TRUST, but VERIFY
During a Feb. 6 event at the new Mark Arts, over 125 MSSC members and guests heard about the many ways they can prevent – or catch – fraud in medical practices.
At the Trust but Verify program, they heard from colleague Dr. David Norris, accountant Marshall Hull and Nicole Schaar of Bank SNB. Education and vigilance were at the heart of their many suggestions.
Dr. Norris, a writer and speaker on finances for doctors, gave a primer on various financial reports and on the importance of looking at numbers regularly and from a variety of angles. “You can go broke making a profit,” he said, referring to cash flow.
Among the numerous takeaways:
- Fake invoices and vendors are a major source of fraud.
- Don’t believe your practice is too small to properly separate accounting duties.
- Rotate job roles, enforce vacations.
- Bank tools such as positive pay, account sweeps and “lockboxes” can reduce risk.
- The boss – the doctors – set the tone for ethical behavior in their business.
- And nothing is more essential than regularly checking your bank accounts.
“What applies in your business needs to apply in your private life as well.” – Dr. Davis Norris, MSSC member and author of “The Financially Intelligent Physician: What They Don’t Teach You in Medical School” (available at online retailers or davidnorrismdmba.com)
by Jed Delmore, MD —
I’ll get back to the drawing part later. MSSC Executive Director Phillip Brownlee, MSSC President-elect Dr. Michael Lievens and I just returned from the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. In addition to formal educational sessions by the AMA, we visited Kansas’ senators and representatives.
We joined forces with Kansas Medical Society President Dr. Rob Gibbs, President-elect Dr. LaDona Schmidt, Gleason Scholar Dr. Jen McKenney, Executive Director Jon Rosell, and Director of Professional Services Nancy Sullivan. We met with Sen. Jerry Moran and Reps. Lynn Jenkins, Ron Estes, Roger Marshal, and Kevin Yoder. We also met with Sen. Pat Roberts’ legislative aide on health policy.
We told all the elected officials that we appreciated their efforts representing Kansans, and their work to pass the recent budget bill. As would be imagined, no one was overly satisfied with the end result.
The bill did provide continued funding for the CHIP (Child Health Insurance Program) and changed or delayed some of the CMS MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Program System) requirements and provided additional funding for Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 also removed a requirement making Meaningful Use standards more stringent over time.
Our elected officials and their staff were attentive and seemed genuinely interested in our input and description of the struggles of providing medical care in Kansas. As a combined group, we discussed the Kansas perspective on opioid misuse, and mentioned the recently established joint KMS and Kansas Hospital Association task force on opioids. Other topics included the worsening strain of regulatory requirements and pre-certification processes that interfere with patient care, and the need for increased graduate medical education funding to continue to provide high-quality physicians for Kansas.
Now, back to the question about drawing.
The keynote speaker to start the conference was Erik Wahl, a motivational speaker, artist, entrepreneur, author and TED speaker. He presented a multimedia talk regarding disruption as the new normal and the need to focus on creativity in our careers and ourselves as individuals.
One aspect of his talk struck me as the most obvious change that has occurred in me and most of my friends and colleagues. Following a two-handed speed painting of Abraham Lincoln, he asked: “Who here can draw?” In a room of more than 500 physicians and health professionals, not a single hand was raised.
Wahl was not surprised, as that was the usual response, or lack of, to that question when posed to a room of professionals. He explained that less that 10 percent of high school seniors would raise their hands. Then he asked the audience what percentage of kindergartners would raise their hands when asked. The entire room responded 100 percent.
The point being that, over time, many or most of us tend to lose our creativity in an effort fit a specific expectation. To keep moving forward, we need to maintain the specificity of medicine while rekindling the creativity we seem to have lost since childhood.
It may be time for art paper and a 10-pack of colored pencils.
The Center for Research for Infant Birth and Survival, based at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, will hold its first symposium on April 12 at the Wichita Art Museum.
The symposium is intended to help CRIBS, founded last year to eradicate preventable infant death in Kansas, identify key priorities and needs in Kansas and among partners working in the field. The center plans to provide program evaluation, research, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices related to maternal and infant health.
The symposium will focus on three issues driving infant mortality:
Access to care, specifically in terms of preconception care and counseling, including mental health services.
Excess, especially in regards to tobacco and opioid use and working toward identifying and implementing evidence-based interventions to reduce their use, as they contribute to stillbirth, congenital malformations, low birth weights and gestational age and sudden unexpected infant death.
Safe Sleep, as SIDS and sleep-related deaths are one of the top contributors to sudden unexpected infant deaths in the state.
The Zola N. and Lawrence R. Nell Educational Trust Scholarship Program is accepting scholarship applications through March 15, 2018, for grant funds to assist students studying at the post-baccalaureate level to become a physician or physician assistant.
Applicants must have graduated from a Sedgwick County high school, and this year fewer scholarships will be issued but they will be made in larger amounts. For an application, contact Deanne Newland at MSSC at 683-7557.
Applications and official transcripts are due by March 15 to: The Commerce Trust Company, ATTN: Brian Adams, PO Box 637, Wichita, KS 67201-0637. Each application should provide address and phone number for communications between March and June.
Registration is now underway for the 2018 Kansas Infectious Disease Symposium, set for May 10 and 11 in Olathe.
The symposium is designed to help health care providers and those working in public health and emergency response and preparedness learn how highly infectious disease outbreaks (including zoonotic diseases and foodborne illness) are contained and managed in Kansas and the Midwest. Topics include Flu and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, the Opioid Crisis, Living with Meningitis and Climate Change’s Impact on Infectious Disease.
