Melissa Young, MD, FACE, FACP, is an endocrinologist in private practice, an assistant clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a working suburban mother of two in Freehold, N.J.
Negotiating with Payers as a Small Practice
Small practices won't have access to a private payer's reimbursement rates, so what they are to do?
Medical Practice Tales from a Thunderstorm
This doctor shares her experience from a terrible thunderstorm and what happens when IT systems go down.
Don't Assume Your Patients Know Medicine
You might think a medical issue is widely understood, but for many patients, they won't know what you're talking about.
To Invest in a VOIP System at Our Practice or Not
This doctor is looking to make a switch on her telephone system at her practice. Weighing the pros and cons, she isn't sure how to proceed.
The Delicate Act of Dropping an Insurance Plan
As a solo physician, it's not easy to drop an insurance plan when you know that could have a negative impact on your patients.
The Prior Authorization Process is Needlessly Complex
There are several redundant questions and processes when trying to obtain a prior authorization. It needs to be simplified.
Clothes Do Make the Private Practice Doctor
While it may seem trivial to some, the way doctors in private practice present themselves is an important part of the job.
Is Joining a Medical Association a Worthy Investment?
Medical association fees can add up into the thousands each year if you join more than a few. What do you get out of it?
The Clinical and Financial Costs of Medical Devices
Sometimes it makes clinical and financial sense to purchase a medical device. Other times, it doesn't add up.
What to do about Non-Adherent Patients and MIPS?
Some patients are just not going to adhere to a physician's guidelines; is it fair to get penalized by CMS for that?
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