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PERSONAL FINANCE
The loss of federal tax subsidies would cause millions of Americans to drop out of the insurance market and cripple the Affordable Care Act, according to a new analysis.
As we approach the final months of 2014, it’s once again time to consider year-end tax, estate, and financial planning issues.
Your MD after your name won't cut it. An advisory board is designed to help the founders or management team achieve their next critical success factors, and that's why they want you to help.
INVESTING
There are cycles to markets and no one really knows when a small hiccup or a seismic shift may occur. Although the market over the past weeks has rattled some investors, the advice from advisors seems to be hold your course and do not do anything rash.
Really smart investors tend to have their own unique style. But dumb ones are all the same. They tend to be ignorant of stock market history. And they act - or, more to the point, react - not rationally but emotionally.
The news that US drugs group AbbVie of the US may back out of its $54 billion takeover of UK-listed rival Shire shows that while tax-driven deals are not yet dead, they are pallid and shaky. However, they have served a political purpose, even if they failed in their financial aim, in highlighting the improbably high taxes to which US corporations are exposed.
RETIREMENT/PLANNING
Most Social Security beneficiaries (58 million) will receive the benefit increase in January. The 8 million Supplemental Security Income recipients will see increased payments as of Dec. 31.
Separating pre-tax, after-tax contributions in rollovers lets people put more in Roth IRA — regardless of income.
Medicare Open Enrollment began this week, and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is hoping to help seniors avoid making mistakes when choosing their plan.
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
An Atlanta urologist finds harmony between his day job on the cutting edge of robotic surgery and his off-hours hobby of playing the guitar.
The website Healthgrades.com on Tuesday launched a newly revamped search tool that allows patients to find physicians based on their experience with certain conditions and procedures, as well as patient satisfaction reviews and hospital rankings.
A group of healthcare associations says the government’s current electronic health record (EHR) regulations are stifling needed innovation while failing to foster interoperability between new software systems.
LIFESTYLE
Tests and diagnostic procedures often help physicians discover conditions or formulate treatments, but researchers say some tests are used far more often than they are worth. Here are 5 tests and procedures physicians should think twice about before prescribing.
Good news, bad news. Bad news: Sometimes a port-of-call has to be suffered because the value lies beyond. Good news: Sometimes the shore excursion brings you to a destination so delightful you’d like the day never to end as happens in Uniworld’s excursion to Bergerac on its Bordeaux cruise.
This week's PMD Critical List looks at the return of house calls, the advent of physician "mechanics," and the tough civil liberties questions posted by the Ebola virus.
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COLUMNS
Greg Kelly
Greg Kelly, the son and grandson of medical doctors, writes on the financial knowledge he's gleaned from physicians in his personal life and from while he was the editor of Physician's Money Digest from 1994-2005.
Ed Rabinowitz
Every individual needs regular physical health check ups. Likewise, physicians and medical practices need to consider financial health check ups. To accomplish the latter, the Financial Health Check Up column provides physicians with pertinent, useful news and information from both a personal and practice management perspective. You can contact Ed Rabinowitz with column ideas or information you'd like to share at edwardr@frontiernet.net.
Jeff Brown, MD
Jeff Brown, MD, is a Board Certified Family Practitioner, currently specializing in geriatrics as a Medical Director, and is also a consultant for the California Medical Board .
LATEST PMD ARTICLES
The loss of federal tax subsidies would cause millions of Americans to drop out of the insurance market and cripple the Affordable Care Act, according to a new analysis.
Most Social Security beneficiaries (58 million) will receive the benefit increase in January. The 8 million Supplemental Security Income recipients will see increased payments as of Dec. 31.
Tests and diagnostic procedures often help physicians discover conditions or formulate treatments, but researchers say some tests are used far more often than they are worth. Here are 5 tests and procedures physicians should think twice about before prescribing.
The medical profession is changing. What it will become in the years ahead is anyone’s guess. Jackson Healthcare, one of nation’s top healthcare staffing companies, has some interesting numbers to look at on the matter.
An Atlanta urologist finds harmony between his day job on the cutting edge of robotic surgery and his off-hours hobby of playing the guitar.
Separating pre-tax, after-tax contributions in rollovers lets people put more in Roth IRA — regardless of income.
There are cycles to markets and no one really knows when a small hiccup or a seismic shift may occur. Although the market over the past weeks has rattled some investors, the advice from advisors seems to be hold your course and do not do anything rash.
