to an applicable employer plan described in Section 401(k)(11) or Section 408(p) for individuals aged 50 or over remains unchanged at $2,500.
  • The annual compensation limitation under Section 401(a)(17) for eligible participants in certain governmental plans that, under the plan as in effect on July 1, 1993, allowed cost‑of‑living adjustments to the compensation limitation under the plan under Section 401(a)(17) to be taken into account, is increased from $380,000 to $385,000.
  • The compensation amount under Section 408(k)(2)(C) regarding simplified employee pensions (SEPs) is increased from $500 to $550.
  • The limitation under Section 408(p)(2)(E) regarding SIMPLE retirement accounts is increased from to $12,000.
  • The limitation on deferrals under Section 457(e)(15) concerning deferred compensation plans of state and local governments and tax-exempt organizations is increased to $17,500.
  • The compensation amounts under Section 1.61‑21(f)(5)(i) of the Income Tax Regulations concerning the definition of “control employee” for fringe benefit valuation purposes is increased from $100,000 to $105,000.  The compensation amount under Section 1.61‑21(f)(5)(iii) is increased from $205,000 to $210,000.
  • The Code also provides that several pension-related amounts are to be adjusted using the cost-of-living adjustment under Section 1(f)(3). These dollar amounts and the adjustments are as follows:
  • The adjusted gross income limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(A) for determining the retirement savings contribution credit for married taxpayers filing a joint return is increased from $35,500 to $36,000; the limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(B) is increased from $38,500 to $39,000; and the limitation under Sections 25B(b)(1)(C) and 25B(b)(1)(D), from $59,000 to $60,000.
  • The adjusted gross income limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(A) for determining the retirement savings contribution credit for taxpayers filing as head of household is increased from $26,6250 to $27,000; the limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(B) is increased from $28,875 to $29,250; and the limitation under Sections 25B(b)(1)(C) and 25B(b)(1)(D), from $44,250 to $45,000.
  • The adjusted gross income limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(A) for determining the retirement savings contribution credit for all other taxpayers is increased from $17,750 to $18,000; the limitation under Section 25B(b)(1)(B) is increased from $19,250 to $19,500; and the limitation under Sections 25B(b)(1)(C) and 25B(b)(1)(D), from $29,500 to $30,000.
  • The applicable dollar amount under Section 219(g)(3)(B)(i) for determining the deductible amount of an IRA contribution for taxpayers who are active participants filing a joint return or as a qualifying widow(er) is increased from $95,000 to $96,000. The applicable dollar amount under Section 219(g)(3)(B)(ii) for all other taxpayers (other than married taxpayers filing separate returns) is increased from $59,000 to $60,000. The applicable dollar amount under Section 219(g)(7)(A) for a taxpayer who is not an active participant but whose spouse is an active participant is increased from $178,000 to $181,000.
  • The adjusted gross income limitation under Section 408A(c)(3)(C)(ii)(I) for determining the maximum Roth IRA contribution for married taxpayers filing a joint return or for taxpayers filing as a qualifying widow(er) is increased from $178,000 to $181,000. The adjusted gross income limitation under Section 408A(c)(3)(C)(ii)(II) for all other taxpayers (other than married taxpayers filing separate returns) is increased from $112,000 to $114,000.

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A day for lexicographers everywhere, Dictionary Day was founded to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Noah Webster – the father of the modern dictionary.

The objective of this day is to emphasize the importance of dictionary skills, and seeks to improve vocabulary.

History

Webster began to write his dictionary at the age of 43. It took him 27 years to finish it! In addition to traditional English vocabulary, it contained uniquely American words.

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“Health care economist Dr. David Edward Marcinko, MBA, and his colleagues at the Institute of Medical Business Advisors, Inc., should be complimented for conceiving and completing this laudable project. 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.”

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dem21America’s roads are always busy, but the summer months are particularly hectic; especially here in Atlanta, GA.

As millions of Americans head off for their annual summer vacation, you can expect long traffic jams and frustrated drivers.

Modern luxury cars – that many physicians love – may be mechanically advanced, but they are still susceptible to heat, and the summer sun can be particularly hazardous for certain parts of your car.

So, please allow me to equip you with some information pertinent to your warm weather journeys. Trust me – I’m a doctor!

Hoses and Belts

Though it may seem rather obvious, it is very important to keep the engine cool when driving in the summer heat. Hoses help pump coolant to and from the engine while belts enable the fan to run effectively and continually cool your car’s engine.

In extreme heat, however, hoses can crack and belts can snap. You can check the hoses and belts yourself by looking for visual signs of wear or damage. If you are unsure, schedule an appointment with our service department before you set out on a summer road trip.

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Cooling system

Modern cars have very effective cooling systems, which can counter relatively high extremes of temperature, but they have their limits. Aside from problems with hoses and belts, low levels of coolant, a leak in the radiator or a missing radiator cap can spell disaster if you are driving in hot weather.