Registration costs $150 before March 30 and $180 after that, with lodging extra. Learn more and find a registration link at www.jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/event/2017/09/05/8840.
Members of the Society who know a good and sufficient reason why any of the following applicants are not eligible for membership are requested to communicate with the Medical Society of Sedgwick County office.
[BC] Board Certified [R] Residency [F] Accredited Fellowship [F*] Unaccredited Fellowship [AT] Additional Training
Elected to Probationary
John M. Donovan, MD
[BC] Pediatric Urology [BC} Urology
WesleyCare Pediatric Sub-Specialties
OFF: 962-2080 / FAX: 962-2079
3243 E Murdock S-500, 67208
Medical education obtained at Univ. of Arizona College of Medicine 5/81; Residency in Surgical at Univ. of Arizona 7/81-6/83; Residency in Urology at Univ. of Arizona 7/83-6/86; Fellowship in Urology at Univ. of Arizona 7/86-6/88; Fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Children’s Memorial Hospital 7/88-6/89.
Dian Feng, MD
[BC] Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
OFF: 636-5666 / FAX: 636-2777
9300 E 29th St N S-208, 67226
Medical education obtained at Fujian Medical College 8/82; Residency in Anatomic Clinical Pathology at Buffalo General 6/04-6/08; Fellowship in Cytopathology at Univ. of Florida at Jacksonville 7/08-6/09.
Desirae Friend, DO
[BC] Family Medicine
OFF: 691-0249 / FAX: 691-9939
2707 E 21st St. N 67214
Medical education obtained at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine 5/12; Internship in Family Medicine at Via Christi Family Medicine 7/12-6/13; Residency in Family Medicine at Via Christi Family Medicine 7/13-6/15.
Lalitha D. Gopineti-Lokanathudu, MD
Children’s Mercy Hospital-Wichita Specialty Clinics
OFF: 500-8930 / FAX: 816-302-9823
3243 E Murdock S-201, 67208
Medical education obtained at Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical Center 12/04; Residency in Pediatrics at Univ. of Illinois at Chicago; Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Advocate Christ Medical Center 7/11-6/14.
Richa Lakhotia, MD
Pediatrix Medical Group
OFF: 962-8580 / FAX: 962-8581
550 N Hillside, 67214
Medical education obtained at B.J. Medical College 2/2008; Internship at Sassoon General Hospital 2/07-2/08; Residency in Pediatrics at Morristown Memorial Hospital 7/10-6/13; Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook Co. 7/13-6/16.
Joseph N. Meouchy, MD
[BC] Nephrology [BC] Internal Medicine
Wichita Nephrology Group, PA
OFF: 263-5891 / FAX: 263-3083
818 N Emporia S-310, 67214
Medical education obtained at Lebanese Univ. 5/09; Residency in Neurology at Lebanese Univ. 7/09-6/11; Residency in Internal Medicine at KUSM-Wichita 7/11-6/14; Fellowship in Nephrology at USC Keck School of Medicine 7/14-6/16.
Giao Pham, MD
OFF: 201-1202 / FAX: 201-1251
1861 N Rock Rd S-105, 67206
Medical education obtained at KUSM-Kansas City 5/10; Internship in Pediatrics at KUSM- Wichita 7/10-6/11; Residency in Pediatrics at KUSM-Wichita 7/11-6/12; Residency in Pediatrics at KUSM-Wichita 7/12-7/13.
Tara L. Richardson, MD
KU Wichita Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
OFF: 293-2647 / FAX: 855-476-0305
1001 N Minneapolis, 67214
Medical education obtained at KUSM-Wichita 5/13; Residency in Psychiatry at KUSM-Wichita 7/13-11/17.
Elizabeth L. Wink, MD
[BC] Family Medicine
Via Christi Clinic
OFF: 773-4500 / FAX: 773-4555
13610 W Maple, 67235
Medical education obtained at Univ. of Arkansas School of Medicine 8/06-5/10; Internship in Family Medicine at Univ. of Arkansas Med Center 7/10-6/11; Residency in Family Medicine at Univ. of Arkansas Med Center 7/11-6/13.
Bart J. Winter, DO
[BC] Family Medicine
Wichita Family Medicine Specialists
OFF: 858-5800 / FAX: 858-5850
800 N Carriage Pkwy 67208
Medical education obtained at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences 6/06; Residency in Family Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center 7/06-6/09.
Elevated to Active
Caleb Bowers, MD
Alan Downen, MD
Lara Felts, MD
Kevin Guevarra, DO
Umber Khan, MD
Tara Katz, DO
Mark Laudenschlager, MD
Baoluan Nguyen, MD
Hugh Wong, MD
Keep your 2018 Roster current by adding the information listed below and in the Membership section of this issue of the MSSC News:
Hugh Wong, MD
Fadi Al Muhaisen, MD
C. Randy Blue, MD
Arpan Doshi, MD
Unnati Doshi, MD
Reinstate to Active
Renae Schuler, MD
Healthy Life Family Medicine
OFF: 641-3078 / FAX: 847-8007
654 N Woodchuck S-E, 67212
John R. Schurman, II, MD – 2/28/2018
Praful C. Mehta, MD
Steen E. Mortensen, MD – 2/28/2018
Mark Saxton, MD – moving out of area
Tariq Suwan, MD – moved out of area
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