August BULLETIN

ArticlesAugust 2014 Bulletin

Materia Medica – 314
The various roles of pharmacists in a
global health setting
Priscilla Ko, PharmD
Teresa Breslin, PharmD
Heather Sakely, PharmD, BCPS

Legal Summary – 319
Physician relationships with clinical
labs under the microscope – again
Beth Anne Jackson, Esq.

Legal Report – 320
Audit awareness: What you need to
know if you are using EHR
Jessica A. Ellel, Esq.

Legal Report – 323
OIG targets priority fraud issues
Michael A. Cassidy, Esq.

Financial Health – 325
Plan for a ‘safe’ retirement
Gary S. Weinstein, MD, FACS

Profile – 328
Karl E. Williams, MD, MPH:
Bringing diversity, expertise to role as
county medical examiner
Christina E. Morton
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Collection Strategies Can Help Physician-Patient Relationship, Protect Bottom Line

Collection Strategies Can Help Physician-Patient Relationship, Protect Bottom Line

By: Carol Bishop, associate director of practice economics and payer relations at the Pennsylvania Medical Society

Collecting money from patients is one of those necessary things that few physicians or their staffs are comfortable doing. But practices must have a good process in place to collect deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurances if they want to continue to offer quality health care. Continue reading

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PMSLIC Insurance Transitioning Policyholders to NORCAL Mutual Beginning August 1

PMSLIC NorcalAugust 1, 2014 marks the beginning of an exciting new phase in the company’s history. For more than 35 years, PMSLIC Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company, has served the medical community with the promise of providing the highest quality products and services. Continuing in this spirit, NORCAL Mutual is integrating its subsidiaries and undergoing a strategic expansion to become one national mutual insurance company to provide policyholders greater services and resources. Beginning August 1, PMSLIC policyholders will transition to NORCAL Mutual at their next renewal.

Policyholders will continue to receive the same exceptional level of personal service and attention that has been a hallmark, and will also continue to work with the same service teams they have come to know. They will be notifying each policyholder of any potential changes to their coverage as they approach their renewal period and will endeavor to make this conversion as seamless as possible for policyholders.

With the transition to NORCAL Mutual, policyholders will be offered coverage with a newly filed policy that enhances existing offerings, including information and network security and administrative defense insurance, as well as new options that were not available with the PMSLIC policy. Also, as a member of a mutual company, policyholders will have the right to vote in the election of the NORCAL Mutual board of directors and share in any dividends that may be declared.

They are very excited about this next phase of their growth. NORCAL is dedicated now more than ever to serving their policyholders, and to providing the protection and peace of mind they have come to expect.

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