The website Healthgrades.com on Tuesday launched a newly revamped search tool that allows patients to find physicians based on their experience with certain conditions and procedures, as well as patient satisfaction reviews and hospital rankings.
Good news, bad news. Bad news: Sometimes a port-of-call has to be suffered because the value lies beyond. Good news: Sometimes the shore excursion brings you to a destination so delightful you’d like the day never to end as happens in Uniworld’s excursion to Bergerac on its Bordeaux cruise.
Really smart investors tend to have their own unique style. But dumb ones are all the same. They tend to be ignorant of stock market history. And they act - or, more to the point, react - not rationally but emotionally.
Ask the Expert
Money Arguments
Have you ever argued with someone about money?
Student Loans
Do you have any regrets about how you financed your/your child's college education?
Specialty
What is your specialty?
Money
Do money discussions make you uncomfortable?
Scam
Have you ever fallen victim to a financial scam?
Social Media
Do you use social media to interact with patients/clients/consumers?
Retirement Savings
What’s your biggest retirement financial concern?
Finance Crisis
It has been five years since the financial crisis. Do you feel more or less financially prepared as a result of the crisis?
Burnout
Are you feeling burned out?
Real Estate
Would you invest in real estate right now?
Job Satisfaction
What do you consider to be the largest factor for your job satisfaction?
Turnover
Have you noticed an increase in physician turnover where you work?
Intervention
Should our political leaders intervene in citizens' health with things like soda taxes?
Audit
Have you ever been audited?
EHR/EMR
How satisfied are you with your EMR/EHR?
Malpractice
Have you been involved in medical malpractice litigation?
Sequestration
Sequestration took effect on Friday; were you surprised Congress wasn't able to make another last-minute deal?
Tax Cheating
Is it acceptable to cheat on your taxes?
EHR Productivity
How long after launching an EHR did it take for your practice to return to full productivity?
Networking
Are you comfortable networking and promoting yourself?
Sequestration
Do you think Congress will prevent the across-the-board budget cuts when it's back in session?
Emergency funds
Do you have sufficient emergency funds?
Tax Refund 2013
Will you be receiving a tax refund this year?
Sunshine Act
How well do you know and understand the Sunshine Act?
Money and Relationships
Do you and your significant other discuss finances often?
Stocks
U.S. stocks recently passed five-year highs; what are your expectations for the rest of 2013?
Diagnosis
Have you had any experience with overdiagnosis or misdiagnosis?
Back Taxes
Do you have any back taxes to file?
Online Reviews
Do you check online physician reviews from patients?
ACO
What has been your experience with Accountable Care Organizations?
Tax Prep
Have you started thinking about your taxes?
Resolutions
Did you make any New Year's resolutions?
Fiscal Cliff Legislation
Are you happy with the legislation Congress passed to avert the fiscal cliff?
2012 recap
Was 2012 a good year for you financially?
Markets 2013
What are your expectations for the stock market in 2013?
Investing
Would you ever in invest in penny stocks?
Marketing
Do you blog as part of your marketing plan?
Medicare/Medicaid
Will you still accept Medicare and Medicaid patients in 2013?
Work-Life
How well are you managing work-life balance?
Retiring
Are you considering retiring abroad?
Fiscal Cliff Coverage
How closely are you following the fiscal cliff story?
E-Prescribing
How often do you e-prescribe?
End of Year 2012
Have you made all your tax-planning and investment moves for the end of 2012 yet?
Holiday Shopping 2012
Do you go shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for holiday gifts?
SGR 2013
What's the fate of the expected 27% Medicare reimbursement cut?
Fiscal Cliff
Do you think Congress will avert the fiscal cliff by the end of 2012?
Stocks React to Election
How will the stock market react in the week following the election?
Election 2012
Is your mind already made up about the presidential election?
Tax Climate
How is the business tax climate where you live?
Presidential Debate 2012
How do you think President Obama’s poor debate performance will affect the election?
Abbott Laboratories
Should Abbott's Richard Gonzalez get a free pass on the lie about his college degrees considering his 30-plus years of work experience at Abbott?
Retirement Savings
How confident are you that you're currently saving enough to live comfortably during retirement?
QE3
Are you happy with the Fed's third round of quantitative easing?
Stocks and Election
The conventions are over and we're into election season. How do you think the stock market will behave until Nov. 7?
Costs
Have you seen cost of services go up as independent practices are acquired by hospitals and hospital systems?
Mobile EHR
Would you like to be able to access an EHR from your mobile device?