Monthly Archives - September 2016

Hospital Employment of Doctors Rising Rapidly

The number of physician practices owned by hospitals and health systems jumped 86% from 2012 to 2015, according to a survey conducted by Avalere Health for the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI). The number of physicians employed by hospitals increased by nearly 50% during the same period, from 95,000 doctors in 2012 to more than 140,000 physicians in 2015, the survey shows.

Hospitals acquired 31,000 practices during the study period, and 1 in 4 medical practices were hospital owned in 2015. Moreover, 38% of physicians worked for hospitals in that year, the report said. In comparison, a 2014 survey conducted by physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins for the Physicians Foundation showed that only 35% of physicians identified themselves as independent; among family physicians, the percentage dropped to 31%.

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Read Dr. Trescot’s New Book “Peripheral Nerve Entrapments”

Featured as a single volume, this is a comprehensive guide to possible nerve entrapment syndromes and their management. Each chapter covers a single nerve, or group of closely related nerves, and goes over the clinical presentation, anatomy, physical exam, differential diagnosis, contributing factors, injection techniques, neurolytic/surgical techniques, treatments of perpetuating factors, and complications.

  • This book features over 50 videos of examination and injection techniques, at least 2 per nerve
  • Contains “Pain Problems Index” to navigate by symptom
  • Includes anatomy, injection technique, and complications for each nerve

About the Author

Andrea M. Trescot, MD
Medical Director – Pain and Headache Center
Anchorage, AK, USA

Dr. Trescot is currently the Chair of the Education Committee of the World Institute of Pain. After 15 years of private practice, she joined academics as a professor and served as the Director of the pain fellowship programs for the University of Washington and the University of Florida/VA Pain Center, before she returned to private practice. She was President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) from June 2007 to June 2008.  She coauthored the book Pain-Wise: A Patient’s Guide to Pain Management (Hatherleigh Press, 2011), and co-edited the 3 volumes of Pain Medicine & Interventional Pain Management – A Comprehensive Review (American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Publishing, 2011).

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http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319274805#aboutAuthors

US Open Tennis Tournament Using Ultrasound

Mount Sinai radiologists will use Ultrasound in their medical facility at the US Open.  It has special settings and probes to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries.  The ultrasound machine will allow physicians to triage patients at the point of care and recommend more involved imaging techniques depending on the injury’s severity.  If treatment is necessary, physicians will be able to do ultrasound-guided joint treatments at the stadium.

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http://www.mountsinai.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/mount-sinai-to-serve-as-official-medical-services-provider-for-athletes-at-the-2016-us-open

TTUHSC 33rd Annual Pain Symposium

New Therapies, Internationally Recognized Faculty Hands-on Ultrasound and Cadaver Workshops

Who: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
What: 33rd Annual Pain Symposium
When: October 27, 2016
Where:  Texas Institute of Medical Education Plano, Texas

View the Brochure

https://www.ttuhsc.edu/som/cme/flyers/pain/Pain2016.pdf

 

News Alert: Section 179 Deduction is $500,000 for 2016

Jan 1, 2016 –   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) was passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law on 12/18/2015. This bill expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000. Read the summary from the Ways and Means committee here.

Section 179 Deduction: Until further notice, Section 179 is permanent at the $500,000 level. Businesses exceeding a total of $2 million of purchases in qualifying equipment have the Section 179 deduction phase-out dollar-for-dollar and completely eliminated above $2.5 million. Additionally, the Section 179 cap will be indexed to inflation in $10,000 increments in future years.

50% Bonus Depreciation will be extended through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017. Then bonus depreciation will phase down to 40 percent in 2018 and 30 percent in 2019.

IMPORTANT: Section 179 for Current 2016 Tax Year (This Year)
Section 179 can provide you with significant tax relief for this 2016 tax year, but equipment and software must be financed and in place by midnight December 31, 2016. Use this 2016 Section 179 Calculator to see how much the Section 179 tax deduction can save your company.

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http://www.section179.org/