Practice Prognosis

Who’s Watching Your Wallet

Who’s Watching Your Wallet?

The name Bernie Madoff will always be associated with greed, deception, and the infamous Ponzi scheme. There is a kind of collective disbelief and awe over its magnitude and the length of time that he was allowed to operate. Financial fraud is nothing new, and according to the Federal Trade Commission, complaints have risen 62% since 2008. No one is immune; the con artists are experts in manipulation, exploiting news headlines and even sacred events to find investors. They commonly infiltrate churches, organizations, and social groups, and create venues such as free educational dinner seminars as a means of networking and selling their wares.

Nurse Practitioners to the Rescue!

Nurse Practitioners to the Rescue!

Some studies predict a shortage of 40,000 primary care physicians (PCPs) by 2020, which means more and more practices will be incorporating “physician extenders” such as nurse practitioners (NPs) to cope with America’s ever-growing demand for health care services.

If your practice is feeling the shortage of qualified PCPs, it may be time to employ an NP to help ease your workload. NPs are becoming key players in the primary health care delivery system, and are poised for expanded clinical practice opportunities.

The evidence is in…

Insomnia: Open a Dialog With Your Patients

Insomnia: Open a Dialog With Your Patients

How often do your patients complain of insomnia or the inability to fall and/or stay asleep? It may seem to be quite common in your practice, but according to 2 recent surveys, about 60% of health care professionals said they were unaware of severe cases of insomnia.1 Many times patients fail to effectively communicate the extent or severity of their condition. Patients tend to use general terms like being tired, lacking energy, or feeling “down” and/or “low.”2

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