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Thursday, December 6

How Many Felonies Have You Committed Today?


Wednesday, December 5

Record Bust: 601 Defendants, Including 165 Doctors, Nurses and Other Licensees Charged With Over $2 Billion in Fraud


Tuesday, December 4

Walmart Explores New Healthcare Delivery Concept


Monday, December 3

Breaking News: Former Tenet Hospital Executives Facing Criminal Trial for Kickbacks


Thursday, November 29

CMS Cuts Payments to Hospital Outpatient Clinics By 40% and Boosts Independent Physician Practice and Physician-Owned Facilities


Wednesday, November 28

Hospital-Physician Owned ASC Sues Freedom Loving Physician Entrepreneurs for Competing


Tuesday, November 27

The Failure of Public Education and the Hospital System Near You


Monday, November 26

News Flash: Physician Dissatisfaction Highest Among Those Employed by Hospitals and Investor-Owned Entities


Thursday, November 22

Fined For Actual And Potential HIPAA Violations!


Wednesday, November 21

Learn About Negotiation from a (Not So) Dead Opossum


Tuesday, November 20

Physician Misery Index Jumps Up Due To Dissatisfaction


Monday, November 19

How Walmart's Latest Healthcare Announcement Can Be Your Key To Higher Prices


Thursday, November 15

Physician Behind Bars For Referrals: Kickbacks, Bribes, and Mail Fraud


Wednesday, November 14

4.89 Billion (Dollar) Reasons for Physicians to Love Owning Surgery Centers


Tuesday, November 13

Hospitals Are Closing Faster Than New Ones Are Opening


Monday November 12

Why You Must Know About A University's Captive Medical Group Filing Bankruptcy


Thursday, November 8

Clueless and Dangerous: "Your Medical Records Are Safe Because They're Entered into Our System"


Wednesday, November 7

There's an App for that HIPAA Violation


Tuesday, November 6

Hospitals Beg To Be Aligned By Physicians!


Monday, November 5

CMS Cuts Payments to Hospital Outpatient Clinics By 40% and Boosts Independent Physician Practice and Physician-Owned Facilities


Thursday, November 1

Blowing Up Your ASC Because Of Confusion Of Purpose


Wednesday, October 31

Dr. Drug Dealers Chill Legitimate Pain Medicine Practice


Tuesday October 30

Do What You Say You're Going to Do


Monday October 29

Community Hospitals Must Change Or Die. Change Presents Opportunity For Entrepreneurial Physicians


Thursday, October 25

The Combination To Joint Ventures


Wednesday, October 24

Don't Incentive for What You Shouldn't Get


Tuesday, October 23

Huge Hospital Merger: Who's It Good For?


Monday, October 22

One Giant Leap Toward Success: Avoid One Simple Misstep For "Fraud-kind"


Thursday, October 18

$2.6 Billion Collected By Feds From Compliance Cheats. ROI Makes Warren Buffet Look Like An Amateur.


Wednesday, October 17

Why Discarding Democracy Improves Your Group's Chances of Success


Tuesday, October 16

Is Pink (Slip) The New Black For Healthcare Contracts?


Monday, October 15

4.89 Billion (Dollar) Reasons for Physicians To Love Owning Surgery Centers


Thursday, October 11

Are You Lying About The Present and Shortchanging Your Future?


Wednesday, October 10

Direct Contracting - Part 2: Clear Your Mind of the Lies that Bind (Your Thinking)


Tuesday, October 9

Avoid Bureaucratic Bloat At Physician-Owned Facilities


Monday, October 8

Thank God, You're About To Be Treated By The Chief Transformation Officer!


Thursday, October 4

Alchemist Can't Turn Outpatients Into Inpatients For Less Then $18.3 Million


Wednesday, October 3

Allegations of Underpaid Debt Lands Big Healthcare Players in Whistleblower Hell


Tuesday, October 2

If You're Not Where You Thought You'd Be In Your Career, Watch This


Monday, October 1

Hospital Chain Paying More than A Quarter BILLION Dollars to Resolve False Billing and Kickback Allegations


Thursday, September 27

Do You Know the Power of Questions?


