VIEWPOINT Magazine

Perspectives on the business of healthcare

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The Spring Equinox 2018 Issue is Out!

This issue is about how to build on your practice’s stability and assessing opportunities to grow. We take a look at succession planning, how to determine when the time is right to expand, process improvement using dynamic work design principles, latest advances in patient engagement and what type of collaborative growth might be right for you: super group, CIN or MSO?

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How Patient Engagement Is Evolving

A look at the latest (technological) ways to improve your patient engagement in and outside of your practice.

Going Large: What's the Right Model for Your Collaborative Efforts? CIN, MSO, or Super Group

If you are looking to grow through collaboration, you need to understand your options. Dan Frier discusses the differences between integrated 'super groups', clinically integrated networks, and management services organizations.

Clinical Data Integration

Why physicians do not need to jettison their existing EMRs.

Everything You Need to Know About MSOs

Managing a medical practice can be a lot to handle; from payroll and benefits to revenue cycles and coding compliance. MSOs are there to help you with the administrative, or non-medical, work involved in running a practice. Susanne Madden walks you through what an MSO does, the different types, and what to keep an eye out for when choosing one.

Succession Planning and Valuation

Don't wait until it's too late - stabilize your future by being proactive now.

CHIP, Medicaid and the Federal Budget: Taking Stock of 2018

How Trump's budget will affect government funding programs this year and beyond.

Updated CPT Codes for Behavioral Health Screenings and Assessments

Jenna Mirchin brings us up to date on behavioral screening & assessment codes.

Introduction To Dynamic Work Design

Susanne Madden, an MBA recipient in Management Systems, explains the potential for greater success by deploying dynamic work process design to medical practices. A look at how to take process improvement models to the next level.

NCQA Quality Talks 2017

The 2017 NCQA Quality Talks provided attendees with a glimpse into how technology and other innovations are continuing to push quality in healthcare forward. While pushing at these boundaries, the talks also provided the very timely reminder that patient care should always be focused on the most important measure of quality: the patient. 

Disaster Impacts on the Healthcare Industry

We tend to think of how disasters effect people and practices, but industry takes a big hit too. Susanne takes a look at the impacts on big business and politics.

How to Best Utilize Social Media During Disasters

Social Media expert Noreen offers guidance on how best to use social media platforms during a disaster to communicate with patients, staff & family.

Survival Tips: How to Get Through a Disaster

Do you know how to get through a disaster? Tiffany shares tips on how to plan - and how to survive - any disaster that comes your way.

Curated Video

Behind the scenes, up close, and personal. More video »

Interviews & Podcasts

Frontline stories from our clients, colleagues and consultants. More stories »

Podcast: ABC Pediatric Clinic, Houston, TX

Susanne spoke with Dr.s Sugol and Silen Pahlavan of ABC Pediatric Clinic in Houston, Texas, to learn about how they handled Hurricane Harvey and what they learned from the experience.

Interview: Michael Lubin, VP, Hint Health

Susanne spoke with Michael Lubin, VP of Hint Health, a 'direct care' company that helps connect physicians directly to patients and employers. No more middleman insurance companies!

Interview: Todd Wolynn, MD

We asked Dr. Todd Wolynn to tell us a bit about how he's innovating at his practice, Kids Plus Pediatrics. By investing in a studio onsite at his practice, this doctor has turned connecting into a lot of fun for everyone.

Videocast: George Rogu, MD, CPE

Susanne Madden sat down with George Rogu, MD, CPE, of RBK Pediatrics in Long Island, NY, to discuss the impact of technology on his busy pediatric practice.

Podcast: Gautam Gulati, MD

Dr. Gulati and Susanne Madden had an opportunity to talk about innovation - its cause (and stagnation) and its application. Even innovating oneself.

Interview: Scott Hodgson

Self described "design addict", Scott Hodgson has been the creative brain behind countless branding, identity, advertising and packaging projects.

Podcast: A Conversation with Christoph Diasio, MD

Susanne Madden spoke with Dr. Christoph Diasio, managing partner of Sandhills Pediatrics (North Carolina) and chair of the AAP section on practice management (SOAPM) about incorporating mental and behavioral health into his pediatric practice.

Female Solo Pediatric Practices of 2016

At The Verden Group, we assist many physicians with starting their new practices. Our favorites are the independent female pediatricians who decide to break out and create practices THEIR way.

Interview: Bonnie Feola, MD

We spoke to Dr. Bonnie Feola about her experiences with buying over an established pediatric practice and how she made it one her own, one step at a time.

Podcast: A Conversation with Brent Cardwell, MD

On the challenges and opportunities inherent in running an independent pediatric practice and a pediatric IPA.

Interview: Brandon Betancourt

We interviewed Brandon Betancourt of Pediatric Inc and Salud Pediatrics about his thoughts on what in means to innovate at the pediatric practice level today.

A Tale of Two Supergroups: Scott Schams, MD

We interviewed two physician CEOs who have worked hard to band practices together to form independent clinically integrated 'Super Groups': Dr. Scott Schams of Allied Pediatricians of Texas and Dr. Jill Stoller of BCD Health Partners.