Advanced Practice Nurses Are NOT "Doctors"

Advanced Practice Nurses Are NOT "Doctors"

I try not to get on the soapbox too often - the last one being 38 CFR Part 17.415 - Short for "VA Doesn't Care About Veterans" from more than a year ago.  Let's face it, there are plenty of media outlets for you to get your political discussion on and the last thing you want to read about on a medical finance blog is another Trump headline.  But today's topic is something I want to address - advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, or nurse midwives) may have a doctorate degree, but they are not "doctors."

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PMD: One Often Forgotten Cause of Healthcare Fraud...

PMD: One Often Forgotten Cause of Healthcare Fraud...

Welcome to another installment of Future Proof posts on Physician's Money Digest (PMD).  Today we will take a detour from personal finance and talk about finance on a grander scale.  Here is one often forgotten cause of healthcare fraud.  As usual, read the full post at PMD.  An excerpt is provided below.

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PMD: Birth Tourism - Should Physicians be Disciplined?

PMD: Birth Tourism - Should Physicians be Disciplined?

Welcome to this week's Future Proof post on Physician's Money Digest (PMD).  I was recently introduced to the world of "birth tourism" by a Chinese relative.  While I quickly turned down her request, it got me thinking about doctors and our roles in such a controversial issue.  As usual, read the full post at PMD.  An excerpt is provided below. 

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The Curious Case of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes

The Curious Case of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes

For the last few years, Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos has been a darling of investors on the promise of revolutionizing the future of laboratory testing.  At one point, Theranos was valued at $9 billion.  However, recent revelations suggest that Theranos' technology may not be as revolutionary as the company claims.  The latest blow came when Theranos' founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was banned from running a lab for at least 2 years.  Let's review the rise and fall of Theranos and its charming founder.

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38 CFR Part 17.415 - Short for "VA Doesn't Care About Veterans"

38 CFR Part 17.415 - Short for "VA Doesn't Care About Veterans"

Unless you live under a rock, you've probably caught wind of VA's proposed rule to expand the scope of practice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN).  It's generated 66,978 comments as of this writing.  I have heard a lot about the rule in the last month but until now, I have not read the original document myself.  Well, I read it and my blood is boiling...

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Future Proof Shares - 6/28/16

Future Proof Shares - 6/28/16

We live in an amazing world of constant information, sometimes it can get overwhelming.  "Future Proof Shares" is a weekly series with the goal of selecting a few interesting pieces of media on money and medicine from around the Interwebs.  They may be old or new but will always be new to me.  This series is inspired by "The Sunday Best" by my fellow physician money blogger Physician on FIRE (PoF).  Enjoy!

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GUEST POST: Contracts 101 - Private Practice vs. Corporate Employment

GUEST POST: Contracts 101 - Private Practice vs. Corporate Employment

Over the years the employment of physicians by corporate entities has grown dramatically.  Last year, 67% of all graduating residents and fellows chose hospital employment over joining a private practice.  This trend is more pronounced for certain specialties (we recently had a client tell us out of her Family Medicine graduating class of 30, only one is going into private practice).  Let’s talk about the pros and cons of the traditional model of private practice vs. the new trend of corporate employment.

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Hillary vs. Trump vs. Doctors

Hillary vs. Trump vs. Doctors

As the 2016 US Presidential Elections heat up, you may be interested in what the current frontrunners from both parties have to say to doctors.  The following post is based on current healthcare policy stances as professed by the candidates themselves.  While we all understand health care policy changes will happen through acts of congress rather than the office of the President, it is still fun to think about what would happen if the candidates end up carrying out their promises.  Please note the WCM verdict is only rendered in view of the expected financial impact on physicians and does NOT represent an endorsement of the candidate.  More after the jump.

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REVIEW: "Doctor's Eyes Only" by Tom Martin, Paul Larson and Jeff Larson

REVIEW: "Doctor's Eyes Only" by Tom Martin, Paul Larson and Jeff Larson

Continuing our series of book reviews, today we take a look at “Doctor’s Eyes Only: Exclusive Financial Strategies for Today’s Doctors and Dentists” by Tom Martin, Paul Larson and Jeff Larson.  The authors bill it as “the missing financial guide that physicians need as a supplement to their ongoing professional training.  These pages include basic financial wisdom that could end up saving you millions of dollars throughout your medical career.”  Let’s see if they succeeded in that claim…

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5 Bad Money Habits of White Coat Professionals

5 Bad Money Habits of White Coat Professionals

Everyone's got bad habits.  Unfortunately how we deal with money can have serious implications in life.  Below are 5 bad money habits that help explain why some high-income earning white coat professionals never achieve financial independence.  They are in no way exclusive to our career choice but we are definitely not immune, myself included. 

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