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Articles published in July, 2010

Restructuring Your Office for Success: Eight Key Elements

by Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC | Jul 2010

Now is the time for spine practices to focus on revenue generation. The ability to capture the right information and secure the highest reimbursement depends upon your operational and staffing expertise. The typical billing office usually contains “the girls” who handle the billing. This was goo ... Read more »

Cationic Nucleus Therapy: A Novel Treatment Option for Addressing Disc Herniation

by Brian E. Pfister, Ph.D. | Jul 2010

Technology Summary Cationic nucleus therapy is a tissue modifying technology that offers a simple, nonsurgical treatment for the symptomatic relief of pain, weakness and sciatica associated with herniated discs. The product delivers, through a percutaneous injection into the disc nucleus, a small v ... Read more »

Tissue Repair with Biologically-active Plastics Manufactured from PRP

by Jim Burgess, M.D., Jason Smith, Ph.D. | Jul 2010

Carmell Therapeutics has developed a biologically-active plastic manufactured from human platelet-rich plasma for use in tissue repair applications. These plastics contain a concentration of the body’s own growth and regenerative factors in natural proportions to heal damaged tissues. The result i ... Read more »

Bringing DME Billing Inhouse Enhances Practice Revenues

by Jim Lacy, Tim Hendricks | Jul 2010

For many medical practices, providing quality services to patients is easy—processing claims and getting reimbursement is the hard part. As claims processing continues to become more and more complicated, this problem is only going to get worse.Industry statistics show that denial rates and zero-p ... Read more »

Single-Use Device Reprocessing to Gain Traction Under Reform

by Josh Talbert | Jul 2010

The recent healthcare legislation has already created some urgency in identifying ways to improve operational efficiency and drive out procedure costs. Cleaning, sterilizing and restocking medical equipment can be extremely costly for any healthcare facility. This has led to the growing adoption of ... Read more »

Understanding the Impact of Our Creativity

by Lewis G. Zirkle Jr., M.D. | Jul 2010

  Much of the content of ORTHOPRENEUR is dedicated to the process of creation and development of orthopaedic products. My goal is to describe the impact that these products have on the recipient and others. Orthopreneurs include orthopaedic surgeons and engineers who conceive ideas, ... Read more »

The Importance of Estate Planning for Physicians

by Mark Germain | Jul 2010

Estate planning is an essential component of sensible financial planning, yet it is overlooked by many physicians. Surgeons by their busy nature are procrastinators when it comes to their own financial health. Countless hours in the OR and time spent with patients leaves the average physician little ... Read more »

Knowsumerism, Healthcare Reform and Chicken Farming: Five Lessons to Help You Thrive

by Marshall Steele, M.D. | Jul 2010

When I sailed my boat from Boston to Annapolis, I had some time to think. Healthcare has changed rapidly during my orthopaedic career. After I completed my military service in 1977, I started a solo orthopaedic practice in Annapolis, Maryland. Arthroscopy was in its infancy and total knees had not b ... Read more »

We Are Our Own Worst Enemy: Between Barack and A Hard Place

by Milton R. Wolf, M.D. | Jul 2010

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. – Edmund Burke We all took the oath. We promised to provide our patients with medical care to the best of our abilities. And we have subsequently and willfully—at le ... Read more »

The Patent Process

by Perry E. Van Over, Esq. | Jul 2010

My initial submissions to this publication, the Ten Golden Rules of Patent Law, were intended to make the reader aware of the critical stepping stones and pitfalls that lay along the pathway to obtaining patent protection. This present article provides an objective overview of the basic patent proce ... Read more »

Trends in the Development of Ambulatory Care Centers

by Robert Zasa | Jul 2010

The last 20 years have yielded significant change in the delivery of ambulatory surgery and ambulatory care services. Many initial surgery centers struggled between 1972 and 1982 with challenges such as reimbursement, establishing themselves as perceived, high quality facilities and establishing the ... Read more »

What Does the Patient Protection Act Mean to You? (This may take a while…)

by Teresa Ford | Jul 2010

Several weeks ago, I was asked by one of the esteemed founders of this venerable publication to write a column about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) passed by the U.S. Congress in March and signed into law by President Obama thereafter. I agreed to do so without hesita ... Read more »

Healthcare Reform Turns to Healthcare Litigation?

by Victor Moldovan | Jul 2010

In my first article, I discussed the possible passage of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the “Healthcare Reform Bill” in some circles and/or the “Bill from @#%!” in others). Senator Scott Brown had just been elected, and no one was sure what would happen ne ... Read more »