Tires

Your car’s tires are vulnerable throughout the year, however, under-inflated, over-inflated or worn tires can be particularly dangerous during the summer. Tire pressure changes as the temperature increases. If the tire is under-inflated, it can bulge outward and put pressure on the sidewalls of the tire. If this continues, the tire can eventually burst. If the tire is overinflated, you are also at greater risk of hydroplaning in the event of a rain shower.

Oil filter

The car you drive relies heavily on oil, as this substance allows car parts to run efficiently. Heavy driving during the summer puts additional pressure on the oil, and on the oil filters in your car. Aim to change your oil [natural or synthetic] filters as often as the owner’s manual recommends, and certainly get them checked before you head off on a summer expedition.

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Whether you are staying local this summer or driving hundreds of miles, I encourage your attention to the above to protect your car from the rigor of summer heat.

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The history, function and processes of the investment banking industry, and the rules and regulations of the securities industry and their respective markets, as well as the use of  brokerage accounts, margin and debt, will be briefly reviewed in this ME-P series.

An understanding of these concepts is required of all doctors and medical professionals as they pursue a personal investment strategy.

INVESTMENT BANKING AND SECURITIES UNDERWRITING

New economy corporate events of the past several years have provided many financial signs and symptoms that indicate a creeping securitization of the for-profit healthcare industrial complex. Similarly, fixed income medical investors should understand how Federal and State regulations impact upon personal and public debt needs. For, without investment banking firms, it would be almost impossible for private industry, medical corporations and government to raise needed capital.

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When a corporation such as a physician practice management company (PPMC), or similar entity needs, to raise capital for growth or expansion, there are two methods. Raising debt or equity. If equity is used, the corporation can market securities directly to the public by contacting its current stockholders and asking them to purchase the new securities in a  rights offering, by advertising or by hiring salespeople. Although this last example is somewhat exaggerated, it illustrates that there is a cost to selling new securities, which may be considerable if the firm itself undertakes the task.

For this reason, most corporations employ help in marketing new securities by using the services of investment bankers who sell new securities to the general public.  Although the investment banking is an exciting and vital industry, many SEC rules regulating it are not. Nevertheless, it is important for all physician executives to understand basic concepts of the industry if raising public money is ever a possibility or anticipated goal. It is also important for individual healthcare investors  to understand something about securities underwriting to reduce the likelihood of fraudulent investment schemes or ill-conceived transactions which ultimately result in monetary loss.

Fundamentals of the Investment Banking Industry

Investment bankers are not really bankers at all. The fact that the word banker appears in the name is partially responsible for the  false impressions that exist in the medical community regarding the functions they perform.

For example, they are not permitted to accept deposit, provide checking accounts, or perform other activities normally construed to be commercial banking activities. An investment bank is simply a firm that specializes in helping other corporations obtain the money they need under the most advantageous terms possible.

When it comes to the actual process of having securities issued, the corporation approaches an investment banking firm, either directly, or through a competitive selection process and asks it to act as adviser and distributor.  Investment bankers, or under writers, as they are sometimes called, are middlemen in the capital markets for corporate securities.

The medical corporation requiring the funds discuss the amount, type of security to be issued, price and other features of the security, as well as the cost to issuing the securities. All of these factors are negotiated in a process known as known as negotiated underwriting. If mutually acceptable terms are reached, the investment banking firm will be the middle man through which the securities are sold to the general public. Since such firms have many customers, they are able to sell new securities, without the costly search that individual corporations may require to sell its own security. Thus, although the firm in need of  additional capital must pay for the service, it is usually able to raise the additional capital at less expense through the use of an investment banker, than by selling the securities itself.

The agreement between the investment banker and the corporation may be one of two types. The investment bank may agree to purchase, or underwrite, the entire issue of securities and to re-offer them to the general public. This is  known as a firm commitment.

When an investment banker agrees to underwrite such a sale,  it  agrees to supply the corporation with a specified amount of money. The firm buys the securities with the intention to resell them. If it fails to sell the securities, the investment banker must still pay the agreed upon sum. Thus, the risk of selling rests with the underwriter and not with the company issuing the securities.

The alternative agreement is a best efforts agreement in which the investment banker makes his best effort to sell the securities acting on behalf of the issuer, but does not guarantee a specified amount of money will be raised.

When a corporation raises new capital through a public offering of stock, on might inquire from where does the stock come? The only source the corporation has is authorized, but previously un-issued stock. Anytime authorized, but previously un-issued stock (new stock) is issued to the public, it is known as a primary offering. If it’s the very first time the corporation is making the offering, it’s also known as the Initial Public Offering (IPO). Anytime there is a primary offering of stock, the issuing corporation is raising additional equity capital.

