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Sarah Krizanic, Practice Manager, Medic Management Group, LLC

The Physician Dilemma: Private Practice or Hospital Employee?

By Sarah Krizanic
Practice Manager
Medic Management Group, LLC

A few years ago it may have seemed that Private Practice was a thing of the past, that all physicians would eventually close up their practices and become hospital employed physicians, and many of them did. What wasn’t expected was how many physicians stuck it out and refused to follow the trend. Another surprise came a few years later when providers started leaving the hospitals and returning to private practice. In fact, in 2015 the AMA reported that 60.7% of physicians were employed by smaller practices consisting of 10 or fewer physicians. They also reported that in 2014 56.8% of physicians were employed by practices owned solely by physicians, with no hospital ownership of any kind. So what changed? Several factors seems to have caused this shift including: gender, age, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. Read article
Physician Talking with Senior Patient in Medical Facility

CMS Expands Medicare Payment for Behavioral Health Services

By Richard S. Cooper, Esq.
Member, McDonald Hopkins LLC

Commencing January 1, 2017, Medicare will pay for mental and behavioral health services under new billing codes set forth in the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (the “MPFS Final Rule”) issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 2, 2016. Read article
Man in Hoodie Hacking Using Portable Computer

Cybersecurity and Protected Health Information: Not Being Prepared is Costly

By Teru Olsen
Attorney, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

The healthcare industry has been the largest target of cybersecurity threats in the last five years. The average cost of attacks is rising year over year with the healthcare industry having the highest per capita cost of compromised records.  Read article
Nurse talking with Elderly Patient in Hospital Bed

Bringing Communities Together to Improve Care Transitions

By Devon Zoller, MD
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Transitional Care, Sound Physicians

Ensuring patients make safe transitions as they leave the hospital is a community responsibility. Care transitions, when well-managed, can result in improved quality outcomes, greater patient satisfaction and fewer avoidable hospital readmissions. Read article
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