Wednesday, September 26

A Legal Alternative To Illegal Kickbacks To Physicians


Tuesday, September 25

How To Avoid A $50 Million Lawsuit: Police The Application of Your Medical Group’s Policies


Monday, September 24

What You Need To Know About The High Cost Of 15 Minutes Of Fame, HIPAA Edition


Thursday, September 20

Dr. Robot Will Cut You Now


Wednesday, September 19

Can Hospital Affiliated ASCs Survive?


Tuesday, September 18

Should You Really Be Recording Conversations With Your Attorney?


Monday, September 17

Driverless Cars Might Not Crash But They Will Impact The Business Of Healthcare


Thursday, September 13

A Naive Anti-Kickback Question Answered


Wednesday, September 12

Why You Must Understand the Intersection Of Incentives And Negotiation Strategy


Tuesday, September 11

Not All Money Is Green: Don't Confuse Hospital Loans With Stipends


Monday, September 10

Hospital Divorces Anesthesia Group After 24 Years of Marriage


Thursday, September 6

Direct Contracting Part 2: Clear Your Mind of The Lies That Bind (Your Thinking)


Wednesday, September 5

Putting A Limit On Your Obligation to Indemnify


Tuesday, September 4

Don't Confuse the Map of a Healthcare Deal With the Actual Terrain


Monday, September 3

Laboring On [About] Labor Day


Thursday, August 30

Direct Contracting By Physicians and Medical Groups


Wednesday, August 29

History Rhymes in Healthcare Just as it Does in Home Delivery Services: Ride the Trend


Tuesday, August 28

Taxis vs. Uber . . . Hospitals vs. Physicians


Monday, August 27

Far Too “Friendly Physician” To Plead Guilty In $60 Million Healthcare Fraud. Will Murder Charges Follow?


Thursday, August 23

Podcast Compilation Greatest Hits - Strategy Edition 1.0


Wednesday, August 22

Grooming A Medical Group Or Facility For A Sale, Or Not


Tuesday, August 21

Meeting Without A Plan Is Planning To Become Meat


Monday, August 20

Allegations of Underpaid Debt Lands Big Healthcare Players in Whistleblower Hell





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November 30, 2018
CMS Boosts Independent Physician Practice and Physician-Owned Facilities: Cuts Payments to Hospital Outpatient Clinics By 40% and Increases Payments to ASCs by 2.1%
All Things Personal
Podcast Compilation - Strategy Edition 1.0


October 31, 2018
More Then 50 of the Over 353 Questions Every High Performing Medical Group Leader Must Ask Him or Herself: A Self-Diagnostic
All Things Personal
Compilation Podcast: Strategy

September 30, 2018

Far Too "Friendly Physician" To Plead Guilty In $60 Million Healthcare Fraud. Will Murder Charges Follow?

Payor Agreements and Hidden False Claims Act and Criminal Traps.
All Things Personal


August 31, 2018

How to Control the Context of Negotiation to Maximize your Outcome

Risky Behavior and Healthcare Businesses

All Things Personal


July 31, 2018

FTC Challenges Physician Group Merger: The Lesson For You

OIG Fraud Alert on Physician Compensation

All Things Personal


June 30, 2018

Direct Contracting By Physicians and Medical Groups

Bedless Hospitals and Physician Opportunities

What's Your Healthcare Leader Mindset and How Does it Compare?


May 31, 2018

Off To Jail For 38th Doctor Convicted In Lab Scheme

Who’s Your Competition?

All Things Personal


April 30, 2018

Medicare Strike Force Isn’t Super Troopers, But They Indict Two Healthcare Executives Anyway
The Problem With Compensation Surveys – Why Assume That You’re Average?