A secondary offering, or distribution, on the other hand, is defied as an offering of a large block of outstanding stock. Most frequently, a secondary offering is the sale of a large block of stock owned by one or more stockholders. It is stock that has previously been issued and is now being re-sold by investors. Another case would be when a corporation re-sells its treasury stock.

Prior to any further discussions of investment banking, there are several industry terms that’s should  be defined.

For example, an agent buys or sells securities for the account and risk of another party, and charges a commission. In the securities business, the terms broker and agent are used synonymously. This is not true of the insurance industry.

On the other hand, a principal is one who acts as a dealer rather than an agent or broker. A dealer buys and sells for his own account Finally, the dealer makes money by buying at one price and selling at a higher price. Thus, it is easy to understand how an investment banking firm earns money handling a best efforts offering; they make a commission on every share they sell.

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The Securities Act of 1933 (Act of Full Disclosure)

When a corporation makes a public offering of its stock, it is bound by the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, which is also known as the Act of Full Disclosure. The primary requirement of  the Act is that the corporation must file a registration statement (full disclosure) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); containing some of the following items:

  • Description of the business entity raising the money.
  • Biographical data regarding officers and directors of the issuer.
  • Listing of share holdings of officers, directors, and holders of more than 10% of the issuer’s securities (insiders).
  • Financial statements including a breakdown of existing capitalization (existing debt and equity structure).
  • Intended use of offering proceeds.
  • Legal proceedings involving the issuer, such as suits, antitrust actions or strikes.

Acting in its capacity as an adviser to the corporation, the investment banking firm files out the registration statement with the SEC. It then takes the SEC a period of time to review the information in the registration statement. This is the “cooling off period” and the issue is said to be “in registration” during this time. When the Act written in 1933, Congress thought that 20 days would be enough time from the filing date, until the effective date the sale of  securities is permitted.

In reality, it frequently takes much longer than 20 days for the SEC to complete its review. But, regardless of how long it lasts, it’s known as the cooling off period. At the end of the cooling off period, the SEC will either accept the issue or they will send a letter back to the issuer, and the underwriter, explaining that there is incomplete information in the registration statement. This letter is known as a deficiency letter. It will postpone the effectiveness of the registration statement until the deficiency is remedied. Even if initially, or eventually approved, an effective registration does not mean that the SEC has approved the issue.

For example, the following well known disclaimer statement written in bold red ink, is required to be placed in capital letters on the front cover page of every prospectus:

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THESE SECURITIES HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED BY THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION NOR HAS THE COMMISSION PASSED UPON THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THIS PROSPECTUS. ANY REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE.

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During the cooling off period, the investment bank tries to create interest in the market place for the issue. In order to do that, it distributes a preliminary prospectus, more commonly known as a “red herring”. It is known as a red herring because of the red lettering on the front page.  The statement on the very top with the date is printed in red as well as the statements on the left hand margin of the preliminary prospectus.

The cost of printing the red herring is borne by the investment bank, since they are  trying to market it.. The red herring includes information from the registration statement that will be most helpful for potential medical investors trying to make a decision. It describes the company and the securities to be issued; includes the firm’s financial statements; its current activities; the regulatory bodies to which it is subject; the nature of its competition; the management of the corporation, and what the expected proceeds will be used for. Two very important items  missing from the red herring are the public offering price and the effective date of the issue, as neither are known for certain at this point in time.

The public offering price is generally determined on the date that the securities become effective for sale (effective date). Waiting until the last minute enables the investment bankers to price the new issue in line with current market conditions. Since the investment banker uses the red herring to try to create interest in the market place, stock brokers [aka: Registered Representatives (RRs) with a Series # 7 general securities license –  After a 2 hour multiple-choice computerize test, I held this license for a decade ) will send copies of the red herring to their clients for whom they feel the issue is a suitable investment. The SEC is very strict on what can be said about an issue, in registration.

In fact, during the pre-filing period (the time when the negotiations are going on between the issuer\and underwriter), absolutely nothing can be said about it to anyone.  For example, if the regulators find out that your stock broker discussed with you  the fact that his firm was negotiating with an issuer for a possible public offering, he could be fined, or jailed.

During the cooling off period (the time when the red herring is being distributed), nothing may be sent to you; not a research report, nor a recommendation from another firm, or even the sales literature. The only thing you are permitted to receive is the red herring. The red herring is used to acquaint prospects with essential information about the offering. If you are interested in purchasing the security, then you will receive an “indication of interest”, but you can still not make a purchase or send money.

No sales may be made until the effective date; all that can be used to generate interest is the red herring.

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Some of the most important strategic decisions hospital executives make are related to capital expenditures. Almost every hospital has capital investment opportunities that are far in excess of their capital capacity. Capital investments are bets on the future. How these capital bets are placed has long-lasting implications. It is of utmost importance that hospitals bet right.

