Medical Economics

Magazine has information and advice for physicians on how to manage their practices and current healthcare landscape.

Articles from Vol. 78, No. 9, May 7

"All the Good Doctors Always Leave"
The author (at right)frets that she may be next. Bureaucratic hassles and lack of money have tarnished her dream. It's twilight in southern Ohio when I leave the community health center where I have worked for just over a year. Getting in my truck for...
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A Medical Crisis: Who'll Care for Your Patients?
A severe shortage of RNs has already plunged many hospitals and nursing homes into chaos. And there's no easy fix in sight. Arkansas is starving for registered nurses. The demand far outstrips the .supply, the most experienced nurses are retired or nearing...
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"Doctor, I Know There's Something Wrong"
A breathtaking bouquet of pale pink roses arrived bearing the simple message: "Thank you for saving Jason's life:' Three days earlier, another doctor had diagnosed Jason with croup and admitted him overnight for observation; pronounced fit, he was released....
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E-Health Gurus Still Expect to Transform Your World
A visit to a recent trade conference finds the movement to computerize health care going full speed into the electronic future. You don't have to be much of a pessimist to find plenty of rain clouds hovering over the movement to computerize health care....
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Financial Advisers: Making Sure You're the Winner in the Battle for Your Bucks
The way your planner gets paid may affect his recommendations. Here's why, and what to look for. financial planning services come with different kinds of price tags. The one your planner uses could affect not only how much you pay, but what kind of advice...
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How Do We Get Back Our Humanity?
It's 3 am. I'm kneeling over the edge of the bed, the side rails digging into my shins. My arms are tired from hundreds of effective compressions. My back hurts from bending. Sweat is steadily rolling into my eyes. My head is throbbing. It seems as if...
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Keep Your Portfolio Pumping in a Slowed-Down Market
If you've counted on perpetual high returns to fund your nest egg, it's time to rethink your financial future. So much for calculating retirement income based on double-digit returns every year. That pipe dream is over. "People made absurdly optimistic...
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Letters to the Editors
Is the US ready for universal coverage? Your Managed Care Editor, Ken Terry, asks, "Will primary care lead the way to universal coverage?" [March 19]. Most of the developed world-- except, of course, the United States-- has some form of universal health...
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Liability Insurance Offers More Than It Used To
Malpractice CONSULT As more carriers have entered the malpractice insurance marketplace, the competition has created several new options. They can either be included in a basic package or available individually for an added premium. Here are some of...
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Money Management
Why a couple might not want to own some assets jointly Q My wife and I hold a brokerage account in both our names. Since all of the securities in it were purchased with my money, will the entire account be taxed as part of my estate? A Not if you hold...
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Nurses' Problems Are Yours
In this issue, you'll find a report on the nationwide nursing shortage. (See 'A medical crisis: Who'll care for your patients?" page 67.) It's a good, solid news story about what's happening in hospitals around the country. Like all good news stories,...
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Practice Management
Getting an associate to refine his coding habits An internal audit revealed that one of our group's doctors tends to overcode. What's the best way to bring this physician in line? If you've set up a Medicare billing compliance plan, as suggested by the...
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Shaping Your Profile on the Web
More states are putting malpractice and disciplinary data on the Internet. By getting involved early in the process, doctors can influence what will appear The Internet is a tool that more and more consumers are using to check out their current doctor...
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Spot the Safety Hazards in This Office-And Yours
Ever think of the many ways a place of healing can be dangerous? Here's how to reduce the risk of injuries, lawsuits, and OSHA fines. By Robert Lowes MIDWEST EDITOR An employee at an East Coast group practice was handling a bag of trash when something...
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These Programs Focus on Relationships
By inculcating "people skills" and self-awareness, educators aim to produce a generation of more-humane physicians. Every year, about an hour before sunset on the eve of the summer solstice, FP William L. Miller puts the six new members of his residency...
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"They Treated Me like a Criminal"
A Medicare audit showed that oncologist John F. Kiraly III (at right) "made too much money" Here's the story of his fight to clear his name-and what it cost him. California oncologist John F. Kiraly III vividly recalls his arrival at a hearing before...
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