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The Business of Surgery

Eldo E. Frezza, MD, MBA, FACS

Product Details
Product ID: BUS200
Year Produced: 2007
Pages: 168
Dimensions: 7x10 in
ISBN: 0-9788890-0-2
Contact Us: 1-800-253-7657


Surgeons receive extensive training in the care of their patients, but little to no training in the care of their practice. The Business of Surgery is a primer in helping surgeons to understand the wide array of business skills and concepts needed to establish and grow a successful practice. Foreword written by Dr. Hiram C. Polk Jr., MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Section 1: Setting Up a Practice

  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
  • Chapter 2: Evaluating Your Options for Surgical Practice
  • Chapter 3: Why Surgeons Need to Understand Business

Section 2: Reimbursement and Billing Analysis

  • Chapter 4: Understanding the Economy: Key Questions
  • Chapter 5: Improving Reimbursement for Surgeons
  • Chapter 6: Analyzing the Explanation of Benefits (EOBs)
  • Chapter 7: Billing, Collection and Charge Tickets
  • Chapter 8: Front Desk Collections
  • Chapter 9: Scheduling Strategies and Cost of Cancellations
  • Chapter 10: Optimizing Office Productivity

Section 3: Accounting and Financial Analysis

  • Chapter 11: Financial Accounting for Surgeon Practice
  • Chapter 12: Different Types of Financial Analysis to Assess Your Medical Practice
  • Chapter 13: Financial Analysis and Payer Mix
  • Chapter 14: Tips on Avoiding Embezzlement

Section 4: Surviving a Surgical Practice

  • Chapter 15: Improving Reimbursement Ratios
  • Chapter 16: Fee Schedule and Coding Analysis
  • Chapter 17: Analysis of Surgeon Compensation
  • Chapter 18: Overhead Analysis

Section 5: Managed Care and Legal Traps

  • Chapter 19: Leverage in Managed Care Negotiations
  • Chapter 20: Avoiding Traps in Surgeon Contracts
  • Chapter 21: Decreasing the Incidence of Lawsuits

Section 6: Strategic Management

  • Chapter 22: Stategic Management in a Surgical Practice

Section 7: Electronic Health Records

  • Chapter 23: Advantages of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Chapter 24: Implementing an Electronic Health Record System: A Five-Year Plan

Section 8: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • Chapter 25: An Overview of HIPAA
  • Chapter 26: The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Health Care

Section 9: The Surgeon as Manager

  • Chapter 27: The Challenge of Providing Quality Care in a Managed Care Environment
  • Chapter 28: Surgeons as Leaders
  • Chapter 29: Practice Consolidations

Section 10: The Practice of Health Care

  • Chapter 30: The Historical Evolution of the Health Care Economy
  • Chapter 31: Market the Surgeon to Your Non-Surgeon Colleagues
  • Chapter 32: A Possible Score for Compensation in a Surgical Academic Practice

Section 11: The Surgical Practice

  • Chapter 33: Fast Track Insurance Approval
  • Chapter 34: Establishing a Patient Private Pay System
  • Chapter 35: Knowing Your Surgical Practice

Section 12: Appendices

  • Pre-Practice Assessment (Sample)
  • Example of a Contract Agreement
  • Example of CPT Codes
  • Patient Information