Doctor’s Rounds™

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More Unfunded Government Mandates

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On April 12th Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a program projected to save 63,000 lives and up to $35 billion in health care costs over the next three years by preventing hospital related injuries and illnesses.

"Americans go the hospital to get well, but millions of patients are injured because of preventable complications," Sebelius said. "Working closely with hospitals, doctors, nurses, patients, families and employers, we will support efforts to help keep patients safe, improve care, and reduce costs. Working together, we can help eliminate preventable harm to patients."  READ MORE


Paging Dr. Treadmill

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Chinese curse "may you live in interesting times" seems an appropriate description for how many medical professionals feel about their lives. Over the past couple of decades, physicians have had to work harder, not to make more money, but just to stay in place economically. Many are older and working harder than ever, yet find the lifestyle that they have enjoyed in the past gradually eroding.

There are many reasons for the "treadmill syndrome." However, what is most frightening is not the obvious economic fallout, but the lifestyle compromises that many physicians are not even aware of until, unfortunately, it may be too late. Let's take a look at how the rising costs of educating children are materially contributing to more years worked with a potentially diminishing level of satisfaction.  READ MORE


The Difference Between Three and Four is One Great Financial Future

Monday, March 14, 2011

By Brian Picariello CPA/PFS, CFA, Traust Sollus Wealth Management
609-779-6700, [email protected]

You have chosen to open your own practice because you know that running a business of your own is the way to build your personal fortune. You are prepared to put in the time and take the business risks, because you know the rewards will come.

As a good doctor, you probably put in long days taking care of your patients, and then want to spend time with your family as well. Although revenue is coming in and you're taking home a good paycheck, do you know how to take to maximize the value of your business and use it to grow your own personal wealth?

This year choose to find the time to take the four steps that will help your reach your personal financial goals.  READ MORE


Don't Wait To Plan Your Estate

Monday, January 24, 2011

Making excuses to delay estate planning is easy. In fact, maybe you’ve already thought: “I’ll worry about it when I’m older.” Or “My estate is too small to be affected.” Or even, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with my assets yet.” However, if you are unprepared when incapacity or death strikes, your family’s financial future may not be protected. While there is no designated age for beginning to plan your estate, waiting too long may rob your beneficiaries of much of their inheritance. That’s why it’s important to take the time now - before you need an estate plan.  READ MORE


New Years Resolutions

Monday, January 24, 2011

If you’re like most Americans, ringing in the New Year also means resolving to change old habits, or start new ones. Year after year, getting one’s personal finances in order consistently ranks as one of the top 5 New Years resolutions. As with any resolution, the hard part is not making the promise, but actually putting it into action – consistently. Many of us have suffered through overcrowded gyms in January, only to see attendance slowly wane in February and March. But, if you are like the majority of Americans who will commit to get your finances in order in 2011, here are five concrete steps you can take now to get you on the right track.  READ MORE


The Suitable Fiduciary

Monday, January 24, 2011

The finance reform has created many questions regarding financial advisors. This article discusses the differences between a fiduciary advisor and a suitability broker. A registered investment advisor (RIA) works under the Investment Advisor Act of 1940. A broker-dealer works under the Securities Act of 1933. The Investment Advisor Act of 1940 requires the advisor to act as a fiduciary and therefore act in the best interest of the client. Generally an ongoing relationship is developed when working with an RIA. The RIA provides unbiased advice about the investments being managed and directs the investments based on the goals of the clients.  READ MORE


Non Clinical Revenue Stream For Doctors

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements continue to drop. HMO penetration in many areas is increasing. Malpractice premiums are rising at an alarming rate. And, healthcare reform will soon overwhelm private practice groups across the country with 31 million new patients. In response, many physicians are turning to the Physician Wellness Group and their unique office based nutrition business model that enables a practice to provide additional health care options to their patients. The Physician Wellness business model offers full-time business support, income not tied to insurance reimbursements, separate tax benefits; all with no additional overhead.  READ MORE


Doing Your Homework Before the Job Interview

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Information is the key to success when a practice opportunity comes along. When entering the interview process a candidate can expect the practice to have their list of questions in hand. It is equally important that the physician candidate be prepared to gather the information he will need to make a career decision. How much, how long, how many are questions that usually come to mind:   READ MORE


Does Home Ownership Still Make Sense?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

On November 9, 2010, Realty Times, a respected national source for information about the current Real Estate market, published an article titled, “Value in Homeownership”, based on the recently released 2010 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey. The article made several good points which are pertinent to our local market. Here are some comments that our readers might find interesting.  READ MORE


5 Things to Do Before Year-End 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

With only a few weeks left in 2010, it’s a time not only of reflection on the past year’s accomplishments, but also a time to prepare your finances for the upcoming year. Here are a few things you can do to make 2010 a more profitable year, and put you on the right financial track for 2011.  READ MORE