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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.
To create a fun and safe environment that patients perceive more as a home away from home than a specialty hospital, Shriners Hospital deploys a creative and collaborative approach to care.
A 46-year-old man presented to the clinic for the evaluation and treatment of multiple dark brown papules that developed on his face over the past several years. He reports that the lesions have been increasing in both number and size over the past four to five years. The patient also reports that several senior members of his family have similar lesions. What’s your diagnosis?
Surgical correction of early-onset scoliosis no longer requires multiple procedures over the course of several years. At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare’s Pediatric Orthopedics program, specialists utilize an advanced magnetic system to deliver a less invasive treatment that enhances the patient’s quality of life.
Breaches of protected, confidential information are occurring with increasing frequency in the data age, but not all instances are malicious in nature. MMIC offers an array of products and services to help ensure your data is secure.
A woman presented with an inflamed, extremely pruritic, patterned rash on her arm approximately three days after having what she was told to be a henna tattoo drawn on her arm at a kiosk at a local shopping mall. What’s your diagnosis?
When situations requiring serious medical intervention occur, it is important that a patient has a team of loved ones and financial experts who carry out the patient’s personal wishes and act as advocates for his or her best interests.