Side Gig: Supplementing Income With Skilled Nursing Facilities

Picking up extra shifts in a subacute care facility sounds like a wonderful idea. Almost no overhead is involved for the physician, especially since most doctors already have a laptop and a malpractice policy. It seems like a natural progression that almost every hospitalist or primary care physician goes through, telling yourself that you can make extra money doing subacute care.… Read the rest

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Starting Up A New Primary Care Clinic

I’ve decided to go solo by starting up my own primary care clinic! The past two years have been extremely exciting with tons of change. I graduated from residency, started working as a hospitalist, bought a house, paid off all my student loans, became medical director of a skilled nursing facility and a second facility, have completed over 50 locum shifts, watched my better half have two surgeries for a tumor in her jaw, and I’ve now started up my own practice.… Read the rest

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My Congressman Takes Money From Drug Reps. I Can’t

The cost of healthcare has been a very popular political topic for several decades. Several weeks ago, I received two separate emails that struck me as a bit odd. My group highly encouraged us via email to avoid any professional relationships by accepting gifts, food, or money from drug representatives. In a separate email that I received from my congressman, he wrote about how he was against net neutrality.… Read the rest

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Become A Medical Director

Being a Medical Director is more than collecting a monthly paycheck. One of the most popular questions that I receive is how to make extra money as doctor. While there are many ways to make extra cash, becoming a medical director always seems to come up as a possible “easy” way to make money. While there are some perks, including financial benefits, there are also several risks to becoming a medical director.… Read the rest

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Buying A House With A Doctor Mortgage

After 11 months of searching for a house, I’ve finally bought a home. The paperwork associated with buying a house is most likely not as difficult as soon to be new home owners think. The hardest part of the process was finding a house that I wanted to buy. For those who have been following this website, you know I’ve been searching for a long time.… Read the rest

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A Caution For Doctors Entering Into A RVU Based Contract

Doctors’ paychecks are often structured in one of three ways. Salary only, salary plus incentive bonuses, or production only. RVU (Relative value unit) is a method the United States Medicare system uses to value reimbursement for physician services. Some physician contracts, such as my contract, is 100% based on production, or how many RVU’s I bill for.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each system.  … Read the rest

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The Growth Of Administrators In Health Care

I’ve recently seen a graph that was pretty jarring to say the least. The graph below has been copied in many different articles in the past years. The main claim in this graph is about explosive growth of administrators in health care positions. The growth of administration has increased since Medicaid and Medicare came into effect. However, I cant help but wonder how much of the growth is overblown or real.… Read the rest

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The Golden Handcuffs For Doctors – Loan Forgiveness

Graduating doctors often have a significant problem to overcome – student loan debt. Many new doctors will not consider a job unless there is some form of debt repayment or ability for debt forgiveness. Jobs that offer debt repayment can end up being a golden handcuff that keeps new doctors attached to their job for potentially longer than they would like.… Read the rest

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Abandoning Academic Medicine For Private Practice

It’s no secret that physicians in private practice often times make more money than their colleagues in academic medicine. For hospitalist, the difference in pay can be greater than $100,000 a year! However, taking a job in academia is not all about income. There are many benefits that academic medicine gives to doctors that private practice jobs can fall short on.… Read the rest

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REPAYE vs PAYE for Medical Students and Doctors

One of the most common questions that medical students, residents, or fellows will ask is should I use REPAYE or PAYE? These two programs seem to be the most popular plans available with IBR being a close third. Determining what plan is right for you could save you thousands of dollars if unable to use the standard repayment plan or refinance for lower interest rate.… Read the rest

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