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February 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

New Member Benefit Portal - Register Today!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved Exclusive Member Resource Center. As a HFNI member, you now have 24/7 access to our online Benefit, Education and Advisor Portal.

Discover your new Health First Network Member Benefits. Learn what Deep Discounts, Exclusive Services and more that you are already entitled to use in your practice!

Our new benefit partners are fully vetted and endorsed to provide you, the HFNI member, the best in service and the deepest savings available. From discounted EMR and Billing Services to a Free Legal Review of your Employee Handbook, we'll discuss your immediate needs and bring you the best in vendor savings.

Register Today and Schedule your Complimentary Benefit Review through the online portal.

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Investment Strategies

When we speak with affluent individuals and their family members about their most important financial issues, they rarely want to discuss just investment strategies. They are often more concerned with issues like transferring a family business to the next generation, creating an estate plan to minimize the potential for family conflict, or making sure that their philanthropic gifts are having the desired impact. Addressing these concerns requires a broad range of specialized knowledge, extensive experience and a strong commitment to serving clients with complex needs.

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Physician Burnout: Part 2

I’m going to start this second article in the series on Physician Burnout by directing you to some resources that you will find helpful. Dr. Dike Drummond, whom I quoted in the first installment, is probably the best and most practical expert; he’s been there, done that, and has the tee-shirts. His personal experience resulted in his establishing TheHappyMD.com which is focused on Physician Burnout, and is a great constellation of resources. This series is based on his research and findings.

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The IPA Association of America Annual Meeting

TIPAAA will be holding its 21st Annual National Meeting March 3 – March 5 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, TX. Registration fees will be waived for any Health First Network, Inc. physician who would like to attend. Please see the attached brochure for more details.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Richard Tuten at 850-438-0818.

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Why all practices should submit a hardship exception to avoid the 2017 Meaningful Use penalty

MGMA updated its member-benefit resource, Overview of the Final Requirements for Meaningful Use – 2015 through 2017, to assist members applying for the 2017 hardship exception. MGMA encourages all eligible professionals (EPs) subject to the 2017 Medicare Meaningful Use penalty to apply for the hardship exception. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently stated that it will broadly accept hardship exceptions due to the delayed publication of program regulations and will require no supporting documentation if the application is submitted by March 15, 2016. In addition, CMS is now permitting group practices to submit one application for all of its EPs. As a reminder, applying for the hardship exception will not prevent an EP from earning an incentive, and EPs attesting that they have met the requirements for the 2015 Meaningful Use reporting period should still apply for the hardship exception.

For more information, access the CMS hardship exception instructions and application form.

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Featured Advisors: Your Personal Business Advisory Panel

We are proud to present your elite team of Meridian Certified Business Advisors. Each Advisor has been selected for their renown expertise in their respective field, and their willingness to provide business education to our Physician members.

Featured Advisor

Paul Edwards
CEO, CEDR HR Solutions

Paul Edwards is the CEO and co-founder of CEDR HR Solutions. CEDR was established in 2006 and has since become the premier provider of customized employee handbooks and on-demand HR support for medical practices of all sizes and specialties across all fifty states.

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Free Attorney Review of your Employee Handbook

Did you know that a professionally written office policy manual can provide your medical practice with a strong legal shield and be your most powerful tool for solving employee issues? But if you wrote it yourself or haven’t updated your policies in more than a year, then you’re missing critical legal protections and sanity-saving practice management tools you need. CEDR HR Solutions is offering a complimentary evaluation of your current policy manual ($299 value) to let you know where your policy manual stands and if it contains any risks.

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