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The newly opened Wound & Hyperbaric Healing Center at Ridgeview Medical Center’s main campus in Waconia provides advanced wound care to patients who would otherwise have to travel for access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Bonds are an important part of most portfolios because they tend not to move in sync with stocks, providing a degree of stability during periods of market volatility. Even though they are typically an important component of a broadly diversified portfolio, bonds are often misunderstood by investors — particularly from a tax perspective. In previous articles, I’ve written about the importance of your financial advisor and accountant having a good working relationship. When it comes to bond accounting, good collaboration is of paramount importance.
Previous Legal Ease articles have provided a general overview of the internal peer-review process and the circumstances that could result in a report to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). These reports can be devastating for the affected physician, as they can lead to restriction or denial of privileges that make the transition to other positions extremely difficult.
Through innovative programs and the establishment of Minnesota’s only physician-owned, physician-led, freestanding psychiatric hospital for pediatric patients, PrairieCare bridges the gap between primary and mental healthcare services and addresses the regional and nationwide shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists.
As physicians, many of you have the capacity to grow your wealth quickly. Most of you will also be very busy with your careers and won’t have the time, expertise or perspective to manage the added complexity that naturally comes with increased wealth. With success comes greater financial complexity, usually requiring more sophisticated planning. Without the perspective to adapt to Heightened complexity, important details are often overlooked, leading to less-than-desired results. What follows is a real-life example of what happened when a one-size-fits-all approach was taken with the increasingly sophisticated investment portfolios belonging to two brothers.
Federal and state laws require healthcare providers to carefully guard patients’ medical records and private health information (PHI). HIPAA’s Privacy Rule provides that “[t]he patient has the right to confidentiality of his or her medical record.” 42 C.F.R. 482.13(d)(1); see also Minn. Stat. 144.651, subd. 16 (2014) (The Minnesota Patients’ Bill of Rights). When these rights are violated, significant legal issues arise.
On routine skin examination, a 61-year-old man was noted to have multiple keratotic papules on his hands and feet. He reported they had “been there for years” and his father had the same condition. 
Only 18 centers in North America can offer the expertise, experience and technology to diagnose and address complex cases such as gastroschisis, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). One of them, the Midwest Fetal Care Center, is right here in Minneapolis.
It is generally fair to say that physicians are a well-educated, intelligent group of people who typically don’t take the time to focus on their personal finances. And who can blame them? The demands of the job are great, the work is never really done, and it is hard to be a true expert in more than one field. 
Few scenarios are more daunting for physicians as the prospect of responding to a complaint before the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MBMP) or a report to the National Practitioner Databank (NPDB).
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric orthopedic specialty care. The hospital’s providers believe in treating the whole child, not just their physical ailments. Board-certified, pediatric orthopedic surgeons are dedicated to delivering quality, family-centered health care. 
From the most complex limb reattachments following a trauma to the simplest mole removals, North Memorial Medical Center’s plastic and reconstructive surgery team delivers comprehensive care to the Upper Midwest and beyond.
These days, many graduate from college with student loan debt. During the past six years, I’ve seen many young physicians struggle to repay student loan debt even with relatively high incomes. Most young physicians I work with have, or will have, six figure incomes, but they also have six-figure debt loads. I’ve seen situations where student loan debt is as high as $500,000.
Minnesota Valley Surgery Center is at the forefront of orthopedic innovation. By introducing MAKOplasty, a robot-assisted surgical modality that improves partial knee and total hip joint replacement outcomes by enhancing operative precision, Minnesota Valley Surgery Center is transforming arthritis treatment in the Twin Cities.
A 31 year-old man presented with a four-month history of pruritic vesicles and crusts on his forearms, scalp, posterior neck and backside. He is otherwise healthy and on no medications. What is your diagnosis?
Since most of us just finished filing our annual tax returns last month, this might seem like a strange time to start thinking about taxes again. Most of us would just like to forget the entire tax-filing experience and hope that it goes away forever. 
Facing a peer-review process in which alleged clinical incompetence or serious behavior concerns are at issue can be terrifying for physicians. Careers can be truly threatened, as this process can result in a report to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)1 under the requirements of the Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA).2
Q: As a Neurologist treating patients with neurological diseases, how can a Prosthodontist be a valuable part of the treatment team for my patients?
A 33 year-old over-the-road truck driver had a tender, inflamed cyst above his gluteal cleft. It ruptured, producing blood and pus, and has been draining intermittently for the past two years. He said his father and brother had similar lesions that required surgical removal. What’s your diagnosis?
Treating movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease requires a coordinated approach that utilizes a wide array of conservative and technologically advanced treatments.