Hospitals as Businesses

Hospitals are capital intensive businesses. Hospital buildings are unique structures that require large amounts of capital to construct and maintain. Inside these buildings are pieces of expensive equipment that have fairly short lives. Technological innovations continually drive demand for new and more expensive equipment and facilities. The ability to continually generate capital is the lifeblood of hospitals.

But – Profits Needed

In order to compete and succeed, it’s imperative for hospitals to continually invest in large amounts of capital equipment and expensive facilities.

Capital investment is fueled by profit. In order to continually make the necessary capital investments, hospitals must be profitable. Hospitals unable to generate sufficient profit will fail to make important capital investments, weakening their ability to compete and survive.

Hospital managers bear important responsibility in choosing which capital investments to make. There are always more capital opportunities than capital capacity. In many cases, capital opportunities not taken by hospitals create openings for others with capital capacity to fill the vacuum. By not taking such opportunities, hospitals are weakened, and their operating risk increases.

Stewardship

Stewardship is a term that aptly describes the responsibility borne by hospital managers in making capital investments. The New Testament parable of the talents describes this kind of stewardship. In this story, a merchant entrusted three managers with money to invest. One manager was given five units, another two, and a third one. At the end of the investment period, the two managers given five units and two units reported a 100% return. The manager given one unit reported zero return — he was fired and his unit was given to the first manager.

CXOs are Stewards

This is stewardship — and hospital managers are stewards of their organizations’ assets. Too often, not-for-profit hospital managers hold an erroneous view of the returns expected of them. Like the third manager in the parable, they think zero return on equity is acceptable. They understand capital investment funded by debt needs to cover the interest on the debt, but they view capital investments funded by equity as having no cost associated with the equity.

From an accounting perspective, they are right. From a stewardship perspective they are dead wrong — just like the third manager in the parable.

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Here’s Why

As stewards, they are responsible for managing the entrusted assets. They can either put these assets at risk themselves, or they can put those assets in the market and let other managers put them at risk. If they choose to put them at risk themselves, then they have the mandate of creating as much value from putting them at risk as they would realize if they put them in the market for other managers to put at risk.

CXOs have the duty to realize returns that are equivalent to the returns they could realize in the market; otherwise, they should just put them in the market. They can either invest in hospital assets or work the assets themselves, or they can invest in financial market assets so others can work the assets. When they choose to invest in hospital assets, the required return is not zero. That’s the return they get fired for. The required return is equivalent to market returns.

Assessment

Thus, when evaluating performance of hospital management teams, the minimum acceptable performance level is return on equity that is equivalent to the return that could be realized by investing the hospital assets in the market. And when evaluating a capital investment opportunity, it is important to apply a capital charge equivalent to the hospital’s weighted cost of capital — a measure that imputes an appropriate cost to the equity portion of the capital along with the stated interest rate for the debt portion of the capital structure.

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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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From the Clinic to the Boardroom

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?

Assessment

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!

Note:

Neil H. Baum MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at the Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA. He is also a thought-leader for this ME-P. 

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There are many studies that show that active trading garners inferior results to a longer term buy and hold type of strategy.

The UC-Davis Study

One of the most publicized recently was conducted by a UC-Davis team led by Dr. Terrance Odean. The study examined the actual tracing activity of thousands of self-directed accounts at a major discount brokerage over a six-year period. The results were clear. Regardless of trading level, most of the accounts underperformed the market and showed that the higher the number of trades, the worse the result.

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Ego Driven

In addition to cost savings, discounters appeal to one’s ego for business. Everyone wants to feel like a smart investor. There is also a strong appeal to one’s sense of control. Hiring a professional advisor should not result in losing these feelings, but should solidify them. And, advice to sell has a far greater impact on investment results than the cost of a purchase trade as long as the level of trading is kept at a prudent level.

Avoidance of Sales Pressure

The final reason people turn to discount and on-line brokerages is to avoid sales pressure.  Unlike the stereotypical stockbroker or financial advisor [FA], no one calls to push a particular stock.  Instead, sales pressure is created within the mind of the investor.

Assessment

By maintaining a steady flow of information about stocks and the markets to the account holders, brokerages keep these issues in the forefront of the investor’s minds. This increases the probability that the investor will act on the information and execute a trade. Ironically, this focus on trading is one of the very conflicts investors are trying to avoid by fleeing a traditional full service broker.

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Dear ME-P Readers, Subcrribers and Future Contributing Authors

Trust you are all well.

As you may know, our newest text book: Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations [Management Strategies, Operational Techniques, Tools, Templates and Case Studies] was just released to much professional acclaim.

