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Cranial vault remodeling is the gold-standard treatment for craniosynostosis, a condition characterized by premature fusing of the bones in the skull. At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Robert Wood, MD, Associate Medical Director for Craniofacial Services and pediatric craniofacial and plastic surgeon, has pioneered a novel blood management protocol that greatly reduces the need for perioperative blood transfusions.
A 47-year-old woman notices small dark spots developing on her lips and inner cheeks over the course of four to six months. Upon examination, there are multiple slate-blue, grayish-brown macules on the tongue, lips and inner cheeks. There was no fingernail involvement. She recently had a complete medical exam that detected no hormonal abnormalities. She has no history of skin cancer, congenital diseases, gastrointestinal symptoms or Peutz-Jeghers syndrome. She is otherwise healthy. What’s your diagnosis?
If you’re anything like me, a certain inner peace and satisfaction comes from knowing that your financial house is in order.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) help you easily measure success and trends and take action when needed.
The Opening of the new University of Minnesota Health (M Health) Clinics and Surgery Center enhances the patient experience, as well as the efficiency and cost effectiveness of care.
When it comes to EHRs, small mistakes can have big consequences.
Beginning in 2006, but accelerating in 2013, the focus of estate planning shifted away from tax planning and toward income and capital gain planning. This shift is a direct result of substantial increases in the estate tax exemption from $2 million in 2006 to $5.43 million in 2016.
In a show of economic desperation in overseas markets, governments are lowering interest rates below zero percent and similarly issuing bonds with negative interest rates. It’s a head-scratching phenomenon, even for those of us who work in the often-complex world of finance and economics. Why would anyone willingly sign up for a guaranteed loss when investing or lending money?
The Minnesota Medical Group Management Association (MMGMA) 2016 Winter Conference, held March 1–2 at the St. Paul RiverCentre, attracted more than 350 attendees. The theme was “Managing the Current.”
When used correctly, medical practice dashboards can help you lead discussions in management meetings, help you summarize and follow important metrics in your revenue cycle, and get unprofitable or inefficient operations out of your way.
A 14-month-old girl presents with circular red plaques on her arms and legs. They have been present for approximately three months. They do not have any scale and do not seem to change in appearance. Her mother says the plaques don’t seem to bother her daughter very much, and she does not scratch them. The child’s day care is concerned she has ringworm. What is your diagnosis?
In late 2008, we received an email from Kathy, a client of several years, requesting that we wire money to her. Kathy is a writer who travels a lot for her work, so this was not an unusual request. What was unusual was the fact that she indicated she would not be available by phone for several hours and included instructions for wiring the money to a bank in South Carolina. Apparently, Kathy was already at the airport and was beginning the boarding process. She was running late, and her need for cash was urgent.
Physicians, especially those in primary care settings, can play an important role in identifying and treating alcoholism early, before a patient’s health is gravely impacted or the risky behavior associated with alcohol use causes injury or death. However, assessing patients for excessive alcohol use and addressing the problem as part of a primary care visit can be difficult or ineffective.
An 80-year-old woman with a history of resected breast cancer developed large red patches on her chest, back and right arm. What’s your diagnosis?
Workplace violence is a phenomenon with which healthcare workers are increasingly confronted. Professional liability insurance company MMIC offers solutions for preventing such acts, as well as resources to help healthcare providers cope when incidents do occur. 
For more than 40 years, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the Children’s Heart Clinic have been focused on using innovative techniques to diagnose and treat heart conditions at all points in a patient’s life.
Minneapolis-based medical liability insurance provider MMIC does more than write policies. With competencies in claims analytics, the company uses data-driven research, consultation and education to improve the provision of health care. The recent Surgical Claims Deep Dive project, for example, will help providers avoid litigation while enhancing patient safety.
When I’ve had the opportunity to work with multiple generations of a single family, I’ve found that simply applying basic financial planning strategies often results in significant benefits. In my experience, multigenerational planning most often begins with the middle generation, extends to the third generation, and ultimately incorporates the first (and oldest) generation. Generally, the first generation is the one passing significant wealth on to the next two. What follows is a real-life example of the value of multigenerational planning.