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PERSONAL FINANCE
“Black Friday” has become a misnomer, with most big chain stores opening their doors – and their sales – on Thursday evening. It also turns out that Walmart and Target are no longer the kings of Black Friday, at least when it comes to having the largest markdowns.
Job growth, increasing consumer confidence, and lower gas prices will fuel moderate spending growth this holiday season, according to a new study.
An MBA can be a ticket to a C-Suite job, but perhaps the best assessment of a business school is its ability to create innovative business leaders with the potential to make great advances in their fields – and the opportunity to amass great wealth. Here are the schools with the best record of churning out billionaires.
INVESTING
Recently, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a report on total global investments in one specific form of "energy" in 2012. It pegged investment in this form of energy at between $310 billion and $360 billion. What is it? The answer might surprise you.
Some investors and advisors advocate using individual municipal bonds rather than a good municipal bond mutual fund. Here are 4 reasons that might not be a good idea.
Listen to the typical perma-bear - if you must - and you'll find that they are generally wrong 5 ways at once.
RETIREMENT/PLANNING
Fewer Americans are retiring early – or on time – according to new research from the Employee Benefit Research Institution.
Fortune 1000 companies have unfunded retiree medical obligations totaling an estimated $285 billion, according to a new report. The report, by the professional services company Towers Watson, based its calculations on Dec. 2013 financial disclosures filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Today many 64-year-olds - at least in developed economies - are considered neither old nor poor. They are living on average a decade longer than in the 1960s when Paul McCartney sang those lyrics and have enormous power as consumers.
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Physician career transitioning is a growth industry. How do you get there? Start by writing a SOAP note.
While the digital health industry continues to explode, there are significant barriers to widespread adoption. One formidable obstacle for private practitioners is creating a business model deploying digital health that creates a profit and delivers improved quality of outcomes.
It’s strange to think that a debilitating injury – a leg injury from a skiing accident – could play a prominent role in shaping an individual’s career. But for Larry Drum, MD, a board certified internist in Los Alamitos, CA, that’s exactly what happened.
LIFESTYLE
This week’s list of must-read stories includes a book excerpt on pinpointing the moment death occurs, a call for docs to join the Twittersphere, and a look at drug companies’ new emphasis on digital marketing.
Forty-two percent of consumers now say they’ve used online healthcare reviews, up 68% from last year.
Stepping back in time in Haarlem is easy, cost effective, and exceptionally delightful. It belongs on the bucket list!
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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 .
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.
LATEST PMD ARTICLES
The issue of transparency in healthcare, particularly where pricing and payment information is concerned, has been widely debated for years. Is there a benefit to making this information readily available to the general public?
This week’s list of must-read stories includes a book excerpt on pinpointing the moment death occurs, a call for docs to join the Twittersphere, and a look at drug companies’ new emphasis on digital marketing.
Forty-two percent of consumers now say they’ve used online healthcare reviews, up 68% from last year.
“Black Friday” has become a misnomer, with most big chain stores opening their doors – and their sales – on Thursday evening. It also turns out that Walmart and Target are no longer the kings of Black Friday, at least when it comes to having the largest markdowns.
Only if you know where to shop, goes the old punch line. But a recent Wall Street Journal article cites new research on the long-argued subject that is worth riffing upon.
Stepping back in time in Haarlem is easy, cost effective, and exceptionally delightful. It belongs on the bucket list!
Physician career transitioning is a growth industry. How do you get there? Start by writing a SOAP note.
Job growth, increasing consumer confidence, and lower gas prices will fuel moderate spending growth this holiday season, according to a new study.
Recently, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published a report on total global investments in one specific form of "energy" in 2012. It pegged investment in this form of energy at between $310 billion and $360 billion. What is it? The answer might surprise you.
His name was Dr. Charles Augustus Leale. On the evening of April 14, 1865, he was a 23-year-old US Army surgeon and the first doctor to reach President Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.
PMD Poll
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?