In fact, we have already been asked for a follow-up edition:

Financial Management Strategies for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations: Tools, Techniques, Checklists and Case Studies

Chapter Update – not De Novo – Contribution Needed

And so, in as much as we are always on the alert for new expert contributors for our codified and formal ME-P publications, we were hoping one of you could update the existing chapter on hospital capital formation, circa 2008.

The previous author has retired and is no longer available.

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The fixed version [.pdf file] is available for you to review; upon request. I shouldn’t think this is very difficult as it only needs a read thru and updating since 2008 [flash crash], if you agree mostly with the content. OR, modify it greatly, as you see fit, to make it your own.

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The Ankle Bone is Connected to the Foot [er –ah] Leg Bone

The talus is one of the important bones that makes up the ankle joint. Over one half of the talus is covered with cartilage–it serves as an important link between the leg and the foot. The talus moves not only at the ankle joint, but also below the ankle and in the midfoot. Therefore, injuries to the talus can affect motion of the ankle and foot joints.

‘Aviators Astragalus’

Talus [astragalus ankle bone] fractures were almost unheard of a hundred years ago. The first series of talus fractures was described, by Dr. WD Coltart, in men who were injured in the British Royal Air Force in the early 1900s. The term ‘aviators astragalus’ was used to describe these fractures that happened as old war planes made crash landings.

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Today, talus fractures are seen in high speed car accidents when you don’t-buckle up that seat belt or shoulder harness. I’ve seen far too many during my days covering the local Emergency Room.

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  • Automotive fatalities rank third in terms of lives lost per year, behind cancer and heart disease.
  • Seat belts are responsible for saving between12,000 to 16,000 lives each year.
  • Most crash deaths occur within 25 miles of home and at speeds below 40 miles per hour.

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Abbreviations for 2012

  • AALL American Association for Labor Legislation
  • ACA Accountable Care Organizations (see PPACA)
  • AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges
  • AHA American Hospital Association
  • ALOS Average Length of Stay
  • AMA American Medical Association
  • ANA American Nurses Association
  • ASTHO Association of State and Territorial Health Offi cials
  • CAT Computerized Axial Tomography
  • CCMC Committee on the Costs of Medical Care
  • CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CHC Community Health Center
  • CHSS Cooperative Health Statistics System
  • CME Continuing Medical Education
  • CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • CPO Combined Provider Organization
  • DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
  • DO Doctor of Osteopathy
  • DOD Department of Defense
  • DRG Diagnosis-Related Group
  • DVA Department of Veterans Affairs
  • EAP Employee Assistance Program
  • ED Emergency Department
  • EMS Emergency Medical Service (or System)
  • EMT Emergency Medical Technician
  • EPA Environmental Protection Agency
  • EPO Exclusive Provider Organization
  • FDA Food and Drug Administration
  • GAO General Accounting Offi ce
  • GPO Government Printing Offi ce
  • GDP Gross Domestic Product
  • GMENAC Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee
  • GNP Gross National Product
  • GPEP General Professional Education of the Physician Panel
  • HCFA Health Care Financing Administration
  • HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • HMO Health Maintenance Organization
  • HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
  • IDS Integrated Delivery System
  • IPA Individual or Independent Practice Association
  • IPO Independent Practice Organization
  • JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • LCME Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
  • MC Managed Care
  • MCH Maternal and Child Health
  • MCO Managed Care Organization
  • MEPS Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
  • MHS Marine Hospital Service
  • MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
  • MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • MVSR Monthly Vital Statistics Report
  • NCHS National Center for Health Statistics
  • NHANES National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
  • NHIS National Health Interview Survey
  • NIH National Institutes of Health
  • NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
  • NIOSH National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • NLN National League for Nursing
  • NP Nurse Practitioner
  • OMB Offi ce of Management and Budget
  • OPD Outpatient Department
  • OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • PA Physician Assistant (or Associate)
  • PPACA Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
  • PHO Physician–Hospital Organization
  • PHS Public Health Service
  • POS Point of Service
  • PPGP Prepaid Group Practice
  • PPO Preferred Provider Organization
  • RBRVS Resource-Based Relative Value System
  • RN Registered Nurse
  • SAMSHA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • UR Utilization Review
  • USDA United States Department of Agriculture
  • USPHS United States Public Health Service
  • VA United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • WHO World Health Organization
  • WIC Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program

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Recently, I was asked to participate in a roundtable of expert’s discussion on the worth or fair market value [FMV] of a typical podiatric [medical] practice on an “ongoing concern” basis.

Of course, this is the type of engagement we often perform at the www.MedicalBusinessAdvisors.com And, I have written about this topic informally on this blog, and more formally in our white-papers and books: www.BusinessofMedicalPractice.com

So, I was pleased to add my experienced opinion to the discussion sponsored by a trade industry magazine upon the invitation of Editor Dr. Barry H. Block JD.