All Things Personal


March 31, 2018

The Third Way: An Alternative Business Structure For Hospital-Based Groups
CVS, Aetna and Your Practice

All Things Personal


February 28, 2018

Socialism Is Alive and Well Within Medical Groups

Bedless Hospitals and Physician Opportunities

All Things Personal


January 31, 2018

RFPs: Reality, Unicorns, and Cognitive Bias

Provision of Staff, Payment of Expenses Leads to Federal AKS Violation

All Things Personal


December 31, 2017

From Steelworkers to Surgeons: Gainsharing and Physician Groups

Physicians Must Brand Their Role in Healthcare or Suffer the Consequences 

2018 New Year's Un-Resolutions

   

November 30, 2017

Compliance Risk as Side Effect to the Shift to Outpatient Care

Why You Must Understand How Sky-High Hospital CEO Turnover Impacts Your Practice?

All Things Personal


Medical Group and Healthcare Facility: Comfort Zone Or Continued Existence, Your Choice

What's A Medical Group Compensation Plan For?

All Things Personal


September 30, 2017

State Regulators Take Antitrust Aim at Aggressive Health System Competition

Where's the Future?

All Things Personal


August 31, 2017
The Four Circles

Is Your Medical Group Stealing From Its Future?
All Things Personal


July 31, 2017

What You Need To Know About The Flea That (Metaphorically) Killed The Medical Center CEO
Why You Must Know How Framing 
Changes Value

All Things Personal


June 30, 2017

The Medical Group Governance Matrix

Medical Group and Healthcare Facility: Comfort Zone Or Continued Existence, Your Choice

All Things Personal


May 31, 2017

Little Mercy For Mercy Hospital: Government Gets $34 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Case 

The Devaluation of Value Based Billing

All Things Personal

April 30, 2017
What You Need to Know About The Bedless Hospital That You Can Build
Bastiat, A Magician, And Medical Group Decision Making
All Things Personal

March, 31 2017
43rd Conviction in Lab Scam Kickback Case: What You Need To Know
An Alternative Structure For Medical Group Compensation
All Things Personal

February, 28, 2017
TeamHealth Coughs Up $60 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegation 
What You Don't Know About The OIG Fraud Alert On Physician Compensation Can Hurt You
All Things Personal 

January 31, 2017

Why Your Compliance Efforts May Be Worthless

Why Your Price Has Nothing To Do With Cost

All Things Personal


December 30, 2016

Hospital Killing Provisions Of 21st Century Cures Act Boost Physician Entrepreneurship
Don't Incentivize For What You Shouldn't Get
2017 New Years Un-Resolutions

November 30, 2016

Obamacare And Post Election Certainty. Well, More or Less.

How To Prevent Your Medical Group From Getting Robbed Of Its Staff. 
All Things Personal

Physicians, Pharmacists and Fraudsters Squeezed In Pain Cream Scam

A Clear Picture Of The Future Of Medical Practice

All Things Personal


What You Need To Know About Bedless Hospitals And Your Future

When You Fail To Set Strategy

All Things Personal 


August 31, 2016
Wal-Mart and The Expansion of Hospital and Medical Group Liability

How To Not Deal With Performance Problems

All Things Personal


July 29, 2016

iPhone or Pay Phone? HIPAA Business Associate Loses Cell Phone And Pays $650,000 to HHS

Why Document The Values Of A Group Member's Interest?

All Things Personal


June 30, 2016

Major Expansion Of False Claims Act

Aetna Obtains $37 Million Judgement Against ASC Manager

All Things Personal


May 31, 2016

Pills, Capsules, and Kickbacks: Drug Manufacturer Pays $125 Million
Your Exclusive Contract Is About To Be Non Exclusive
All Things Personal

April 29, 2016

Payors Conducting War Against Out of Network Facilities

A Clear Picture Of The Future of Medical Practice

All Things Personal 


March 31, 2016

Federal Government Sets Clock For Return of Medicare Overpayments: Be Late At Your Own Peril

You're Dead. Now what? Succession and Medical Group Governance

All Things Personal


February 29, 2016

Compounding The Kickback Problem

Climate Change and Hospital-Controlled Medicine

All Things Personal


Climate Change and Hospital-Controlled Medicine  
4.5 Things Magic Mountain Taught Me About Your Business.
2016 New Year's Un-Resolutions
Climate Change and Hospital-Controlled Medicine  

What's Your Healthcare Leader Mindset Score?
Find Out!

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