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Social Security Advice Might Be Wrong

The blogger Physician on Fire has a recent article on Social Security timing of benefits (https://www.physicianonfire.com/?s=social+security).  As with virtually every article on the subject that I’ve seen, he concludes: At full retirement age, I get 100% of my calculated benefit. But each year that I hold off nets me an additional 8% per month for life.…

As You Continue to Be Penalized by HIPAA Breaches…

WARNING: You will get into big trouble with even one HIPAA slip up so be careful. That being said, the rest of the healthcare industry, continues to get a pass: The healthcare industry had the highest cost of a data breach for the ninth consecutive year, costing organizations nearly $6.5 million on average – more…

Did You Get an 82% Raise?

I never got an 82% raise when I was employed by two different hospitals. Now that I own my own business I still haven’t got an 82% raise. But you know who has? In Michigan, Beaumont Health CEO John Fox’s compensation increased 82%, to more than $5.6 million, in 2017. Want more? The company’s profits…

Dual Income Insurance Conundrums

In his column “Financial conundrums of dual income doctor households” Smart Money MD discusses the unfairness of taxation for really any dual income family:  The U.S. tax system almost always “punishes” the spouse with a lower income.   The tax system is progressive, just like how the jackpot in those slot machines keep on growing.  The higher…

Quote of the Week: Chief Tecumseh

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself” . Chief Tecumseh  Tweet

The Candy Man Always Has Customers

So another candy man was busted and convicted in the ongoing fight to end the opioid “CRISIS.”  Dr. Joel Smithers ran The Center for Integrative Health at Smithers Community Healthcare, where they apparently integrated a lot of narcotics into a lot of repeat business.  Smithers was arrested and arraigned in August 2017, and released on a $25,000…

The CKD Dilemma

About 30 million Americans suffer from some form of kidney disease and it was the nation’s ninth leading cause of death in 2017. When patients reach the final stage of kidney failure, they require either a transplant or frequent dialysis to stay alive. Only about 12 percent start their dialysis treatment at home. President Trump’s…