LINK: Podiatry Mgmt Round Table

Assessment

Due to copyright issues, I posted only my comments to the questions posed to all participants. Nevertheless, they are very representative of most medical practices with the exception of the noted podiatric-specific differences.

Invitation: Letterhead.iMBA_Inc.

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Life planning and behavioral finance, as proposed by physicians and financial advisors, and as integrated by the Institute of Medical Business Advisors (iMBA), emanates from a holistic union of personal financial planning and medical practice management solely for the healthcare space.

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The CMP™ Difference

Unlike pure life planning, pure financial planning, or pure management theory, it is both a quantitative and qualitative “hard and soft” science. It has an ambitious economic, psychological and managerial niche value proposition never before proposed and codified, while still representing an evolving philosophy. Its’ zealous practitioners are called Certified Medical Planners (CMPs).

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Health 2.0 focused physician baby boomers & modern Gen-X financial advisors can help transition you successfully through medical practice and life changing financial events by exchanging knowledge, experiences and inspiration with industry professionals and peers in the casual and friendly atmosphere of the ME-P. Join us today.

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The Marcinko Method of Improving Quality while Reducing Medical Errors and Healthcare Costs

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THINK TWICE!

Doctor’s Orders

Life Corollaries:

Marcinko’s Rx for Obesity: Eat less – Exercise more – Avoid noxious lifestyles.

Marcinko’s Rx for Practice Success: Treat sick patients – Be humble – Keep faith.

Marcinko’s Rx for Financial Success: Spend less – Earn more – Be a fiduciary. 

Marcinko’s Rx for Wealth & Happiness: Don’t divorce – Love kids – Practice philanthropy.

Professional Medical Corollary:

The Choosing Wisely® list, which is aimed at cutting down on unnecessary testing by doctors and patients.

Assessment  

I am not an oracle. What else can you ad to the list?

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The Traditional System

Ever wonder that happens when you call your doctor’s office after hours and someone picks up the phone? The office is not open at midnight if that’s what you were wondering. Most physicians / doctors / medical professionals have their phones forwarded to an answering service after hours!

What does that mean?

Well, it means that no matter what time it is you can always reach your doctor.

Check out the above infographic to learn out how the call routes from your cell phone to the service to the doctor.

Assessment

Now, with all these steps, it is no wonder modern doctors are using cell phones, iPads, direct or open access online patient scheduling systems.

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[Editor-in-Chief]

With the July Fourth Holiday behind us, America’s summer long vacation road-trips begin.

But, anyone looking to buy a new car should be well aware that the cost of a car doesn’t end at the purchase price.

Other Factors

For example, you must consider additional concerns such as: depreciation, fuel costs, insurance, maintenance and repair, invoicing and sales tax.

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To help potential buyers with their purchases, we’ve put together the above infographic that outlines the real cost of ownership of various types of cars.

Source: www.insurancequotes.org

And, always let some other fool take the depreciation hit; buy previously owned [a.k.a. used] cars.

Assessment

Anyone who is a regular reader of the ME-P knows about my vintage 2000 Jaguar XJ-V8-LWB European touring sedan built in Coventy, England. She is a beauty who has never known rain, winter or snow. Mostly highway miles, always garaged. She not only clicks – she ROARs!

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By Dr. David Edward Marcinko FACFAS MBA CMP™

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I was at Emory University this past weekend for an unrelated colloquium. But all the chatter, of course, was about SCOTUS, taxes and the just announced ACA decision.

Most doctors I know – just don’t like paying needless taxes. So, what’s the buzz for physicians and other medical professional investors, and their financial advisors [FAs]?

The Synopsis

The taxes to pay for the Affordable Care Act include a new tax on medical devices that will increase costs to individuals and healthcare providers.

There also is a new 3.8% Medicare tax. It applies in 2013 to income and capital gains.

If the expected post-election tax bill extends the current 15% capital gain rate, then the capital gains tax rate will be 18.8% in 2013. However, if the 15% federal capital gains tax rate is increased to 20%, then the new rate in January of 2013 will be 23.8%.

In addition to dividend seeking investors, the increase in capital gains rate may also influence charitable gifts of appreciated property in 2013.

Assessment

Please weigh-in all you FAs and healthcare focused CPAs. What is a physician investor supposed to do, now?

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As pressure to reduce infection rates builds, many hospitals are reevaulating their hand hygiene protocols. Of course, as a bone and joint surgeon, this was an important clinical concern to me and my patients. And, as a health economist, this is a vital issue of cost control and health insurance today.
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But, according to Jeff  Ferenc, “secret shoppers” and other self-reporting programs can lead  to inaccuracies, and many hospitals are turning to a slew of new electronic  surveillance products that give clinicians automatic hand-washing reminders that then verify compliance.

