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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
When things get bad, people - even experts - make definitive statements based on fear. When the market has been strong for a while, the same thing happens, but then it's based on greed and the feeling that stocks will never go down again.
Dollar bulls have hit a rocky patch. Buying the US currency has been the favored trade of currency investors since last year's taper tantrum, when the Federal Reserve said it would ease its bond-buying scheme as the economy showed signs of improvement.
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.
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
Surgical simulation is becoming an increasingly important educational tool and performance metric in the training of orthopedic surgeons. Understanding and visualizing a surgical procedure before executing it in practice is crucial to surgical training success.
Hospital quality data could have a big impact on how patients consume healthcare, but in a report released alongside the search revamp, Healthgrades makes the case that steering patients to only the most competent physicians can have wider implications for the healthcare system.
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.
LIFESTYLE
Most Americans know that a given medical service could cost a significantly different amount depending on where one receives the service, but only recently have cost data about healthcare charges become widely available and widely discussed. National Nurses United earlier this year evaluated US hospitals to find out how much they charge for a procedure versus the actual cost of performing the procedure.
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.
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COLUMNS
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 .
Shirley Mueller, MD
Shirley Mueller, MD is a physician turned financial consultant and investment educator who specializes in guiding clients, both one-on-one and in groups, about how to effectively self-invest using a simple and effective three-step approach
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.
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When things get bad, people - even experts - make definitive statements based on fear. When the market has been strong for a while, the same thing happens, but then it's based on greed and the feeling that stocks will never go down again.
Surgical simulation is becoming an increasingly important educational tool and performance metric in the training of orthopedic surgeons. Understanding and visualizing a surgical procedure before executing it in practice is crucial to surgical training success.
Most Americans know that a given medical service could cost a significantly different amount depending on where one receives the service, but only recently have cost data about healthcare charges become widely available and widely discussed. National Nurses United earlier this year evaluated US hospitals to find out how much they charge for a procedure versus the actual cost of performing the procedure.
If you somehow managed to avoid the 5 worst trading days each year, you could have earned a staggeringly high return on your investments. Here are a list of other surprising figures that could have a significant impact on your wallet.
Dollar bulls have hit a rocky patch. Buying the US currency has been the favored trade of currency investors since last year's taper tantrum, when the Federal Reserve said it would ease its bond-buying scheme as the economy showed signs of improvement.
Hospital quality data could have a big impact on how patients consume healthcare, but in a report released alongside the search revamp, Healthgrades makes the case that steering patients to only the most competent physicians can have wider implications for the healthcare system.
According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 9.4% of active reverse mortgages were in default in 2012. That is 54,000 homes with the head of household over 62 years of age.
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.
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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?