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Cutting Costs in the Medical Practice 2nd Edition

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High profits in the medical practice are no longer a given. Even the most successful practice must manage costs effectively to stay viable.

The ever-changing healthcare environment also dictates that a physician be able to operate a medical practice like a business. This business must effectively utilize scarce resources and provide quality medical care and out- standing patient service. Only with an understanding of the information provided in this book can a physician begin to develop an information base to make informed and intelligent decisions.

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Alan Whiteman, Jerry Hermanson and Dennis Palkon

Written specifically for physicians, practice administrators and office managers, Cutting Costs in the Medical Practice, 2nd Edition provides no-nonsense practical guidelines for approaching cost containment issues within the practice.

Authors and experienced consultants Alan Whiteman, Jerry Hermanson and Dennis Palkon identify key areas in medical practices where costs can spin out of control. And, they offer solutions that have been proven successful in other practices. Armed with this roadmap, physicians and executive staff can better put their resources to work – building a stronger, financially secure practice.

This 2nd Edition includes information on:

  • Cost savings that can be attained with proper use of technology – EMRs, E-mail, Websites, Clinical and Business Application, HIPAA Compliance
  • Negotiating better office space leases
  • Specific advice on reducing the cost of accountants, bookkeeping services
  • Updated information on Practice Management vendors and Electronic Medical Record System vendors
  • Use of value-added services to reduce overhead by participating in independent practice associations, professional associations and other purchasing cooperatives


Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Identifying Areas of Concern

Chapter 2: Work Smarter, Not Harder! A Systems Approach

Chapter 3: Getting the Right People for the Job

Chapter 4: Should You Purchase or Lease?

Chapter 5: Selecting and Working With Consultants

Chapter 6: Recruiting and Retaining Practitioners

Chapter 7: Optimal Organization Structures

Chapter 8: Patient Satisfaction: How Am I Doing?

Chapter 9: Technology's Role in Cost Containment

Chapter 10: Cost Savings Through Affiliated Organizations

Alan S. Whiteman, Ph.D., FACMPE, is an Associate Dean for Health Sciences and graduate professor of graduate health administration studies at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida. Dr. Whiteman is, also, an experi- enced healthcare executive with over 35 years' experience in all facets of the healthcare industry with over 24 years' experience in managing or consulting with physicians practices of all sizes and structures. In addition, he is a princi- pal of Healthcare Integration Consultants, Inc., a professional services firm specializing in assisting physicians in making practices more efficient, effec- tive and financially sound. He received his Ph.D. from Walden University, his MBA from Wayne State University and his BA from Michigan State University.

Jerry Hermanson, MBA, CHE, is an experienced health care leader. Mr Hermanson has over 27 years' experience in the industry, including hospital administration, physician organizations, and managed care. Mr Hermanson is chief executive officer of Healthcare Integration Consultants, Inc. In this capacity he provides management and technical services to IPAs, physician practices of all sizes, and medical societies. He is also an adjunct professor of graduate health administration studies. He received his MBA and BSBA from the University of Florida.

Dennis Palkon, PhD, MPH, MSW, is a full professor and past chairman of Health Administration at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr Palkon has extensive academic and publishing experience. He is also executive editor of Hospital Topics and serves on numerous editorial boards. He received his PhD and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh, his MSW from Virginia Commonwealth, and his BS from Villanova University.



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