Monthly Archives: October 2012

Do EHRs Improve the Quality of Care for Patients?

The adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is growing at an exponential rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) survey of 2011 EHR adoption trends show that 55% of physician offices used EHRs in 2011. But does using one of these systems actually improve the […]

How to Rebuild the Community of Family Physicians

Due to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act and a growing population of U.S. citizens 65+ seeking medical care, the demand for healthcare is at an all-time high. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), it is estimated there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care doctors […]

AAFP Insurance Program at the AAFP Scientific Assembly

The family medicine event of the year is upon us and the AAFP Insurance Program is excited to be a part of it. The 2012 AAFP Scientific Assembly will be held in the historic city of Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center where all family physicians and residents are invited to exchange their knowledge […]

The Pros and Cons of Venturing into the Mobile Space

With the release of the iPhone 5, the world is in a frenzy with the latest smartphone technology and how it can make our lives easier to manage. For medical professionals, mobile technology plays an important role for the future of the healthcare industry and utilizing it properly could prove beneficial in the long […]

Mom Just Moved in With Us

If a parent is now living with you (or if you envision this happening in the coming years), your situation is not uncommon. As life expectancies increase, many of us will help our parents celebrate their 80th, 90th, even 100th birthdays. Imagine turning 70, and having your 95-year-old mother living with you.

The situation can create […]

By |October 2nd, 2012|Financial|0 Comments|

Tough Love Moment Alone

Single in retirement: Let’s not ignore the probability. It may not be about you, but about the one you love. Odds are that one of you will be alone eventually. In fact, according to studies reported in Financial Planning, “43% of Americans age 65 and older are single due to divorce, having never married, or the death of […]

Ten Tips to Lower Your Tax-Audit Profile

The odds of being invited to an audit are not that high, really. Overall, they increase with your income and number of deductions. High-risk categories include small business owners, self-employeds, and individuals with lots of deductions and complicated returns and investments. In general, reports the IRS, if your income is under $200,000, your odds […]

By |October 1st, 2012|Financial|0 Comments|

Student Loans and Bankruptcy

If you finished (or plan to finish) med school with about $127,000 in student loan debt, that’s about average, according to American Student Assistance. Yes, that is a big chunk of change, and many doctors spend years paying off those loans.

 Some students consider declaring bankruptcy. Should you? The short answer is… no. It may cause more problems than it solves. There may […]