Many people avoid estate planning because they are too busy, do not think they are old enough to need it or simply find it uncomfortable to talk about death. Estate planning may not always take highest priority, but it is an essential part of your overall financial plan. Take the time to do your estate planning now to ensure your financial goals for you, your family and your practice are met both during and after your life.
In recent years, the federal government has placed greater emphasis on healthcare fraud enforcement, and this trend is expected to continue. While the focus had long been on large providers, such as hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, the federal government in 2014 intensified its enforcement of fraud and abuse laws on physicians allegedly engaged in unlawful activity.
Dedicated to serving the primary care needs of San Antonio’s Southside community, the new, bilingual practice of Jorge Estrada, MD, is accepting patients ages 16 and older with Medicare, Medicaid and most other forms of insurance.
The injured come in all sizes, young and old. They include parents and children driving to church on a recent Sunday morning, a mother taking her daughters to dance lessons, and a father holding the hand of his children as they crossed a busy intersection.
Health care is about the patients. Physicians work for patients. Hospitals work for patients. Treatments are invented, tested and marketed for patients. Patients rely on their physicians and the healthcare system to provide expertise and guidance on which treatment is right for them. However, physicians don’t always know about all the latest treatments available through late-phase clinical trials.
Drawing on the advanced skills of a multidisciplinary team of specialists, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center and CHRISTUS Transplant Institute provide comprehensive care to ensure patients in renal failure obtain the highest possible quality of life.
If you are one of the lucky workers covered by an employer-sponsored group long-term disability (LTD) income insurance policy, you are more fortunate than most. Even if you are covered, it is extremely important to make sure you are adequately protected. Becoming disabled due to accident or illness is a very real risk.
In February, Anthem Inc., the country’s second-largest health insurer, announced that hackers breached its IT system and gained unauthorized access to the personal information of as many as 80 million of its current and former clients and employees.
As CPAs, we must provide timely tax and accounting services to physicians, their medical practices and their families. As a general rule, it is not possible to over-communicate with your physician clients.
After 36 years in practice as a certified public accountant, I compiled a list of some business basics for physician practices. To maximize your profitability, these protocols should be reviewed at least once a year.
At AlteraMed Group, executives with long experience in health care help physicians maintain independently run practices while conquering the managerial, financial and legislative challenges they often face.
Nearly one year after the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio announced its partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, dramatic changes in staff are propelling the hospital quickly forward.
I read almost every day about the obstacles and issues my physician clients face in trying to run a successful practice. Many busy physicians complain that they don’t have enough quiet time to make important decisions about their practices’ futures. They are so caught up in the day-to-day problems of their practices that they can’t step back and look at the big picture. Too often, I wish my physicians would stop their day-to-day push and take two days to assess their practice. Yes, I’m talking about a real retreat away from the office.
On Aug. 1, 2013, Representatives Jackie Speier, Jim McDermott (the ranking member of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health) and Dina Titus introduced House Resolution (HR) 2914, the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2013.