Closed-end fund investing

When seeking diversification, opportunity and value, savvy investors often turn to one of the least-explored areas of the stock market. Learn three general classifications of closed-end funds.

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Why physicians get deselected

As managed care plans step up their cost containment efforts and scrutiny of physician performance, it is wise to understand the ways in which they may attempt to shrink their panel of physicians. Board certification, utilization management, patient satisfaction and preventive health programs are criteria with which health plans use to do so.

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Avoiding liability for HMO denials

Physicians remain a favorite target in malpractice cases involving denial of treatment or referrals by managed care companies. Judicious record-keeping of office consultation, use of patient consent forms and investigation of HMO policies and track records are discussed as strategies to minimize your exposure to managed care company liability.

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Legalities of selling a nonprofit

Duties of a board of directors, federal and state safeguards, and charitable asset requirements physicians should know, particularly those who are board members of a nonprofit contemplating selling their operating assets to for-profit businesses.

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Integrating alternative therapies

Doris G. Bartuska, M.D. draws from current literature to offer principles and recommendations to guide physicians in their approach to alternative medicine, including physician attitude, patient consultation and medical school curricula.

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Life and disability insurance needs

In the event of death or disability, it is difficult to determine the amount of money needed to support a family and pay down outstanding liabilities reduced by current asset holdings and future receipts of income. Here are some considerations.

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Coding evaluation and management

HCFA has released the long-awaited guidelines for coding of evaluation and management services by specialists. In light of the rapidly expanding number of federal coding audits, the new guidelines send important messages about the expectations for scope of work in and documentation of patient examinations.

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