From the monthly archives: June 2011

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Employing Physicians and Job Satisfaction among the ranks...

There has been an understandable and easily identifiable shift in practices from 2002 to 2009; Physicians are signing on as employees,  they are selling practices or they are just not ever considering going into private practice at all. In the recent survey, over 49 % of reporting practices were hospital or system owned.  This is a significant increase (almost double) from 2002.  As a malpractice insurance agency, advocating for comprehensive medical malpractice insurance coverage in California, we have to stay on top of the trends that may lead to increased claims. Use of remote technology, an increase in patients due to the healthcare reform act (millions more now eligible to receive medical care) and less connection to the patients (presumed with an employer model) may result in an increase in frequency.   Physicians across the country, not just in California, are moving to an employee model of medical practice.  So, naturally, the important issue of incentivizing physicia ...
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Ob/Gyn's should discuss their practice profile

As the industry moves into another year of flat and reducing rates for medical malpractice insurance, our agency focuses on continuing to advocate for the broadest, malpractice insurance coverage possible.  Industry analysts predict that the cost of defense and the cost of settlement will continue to rise even as the frequency of claims may decrease.  It may seem like the low rates and competitive nature of the medical malpractice insurance industry are here for years to come, mimicking a sort of permanence, but there are indications that it is time to be vigilant. There are some signs in Pennsylvania that this is the case already.  Some insurance carriers are applying to increase premiums even while the number of claims hovers lower than the year 2000.  In 2010, Pennsylvania reported 1,491 claims compared to the years 2000 – 2002 when the state experienced over 2,000 filings.  In some jurisdictions, cases regularly settled for more than $ 5,000,000; while in others defens ...
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According to Victoria Stagg Elliott, American Medical News: Practices develop new payment system for uninsured

Some offices, in an attempt to make office based charges more affordable and more transparent, are developing concierge style billing and services. Patients pay a monthly, quarterly or annual fee and in return receive basic primary care services.   The 'concierge' fees are lower and the services more basic, primary care.

Practices develop different approaches to this method...Some require an office co payment to shift some of the costs. Some practices require a one year commitment to plan on some revenue.

Most practices set a maximum number of visits and some require a sign up, initiation fee.  Practices must be careful not to structure services in a way to assume risk,  this would be too similar to insurance.

Creating a discount membership program for the uninsured is a marvelous way to fulfill your commitment to caring for people who cant afford insurance.  

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