Should HPV Vaccination Be Mandatory?

There has been a lot of recent news about a possible HPV Vaccine mandate in several states. For those of you who do not know what I am talking about, HPV is the Human Papilloma Virus that has been linked to cervical cancer. It’s a virus that a lot of sexually active adolescent girls . . . → Read More: Should HPV Vaccination Be Mandatory?

Reforming Healthcare & Taking On Big Pharma: An E-Interview & Reader Q&A with S.J. Robinson

Former nurse and retired attorney S.J. Robinson, author of The Price of Death, has practiced law dealing with medical malpractice and insurance companies over the last 30 years. Her book focuses on issues such as health insurance reform, oversight for prescription drug production, and the growing power of healthcare conglomerates. For more information about . . . → Read More: Reforming Healthcare & Taking On Big Pharma: An E-Interview & Reader Q&A with S.J. Robinson

Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors, Part V

I previously wrote about the EOB and how insurance companies try their many tricks to decrease reimbursement to physicians. Most physicians do not fight back. Some do. Medical Economics has highlighted the plight of one physician who has been fighting back. Their story is about a Chicago ENT surgeon who brought a lawsuit against . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors, Part V

Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors, Part III

In the medical industry, there is a dirty word called “bundling.” Bundling is the combining of multiple procedure codes into a general substitution code that ignores procedure code modifiers. Essentially, it is one of the ways insurance companies figure out how to pay doctors less. Here is an example of how the mechanics of . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors, Part III

Do Board Certifications Really Matter?

A friend recently asked me whether it matters if a physician is board certified in his or her specialty. For those of you who don’t know, the medical profession is governed by both a national and state medical board. In order to practice medicine, physicians must have a state license and a national certificate . . . → Read More: Do Board Certifications Really Matter?

Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors, Part II

I’ve posted previously on how tough insurance companies can make it for doctors to collect their payments. Those of you in the profession know what I am talking about and are probably familiar with the acronym “EOB.” The EOB is the “Explanation of Benefits” that insurance companies provide to their patients and physicians.

If . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors, Part II

Doctors’ Shortage: Why Doctors Are the Main Problem

One of our readers left an interesting comment regarding the medical profession and its desire to seek profits for its members. I quote from his comment:

The nature of the AMA, a protected and virtually untouchable union, certainly believes in maximizing its members’ profits. It clearly restricts the supply (as all unions do) in . . . → Read More: Doctors’ Shortage: Why Doctors Are the Main Problem

Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors

In response to my last post regarding health insurance companies, I received a comment from a physician who noted that health insurance companies try to make it difficult for doctors to collect payments. I could not agree more. It is the classic example of a big business trying to take advantage of the little . . . → Read More: Health Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Doctors

Just Out of Med School? Watch Out for Those Placement Agents

Most of you are familiar with the headhunters of the financial world. Bankers and finance people are notorious for migrating from one firm to another. Typically, it is the headhunters that cold call and go after the best and brightest of any firm. It is a lucrative business based on the concept of a . . . → Read More: Just Out of Med School? Watch Out for Those Placement Agents

Locum Tenens: Doctors as “Hired Guns”

While I have posted previously on how various business models in the practice of medicine, there is one business that is actually quite profitable for a physician who does not want the cost or hassle of running a private solo, group, or managed healthcare type of medical practice. That is the job of being . . . → Read More: Locum Tenens: Doctors as “Hired Guns”