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    New SLS President

    Dr. Robert Zurawin, Appointed 25th President of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) October 16, 2017 (Houston, TX) — The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, an organization focused on multi-specialty minimally invasive medicine, has chosen Dr. Robert Zurawin, a gynecological surgeon and adjunct associate professor at Baylor University College of Medicine, to become its 25th president. […]

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    Top 10 challenges facing physicians in 2017

    By Jeff Bendix, Charlotte Huff, Rose Schneider Krivich, Chris Mazzolini, Mary Pratt, and Todd Shryock. 2016 was a challenging year on many fronts for healthcare providers. Physicians have just started to digest the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and its changes to physician reimbursement. A long presidential election finally reached its conclusion, but the […]

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    Continuously Improving Your Career A Welcome to the New Virtual Business Hall, January 16, 2017

    By Paul Wetter, Founder and Chairman, SLS Welcome to the new SLS Virtual Business Hall, an exhibit of business essentials for surgeons everywhere, fulfilling our mission of the latest in surgical education at scale. At SLS we’re solving problems, creating opportunities and finding new ways to shape generations of first-rate surgeons. This growing, dynamic business […]

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    How to Avoid Hitting the Wall

    By Rev. Matthew Woodward Transfiguration Episcopal Church A strong, healthy looking young man walked into the ER complaining of a bad asthma attack. A friend of mine, Peter, who had recently qualified as a nurse was part of the team that cared for him. They did everything they could, but his asthma attack had progressed […]

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    Report: House GOP Bill Would Cap Medical Malpractice Damages

    House Republicans reportedly hope to place limits on certain damages in medical malpractice cases as part of their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times reports that their proposal would cap damages for pain and suffering and other “non-economic” factors at $250,000. The measure would apply to procedures covered by Medicare, […]

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    6 Considerations For Conquering The U.S. Robotic Surgery Market

    By Xi Chen, Decision Resources Group The shift from open to minimally invasive surgery has represented a key macro trend in the U.S. since the beginning of the 1990s. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, also known as robotic surgery, is the latest advancement in minimally invasive surgery. However, as a capital-intensive innovation, robotic surgery has often found […]

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    How to successfully open a private practice

    by Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP Many consider private practice a way of the past. Truth bears this out when we see the large number of doctors selling their practices to hospitals and large healthcare systems. And the overall healthcare system suffers because of this. In the current environment, the thought of starting a practice provokes […]

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    Website Essentials for Surgeons

    By Sarah Sherwood, publicist If you’re going to have a Web site, make sure it’s high quality A web site of your own can be your very best marketing tool, where patients can come away with a good first impression of you.  Even when you work for a larger organization, your own Web site can […]

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    The Cost of Dismissing Patient Pain

    By Dr. Bradley Carpentier April 11, 2016 Pain is something every physician is familiar with. It comes in many varieties. There is the pain of late night calls, the pain of angry patients, the pain of poor outcomes and the pain of dealing with billing and reimbursement for your hard work. It is normal to […]

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    Legal Issues: Managing Your Money Effectively

    By Harry Rein, M.D. J.D. Doctor – Lawyer – Judge April 12, 2016 Physicians live in a world of financial uncertainty dependent on the actions of the stock market, government, the hospitals in our community, the uncertainty of future medical insurance, taxation of our hard earned income, and even the whim of our legislators. Planning, […]

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    How to Promote Growth through Innovation

    By Melissa Cleveland, Strategic Marketing Manager, W.O.M. World of Medicine USA, Inc. Innovation seems to be the “buzz word” in boardrooms across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. So what are the important elements of innovation and why is it critical for company growth? For W.O.M., with headquarters based in Berlin, Germany and subsidiaries in the […]

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    Patients Find Medicare Reimbursement to Surgeons Too Low

    A recent study found that patients think Medicare reimbursement for certain knee surgeries is too low and they would pay more out-of-pocket for the procedures. October 24, 2016 – Patients may be willing to pay more out-of-pocket expenses for certain medicals services, such as knee surgeries, especially as providers face lower Medicare reimbursement rates, a recent […]

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    Medical Technology: What Changing Venture Capital Investments Signal

        Josh Baltzell and James C. Robinson January 9, 2017 The market for medical devices historically has been dominated by big-ticket “physician preference items” such as artificial joints, spinal implants, and cardiac pacemakers. Venture capital and private equity investors have been eager to fund new firms in this expanding and lucrative domain. Changes in […]

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    Successfully Relieving Your Stress

    Gabrielle Parkinson, Executive Coach Being mindful of what you are doing right now and/or what you are focused on at the moment is perhaps that first step in making minor shifts and changes that can have a significant impact on reducing your level of stress.  And it all starts with pulling yourself into the present […]

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    Navigating the Insurance System

    By Joan Zallee, Retired Business Manager, RN When you open up your letter from the insurance company, the column “Amount Paid” can be downright stressful. How do you navigate the business of the wonderful insurance companies so that the number in this column is larger and paid more quickly? That is what this article is […]

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    Medical Society Provides New Site to Solve Business Problems for Surgeons

    Miami, FL – The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) will now provide both its 6,000 members and non-members with specific tools to help them solve the most pervasive business problems that have been shown to complicate practicing medicine. Studies increasingly show that doctors are suffering greater burnout and less job satisfaction. A Mayo Clinic study […]

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