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By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP™

[Editor-in-Chief]

Recently, I was pleased to be invited to speak at a Regional Public Workshop [RPW] for the healthcare clients of Laures International, in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. I don’t know if  I’m personally that famous, infamous, or our newest book is just garnering rave reviews.

“Healthcare Organizations” [Management Strategies, Tools, Techniques and Case Studies].

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The Firm

Briefly, Laures International is touted to be at the forefront in organizing strategic business intelligence in Asia and Middle East with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. As of 2011, they’ve supposedly held events in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, China and Dubai.

Goals and Objectives

Representatives state their goal is to provide world class events with an uncompromising attitude towards quality. The aim of Laures is to provide a platform for delegates to be involved in discussions and case studies to enhance their understanding and to apply what they learn immediately to improve their performance when they return to their respective workplace. A worthy goal!

Offices

+603 – 78034444

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Assessment

Now, I like to speak and learn, and have done so frequently around the country and in Eastern Europe the last three decades. Usually, my presentations are for medical societies, financial services groups, pharmaceutical companies or other consulting firms.

But, Laures is heretofore unknown to me, and other than their contact and website review, I am concerned about their credibility. With all due respect, I’d frankly hate to be duped or ultimately “stuck” in Kuala Lumpur!

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TESTIMONIAL

 Physicians are all too familiar with the risks and liabilities inherent in the clinical practice of medicine. An exploding scientific literature, increasing sub-specialization, and a public awareness of “quality healthcare” have challenged conventional practice. Some of our colleagues have a very personal understanding of issues like illness, divorce and disability that accompany these professional challenges. Physician executives perceive even greater threats arising not only from the innumerable personal and professional issues of a singular practice, but also the complexities associated with operating a healthcare organization including personnel agreements, conflict mediation, and asset protection.

Understanding the risks associated with these very divergent areas and providing useful information to protect the physician from liability are the primary aims of Dr. David Marcinko’s latest book, Insurance and Risk Management Strategies For Physicians and Advisors.

This book is an excellent primer for physicians of all levels and interests providing important personal and professional advice. It is “must reading” for all medical students who need a fundamental understanding of the current healthcare environment and is equally important to the established physician executive looking for a reference on topics like capitation or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The book begins with a discussion of personal issues for the physician including life, homeowner’s and disability insurance as well as the financial and professional risks associated with divorce. Next the physician’s practice is considered with clear and concise coverage of issues ranging from documentation to business operations. Of importance, the book extends beyond the first layer of practice management to address important topics like sexual harassment and workplace violence.

Dr. David E. Marcinko and his twenty authors from http://www.MedicalBusinessAdvisors.com are all knowledgeable contributors. They have prepared a product that is excellent in its content and organization. The book is organized in a way that is highly useful for a busy practitioner. Topics are introduced without the overuse of jargon and more than adequately explained. There are numerous subheadings and bulleted lists to assist the reader with moving through the text or highlighting a particular topic. Robust examples throughout the book provide the reader with an applied knowledge that complements the didactic sections. The book is well referenced for more in-depth reading on a particular topic with materials from both the written and electronic media.

Of its few limitations, Insurance and Risk Management Strategies For Physicians and Advisors ambitiously attempts to briefly cover a large number of topics. For the most part, this is accomplished well. However, some of the topics were unexpected by the book’s title. While the physician executive will still require a financial or insurance advisor after reading this book, this well written text assists in providing the necessary background on what type of assistance is needed. As a result, physician executives will be in a better position to address insurance, risk management, and financial decisions for themselves, their families, their practices or the organizations they lead.

David C. Stockwell, MD

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Likes, followers, circles, networks and shares are all jargon used around the internet. Social media is the new language and being fluent is very necessary in business today. In fact, we have written about it before on this ME-P. Why?

Social media allows you to connect with your patients, clients, customers and viewers on a level that becomes personalized and more intimate. This in turn brings loyal patients and clients who become a part of your business model; both professionally and socially.

However, social media integration is a gradual process with huge long term rewards, potential benefits and pitfalls. And, the jury is still out on its’ relevance to medical practices, financial advisors and medical management consultants? Or, is it?

Assessment

So, here is an infographic breaking down the important facts and tips of social media.

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Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations” is a must-read for any physician and other health care provider to understand the multiple, and increasingly complex, interlocking components of the US Healthcare delivery system whether they are employed by a hospital system, or manage their own private practice.

The operational principles, methods, and examples in this book provide a framework applicable on both the large organizational and smaller private practice levels and will result in better patient care. Physicians today know they need to better understand business principles and this book by Dr. David E. Marcinko and Professor Hope Rachel Hetico provides an excellent framework and foundation to learn important principles all doctors need to know.

-Richard Berning, MD

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Drawing on the expertise of decision-making professionals, leaders, and managers in hospitals and healthcare organizations, this book addresses their ubiquitous struggles with decreasing revenues, increasing costs, and high consumer expectations in a competitive market.

