Here lies the problem for many people. One neighborhood in Cumming Georgia was surprised when a Lowes was built looking down on their home and the security lights of the shopping center were over their homes all night. Someone else I know was shocked to find that a public school was slated to go at the end of their street that they had built a 2 million dollar house on. So, what do you do? Continue reading
Physician Shortage Now and Ahead
by Eric Gadlage
Physician Shortage Gives Rise to Preferred Access Solutions
According to the AAMC, the United States is expected to face a shortage of 124,000-159,000 physicians by 2025. This does not include another 25% projected shortfall should policies such as universal healthcare coverage pass through congress. The growth of the U.S. population age group 65+ through 2025 is a staggering 4 or 5 times the growth of the number of physicians during the same time period. According to the AAMC the number of physicians selecting family medicine careers has dropped 27% between 2002 and 2007. General surgeons also dropped nearly 26% since 1981. Physicians will become increasingly overloaded due to this shortage along with lower insurance reimbursement rates; patients will see longer and longer wait times for appointments and office visits. Emergency room average wait times are on the rise as well mainly due to an increased number of ER visits. Average ER wait times have been estimated between 1-4 hours.
Many Americans who have lost their jobs or do not have health insurance are now using the ER as their means of primary care. Although the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) reduces the COBRA premium in some cases. After losing her job with a pharmaceutical company, a pharmaceutical representative saw her health insurance premiums decrease from $241.77 as an employee to $84.62, a substantial decrease. There are restrictions on who qualifies and the length of time they are valid, so consult with your human resources manager or individual health care insurance representative for more details. An immediate solution which has seen a major rise since 2005 is concierge medicine. Physicians charge an annual fee for preferred access. This creates more revenue to meet operational costs for the physician and a decrease in the number of patients they need to see on a daily basis. Patients opting in to the preferred access solution pay the annual fee and receive same or next business day appointments and expedited office visits. Patients who opt out, depending on the type of concierge practice will either have the option to stay with the doctor (hybrid medical concierge) or will have to leave their doctor (traditional medical concierge model). A substantial number of physician practices will be integrating either of these medical concierge models as a solution.
There has already been a rise from 500 concierge (some type of fee for service outside of insurance) type practices in 2005 to 5000 currently according to the Society for Innovative Medical Practice Design.
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Rhonda Duffy is The Real Estate Powerhouse. She got her nickname from the fact that she has sold over 6,500 homes in just 6 years, and that is just on the listing side of her business. Many people over the years have asked her what one element brought her such success. Her staff would say consistency has led her to her success, but Rhonda will tell you another story.
Rhonda states that her success comes from a willingness to be opinion less.
That means that she gathers information on a daily basis, processes how that information could impact a house sale and then gives the information to her clients willingly, no matter how stupid the idea sounds. This empowers her clients to either choose or not to choose her feedback. Rhonda does not give personal opinion about whether or not the idea will work. She just processes in her mind if it is “doable” during the house selling process. This one step of running the criteria on the ideas has helped formulate the most empowering and powerful program in the history of home sales in Atlanta, Georgia.
Few people have the skills that Rhonda has to look at something, run a common sense examination on it and then tweak it for maximum performance. Yet, when Rhonda re-frames the thinking of anyone she talks to by using her Neuro Linguistic Training (NLP) it seems to make sense.
Rhonda is also balancing her thoughts and the criteria that she runs on an idea with energy. The use of energy and breathing can reveal many elements to an idea that will take that idea right over the top and make it work. And the fact that few people have this skill is really nonsense. Rhonda believes that everyone has this skill, they just don’t have the tools yet to use this skill.
Rhonda is also in a continuing state of learning. “When you apply curiosity to your life, you empower yourself to accept thinking that you were ignoring before,” says Rhonda. “Curiosity is the root to happiness and self esteem. If you continually look at things the way you always have and keep getting the same results you always have, and yet you don’t desire those results, you would qualify as insane. You must seek different and more challenging results in life to maintain a balance of joy and happiness. Of course I am not saying to ignore your own values. However, you do need to make sure that you have a valid reason to have that value. Sometimes we don’t know how, when or why we have certain beliefs. That is really dangerous when it is applied to choices that you make everyday and then coach others on”, Duffy adds.
So, consistency and curiosity to see how something would and will work when applied to the situation are the two keys to being a Powerhouse. It really is quite simple, isn’t it?
For more information on Rhonda Duffy, The Real Estate Powerhouse, go to www.DuffyRealtyofAtlanta.com or call 678-366-7846.