Offering practical experience and applied operating vision, the authors integrate 5-S and six-sigma managerial applications and regulatory perspectives, with real-world case studies, models, and reports, as well as charts, tables, diagrams, and sample contracts.

The result is an integration of lean management and operational strategies vital to hospitals, clinics and healthcare administrators; CXOs, COOs and CEOs; comptrollers, nurse-leaders and physician-executives.

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The MEDICAL EXECUTIVE-POST provides a team of experienced senior level executive physicians, accountants, lawyers, economists, and management consultants led by CEO Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA, CMP™ to provide ongoing contact with our clients throughout all phases of each project, with most of the communications between us and the key client participants flowing through this senior ME-P Team. The ME-P and its’ skilled staff of certified professionals have many years of significant experience, enjoy a national reputation in the healthcare consulting field, and are supported by an unsurpassed research to maintain a thorough and extensive knowledge of the healthcare environment. The ME-P team approach emphasizes providing superior service in a timely, cost-effective manner to our clients by working together to focus on identifying and presenting solutions for our clients’ unique, individual needs.

The ME-P project team’s exclusive focus on the healthcare industry provides a unique advantage for our clients. Over the years, our industry specialization has allowed us to maintain instantaneous access to a comprehensive collection of healthcare industry-focused data comprised of both historically-significant resources as well as the most recent information available. Our specific, in-depth knowledge and understanding of the “value drivers” in various healthcare markets, in addition to the transaction marketplace for healthcare entities, will provide you with a level of confidence unsurpassed in the consulting field.

The ME-P’s information resources and network of healthcare industry sources (related to the financial, legal, economic, demographic and administrative areas of healthcare) enhanced by our [in-house produced] professional library and research staff, ensure that the ME-P project team will maintain the highest level of knowledge regarding the current and future trends of the specific specialty market related to the project, as well as the healthcare industry overall, which serves as the “foundation” for each of our client engagements.

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PhysAssist Scribes for eMRs [Necessity or Frivolity?]

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What it Is – How it Works?

According to their website, PhysAssist Scribes provide turn-key solutions, recruits, interviews, trains and certifies staff, schedules and maintains highly-trained human eHR input scribes for their clients [$8-10/hour wages]. Emergency room departments and physicians were an initial target market.

Data Input Services

Scribes provide real-time charting for physicians by shadowing them throughout their shifts and performing a variety of tasks including recording patients’ history and chief complaints, transcribing the physical exam, ordering x-rays, recording diagnostic test results, and preparing plans for follow-up care, etc.

Typical Clients

Clients are mostly hospital based physicians, but one can imagine progressing down the food chain to large medical practices and even to solo practitioners as technology advances and HR costs are reduced. So, give em’ a click, and tell us what you think.

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Reported Benefits

  • Increase physician performance
  • Increase physician job satisfaction
  • Increase overall patient satisfaction
  • Improve chart accuracy
  • Decrease patient length of stay
  • Increase communication among ED staff
  • Improve physician recruiting and [retension] retention.

Related story: http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag_app/jsp/articledisplay.jsp?dcrpath=HHNMAG/Article/data/12DEC2010/1210HHN_FEA_staffingissues&domain=HHNMAG

Assessment

  • It seems implausible to me that in order to facilitate the widespread use of eMRs, one has to hire another layer of bureaucracy in order to input the patient encounter. Is this an indictment of the various speech recognition systems or physician keyboarding ability? I am not a technophobe but eHRs are not yet up to pragmatic-use snuff. This is reminiscent of jeweled encrusted “buggy-whips” of the 1850’s. They were expensive, cumbersome and added no utility; but were “nice-to-have” devices for the affluent until the internal combustion engine came along [i.e. non-solo or small group medical practitioner].
  • Of course, injecting another human resource [i.e. personal secretary] into the data input equation increases privacy breach possibilities for this protected health information [PHI]. And, it is not exactly the model of a contemporary and lean micro-medical office.
  • Does a secretary-scribe really have to be “certified”? Won’t a good typist do just as well? Is this an example of vertical integration in the PhysAssist business model?  How long till the scribes join the labor-union movement and seek employment benefits?
  • What happens to the doctor, patient and data input chain when a scribe quits, or is a no-show for work?
  • What ever happened to Occam’s razor (or Ockham’s razor), often expressed in Latin as the lex parsimoniae (translating to the law of parsimony, law of economy or law of succinctness), which is a principle that generally recommends selecting a hypothesis that makes the fewest new assumptions. IOW: KISS
  • Of additional interest to note is the misspelling of the word retention, as “retension” on the www.IAmScribe.com website. Not a very good impression for a transcribing firm; or am I just an aging editorial curmudgeon?
  • Are e-MR scribes a necessity or mere frivolity?

Conclusion

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